H. R. 2566
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 15, 2011
Mr. Markey (for himself and Mr. Holt) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and collect fees for inspections of Outer Continental Shelf facilities, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
No Free Inspections for Oil Companies
OCS facility inspection fees
Section 22 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1348) is amended by adding at the end of the section the following:
The Secretary of the Interior shall establish, by rule, and collect from the operators of facilities subject to inspection under subsection (c) non-refundable fees for such inspections—
at an aggregate level equal to the amount necessary to offset the annual expenses of inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) by the Department of the Interior; and
using a schedule that reflects the differences in complexity among the classes of facilities to be inspected.
Ocean energy enforcement fund
There is established in the Treasury a fund, to
be known as the
Ocean Energy Enforcement Fund (referred to in
this subsection as the
Fund), into which shall be deposited
amounts collected as fees under paragraph (1) and which shall be available as
provided under paragraph (3).
Availability of fees
Notwithstanding section 3302 of title 31, United States Code, all amounts collected by the Secretary under this section—
shall be credited as offsetting collections;
shall be available for expenditure only for purposes of carrying out inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) and the administration of the inspection program under this section;
shall be available only to the extent provided for in advance in an appropriations Act; and
shall remain available until expended.
Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2011, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year.
Each report shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report, the following:
A statement of the amounts deposited into the Fund.
A description of the expenditures made from the Fund for the fiscal year, including the purpose of the expenditures.
Recommendations for additional authorities to fulfill the purpose of the Fund.
A statement of the balance remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year.