CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3534 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Friday, July 30, 2010, under a structured rule making the following amendments in order. The rule provides for one motion to recommit. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on September 8, 2009.
1.) Rep. Rahall (D-WV):
2.) Rep. Castle (R-DE): Would ensure there is no delay in the development of ocean renewable energy resources, including offshore wind, in the establishment of the new Bureau of Energy and Resource Management.
3.) Reps. Kind (D-WI) et al: Would require that no less than 1.5 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund annually go toward securing recreational public access to federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
4.) Rep. Shea-Porter (D-NH): Would ensure that ethics guidelines required for certain Department of Interior employees are updated at least every three years. Would ensure that the best available technology for oil spill response and mitigation, and the availability and accessibility of that technology is part of the Offshore Technology Research and Risk Assessment Program. Would require that operators annually certify that their response and exploration plans include the best available technology and its availability.
5.) Reps. Teague (D-NM) and Jackson Lee (D-TX): Would allow a group of companies to cooperate to meet financial responsibility requirements by pooling of resources or joint insurance coverage.
6.) Rep. Himes (D-CT): Would require that a National Resources Damages Act trustee give equal and full consideration to all statutory natural resource damage remedies to ensure that acquisition of non-impacted land is considered an equal remedy and not given lower priority as is currently provided in statute.
7.) Rep. Connolly (D-VA) et al: Would ensure that Oil Pollution Act liabilities of an oil subsidiary will be inherited by the parent oil company in the event the subsidiary goes bankrupt and does not sell its assets. This amendment would retroactively apply to any incident occurring after January 1, 2010.
8.) Reps. Melancon (D-LA) and Childers (D-MS): Would impose certain limits on the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling. The moratorium would not apply to applications for permits to drill if the applicant has met safety requirements set forth in the National Notice to Leases dated June 8, 2010, and June 18, 2010. The Secretary of Interior would have to make a decision on whether an applicant has complied within 30 days.
9.) Rep. Melancon (D-LA): Would create an additional civil penalty on Gulf Coast Oil Spills of more than 1 million barrels ($2 million per 1 million barrels) and would direct those funds toward Gulf Coast environmental restoration projects.