Speaker Pelosi Requests Inspector General Probe Of Bay Oil Spill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written to the Homeland Security Department's inspector general requesting an investigation of preparation for and response to last month's oil spill in San Francisco Bay.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the San Francisco Democrat outlined more than a dozen issues she wants Inspector General Richard Skinner to examine.

Among them: Does the Coast Guard have enough authority to guide ships in the San Francisco Bay; and did the hours-long delay in notifying the public about the magnitude of the spill adversely impact the response.

Pelosi wants Skinner to brief her on his findings by February 1st and follow up with a written report 60 days later.

Nearly 60,000 gallons of fuel poured from a cargo ship when it sideswiped the Bay Bridge in dense fog.


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