Pelosi Unveils House Oil Spill Response Bill « The Washington Independent
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled an oil spill response package last night.
The bill includes legislation proposed by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) that would reform the Interior Department’s drilling oversight infrastructure and put new regulations on the oil drilling. It also includes the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010, which, according to a summary of the bill, “provides whistleblower and anti-retaliation protections to workers on the Outer Continental Shelf” and “protects worker safety by improving federal agency coordination.”
More to come on this following an 11 a.m. conference call on the legislation.
For now, here are the bills. Note that there have been changes to the Rahall bill since it passed committee earlier this month, including adding provisions from oil spill response bills in the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Here’s a summary of the revised Rahall bill.