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H.R. 479 (117th): California Central Coast Conservation Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 25, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 479

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Huffman, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Takano, Mr. Khanna, Mr. DeSaulnier, Ms. Lee of California, and Ms. Eshoo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land on the Central Coast of California.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the California Central Coast Conservation Act.

2.

Moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land on the Central Coast of California

Section 17(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(q)

Moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land on the Central Coast of California

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any other law and except as provided in paragraph (2), beginning on the date of enactment of this subsection, the Record of Decision for the Central Coast Field Office Resource Management Plan Amendment for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development published on October 7, 2019 (84 Fed. Reg. 53470), shall have no force or effect until the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office completes and circulates for public comment a supplemental environmental impact statement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) and chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code, that considers the environmental effects of all oil and gas development authorized to occur under the Bureau of Land Management’s preferred alternative Alternative F, which appears in the final Environmental Impact Statement published on May 10, 2019 (84 Fed. Reg. 20657), but was not included or analyzed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement published January 6, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg 1754), along with the environmental effects of oil and gas development that would be authorized as a result of such record of decision, including such effects on—

(A)

air quality;

(B)

greenhouse gas emissions and the climate;

(C)

groundwater quality and availability;

(D)

surface water quality and availability;

(E)

seismicity;

(F)

wildlife and plant species, including threatened species and endangered species; and

(G)

low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous communities, including federally- and State-recognized Indian Tribes.

(2)

New review

If the supplemental environmental impact statement under paragraph (1) finds any significant detrimental effects on any matter described in subparagraphs (A) through (G) of such paragraph, the Record of Decision referred to in paragraph (1) shall have no force or effect and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall conduct a new review of Federal oil and gas leasing on the Central Coast of California under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332).

(3)

Environmental Protection Agency review

(A)

After the date of the publication, pursuant to paragraph (2), of a supplemental environmental impact statement under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall review and publish comments regarding such statement, including—

(i)

identification of any significant environmental impacts of oil and gas leasing on the Central Coast of California that should be avoided to adequately protect the region’s natural resources; or

(ii)

a determination that the supplemental environmental impact statement does not contain sufficient information to assess such impacts.

(B)

If the Administrator identifies significant impacts under subparagraph (A)(i) or makes a determination described in subparagraph (A)(ii), the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall consult with the Administrator before taking any action to proceed with Federal oil and gas leasing on the Central Coast of California.

(4)

Effect

Nothing in this subsection affects any rights under leases issued under this Act before the date of enactment of this subsection.

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