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Opinion | Joan Vennochi

The BP aftermath? Nothing

Two years after the Gulf spill, Congress has done little to make drilling safer

How quickly we forget. Two Aprils ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank, killing 11 crew members and spewing torrents of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

For all the attention the disaster got then, Congress has done nothing since to make drilling safer. Reform legislation passed the House of Representatives in 2010 when Democrats still controlled it. It died in the Senate, and now the Republican-controlled House refuses to advance new, revamped legislation, or to hold hearings.

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