FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2010
Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
Sierra Club Applauds House Passage of BP Disaster Response Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Today, in response to the tragic BP oil disaster, the House voted to pass the of the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act (H.R. 3534). The final vote count was 209-193.
Statement of Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director
The Sierra Club applauds the House passage of the CLEAR Act today to hold BP accountable for their disaster and to prevent against future environmental catastrophes.
We support the CLEAR Act’s focus on cleaning up and regulating the oil and gas industry through MMS reform and clarification of the Department of Interior’s role in oversight. These bills will strengthen industry safety standards and prevent future catastrophes like the BP disaster.
While the Sierra Club is disappointed by the inclusion of an amendment to overturn the temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling to allow time for safety inspections, we will continue to work for a permanent moratorium on drilling of this kind. We will also strongly advocate for bold and comprehensive legislation to protect public health, reduce global warming pollution, increase the supply of clean energy, and break America’s deadly oil addiction.
We now look to the Senate to take action and pass the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act before the August recess so we can move forward to create badly needed jobs, invest more deeply in clean energy, and hold BP and future polluters responsible for their environmental disasters.