Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Oil Spill Response Bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed its oil spill response bill today on a 48-0 vote.
The Hill lays out the details of a compromise struck between Democrats and Republicans on the committee that paved the way for the bill’s passage:
A key part of the deal prevents the new rules from applying to wells on state lands unless federal officials determine that a blowout would lead to major harms, and that the state cannot regulate effectively.
It also allows states to challenge such decisions.
For more on the Blowout Prevention Act of 2010, check out this section-by-section summary.