WATCHING WASHINGTON VIEWS ON DOUBLE HULLS

with Patrick Crow Several issues have bogged down the conference committee seeking to merge the House and Senate oil spill liability bills. One is whether the federal government should require double hulls for tankers. The House bill would mandate them. The Senate bill calls only for a study, but senators on the committee now want a requirement. And the Bush administration now supports a mandate (OGJ, May 21, Newsletter). So there is general agreement. Conferees are expected to work on the

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