NOAA Can't Handle 2 Oil Spills At Once, Official Says

Law360, New York (July 20, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lacks the resources to respond to more than one major oil spill at the same time, an agency official told U.S. senators Wednesday in a hearing on lessons taken from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Testifying before the Senate oceans, atmosphere, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee, National Ocean Service Assistant Administrator David Kennedy said that in light of NOAA’s response to last year's Deepwater Horizon disaster, the agency was ill-equipped to handle multiple spills simultaneously.

His remarks were prompted by...
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