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04/17/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // href=’http://justicenews.visionsmartnews.com’ rel=’nofollow’>JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Florida – Sen. Bill Nelson from Florida recently sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson seeking the disclosure of information about a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/e743e17ddcef4f428bbc84b4a767b1e9″>Gulf of Mexico oil leak that began more than a decade ago. According to an Associated Press (AP) report, Nelson referred to the ongoing spill as “unacceptable.”

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The matter pertains to an ongoing leak off Louisiana's coast affected by the 2004 toppling of an oil platform owned by Taylor Energy Company during Hurricane Ivan. Nelson, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, is pushing federal officials to release information about the leak after an AP investigative report found the spill may be more severe than stated by government regulators and others.

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Nelson is quoted by the news source as stating during a telephone interview, “If you've got an oil rig that's been leaking for 11 years, then it's time for us to find out what's going on.”

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Included on the list of technical data Nelson wants released are estimates on the flow rate since the beginning of the leak.

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Nelson further wrote in the letter, “It is unacceptable that in the eleven years since a hurricane caused an underwater mudslide, crude oil has continued to flow unabated into the Gulf of Mexico — especially given the attention focused on such accidents by the BP oil spill almost exactly five years ago.”

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