IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013
Mrs. Boxer (for herself, Ms. Cantwell, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Merkley, Mrs. Murray, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.
This Act may be cited as the
West Coast Ocean Protection Act of
Prohibition of oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington
Section 8 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Prohibition of Oil and Gas Leasing in Certain Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue a lease for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas in any area of the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of the State of California, Oregon, or Washington.