Text: H.R.5520 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/14/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5520

To require immediate payment by BP p.l.c to the United States of an amount for use to compensate all affected persons for removal costs and damages arising from the explosion and sinking of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, to make that amount available to the Secretary of the Interior to pay such compensation, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 14, 2010

Mr. Kagen (for himself, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Hall of New York, Mr. Boswell, Mr. Hare, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Deutch, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Schauer, Mr. Spratt, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Baca, Ms. Clarke, Ms. Lee of California, and Mr. Cohen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To require immediate payment by BP p.l.c to the United States of an amount for use to compensate all affected persons for removal costs and damages arising from the explosion and sinking of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, to make that amount available to the Secretary of the Interior to pay such compensation, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Oil Spill Responsibility Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Payment of compensation for removal costs and damages arising from the “Deepwater Horizon” incident.

(a) Finding.—Congress finds that BP p.l.c confessed under oath before Congress to being the responsible party for the discharge of oil in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the explosion on and sinking of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

(b) Payment by BP.—

(1) PAYMENT REQUIRED.—BP shall immediately pay to the United States $25,000,000,000 as partial compensation for removal costs and damages for which BP is liable.

(2) LIMITATION ON DAMAGES NOT APPLICABLE.—Section 1004(a)(3) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2703(a)(3)) shall not apply with respect to the explosion on and sinking of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

(3) NO LIMITATION ON LIABILITY.—This section shall not be construed to limit the liability of BP to the amount set forth in paragraph (1).

(c) Deposit and use.—Amounts paid by BP under subsection (a) shall be deposited into a separate account in the Treasury and shall be available to the Secretary of the Interior without further appropriation to reimburse any person for removal costs and damages incurred by the person as a result of the explosion on and sinking of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

(d) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) BP.—The term “BP” means BP p.l.c.

(2) TERMS DEFINED IN OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990.—Each of the terms “damages”, “discharge”, “oil”, “removal costs”, “remove”, and “responsible party” has the meaning given that term in section 1001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701).