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H.R. 3585: Bolstering Economies, Anglers, Coastal Habitats, Ecosystems and Security in Florida Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 27, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3585

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 27, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mrs. Murphy, Mr. Soto, Mr. Crist, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Yoho, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Posey, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Spano, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Mast, Mr. Rooney of Florida, and Mr. Waltz) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bolstering Economies, Anglers, Coastal Habitats, Ecosystems and Security in Florida Act or the BEACHES in Florida Act.

2.

Moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off coast of Florida

(a)

Extension of Gulf coast moratorium

Section 104(a) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note) is amended—

(1)

by striking 2022 and inserting 2029; and

(2)

by inserting , and may not issue a permit for oil and gas exploration (as such term is defined in section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act) in after related activity.

(b)

Establishment of Atlantic coast moratorium

Section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1431) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Moratorium on oil and gas leasing off coast of Florida

(1)

In general

The Secretary may not offer for oil and gas leasing, preleasing, or any related activity, and may not issue a permit for oil and gas exploration in—

(A)

any area in the Straits of Florida Planning Area; and

(B)

any area in the South Atlantic Planning Area that is south of the northernmost lateral seaward administrative boundary of the State of Florida.

(2)

Application

This subsection shall apply during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on June 30, 2029.

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