2010-07-22 / General Stories

McCaul Amendment Ensures R&D for Safe Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) successfully added an amendment to a bill that advances environmentally responsible oil and gas exploration. The amendment, accepted in committee with bipartisan support, ensures federal research funding is spent on research and development for safer exploration and production methods. The bill reprioritizes funding in the existing program by increasing R&D funding for Safety and Accident Prevention and Mitigation within the Department of Energy.

“This may help to advance, for example, understanding of the potential impacts of and alternatives to chemicals added to drilling muds, such as that used in the recent ‘top kill’ procedure,” Rep. McCaul said during today’s Science and Technology Committee markup. “Similar research needs exist with respect to onshore deep natural gas drilling activities.”

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