Congressmen Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), along with Steve Scalise (R-LA-01), Jo Bonner (R-AL-01) Steve Palazzo (R-MS-04), Jeff Landry (R-LA-03), Pete Olson (R-TX-22),Cedric Richmond (D-LA 02) and Steve Southerland, II (R-FL-02), today introduced an amendment to H.R. 3408, the PIONEERS Act, that would require a portion of the fines paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill be set aside for use along the affected shores of the Gulf Coast.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted this afternoon to add language to a transportation and energy bill requiring that 80 percent of civil fines from the 2010 oil spill be reserved to help Gulf states rebound from the disaster.
“Nearly two years after the accident, the Gulf Coast continues to feel the economic impacts of the Gulf oil spill, and BP must be held accountable,” Miller said. “Florida businesses are struggling, the real estate market has yet to recover, and individuals are still looking for work. This amendment will ensure the fines paid by BP for their mistake would be returned to our area and promote the economies of the local communities still reeling from last year’s disaster.”
The amendment is the first step in the process to restore the Gulf Coast from the damages we suffered as a result of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Under the Clean Water Act, BP is expected to pay between $5 billion and $21 billion in fines, based on estimates of the flow of oil from the Macondo well.