Edison Township Calls For Federal Takeover Of Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup

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EDISON – The Township of Edison passed a unanimous resolution last week, calling for the federal government and military to take control of containing and cleaning up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The resolution supports the recommendation of the nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) to put full resources and funding toward controlling the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf Shore region.

The resolution’s recommendations include, “The Township of Edison strongly urges the federal government, including every branch of the United States military, to devote all possible resources, equipment, and trained personnel to addressing this dire emergency.  Due to the dynamic urgency of this situation, it is critical that our federal elected Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, formally propose that the federal government and military immediately take over the containment and cleanup from BP.

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“The Township of Edison also offers our full support of the technical recommendations made by the Edison Wetlands Association and their environmental engineer in their report regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.”

The oil well has spilled over 4 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, and continues to pour out an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil each day, according to most recent estimates.  The oil slicks may have already entered the fragile marshlands of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, and uncertain currents could impact the Gulf Shore from Texas’s coastline to the Florida Keys’ coral reefs.

Representatives from EWA are being joined by Clean Ocean Action, NY/NJ Baykeeper, and other organizations in hosting rallies and urging citizens nationwide to “BP: Boycott Polluters.”

“I commend the Township of Edison for understanding the urgency of this ecological and economic disaster and its importance to the entire nation,” said Robert Spiegel, Executive Director of EWA.  “We call on every municipality in America to pass a similar resolution.  Only the federal government and military have the resources available to contain and clean up the worst environmental disaster in American history.”


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