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S. 1263 (115th): Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 25, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1263

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 25, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Markey, Ms. Hassan, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Shaheen, and Mr. Sanders) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act.

2.

Moratorium on oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of outer Continental Shelf

Section 11 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(i)

Moratorium on oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-Related seismic activities in North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person or agency of the United States may conduct geological or geophysical activities (as those terms are described in the final programmatic environmental impact statement of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management entitled Atlantic OCS Proposed Geological and Geophysical Activities, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas and completed February 2014) in support of oil, gas, or methane hydrate exploration and development in any area located in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, or Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf.

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