John Chafee Quotes

I do not think there should be a limit on the rig's liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. ... The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite.

12 Years later, the BP Rig Deepwater Horizon failed and a huge amount of oil was released and polluted the Gulf of Mexico shores with the liability extending to many billions of dollars. Most of the members of Chafee’s own party wanted to seriously limit the liability of oil rig operators, but a few Republicans let by Chafee voting with the Democrats kept a high enough liability and BP and their subcontractors paid for most of the damage.
John Chafee
John Chafee
  • Born: October 22, 1922
  • Died: October 24, 1999
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

John Lester Hubbard Chafee was an American politician. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, as the 66th Governor of Rhode Island, as the Secretary of the Navy, and as a United States Senator.