U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis spoke out in opposition of H.R. 3534, or the CLEAR Act during a floor debate Friday. The bill includes unlimited spill liability for offshore operators, which could effectively eliminate independent producers from operating offshore if they cannot obtain insurance policies to cover their operations.
Lummis feels that the legislation will kill American jobs and significantly hinder American energy independence.
Democrat leaders deleted an amendment adopted without objection by Lummis that would require the Department of Interior to track and report on lawsuits brought against the Department by environmental organizations, as well as the attorney’s fees paid to those organizations.
Democrat leaders also deleted a provision adopted without objection in the House Natural Resources Committee just two weeks ago to establish a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the oil spill – a provision that has also passed a Senate Committee in a bipartisan vote.