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Jul 14, 2010 3:51 PM by Melissa Canone

Amendment Would Ban Companies With Significant Violations Offshore Drilling Permits

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee wants to put BP in a penalty
box of sorts.
The Natural Resources Committee approved an amendment Wednesday
that would ban companies with significant workplace safety or
environmental violations over the preceding seven years from new
offshore drilling permits.
The California Democrat who sponsored the amendment, congressman
George Miller, said it was needed to limit drilling to responsible
companies. Miller's office said BP's safety violations alone would
be enough to disqualify that company.
BP declined to comment on the lawmakers' action.
The amendment has a long way to go before becoming law. It was
passed as part of a larger energy bill that the committee was
considering Wednesday.

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