Curbelo, Soto Re-Introduce Bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act in House

Sen. Murkowski Also Re-Introduced Companion Legislation in the Senate

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Washington, D.C., January 13, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
“With the increasing probability of foreign nations drilling near our shores, American taxpayers across the country are at risk of footing the bill to bail out the mistakes of foreign oil companies. This bill ensures that won’t happen and guarantees our coastal communities will have the resources they need for clean up and recovery if they are affected by a foreign spill."
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Yesterday, Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Democratic Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) introduced their bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act, H.R. 468, which would ensure foreign entities that cause an oil spill into U.S. waters and shores are also responsible for all cleanup costs, regardless where the spill started. The bill would also apply Clean Water Act penalties on the responsible foreign party.

Senators Lisa Murkoski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) yesterday also introduced the Senate companion to the bill.

“With the increasing probability of foreign nations drilling near our shores, American taxpayers across the country are at risk of footing the bill to bail out the mistakes of foreign oil companies,” Curbelo said. “This bill ensures that won’t happen and guarantees our coastal communities will have the resources they need for clean up and recovery if they are affected by a foreign spill.”

“In Florida and around America, we must protect our beautiful beaches and coastal areas both now and in the future,” Soto said. “This bill would hold foreign oil drilling companies fully responsible for spills nears our shores. I am honored to co-introduce this important, bipartisan legislation with Congressman Curbelo.”

Curbelo had previously introduced this legislation in the 114th Congress. It passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support on April 26, 2016.

PHOTO: Curbelo signing the Foreign Spill Protection Act January 12, 2017 before introduction. Credit to the Office of Representative Carlos Curbelo.

 

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