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Oil Spill Oversight Hearings Announced

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Several congressional oversight hearings have been announced by House and Senate Committees to examine the impact and repercussions of the recent oil crisis in the Gulf Coast. While impacts are still being assessed, undoubtedly there will be far reaching economic and environmental repercussions for the region.

One affected sector will be the Gulf’s commercial fishing industry and related processing facilities which support thousands of families. The damage to this important industry will be a focus of the House and Senate Commerce Committees as they examine the impact of this tragic event. While experts say that seafood is currently safe for consumers, the long term impact to fragile nursery grounds that support the many commercial species living in the Gulf, such as oysters, crabs and shrimp, remains an open question.

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