Friday, July 30, 2010

Congress considering oil spill response legislation

This week, Congress is considering the a bill to address the Gulf oil spill and prevent the next offshore oil disaster. The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan will strengthen safety and environmental regulations for drilling, invest in energy efficiency and fund land and water conservation programs. A strong oil spill response bill would prevent offshore oil disasters by improving oversight of oil and gas drilling off our coasts.


This is an incredibly important opportunity to demand stronger protections for our communities and environment. The bill is key to protecting endangered species and their habitat, including brown pelicans, sea turtles and whales from dirty and deadly oil drilling. The Endangered Species Coalition is calling on Congress to protect key wildlife habitat, restore coastal wetlands, fully fund land and water conservation programs and include citizen advisory councils to get input from people in affected communities.


Unfortunately, Big Oil is working to weaken this important legislation. Although the House is debating the bill today, it is being held up in the Senate. Republican Senators are opposed to lifting the $75 million cap on economic liability from an oil spill.






It is critical that Congress acts now to protect people and wildlife from devastating oil spill disasters. We need to stand up to demand strong protections for our oceans, coastal communities and wildlife. 

Please join us in asking Congress to pass a strong oil spill response bill that protects people and wildlife.


To find out more about the wildlife impacted by the BP oil spill disaster, visit http://oilspillwildlife.org/

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