Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Safeguards Under Fire
February 16, 2011
CapeCodOnline: Maritime industry groups are asking a federal judge to strike down the state’s oil-spill protection law, which was enacted to prevent a repeat of the 2003 Buzzards Bay oil disaster.
The law is designed to encourage the use of state pilots and tugboat escorts. When operators forgo these precautions during trips through Buzzards Bay, they face triple damages if an oil spill occurs.
The plaintiffs filed a motion last month seeking a summary judgment on a lawsuit they filed in last April against the 2009 oil spill law. They argue the law is unconstitutional, alleging the state imposed rules on activities reserved for federal oversight.
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