Legislation aimed at requiring all of the state’s refineries to contribute toward oil spill cleanups zipped through the Louisiana House Wednesday, a day after it stalled.
House Bill 636 would lower a fee designed to generate money for possible oil spills and expand it to all 25 active refineries in Louisiana. Currently, only a few refineries pay the fee.
Objections arose Tuesday over lowering the fee while the state still is grappling with the fallout of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and affected businesses along Louisiana’s coast.
State Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur and HB636 sponsor, offered an amendment Wednesday that would delay implementation of the new fee schedule until 2014 unless oil spill lawsuits stemming from the 2010 accident settle before then.
The House voted 97-0 in favor of advancing the proposal to the state Senate.