Maritime industry challenges Massachusetts oil-spill law

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) — Maritime interests are challenging the Massachusetts law that attempts to stiffen safety procedures and penalties for spilling oil, the Standard-Times newspaper reported. The American Waterways Operators are among the plaintiffs arguing that the 2009 law is unconstitutional because maritime shipping is interstate commerce. The law was enacted as a result of a spill in Buzzards Bay in 2003.
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By Professional Mariner Staff