IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 13, 2020
Mr. Markey (for himself, Mr. Whitehouse, Ms. Warren, and Mr. Sanders) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Tar Sands Tax Loophole Elimination Act.
Clarification of tar sands as crude oil for excise tax purposes
Paragraph (1) of section 4612(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:
The term crude oil includes crude oil condensates, natural gasoline, any bitumen or bituminous mixture, any oil derived from a bitumen or bituminous mixture (including oil derived from tar sands), and any oil derived from kerogen-bearing sources (including oil derived from oil shale).
Regulatory authority To address other types of crude oil and petroleum products
Subsection (a) of section 4612 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Regulatory authority to address other types of crude oil and petroleum products
Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary may include as crude oil or as a petroleum product subject to tax under section 4611, any fuel feedstock or finished fuel product customarily transported by pipeline, vessel, railcar, or tanker truck if the Secretary determines that—
the classification of such fuel feedstock or finished fuel product is consistent with the definition of oil under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and
such fuel feedstock or finished fuel product is produced in sufficient commercial quantities as to pose a significant risk of hazard in the event of a discharge.
Paragraph (2) of section 4612(a) of such Code is amended by striking
from a well located.
The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.