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Ian R. MacDonald

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MacDonald is an expert on the natural sources of oil and gas in the ocean, the vulnerability of the deep-sea ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and was the first to successfully challenge federal estimates of the initial rates of discharge from the well.

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Phone: (836) 154-8964

Gulf Oil Spill

In the aftermath of this catastrophic blowout, we have the strongest impetus to enforce the highest standards of safety for offshore drilling and energy production. And we clearly see the imperative to raise our capacity for safeguarding the health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The rhetoric may be in place, but the present funding and enforcement are not adequate to get the job done. Failure to follow through on these requirements creates a moral hazard that will make another offshore disaster inevitable.