Foreign OCS Readiness, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session to Examine the Status of Response Capability and Readiness for Oil Spills in the Foreign Outer Continental Shelf Waters Adjacent to U.S. Waters, October 18, 2011 [open pdf - 306KB]
This is the October 18, 2011 hearing on "Foreign OCS Readiness" held before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaman: "Today we're going to receive testimony from 2 panels of experts about an issue of great importance to the committee. That is offshore oil development. More precisely, we are focusing today's hearing on examining the status of response capability and readiness for oil spills in the foreign Outer Continental Shelf waters adjacent to the United States to our own waters. This activity presents a complex set of issues related to its risks and its benefits. Last year we, the world, learned a hard lesson through the Deepwater Horizon disaster. We learned that there are tragic consequences for human life and environmental quality and marine resources and the economy if offshore development is conducted with anything but the highest degree of skill and care. For these reasons the committee spent a significant amount of time in this Congress and in the previous Congress considering issues related to oil drilling and development in the waters of the United States. Obviously we need to continue to be dedicated to ensuring that the activities in our own waters are done safely and in a manner that protects the environment. Additionally it's clear that with respect to offshore activities the actions of our marine neighbors are important to consider as well." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaman, Michael R. Bromwich, Larry Hartig, Jorge R. Piñon, Lisa Murkowski, Mark Myers, Brian M. Salerno, and Paul Schuler.
S. Hrg. 112-372; Senate Hearing 112-372
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