Foreign Oil Companies Should Also Be Liable For Domestic Spills
H.R. 1684, a bill to expand the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require foreign oil companies take responsibility for spill cleanup in the same way that domestic companies are, passed the House by voice vote this week.
With 28 Republican and 19 Democratic cosponsors, the bill is a bipartisan effort to hold foreign companies financially accountable for oil spills that occur in U.S. waters. Currently, American taxpayers are on the hook for any cleanup costs above $1 billion related to a foreign company’s spill. This bill is designed to protect taxpayers from incurring further clean-up associated costs. Cosponsor Tim Murphy (PA-18) said that protecting our environment is one of his top priorities. He continued, “When our economy so greatly relies on the health of our waters, we must do everything we can to protect our coastline from devastating oil spills.”