07/02/2010 - While the oil industry has made significant advances in drilling technology over the past 40 years, similar improvements in adequate oil spill cleanup tools have not kept pace. The disaster in the Gulf has made this lag in the oil industry's disaster response preparation all too clear. The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.
The 1990 Oil Pollution Act governs oil spill contingency planning and response and must be amended to ensure that we have the technology and tools in place to respond to any future spills.
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