Ahead of the two year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which dumped nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) released the following statement on the failure of the U.S. House to consider the legislative recommendations of the nonpartisan, independent National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which released its report in January 2011.The Commission was based on legislation authored by Capps.
It's incredibly disappointing that two years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, the leadership in the House has failed to take concrete action to prevent another catastrophic oil spill. President Obama's nonpartisan, independent Commission, based on legislation I authored, investigated the root causes of the BP disaster and concluded that America needs stronger oversight and enforcement of offshore drilling. It also recommended key actions to correct these failures, like overhauling drilling safety and environmental rig standards, holding oil companies accountable for their spills, and improving oil spill prevention and response technologies."
While the Obama Administration and the industry have made some progress, Congress has inexplicably failed to act. Oil Spill Commission Action -- an outgrowth of the Commission -- continues to push for permanent improvements to safety, environmental protection, and ensuring adequate resources to regulatory agencies that can only be provided by Congressional action. Legislation to implement these recommendations has been introduced in the House, and it's time for the Speaker to act on them without further delay so we do all we can to ensure a disaster like the BP Oil spill never happens again."