Obama Legally Obliged to Take Over Oil Spill Disaster

From Bob Cesca:

Andrew Revkin from the New York Times writes that it’s entirely legal

under the terms of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act for

the president to take over the site
. In fact, it obligates him to

do so.

(A) If a discharge, or a substantial threat of a discharge,

of oil or a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or

onshore facility is of such a size or character as to be a substantial

threat to the public health or welfare of the United States (including

but not limited to fish, shellfish, wildlife, other natural resources,

and the public and private beaches and shorelines of the United States),

the President shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to

remove the discharge or to mitigate or prevent the threat of the

discharge. (the rest of the Switchboard post)

So let’s get going.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.