Letter to Hastings

July 1, 2010

Congressman Doc Hastings
1203 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C.,    20515-3505

             Re: Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe

Dear Congressman Hastings:

In your opening statement delivered at the May 26, 2010, House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy and Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion, you stated, in part:

… Tough questions must be asked and those responsible held accountable.  The time for full disclosure and honest answers cannot be avoided. 

In your May 28, 2010, weekly column: Gulf Oil Spill: Stop the Leak, Clean it Up, Get the Facts & Fix the Failures, you wrote, in part: 

This isn’t the time for anyone to be watching their [sic] backsides. It’s the time to get all the facts out in the open so changes can be made to prevent such a terrible event from ever happening again.

We must get to the bottom of this so that informed, educated decisions can be made and actions taken.  Those in Washington, D.C. must resist the rush to judgment and the stampede to get in front of the television cameras.  There are important jobs to do: get answers, and then fix the failures to prevent another spill and ensure American-made energy continues to operate and is made the safest in the world. 

This unprecedented spill must be met with real reform and stronger safety measures to better protect our environment and coastal communities, but also to ensure we continue to produce oil here in the U.S.

Please outline any steps you took during your tenure in Congress from 1995 to 2010 to reduce the chances of an oil spill from offshore drilling. 

RESPECTFULLY YOURS,

George Fearing

Chair, Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee

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~ by wa4thcddems on July 21, 2010.

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