Summary: H.R.33 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/06/1999)

Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from permitting oil and gas development activities in specified parts of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, the Straits of Florida Planning Area, and the South Atlantic Planning Area, unless: (1) certain environmental studies and assessments have been completed; and (2) the Secretary has certified to the Congress that specified environmental information has been obtained which adequately enables the Secretary to implement Federal stewardship of the environment with a minimal level of uncertainty.

Prohibits the Secretary from conducting any: (1) oil or gas development activity under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act in a specified part of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area; or (2) preleasing activity or lease sale in such Planning Areas for a specified period.

Mandates specified assessments and studies of the Areas addressed by this Act.

Directs the Secretary to establish the Joint Federal-State Outer Continental Shelf Task Force to request additional studies and surveys as needed to minimize the uncertainty about the effects of preleasing, leasing, and exploration activities.

Subjects the first exploration plan submitted after the date of enactment of this Act to the requirements of detailed environmental impact statements.

Authorizes appropriations.