20 Jun '11, 4pm

Congress to Consider Big Oil's Demand to Allow More Air Pollution from Offshore Drilling

It’s bad enough that Big Oil companies want to drill below the fragile and remote Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. But now they’re also demanding exemptions from the Clean Air Act so their offshore drilling operations can spew more toxic pollution into the air above them. Congress this week is set to consider H.R. 2021, the misleadingly named “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011” that would allow Shell and other oil companies to exempt parts of their massive offshore drilling operations and support vessels such as icebreaker ships from the Clean Air Act requirements designed to protect our health and our environment. Allowing the bill to pass would not only put one of our nation’s few remaining pristine areas at risk, but also would set precedent for similar offshore drilling operations that — if lawmakers like Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) get their way — cou...

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