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Spill chief vows to work with Buchanan

The U.S. Navy Secretary appointed by President Obama to oversee the long-term recovery of the Gulf of Mexico pledged Wednesday to work with U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, to restore the Gulf. Buchanan has already talked at length with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus about the devastating impact of the oil spill on the Gulf economy and environment.

Mabus told Buchanan he would “be happy” to visit Florida’s 13th District to work with state and local officials and other stakeholders on a plan being funded by BP to restore the Gulf and revitalize industries dependent on its natural resources.

Mabus also agreed to look at Buchanan’s bill, the “Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2010,” introduced this week to help prevent future accidents. It would eliminate liability limits to hold oil companies accountable for offshore spills and reform the federal oversight process to ensure disasters like the Deepwater Horizon never happen again, according to Buchanan’s office.

— Herald staff reports