Here's an interesting piece of legislation that escaped our notice until our friend David Marcello, Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and Executive Director of the Public Law Center, brought it to our attention—a few weeks ago the Louisiana Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 208, a resolution to urge and request BP to implement a transparency agenda and disclose information related to the flow rate of the oil spewing into the Gulf.
The resolution is one of a growing number of efforts to increase accountability and transparency in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Last week, the Senate moved to slow the revolving door between industry and government regulators. Back in May, Congress succeeded in getting BP to release video footage of the well rupture. Meanwhile, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has been requesting information about BP's compliance with safety regulations and also about the company's knowledge of the oil flow rates.
Clearly the appetite for openness and accountability from BP (and frustration with ongoing secrecy) is strong. Will Congress take action to require more openness from BP?
Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution 208 earned unanimous approval from the state's House and Senate and was sponsored by Representatives Walt Leger III and Cedric L. Richmond.
-- Bryan Rahija