A bill introduced by Democratic Congressman A. Donald McEachin, called the Offshore Accountability Act, has been approved by a committee of the US House of Representatives.
he act aims to update reporting standards for the oil and gas industry, with Mr. McEachin explaining that:
My legislation makes common-sense updates to existing reporting standards to ensure appropriate accountability and oversight of offshore drilling facilities
Furthermore, the act would require offshore drilling facilities to report critical safety system failures directly to the Secretary of the Interior, who would then publicly disclose the reports.
As explained by Congressman McEachin, past incidents, such as the Santa Barbara and Deepwater Horizon oil spill, have shown that “offshore drilling accidents can be dangerous, expensive and life-altering for coastal communities and critical ecosystems.”
All Americans, especially those in coastal communities, deserve transparency from industries operating in our oceans
The bill comes after the news earlier this month of an oil spill off the coast of California caused by a ruptured pipeline.