07/28/2010 - Democratic congressional leaders are fast-tracking legislation that would toughen regulations on offshore drilling.
The Senate could begin debate on the legislation as early as today, with a House vote possible as early as Friday.
The separate bills unveiled by Senate and House leaders Tuesday were hailed by environmental advocates as a step toward safer drilling, but industry representatives complained that the measures threaten the viability of small and midlevel producers.
"There are some positive steps in terms of both oil spill response and protecting the safety of drilling operations and protecting the environment," said Eleanor Huffines of the Pew Environmental Group.
Read the full article, Offshore Drilling Legislation is in Express Lane in Congress on the Times-Picayune's Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.