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One Year Later, Not One Oil Spill Law Passed





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One year after the worst oil spill in American history, the U.S. has yet to pass a single law addressing all the dangers associated with deep water drilling or adjusting the cap limits on damages. 

"NEW YORK -- Soon after his son Gordon died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion last April, Keith Jones made eight trips to Washington D.C. to push for stronger safety measures in offshore oil drilling and to increase the compensation paid to victims of the tragic accident. He met with President Obama, who apologized for the families' "unimaginable grief" and cradled Gordon's baby boy Maxwell in his arms.

When Jones arrived on Capitol Hill, he says he was mobbed by Senators and Representatives eager to express their condolences and to promise that they would swiftly pass legislation to make sure such a tragedy never happens again.

He is still waiting.
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Although the Obama Administration released a comprehensive report along with recommendations for safer drilling operations and for lifting liability caps, no significant legislation has been adopted by Congress. One year later, BP's stock is doing well, TransOcean has given what they've called safety bonuses to their executives, many Gulf residents are waiting to recover damages and baby dolphins are showing up dead on shore.

The BP Disater, one year later.

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