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S. 1318: West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of May 2, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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

Context

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 ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1318

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 2, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Harris, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Cantwell, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Booker, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Gillibrand, and Mr. Peters) 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 permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019.

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Prohibition of oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington

Section 8 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Prohibition of oil and gas leasing in certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue a lease for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas in any area of the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of the State of California, Oregon, or Washington.

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