New Bill Takes Aim At Non-Tanker Oil Spills

Law360, New York (March 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at protecting America's coastline from non-tanker-related oil spills, such as the one that devastated San Francisco Bay in November.

If passed, the bill would require double hulls on bunker fuel tanks on non-tank vessels, strengthen the Coast Guard medical review process for licensing pilots and merchant mariners and direct the Coast Guard to make improvements to its vessel tracking system.

The bill would also phase out federal liability limits for oil spills from single-hull tanker ships, which...
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