Local officials push for offshore drilling reform...
"Introduced in July by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 would, among other things, eliminate a $75 million liability cap that energy companies face if they cause extensive damage to coastal areas.
Energy companies — such as BP, which has committed $20 billion in reparations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — would be required to make communities whole for damage they cause.
The act would give more oversight to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which traditionally plays second or third fiddle to the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies when it comes to offshore drilling.
It also includes programs that would promote energy efficiency and alternative energy vehicles."
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