IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 15, 2013
Mr. Inhofe (for himself, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Risch, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Burr, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Coats, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To eliminate oil exports from Iran by expanding domestic production.
This Act may be cited as the
Iran Sanctions Implementation Act of
Congress finds that—
despite recently enacted sanctions, Iran continues to export 1,250,000 barrels of oil per day;
70 percent of the revenue of the Government of Iran comes from oil exports;
exports of oil from Iran enable the Government of Iran to finance its nuclear weapons program and support rogue actors such as the Assad regime of Syria;
the international community has reduced its reliance on oil from Iran, but has balked at a full embargo out of fear that the supply of oil on the world market would be insufficient to meet demand without massive price increases and disruptions to the world economy;
by expanding oil production in the United States by 1,250,000 barrels per day, the United States will displace all oil exports from Iran on the world market; and
displacing oil exports from Iran will enable the imposition of a full embargo against oil from Iran, further isolating the country and reducing its ability to threaten global stability.
Iranian oil replacement zones
The President shall designate any area of Federal land
that the President determines appropriate as an
Iranian Oil Replacement
Zone (referred to in this Act as a
Each Zone shall include any area of Federal land necessary for the transportation, including by truck, train, or pipeline, of the oil produced in that Zone to market.
The President shall make designations under subsection (a) until the date on which the Department of the Interior determines that the total daily production of oil from the Zones will reach 1,250,000 barrels of oil per day.
The designation of Zones under this section shall terminate on the date that is 30 days after the date on which the President makes the certification described in section 401(a) of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ( 22 U.S.C. 8551(a) ).
Each Zone shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the State in which the Zone is located.
Zones located in more than 1 State
If the Zone spans more than 1 State, each State shall have authority over the portion of the Zone located in that State.
The designation of Federal land under this Act shall not be subject to judicial review.
Applicability of NEPA
The designation of Federal land under this Act shall not—
constitute a major Federal action for purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 ( 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. ); or
be subject to review under that Act.