Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Oil Spill Tragedy - What if it happened here?

Actually, Massachusetts has already had its share of environmental disasters due to oil spills in our ocean waters. The most recent was the Bouchard in 2003, which took place in Buzzards Bay. That spill prompted the enactment of an Act Preventing Oil Spills in Buzzards Bay, which became law last September. However, this April a group of entities connected to the oil transport industry filed suit in U. S. District Court challenging this law. See American Waterways, et al vs. Deval Patrick, as Govenor and Laurie Burt, Commissioner of Mass. Department of Environmental Protection.

Bay state officials are revisiting plans to protect Boston Harbor from future oil spill disasters. According to the Boston Herald, the Boston Harbor plan should be ready by this fall.

As for the Bouchard Buzzards Bay spill, the jury rendered a verdict this April, 2010.