US lawmakers urge faster timeline for oil tankers

Some lawmakers are urging their party leaders to consider new federal laws aimed at speeding up the 2015 deadline to phase out single-hull oil tankers. But industry groups caution it's too soon to be talking about revising existing rules."It's appropriate for us to review what needs doing, how we're doing it, and whether there needs to be changes in existing law," said US Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. He conducted a Jan. 9 hearing on single-hulled tankers to highlight the Prestige accident off Spain, which may have resulted in the loss of some 60,000 tonnes of oil into the Atlantic Ocean.Congress drastically changed US tanker regulatio...

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