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H.R. 205 (116th): Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jan 25, 2021.

Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019

(Sec. 2)This bill permanently extends the moratorium on oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Florida.

(Sec. 4)The Department of the Interior must collect non-refundable fees from the operators of facilities subject to inspection under this bill, including inspection fees for offshore energy facilities and oil drilling rigs. All fees collected must be deposited into the Ocean Energy Safety Fund.

(Sec. 6)Interior must contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to complete the study on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Inspection Program.