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Dems use Gulf spill anniversary to call for more protections

Democratic lawmakers seized on the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill yesterday to argue that oversight of offshore wells remains too lax and called for new protections, including an outright ban on drilling along the East Coast.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) announced in remarks on the Senate floor that he will introduce new legislation to "make sure we prevent and prepare for and we can effectively respond to the next oil spill."


New round of restoration projects marks spill's 5th anniversary

On the five-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal and state trustees announced agreement on the next 10 natural resources projects totaling $134 million.

The projects range from constructing living shorelines in Alabama to restoring three rookery islands in Texas to enhancing bike and pedestrian access to a national seashore in Mississippi.

The money will be drawn from the $1 billion downpayment BP PLC has made for early restoration of resources damaged by the 2010 spill. During the first three phases of planning, almost $700 million has been awarded to 54 projects.

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The sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history. E&E examines the response to the spill, the politics of offshore drilling, and the aftermath for Gulf species and industries.



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