House Panel Votes to Block New BP Drilling
Firm facing 7-year ban on applying for new offshore leases
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2010 12:58 AM CDT
BP may face a ban on offshore drilling because of fatalities in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the 2005 blast at this Texas refinery that killed 15 workers.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)

(Newser) – BP faces being banned from new offshore drilling for up to 7 years under a measure passed by the House Natural Resources Committee. The amendment to a sweeping oil reform bill doesn't mention BP by name, but bans firms that have had more than 10 fatalities at drilling facilities or refineries resulting from violation of safety laws from applying for offshore leases, Reuters reports.

Rep. Bart Stupak downplayed concerns that blocking from BP from new drilling would affect its ability to pay for the Gulf cleanup. "I'm not going to allow BP to drill more so they make more money so they can pay us, and as they do that then there's more environmental damage," he said. "It's a pretty big corporation. I'm sure they can find some money."

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Jul 15, 2010 1:09 PM CDT
This provision goes too far. I'd be content if they removed the cap on liabilities, so drillers can get sued for their total damages. And then they should put tighter regulations and larger fines to ensure proper safety, and then actually start enforcing those regulations.
Jul 15, 2010 11:01 AM CDT
Jul 15, 2010 10:34 AM CDT
Yes, Conservatives, there are consequences when you break the law, kill people, and destroy the livelihoods of millions. Being a wealthy oil corporation does not exempt you from justice and punishment. If you'd like to contact BP to apologize, you may do so here: