11 Apr '11, 3pm

Congress marks 1-year anniversary of Gulf oil disaster by forcing more drilling

Congress marks 1-year anniversary of Gulf oil disaster by forcing more drilling

As the 1-year mark of the nation’s worst offshore oil spill fast approaches, you might be surprised to learn that rather than taking action to prevent another deadly spill, Congress is instead proposing to expand offshore drilling while sidestepping environmental laws to do so. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will seek to pass three bills that irresponsibly accelerate the very processes that the President’s National Oil Spill Commission found led to the BP Gulf oil disaster nearly one year ago. By circumventing environmental safeguards and proper oversight of the oil and gas industry, Chairman Hastings, author of the three bills, would prioritize oil production over human health, worker safety and the vitality of our oceans and coasts. H.R. 1229 forces the Secretary of Interior to approve drilling permits on a rushed and arbitrary timeline, and would au...

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