Bordallo chairs Gulf crisis oversight hearing
by Nick Delgado
Guam - Guam's congressional delegate is getting involved with the oil spill crisis that has been plaguing residents and businesses in the Gulf region for the past several weeks. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo today chaired an oversight hearing in the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife, regarding the effects of the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf.
The committee maintains primary jurisdiction over offshore drilling in the United States and has already held two oversight hearings on the matter. Today's hearing include discussions on the short and long-term impacts of the oil spill on our nation's natural resources. Environmental organizations, fish and wildlife advocates, fishermen, and the tourism industry also provided testimony on the effects in their communities.
Bordallo states, "Today's hearing brought to light the serious consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the effects that this disaster will continue to have on our natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. Witnesses from the federal government, wildlife conservation organizations, the seafood industry, and other stakeholders in the region testified before the Subcommittee today and expressed their concerns over the impact of the oil spill. Our Committee will continue to exercise oversight over the mitigation process and effects on local communities as we hold additional hearings this month. I will continue to work with my colleagues on this important issue."