May 23, 2003
Mr. Morton S. Bouchard, III President and CEO Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. 77 Newbridge Road Hicksville, NY 11801
Dear Mr. Bouchard:
We were very disappointed by your letter rejecting any effort to diminish the hazard which your company now presents to Buzzards Bay and the surrounding area.
We are of course aware that the federal legislation passed in 1990 permits the gradual phase-in of double-hulled vessels for oil transport, but we disagree very strongly with the notion that the passage of that law argues against trying to improve the situation today. For the people who live in the area around the bay that has been so seriously damaged, a gradual phase-in is no consolation. Especially in light of the recent revelation that the oil spill was nearly seven times larger than your company originally estimated, we believe it is time for Bouchard to follow a more responsible policy and voluntarily take this important step to reduce the likelihood of future spills.
We intend to continue our efforts both to see that the effects of the spill are alleviated as rapidly as possible, and to reduce the risk of a future spill. We would have preferred to do these things in a spirit of cooperation with your company, and the lack of cooperation you have shown on this point will be an important factor for us to consider as we continue our efforts.
______________________________ ______________________________ Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Sen. John F. Kerry
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