H.R. 1229 (112th): Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act

Mar 29, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Passed House)
Doc Hastings
Representative for Washington's 4th congressional district
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Last Updated
May 16, 2011
14 pages
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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 11, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Mar 29, 2011
Referred to Committee Mar 29, 2011
Reported by Committee Apr 13, 2011
Passed House May 11, 2011
Full Title

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.


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May 10, 2011 6:57 p.m.
Failed 167/245
May 10, 2011 7:04 p.m.
Failed 169/240
May 10, 2011 7:12 p.m.
Failed 176/237
May 11, 2011 1:58 p.m.
Failed 187/235
May 11, 2011 2:04 p.m.
Failed 179/247
May 11, 2011 2:08 p.m.
Failed 174/254
May 11, 2011 2:12 p.m.
Failed 169/258
May 11, 2011 2:17 p.m.
Failed 205/222
May 11, 2011 2:22 p.m.
Failed 185/239
May 11, 2011 2:59 p.m.
Passed 263/163

70 cosponsors (70R) (show)

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5/16/2011--Passed House amended.
Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act -
Title I - Amendment to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Section 101 -
Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior (who currently is only authorized) to require that any lessee operating under an approved exploration plan obtain: (1) a permit before drilling any well in accordance with such plan, and (2) a new permit before drilling any well of a design significantly different from the design for which an existing permit was issued.
Prohibits the Secretary from issuing a permit without ensuring that the proposed drilling operations meet all: (1) critical safety system requirements including blowout prevention, and (2) oil spill response and containment requirements.
Requires the Secretary to decide whether to issue a permit within 30 days after receiving an application. Allows up to two 15-day extensions of such deadline. Prescribes implementation procedures.
Imposes a deadline for certain permit applications under existing leases.
Section 102 -
Directs the Secretary to extend by one year the term of an oil and gas lease (covered lease) for the Gulf of Mexico outer Continental Shelf (OCS) region that:
(1) was not producing as of April 30, 2010; or
(2) was suspended from operations, permit processing, or consideration in accordance with either the moratorium set forth in the Minerals Management Service Notice to Lessees and Operators No. 2010, or the decision memorandum regarding the suspension of certain offshore permitting and drilling activities on the OCS, dated July 12, 2010; and
(3) by its terms would expire on or before December 31, 2011.
States that the extension of such covered leases is in addition to any suspension of operations or of production granted by the Minerals Management Service or Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement after May 1, 2010.
Title II - Judicial Review of Agency Actions Relating to Outer Continental Shelf Activities in the Gulf of Mexico
Section 201 -
Defines a covered civil action as one seeking relief (other than money damages) and stating a claim that an agency or an agency officer or employee acted or failed to act in an official capacity or under color of legal authority regarding a covered energy project in the Gulf of Mexico.
Defines such a covered energy project as the leasing of federal lands of the OCS (including submerged lands) for the exploration, development, production, processing, or transmission of oil, natural gas, wind, or any other source of energy in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as any action under such a lease. Excludes from the meaning of covered energy project any disputes between the parties to a lease regarding the obligations under such lease, including any alleged breach of the lease.
Section 202 -
Establishes any district court within the Fifth Circuit as the exclusive venue for covered civil actions relating to covered energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico, unless there is no proper venue within that circuit.
Section 203 -
Bars a covered civil action unless it is filed within 60 days after the final federal action to which it relates.
Section 204 -
Requires the court to try to hear and determine any covered action as expeditiously as possible.
Section 205 -
Makes a presumption, in any judicial review of a covered civil action, that the administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged federal action or decision are correct. Allows rebuttal of this presumption only by the preponderance of the evidence contained in the administrative record.
Section 206 -
Prohibits a court from granting or approving any prospective relief unless it finds that such relief: (1) is narrowly drawn, (2) extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement, and (3) is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation.
Section 207 -
Prohibits federal payment of attorneys' fees, expenses, and other court costs to any party in a covered civil action under this Act.
Title III - Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act -
Section 302 -
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct specified proposed offshore oil and gas lease sales as follows:
(1) lease sale 216 in the Central Gulf of Mexico within four months after enactment of this Act;
(2) lease sale 218 in the Western Gulf of Mexico within eight months after enactment of this Act;
(3) lease sale 220 on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia within one year after enactment of this Act; and
(4) lease sale 222 in the Central Gulf of Mexico no later than June 1, 2012.
Section 304 -
Prohibits the Secretary from making any Offshore Virginia tract available for leasing if it would conflict with military operations.
Declares that, for purposes of such proposed lease sales, specified Environmental Impact Statements are deemed to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

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