Lifting the cap on oil companies’ liability for disasters that they cause can certainly increase their accountability. The Oil Protection Act of 1990 put the cap at $75 million dollars plus the cost of cleanup, meaning that oil companies cannot be sued for any more than this when they cause oil spills. So BP only paid $75 million in damages for their Gulf of Mexico spill, even though it caused so much devastation. The U.S. Senate has blocked repeated attempts to raise the cap to $10 billion.
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