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Local Wildlife Expert Calls for Oil Spill Accountability

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

It's been a year since the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, and the fishing and shrimping industries are once again open for business.

According to the federal government, beaches are 99-percent clean, but one local wildlife expert says that's not nearly enough and he wants officials held accountable.

Ed Clark, of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, was one of the experts sent down to the Gulf to assess the damage to animals after the spill.

He says what he saw then was terrible, but he's also upset about the inaction that he is seeing now from elected officials.

Clark says cleaning up 99 percent means there's still ten feet of oil on every 1,000 feet of beach, not to mention the possible long-term effects on wildlife.

"One would think that we would have learned from this terrible experience, and yet there have been no new laws written to protect us from the shameful sequence of events that led to the blowout of the well in the Gulf. In fact, Congress has done nothing to enact the recommendations of the bipartisan Oil Spill Commission," says Clark.

He says he wants people to use the anniversary of the spill as an opportunity to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions and inactions.

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