Alabama’s oil-threatened coast, along with other areas of the country, was among the top ten threatened places in the Southeast, according to a list compiled by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The list, released on January 18th, stated that our coast faces “immediate, potentially irreversible” damage in 2011. The threat to our coast was said to be due to the continued threat from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Law Center defines the South as a six-state region including Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia. The threat to the Alabama coast is ongoing, even though the actual oil spill has been over for months, according to the report. Based on our involvement in litigation since April 20th of last year, I can say these folks are on target. Interestingly, the Law Center contends that federal drilling laws still don’t have enough teeth to prevent another major spill.
A statement from the group touts its “legal efforts to strengthen oversight and regulation of offshore drilling, and to ensure that nothing like the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is allowed to happen again.”
Source: Associated Press
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