HR 3534, The Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act (CLEAR), would implement commonsense reforms that would overhaul safety and environmental rig standards, repari our broken and corrupt oil and gas leasing processes, and hold Big Oil responsible for disasters like the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to strengthening regulatory oversight for onshore and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling activities, the CLEAR Act includes many important pro-environment provisions. Among these provisions is a permanent path forward for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund through oil and gas royalty receipts.
This legislation would also life the $75 million liability cap for oil and gas drilling operations, ensuring that these polluting industries are held fully accountable for tragedies like we witnessed on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig.
Rep. Cassidy (R-LA) put forth a Motion to Recommit as an attempt to kill the bill and protect Big Oil. The Motion was rejected 166-239. NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.