Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2231 - Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Jun 25, 2013 5:04 PM

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Brady, Kevin (TX)

#17

Requires the Secretary of the Interior to include those areas requested by State Governors in any environmental review conducted or statement prepared for the leasing program under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Broun (GA)

#8

REVISED Provides that all claims arising from projects taking place due to the underlying bill be filed within 60 days and resolved within 180 days. It would also place restrictions on appeals and institute a “loser pays” requirement on individuals or entities filing suit, except in specified circumstances, and stipulate that the amendment only applies to individuals or entities which are not party to the pending leases.

Capps (CA), Brownley (CA), Lowenthal (CA)

#18

Ensures Section 203, relating to oil and gas lease sales in the Southern California planning area, and Title III, relating to OCS revenue sharing with coastal states, have no force or effect.

Capps (CA)

#19

Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from issuing a lease on OCS lands that are seaward or adjacent to a coastal State which has a moratorium on offshore oil, gas, and mining activities.

Cassidy (LA)

#1

REVISED Lifts the offshore energy revenue sharing cap, as provided by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, from $500 million to $999 million for each fiscal years 2024 through 2055.

Cassidy (LA)

#2

Stipulates that no later than 60 days after the date of enactment of H.R. 2231, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue rules to provide more clarity, certainty, and stability to the revenue streams contemplated by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Cohen (TN)

#7

REVISED Requires that all leases issued under the Act or any of its programs include a requirement that vessels used for exploration, development, and production of oil and gas under those leases be documented under the laws of the United States. Waiver authority is granted to the Secretary of the Interior.

Connolly (VA)

#22

Recognizes that offshore oil drilling can have major environmental impacts and requires such projects be subjected to an Environmental Impact Statement review prior to approval. It would not prohibit oil drilling, but it would force oil companies to plan for the unexpected.

DeFazio (OR)

#9

Suspends revenue sharing with states under Title III in any fiscal year for which there is an annual Federal budget deficit.

DeFazio (OR)

#10

Prohibits offshore oil and gas leases in Bristol Bay off the coast of Alaska.

DeFazio (OR), Lowenthal (CA), Capps (CA), Bonamici (OR), Schrader (OR), Huffman (CA), Kilmer (WA), Blumenauer (OR), Larsen, Rick (WA), DelBene (WA)

#11

REVISED Prohibits offshore drilling off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

Flores (TX)

#23

REVISED Limits Bureau of Ocean Energy and Ocean Energy Safety Service activities related to the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order 13547. Requires a report be submitted to Congress identifying expenditures for fiscal years 2011-2013 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Ocean Energy Safety Service, and their predecessor agencies.

Grayson (FL)

#14

Ensures that no portion of this legislation is construed as affecting the right of any state to prohibit the management, leasing, developing, and use of lands (including offshore oil drilling) beneath navigable waters within its boundaries.

Grijalva (AZ), Tsongas (MA), Castor (FL)

#5

Requires adoption of additional safety measures before issuing offshore leases. Doubles the maximum civil penalty to $80,000 per incident per day and to $150,000 per day if the violation constitutes “a threat of harm or damage to life, property, or the marine, coastal, or human environment”, and allows the Interior Secretary to lift the liability cap for damages related to an oil spill.

Hastings, Alcee (FL), Connolly (VA)

#15

Strikes section 204 because it eliminates environmental evaluation typically provided by an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and because conducting a single multisale EIS for decisions with different timelines creates unnecessary conflicts in the EIS process.

Holt (NJ), Connolly (VA), Shea-Porter (NH)

#20

Prevents the Secretary of the Interior from issuing oil and gas leases for any area of the Outer Continental Shelf off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#21

REVISED Requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and gas lease sales under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act for an additional 10% of acreage of the outer Continental Shelf proposed to be leased under the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017. Requires: (1) such additional acreage to be known as the Deficit Reduction Acreage, and (2) the Secretary to lease at least 20% of such Deficit Reduction Acreage in each such year. Establishes the Deficit Reduction Energy Security Fund. Requires all sums due under Deficit Reduction Acreage lease sales during the 15 fiscal years beginning when sums are first received from such sales to be deposited into such Fund. Establishes the Coastal and Ocean Sustainability and Health Fund to be administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for: (1) the Coastal and Ocean Disaster Grant Program for restoring, mitigating, monitoring, or otherwise managing coastal and ocean natural resources in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida impacted by coastal or ocean disasters; and (2) the National Grant Program for Coastal and Ocean Sustainability and Health for restoring, protecting, maintaining, managing, or understanding marine resources and their habitats and resources in coastal and ocean water. Establishes in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement an Office of Energy Employment and Training and an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Establishes a Deficit Reduction Energy Security Fund to be funded by revenue from Deficit Reduction Acreage lease sales during the first 15 fiscal years beginning when sums are first received from such sales. Establishes the Coastal and Ocean Sustainability and Health Fund to award grants to be administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for restoring, mitigating, monitoring, or otherwise managing coastal and ocean natural resources in Gulf Coast States impacted by coastal or ocean disasters; and for restoring, protecting, maintaining, managing, and understanding marine resources and their habitats and resources in coastal and ocean water.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#24

LATE Requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and gas lease sales under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act for an additional 10% of acreage of the outer Continental Shelf proposed to be leased under the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 and requires the Secretary to lease at least 20% of such Deficit Reduction Acreage in each such year. Amendment establishes a Deficit Reduction and Low Income Heating Assistance Fund to be funded by revenue from Deficit Reduction Acreage lease sales during the first 15 fiscal years beginning when sums are first received from such sales.

Jackson Lee (TX)

#28

LATE Establishes the Deficit Reduction and Low Income Heating Assistance Fund to be funded by revenue by 60 percent from Deficit Reduction Acreage lease sales during the first 15 fiscal years beginning when sums are first received from such sales.

Lamborn (CO)

#27

LATE Prohibits the authorizing of leases under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to any person in violation of various Iranian sanctions.

Lowenthal (CA)

#16

REVISED Requires any entity purchasing an oil or gas lease from the Secretary of Interior to have a formal policy preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Pallone (NJ)

#12

Strikes leases sales in the Atlantic Ocean.

Richmond (LA), Olson (TX)

#4

REVISED Amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to increase the cap on qualified offshore revenue shared with the gulf producing states by $250 million from 2024 - 2055.

Rigell (VA)

#25

LATE REVISED Requires the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to permit seismic testing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf of the United States by December 31, 2013.

Runyan (NJ)

#6

Allows the State of New Jersey to opt out of a five year lease through a successful referendum vote.

Schneider (IL)

#13

WITHDRAWN Reaffirms that no provision in this bill will be in contravention of existing prohibitions on oil and gas exploration in and around the Great Lakes.

Shea-Porter (NH)

#3

Requires any person or corporation that is purchasing an oil or gas lease to disclose all electioneering expenditures made by them in the last five years.

Welch (VT), Engel (NY)

#26

LATE REVISED Provides that the Secretary of the Interior may not issue a lease unless the oil or gas company elects to not claim any deduction or credit for losses associated with a spill, unless the responsible party satisfies criteria that include paying for all cleanup costs and damages, and having a strong safety record for at least the past five years.