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The Administration launched a new website, RestoreTheGulf.gov, to be a central location for news and information on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing response and recovery efforts. National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen explains: We are committed … Continue reading

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Today, Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina objected to giving subpoena powers to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Last week, the House passed this legislation by a vote of 420 to … Continue reading

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Editorials across the nation call out the BP Republicans for siding with Big Oil over the American people: New York Times Editorial — Serial Apologies, No Contrition: House Republicans had their chance to do the right thing and remove Joe … Continue reading

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This afternoon, the House passed HR 5481, legislation to provide the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling with subpoena power. This will ensure the Commission can conduct a complete analysis of the systemic industry … Continue reading

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Last week, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX)–Ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee–outraged America when he apologized to BP through its CEO Tony Hayward after President Obama got the company to set aside $20 billion in a disaster compensation … Continue reading

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According to news reports, the Energy and Commerce Committee's top Republican who publicly apologized to BP has now apologized to his fellow Republican Members of Congress in a behind-closed-doors meeting this morning. As described by Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH): … Continue reading

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Last week, House Committees held six hearings related to the disastrous oil spill, including testimony from the top executives from the big five oil companies that uncovered serious disaster response plan inadequacies. For example, BP (and three of the companies) … Continue reading

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Yesterday, after meeting with BP executives, President Obama announced BP will create a $20 billion disaster compensation fund for Gulf Coast workers, their families and businesses who have been affected by the oil spill. This fund will be administered by … Continue reading

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This week, the House is continuing their full inquiry into the disaster and demanding answers from all the players including BP, Transocean and Halliburton. On Tuesday, top executives from the big five oil companies testified before the House Energy & … Continue reading

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BP must be held accountable and responsible for paying the full costs of cleaning up the Gulf and restoring the local economy. Following today's meeting with the President, BP executives agreed to create an accountability fund to pay its obligations … Continue reading

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