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Baird Hails Passage of Offshore Oil Drilling Legislation

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) today hailed the passage of H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009 (CLEAR Act). The CLEAR Act is a comprehensive energy reform bill which responds to the BP Deepwater Horizon tragedy and helps prevent a future catastrophe.

"The BP oil spill is the worst environmental disaster in American history and tragically shows us we need more oil drilling oversight," Congressman Baird said. "This legislation contains essential new safety measures, and strengthens our oversight of the oil and gas industry so that a disaster of this magnitude never happens again. The CLEAR Act also holds oil companies fully responsible for spills by lifting the $75 million cap on economic damages."

Today, the House passed the CLEAR Act, which directly responds to the Deepwater Horizon disaster by increasing safety, helping restore the Gulf Coast, and holding BP and oil companies responsible for oil spill response and clean up. The CLEAR Act also closes royalty loopholes to make sure the American people get their fair share for the extraction of public resources.

The CLEAR Act now heads to the Senate for debate.

Congressman Baird has been a leader in Congress in calling for stricter oil drilling regulations. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Congressman Baird held multiple hearings on research and development for oil spill response and safe oil and gas drilling technologies.

Congressman Baird is also a co-sponsor of the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 5213), which prohibits oil drilling in the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, or Washington.

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