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Holding BP Accountable For Oil Spill Cleanup

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Dear Friend,

The 2010 Gulf oil spill was one of the most significant environmental disasters of our lifetime, and the cleanup work is still incomplete. Hurricane Isaac made it even clearer that oil remains along Louisiana's coastline.

I'm working to hold BP's feet to the fire to ensure that they're not just financially responsible, but also actually cleaning up the remaining oil as well as the equipment that was used at the time of the response that is now buried in the waters and mud along the coast. BP is sure spending a lot of money advertising about how they're "making it right." The problem is they're not done cleaning up the coast, and many folks fear they're trying to run away from their full responsibilities now that this story is off the front page of the newspaper.

This week I hosted an official briefing with the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the status of BP's clean-up of the Gulf. We took testimony from officials with the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and other officials from the area. Unfortunately, BP didn't show up to the briefing.

The purpose of our efforts is to prevent BP from walking away from the clean-up before it's complete, have the Coast Guard get tougher on BP, and ensure that Louisiana's coastal restoration efforts are successful.

Sincerely,

David Vitter
United States Senator


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