The Vindicator's editorial page was spot-on when it called on Congress to do more to regulate our oil drilling industry ("Congress should be working to avoid future Gulf catastrophes," July 23).

Years of irresponsible deregulation, much of which took place under the previous administration, gutted the Minerals Management Service and left it largely ineffective. As a result, this oil spill will have a deep impact on the people who live and work along the Gulf coast-not to mention the environmental effects, which will no doubt linger for decades.

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