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Environmentalists: BP Oil Spill Response "Absolutely Ridiculous"

May 26, 2010

CHICAGO - As Congressional hearings opened today into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some are calling for a halt to other planned drilling projects and warning of widespread economic effects as well.

According to Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), whose U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is holding the BP hearings, taxpayers will be affected by the Gulf oil spill because of a $75 million federal cap on oil drillers' liability – a cap Hinchey wants to raise.

"That $75 million dollars 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."

Also as a result of the BP oil spill, a coalition of environmental groups is asking the government to postpone Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic. Coalition members point out that the nearest cleanup vessels and equipment would be 100 miles away in the event of an oil spill. Jessica Ennis, with the conservation law firm Earthjustice, says even Illinois nature lovers could be affected by an accident.

"A lot of the birds, actually, that we have here in the lower 48 migrate up to the Arctic Circle - migratory birds from your backyard. And we've seen the images of oiled birds in the Gulf; the same thing could happen in the Arctic."

The hearings are being webcast live at, and also archived on the House committee website.

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - IL