Deepwater Oil Spill Penalty Bill Set To Move Forward

Law360, New York (April 26, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A measure to send most penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to Gulf Coast states for restoration efforts is poised to advance in Congress, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers lined up to include it in a final version of transportation legislation.

The measure, called the Restore Act, would direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties — potentially tens of billions of dollars against BP PLC and other defendants in litigation over the disaster — to a special restoration fund for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...
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