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S. 1318: West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019

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Should oil drilling be allowed in the Pacific Ocean, right off the American west coast?


Federal lease sales for oil drilling in the waters off of California last took place in 1984. But the Trump Administration released a five-year plan last year which would open up the waters off the western continental U.S. to oil drilling, for the first time in three and a half decades.

According to Trump’s Interior Department estimates, the plan would make 98% of the country’s “undiscovered but technically recoverable” oil and gas resources available, compared to only 6% available currently.

What the legislation does

The West Coast Ocean Protection Act would permanently ban offshore drilling off the west coast, enshrining a long-followed guideline into federal law.

It was introduced in the ...

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2019
Length: 2 pages
May 2, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 2, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 2, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 2, 2019

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S. 1318 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1318. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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