Rigorous oversight could have prevented tragedy

Highlands, NJ - Republican nominee for congress from New Jersey’s 6th district, Highlands Mayor Anna Little, today called upon Congressman Frank Pallone to accept responsibility for his negligence regarding his oversight responsibilities that directly contributed to the Gulf oil spill disaster.

“The recent news that our federal government knew of serious problems with BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico as early as February, two months before the explosion that killed 11 people, caused billions of dollars in economic turmoil and unimaginable environmental damage is appalling,” said Little, “As a senior member of the congressional committee with oversight jurisdiction of these operations, Frank Pallone is culpable. It is appalling that our government, through the Minerals and Mining Service and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce could have and should have prevented this disaster, yet did nothing.”

Pallone, a 22 year incumbent, is a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce with oversight jurisdiction over exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including all fossil fuels.

Pallone issued a “tweet” on June 18 saying that he was, “Frustrated w/BP CEO’s nonresponses at yesterday’s hrg - Gulf coast residents & Amer. [People] deserve better explanation for causes of this mess.”

Little agrees, “The American people and the residents of New Jersey’s 6th district do deserve an explanation for the causes of this mess. However, we also deserve and explanation as to why Frank Pallone , his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Obama administration’s Minerals and Mining Service failed to prevent this ongoing disaster from happening given the information they had in February. It is little wonder that the American people have such a low esteem for Congress.”