A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017

This bill amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to make foreign facilities that
are located offshore and outside the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) liable for
removal costs and damages that result from oil spills that reach (or threaten to
reach) U.S. navigable waters, adjoining shorelines, or the EEZ. Specifically,
the following parties may be held liable: (1) the owners or operators of the
foreign facilities, including facilities located in, on, or under any land
within foreign countries; and (2) the holders of a right of use and easement
granted under applicable foreign law for the area in which the facility is



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

    Jan 12th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Jan 12th, 2017