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Wednesday
Apr202011

Congress Has Done 'Zero' to Prevent Another Big Oil Spill?

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Despite calls from Washington and beyond to guarantee that another BP-style oil spill will not happen again, Congress has done “zero” on the issue in the year since the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico, a leading House Democrat told ABC News on Wednesday.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, said there has “absolutely not” been any progress in terms of ensuring there won’t be a repeat.

“We are exactly where we were, other than the public understands more clearly how reckless and what the negligence was that got us there,” Woolsey told ABC News. “But are we preventing it? Do you have better programs in place for mitigation and cleanup? No we don't, but we could.”

Woolsey is pushing a bill that would better coordinate the federal response to an incident like the BP explosion, and explore better ways to mitigate the impact.

Asked what Congress has actually enacted in the wake of the BP spill to make sure the next accident isn’t as bad, she responded, “Zero.”

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