Many of the maps that the federal government depends on to determine which coastal resources are at risk in the event of a nearby oil spill are outdated, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
"Twenty-one of 50 atlases are more than 10 years old," said Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the NOAA. "Many of them do not reflect current information."
It would take $11 million to update those maps that are more than a decade old, but NOAA has not had the resources, she told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "The current request in our president's budget includes updating only one of those," she added.
"We have to attend to that," responded Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, who is chairman of the committee.