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S. 2906: Stop Giving Big Oil Free Money Act

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About the bill

Should a 1995 financial break to incentivize offshore drilling still remain 24 years later?


The Deep Water Royalty Relief Act of 1995 — part of a larger 1995 law dealing with energy production — attempted to spur oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, by offering companies temporary reprieves from the 12% royalty they were supposed to pay on the produced oil.

However, a clause supported across the aisle — which would have instituted the royalty payments if oil and gas prices exceeded a certain level — was accidentally omitted. Those price thresholds were exceeded years ago. Since then about $18 billion in would-be royalties were never paid.

What the legislation does

The Stop Giving Big Oil Free Money Act would close this quarter-century-old loophole, by banning the Interior Department from issuing any ...

Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Nov 20, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Nov 20, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 20, 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)


Nov 20, 2019

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