13 Dec '11, 10pm

Unless Congress Acts, BP Spill Fines May Go to Cutting the Deficit Instead of Gulf Restoration

Unless Congress Acts, BP Spill Fines May Go to Cutting the Deficit Instead of Gulf Restoration

The BP spill was a colossal disaster; there's no doubt about that. Precisely how big a disaster it was, however, still remains largely to be determined. Scientists and conservationists are ardently at work to uncover how deeply the catastrophe damaged the ecosystems across the Gulf of Mexico. But there's no doubt about this: The impact was extensive. Coastline, beaches, and other natural habitats were soaked in oil (as well as bombarded by chemical dispersants), and the efforts that will inevitably be necessary to attempt to restore them will be expensive indeed. But an interesting thing might happen, barring Congressional action--the money the federal government collects from BP as punitive fines may simply be absorbed into its coffers. The Sacramento Bee reports : In late September, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Sta...

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