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In Water Mill, Sam Waterston reflects on BP spill

Water Mill, NY. Saturday, July 10, 2010 Sam

Water Mill, NY. Saturday, July 10, 2010 Sam Waterston was among those who came to the Oceana "Splash" party, the Hamptons debut of this charity devoted to ocean conservation. Photo Credit: Photo by Lee Fryd

The count as of Saturday night was 181 million gallons of oil polluting the Gulf of Mexico. In the Hamptons, Oceana, a charity for ocean conservation, was holding its first East End Splash gala on Mecox Bay.

We found eight-year Oceana member Sam Waterston, of the recently canceled “Law and Order," sitting in a corner with hosts Lois Robbins and Sue Cohn Rockefeller listening to Jackson Browne.

When the concert ended, we asked who Waterston thought bore the blame for this greatest American natural disaster. “We have to get past all of that," he replied, “and take this as a wake-up call to have a different course of how we supply our energy needs, one that doesn’t poison our planet. It's going to take a while. But If this doesn’t make people think seriously about where we’re going, I don’t know what will."

“Anybody at all familiar with the technology associated with drilling for oil in the water knew this was coming," he added. "Oceana has been asking for a moratorium on oil leases off the coast for years and years, for this reason. The real lesson is that the people who are supposed to take care of us have not been doing that. It’s time for us to take care."

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