BP Oil Spill
The BP oil spill is an ecological disaster that continues to damage seas, shorelines, wildlife, and livelihoods in the Gulf of Mexico. When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig exploded it cost the lives of 11 men, injured 17 others, dramatically changed the lives of thousands of people and their families, and created a highly destructive and far-reaching oil leak. It is critical that efforts to clean and restore the Gulf region are done in a responsible way that minimizes the risks of harmful exposure to hazards and toxins for cleanup crews. The concerns for the health and well being of the BP oil spill cleanup workers echo those following the attacks on 9/11. Within weeks of working on cleanup efforts, a number of workers reported health concerns and sickness. The damage caused by the oil spill must not harm the individuals working to improve and rebuild the impacted ecosystems.
I have worked for several years to bring about stronger oversight and revise the royalty-collection efforts of Minerals Management Services (the former manager of the nation’s oil resources). This resulted in the federal government collecting billions more annually in oil and gas revenues that were owed the government by the big oil companies. Further information can be found here.
I will continue to insist on adequate oversight of the managing bureau, that proper safety precautions are undertaken, and that a full inquiry is conducted, one that investigates the causes of this man-made disaster and will help to mitigate against similar future occurrences.