19 Apr '11, 4pm

A year later, and Congress has done NOTHING to make drilling safer.

A year later, and Congress has done NOTHING to make drilling safer.

I am marking the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout by spending the week in Louisiana. Together with several other members of the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling , I am here to help remind the nation that the consequences of the BP oil disaster persist to this day. Yet even as Gulf communities struggle to rebuild, Congress has failed to pass a single law to make drilling safer than it was a year ago, and the oil industry remains unbowed and relentless in its drive to gain more access to the offshore environment. Indeed, when the House returns from recess, they will vote on three bills that would accelerate the pace of drilling, sidestep environmental safeguards, and mandate drilling in new areas along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and in the Arctic Ocean. Measures like these would make our coastal communitie...

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