Senator David Vitter has filed legislation to expedite funds from BP for recovery from the Gulf oil spill. Vitter says his bill would require BP to put up a "down payment," rather than what until its determined how much the company will owe.
Vitter says it could take eight years or more to determine BP's financial responsbility for the oil spill's effects on the environment. The senator says every day marsh grasses are dying due to the oil spill, hastening coastal restoration. Vitter says his bill would force BP to get an early start on restoration. Vitter is also asking BP CEO Lamar McKay to negotiate in good faith for some "up front" coastal restoration money; regardless of whether the bill is passed or not.(Vitter says shorelines need to be shored up quickly, and hatcheries need to be established to ensure survival of Gulf marine species.)