Posted: Sep 30, 2010 2:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the
nation needs to change the law to better handle major oil spills in
Allen spoke Thursday in New Orleans, one day before the end of
his mission overseeing the response to the BP PLC oil spill.
Allen said a major problem was that under federal oil spill law,
a company responsible for a spill also plays a central role in the
response and cleanup.
He told environmental and energy lawyers of the American Bar
Association, "this has resulted in cognitive dissonance all over
Allen believes that might be resolved by getting a third party
from the oil industry to coordinate cleanup.