Nelson, Castor, experts to speak about oil spill
3 years after Gulf oil spill, Sen. Nelson and others to discuss how to handle future spills
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will discuss a bill he's co-sponsoring that would hold oil companies financially accountable in the event of a spill similar to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.
He plans to talk during a news conference Friday morning in St. Petersburg. Congresswoman Kathy Castor and various biologists and environmental advocates also are scheduled to speak at the conference.
Saturday marks the third anniversary of when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and a well ruptured, killing 11 workers. The oil fouled 1,110 miles (1,800 kms) of beaches and marsh along Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
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