How much power_does_the_president_have_over_bp

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How much power_does_the_president_have_over_bp

  1. 1. HOW MUCH LEGAL POWER DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE OVER BP AND ALL OTHER COMPANIES NOW? A TON.
  2. 2. 33 U.S.C. 1321 The laws of the United States (the United States Code), gives the President emergency powers in the event of an oil disaster. The President has the power to Take over any vessel, company, company employee (not just BP, but any company, like Exxon's ships, for example.)
  3. 3. 33 U.S.C. 1321 Discharge posing substantial threat to public health or welfare A) If a discharge, or a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility is of such a size or character as to be a substantial threat to the public health or welfare of the United States (including but not limited to fish, shellfish, wildlife, other natural resources, and the public and private beaches and shorelines of the United States), the President shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove the discharge or to mitigate or prevent the threat of the discharge. (Emphasis added).
  4. 4. 33 U.S.C. 1321 The full-text of the law is here.
  5. 5. The Spill, and counting. (Conservative estimate= 20) AND STILL COUNTING (THE TOTAL NUMBER FOR THE EXXON VALDEZ WAS "11")

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