Sunshine State News: Carlos Curbelo Brings Back Foreign Spill Protection Act

By Kevin Derby

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Washington, D.C. , January 18, 2017 | comments
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., has brought back his proposal to ensure that Americans aren’t left with the bill when foreign oil spills move into American waters.

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Curbelo brought the bill back last week, this time with U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., acting as the chief co-sponsor. The legislation would change the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) passed in 1990 to ensure costs from foreign oil spills that impact American waters will be incurred by the responsible party. The bill would also ensure the responsible party for these type of spills would be held accountable by the Clean Water Act. As the law currently stands, responsible parties would only face up to $1 billion in damages for oil spills that start in other countries waters and, eventually, impact American waters.

“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 when he brought the bill back. “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.”

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