08/02/2010 - Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to schedule a mid-week vote on a whether to formally take up the bill he unveiled last week. But that’s as far as the bill will get barring a last-second deal on contentious issues, notably whether to allow unlimited liability for companies responsible for offshore spills. The Hill’s Alexander Bolton looked at the Senate state of play on Sunday.
Overall, the Democrats’ bill blends tougher offshore rig safety standards with a narrow set of energy measures focused on rebates for home efficiency retrofits and deployment of natural gas-powered trucks and electric vehicles.
The Pew Environment Group likes the overall bill, calling the suite of new protections “long overdue.”
“We applaud the House for taking prompt action to make significant reforms in the law so that future development off America’s coasts is science-based and ensures use of the best available technology and environmental review. There is too much at stake to move forward without these protections in place,” said Marilyn Heiman, who heads the group’s offshore energy program, in statement Friday.
Read the full article, E2 Morning Round-Up: Senate Hopes for Oil Spill Action Fade, ‘Static Kill’ of BP’s Ruptured Well is on Tap, and Controversy Over Oil Dispersing Chemicals Takes Center Stage on The Hill's Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.