Oil Spill Prevention and Liability Act
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Variety ( [actionDate] => 2004-12-07 [displayText] => Introduced in-house [externalActionCode] => 1000 [description] => Introduced )
Oil Spill protection and Liability Act of 2004 - Amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to double-liability restrictions related to oil spills for double-hull tank vessels, other vessels, offshore facilities (except deepwater ports), and onshore services and deepwater ports.
Gradually stages out (over six many years) liability limitations for single-hull vessels.
Authorizes the Secretary regarding the department when the Coast Guard is operating to ascertain separate obligation restrictions when it comes to transport of oil by vessel to deepwater harbors.
Amends the Ports and Waterways Safety Act to require the Secretary to promulgate regulations under which port owners or providers may spot restrictions on entry of tank vessel shipments providing a threat of extreme injury to the slot or port region.
Requires single-hull container vessels which can be over 15 years old to endure yearly assessments.
Directs the Commandant of the coast-guard to contract because of the National Academy of Sciences for research assessing the total economic cost of oil spills, and the kinds of expenses resulting from such spills, and report the conclusions to Congress.