Some groups focused on protecting wetlands will try to come up with ways to avoid future disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spills and offer the suggestions to Congress.


Some groups focused on protecting wetlands will try to come up with ways to avoid future disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spills and offer the suggestions to Congress.

America's Wetland Foundation and its offshoot, America's Energy Coast, were formed to deal with issues threatening Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Then the April 20 Gulf of Mexico disaster happened, leaving 11 workers dead after a BP PLC rig blew out.

Foundation Chairman R. King Milling on Wednesday asked participants, at a meeting in Galveston, to work together in coming months to develop proposals to help deal with future disasters.

Jim Quackenbos of Cajun Maritime LLC said he is concerned that federal reaction to the current spill will damage the oil industry.