Environmental Protection

Congress Gets Low Grade by OSCA

In OSCA’s second report card, federal government administrative agencies, oil companies and their industry associations, and Congress were all given a grade on how they each worked to implement the recommendations set up by the Commission.

In OSCA’s report, the three “actors” (administration, industry, and Congress) were graded on these five categories: Impacts and Restoration; Safety and Environmental Protection; Spill Response and Containment; Ensuring Adequate Resources; and Frontier Areas – The Arctic.

The administration received a solid “B” for its continuation of implementing Commission recommendations and for improving the quality of offshore inspections, increasing inspections in the Gulf Coast by 15 percent, according to the report. The industry was assigned a “B-minus” since they have continued to safety of offshore drilling and quicker response to spills.

Congress received the lowest score of the three, with a “D-plus”. Although the report mentions that Congress did create the RESTORE Act (where 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines go to economic development and ecosystem restoration in the Gulf), it has done nothing to help improve environmental protection of safety as recommended by OSCA, said the report. It was also noted in the report that Congress has done nothing to implement recommendations in the “Ensuring Adequate Resources” category.

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