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Who Will Pay for the BP Spill? Congress Set to Start Hearings

May 25, 2010

LAS VEGAS - Who will pay for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? That's a major question as Congress is set to begin holding hearings on the spill tomorrow.

Nevada Sierra Club volunteer Brian Fadie says he does not want to see local taxpayers holding the bag when it comes time to pay for the BP spill. Fadie, who also is technology director for the group Progress Now Nevada, was among the protesters who took issue with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Sunday when she told Las Vegas convention-goers that she wanted oil companies to be held responsible, but that at the same time she still remains a big supporter of offshore drilling.

"As we've learned, drill-baby-drill leads to spill-baby-spill; it's as simple as that. I can only hope that in the end BP is held fully accountable and that there is no liability placed on the taxpayers for this disaster. "

The House Natural Resources Committee will its open hearings tomorrow. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who sits on that committee, says taxpayers will be affected by the Gulf oil spill because of a $75 million federal cap on oil drillers' liability, a maximum a cap he wants to raise.

"That $75 million is just petty; it's not going to begin to cover the costs. The costs, then, are going to be covered by, you know, the average taxpayer of this country."

BP has said it is trying to get data disseminated as quickly as possible about the consequences of its blowout.

The hearings will be webcast live and archived on the Committee's website at
resourcescommittee.house.gov

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV