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H.R. 6455 (114th): Energizing American Maritime Act

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 7, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6455

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 7, 2016

(for himself and Mr. Duncan of Tennessee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require a certain percentage of LNG and crude oil exports be transported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Energizing American Maritime Act.

2.

National policy on strategic energy asset export transportation

(a)

LNG exports

(1)

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(A)

LNG is an explosive gas that can be hazardous to national import and export terminals and ports when mishandled.

(B)

LNG is a strategic national asset, the export of which will be used to preserve the United States tanker fleet and skilled mariner workforce that are essential to national security.

(C)

For the safety and security of the United States, LNG should be exported on vessels documented under the laws of the United States.

(2)

Requirement

Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Transportation of exports of LNG on vessels documented under laws of the United States

As a condition for approval of any authorization to export LNG, the Secretary of Energy shall require the applicant to transport the authorized exports on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, as follows:

(1)

Fifteen percent of the LNG authorized to be exported in each of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

(2)

Thirty percent of the LNG authorized to be exported in 2025 and each year thereafter.

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(3)

Opportunities for licensed and unlicensed mariners

Each Federal official responsible for the issuance of a permit authorizing the export of LNG shall require, as a condition and term of the permit, that the permittee shall provide opportunities for United States licensed and unlicensed mariners to receive experience and training necessary for them to become credentialed in working on an LNG vessel.

(b)

Crude oil

Section 101 of title I of division O of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (42 U.S.C. 6212a) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking subsections (c) and (d) and inserting subsections (c), (d), and (e);

(2)

by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (f); and

(3)

by inserting after subsection (d) the following:

(e)

Transportation of exports of crude oil on vessels documented under laws of the United States

As a condition to export crude oil, the President shall require an applicant to transport the exports on vessels documented under the laws of the United States, as follows:

(1)

Fifteen percent of the crude oil to be exported in each of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

(2)

Thirty percent of the crude oil to be exported in 2025 and each year thereafter.

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