Looking to the Future: Lessons in Prevention, Response, and Restoration from the Gulf Oil Spill

July 20, 2011

253 Russell Senate Office Building

USCG Deep Horizon ResponseWASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate Commerce Committee today announced an Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee hearing on lessons in prevention, response and restoration from the Gulf oil spill. The hearing will examine the ongoing response to and lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition, the hearing will focus on the continuing challenges relevant agencies and stakeholders face in the wake of the spill, the state of progress of damage assessment and restoration activities, and recommendations for improving the nation’s oil spill prevention and response capacity, and ensuring the long term successful restoration in the Gulf.

Please note the hearing will also be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website at http://commerce.senate.gov. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to view the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact Collenne Wider at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.


Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft

    Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship
    United States Coast Guard
    Zukunft Testimony (129.61 KB)
  • Mr. David M. Kennedy

    Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Witness Panel 2

  • The Honorable Grover C. Robinson

    Escambia County, Florida
    Robinson Testimony (216.42 KB)
  • Dr. R. Eugene Turner

    Chaired Professor, Distinguished Research Master, and Distinguished Faculty
    Louisiana State University
  • Mr. Erik Milito

    Group Director for Upstream Operations
    American Petroleum Institute
    Milito Testimony (281.29 KB)
  • Mr. Jim Ayers

    Senior Advisor
    Ocean Conservancy
    Ayers Testimony (199.03 KB)