April 13, 2011
Reporting H.R. 1231 Out of Committee (Passed 29-14. View Roll Call Vote)
This bill would lift the President’s ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward in the 2012-2017 lease plan with energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. The bill sets a production goal of 3 million barrels of oil per day by 2027, which would reduce foreign imports by nearly one-third.
Runyan Amendment #008 – Add “Opt-out” Option for States For Lease Sales (Failed 15-28. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment adds a provision that provides a mechanism, through a state-wide referendum, for states to “opt-out” of lease sales authorized in the 2012-2017 Five Year Leasing Plan that lie within the state’s administrative boundary in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific planning areas.
Pallone Amendment #028 – Prohibit Lease Sales in the Atlantic Ocean (Failed by Voice Vote.)
This amendment would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from including lease sales in the Atlantic Ocean in an oil and natural gas leasing program.
Holt Amendment #007 – Introduce “Production Incentive Fees” For Non-Producing Leases (Failed 12-31. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would require a “Production Incentive Fee” for non-producing leases beginning in the third year of the lease in 2011 dollars. The production fee would increases again in the sixth year and each subsequent year the lease is not in production.
Harris Amendment #008 – Prohibit Oil and Natural Gas Lease Sales in Maryland Administrative Boundaries (Failed by Voice Vote.)
This amendment would prohibit lease sales within Maryland’s administrative boundary in the Mid Atlantic Planning Area.
Hanabusa Amendment #003 – Require Worst Case Discharge Scenario Plan (Failed 14-29. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would require the Department of the Interior to include a worst case scenario discharge analysis in the leasing plan and require lease applicants to demonstrate the capability and technology to address a worst case discharge scenario immediately and effectively.
Markey Amendment #002 – Require Fatality Rate to Drop Below from the 50% 2004-2009 Leasing Period (Failed 13-30. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would require the U.S. offshore oil and natural gas industry-wide fatality rate to drop below 50% of such rate for the period between 2004-2009 before the Secretary approves lease sales in the 2012-2017 5-year oil and natural gas leasing period.
Garamendi Amendment #018 – Prohibit Offshore Lease Sales off the Coast of California, Oregon and Washington (Failed 14-29. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would prohibit oil and natural gas leasing programs for any area of the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon or Washington.
Hastings Amendment – Strike Section on Seismic Surveys (Agreed to by Voice Vote.)
This amendment would strike Section 4 that encourage seismic surveying.
Markey Amendment #005-2 – Prohibit Oil and Gas Natural Exploration in Georges Bank (Failed 14-29. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would prohibit exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas in Georges Bank.
Pallone Amendment #030 – Prohibit Oil and Natural Gas Exploration in the New York/New Jersey Bight (Failed 14-29. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would prohibit exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas in the New York/New Jersey Bight.
* For complete legislative action for the April 13, 2011 Full Committee Markup, click here.