H. R. 2803
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 5, 2011
Mr. Faleomavaega introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, to conduct a technological capability assessment, survey, and economic feasibility study regarding recovery of minerals, other than oil and natural gas, from the shallow and deep seabed of the United States.
Technological assessment, survey, and study of shallow and deep seabed minerals
The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement and in consultation with the heads of other appropriate Federal agencies, shall conduct—
a survey of the shallow and deep seabed of the United States to identify sites for the recovery of such minerals; and
an assessment of all available domestic technological capabilities required for the location and the efficient and environmentally sound recovery of minerals, other than oil and natural gas, from the shallow and deep seabed of the United States; and
an economic feasibility study on the recovery of such minerals.
No later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress containing the findings and recommendations of the assessment, survey, and study under this section.
In this section the term shallow and deep seabed of the United States—
means areas of the seabed that are contiguous to and within 200 miles of the territorial sea of the United States and the resources of which are subject to its jurisdiction or control; and
includes such areas that are contiguous to and within 200 miles of the territorial sea around any inhabited and uninhabited territory or possession of the United States including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Midway Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, Navassa Island, Serranilla Bank, Bajo Nuevo Bank, and Palmyra Atoll.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this Act $500,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 and 2013.