Text: H.R.5313 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/13/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5313

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to require offshore oil rigs to install acoustic control systems, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 13, 2010

Mr. Schock (for himself and Mr. Putnam) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to require offshore oil rigs to install acoustic control systems, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Offshore Safety and Response Improvement Act”.

SEC. 2. Acoustic control system requirement for offshore oil rigs.

The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall study the use, effectiveness, and specifications of acoustic control systems for offshore oil rigs, and, not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, shall—

(1) promulgate, and publish in the Federal Register, regulations for carrying out the leasing provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) that—

(A) identify approved acoustic control systems for offshore oil rigs; and

(B) require any lessee under that Act using an offshore oil rig to install an acoustic control system identified under subparagraph (A) not later than two years after the date on which the Secretary publishes the regulations; or

(2) submit to Congress, and make available to the public, a report describing in detail the reasons acoustic control systems are not necessary for offshore oil rigs.

SEC. 3. National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan revision.

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President, acting through the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and in consultation with the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, shall revise the National Contingency Plan developed under section 311(d) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1321(d)) to include specific response procedures for various predetermined scenarios and conditions relating to discharges of oil, including the location and amount of a discharge, and the length of time that has elapsed since a discharge occurred. In revising the National Contingency Plan under this section, the President shall solicit comments from the Secretary of the Interior, the Governors of coastal States, and owners or operators of offshore oil rigs or oil transportation services.

SEC. 4. Oil spill removal technology review.

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of the Interior shall jointly review and submit to Congress a report regarding the following:

(1) Technologies and methods for removal of oil from an oil spill that are used in Federal responses to such spills.

(2) The length of time each of the technologies and methods described in paragraph (1) has been in use in such responses.

(3) Technologies and methods for removal of oil from an oil spill that are available world-wide.

(4) Technologies and methods for removal of oil from an oil spill that are in development.

(5) The investments being made by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior in the development of improved technologies and methods for the removal of oil from an oil spill, including the amount of funds obligated for such purpose using amounts appropriated for the fiscal year or years covered by the 12-month period preceding the date of submission to Congress of the report required by this section.

SEC. 5. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) ACOUSTIC CONTROL SYSTEM.—The term “acoustic control system” means a remote-control emergency shut-off system for an offshore oil rig, as further defined by the Secretary of the Interior.

(2) OFFSHORE OIL RIG.—The term “offshore oil rig” means any vessel or facility that is used for the drilling of oil or gas in exploration, development, or production on the outer Continental Shelf (as those terms are used in section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331)).

(3) OIL SPILL.—The term “oil spill” means any discharge of oil into navigable waters (as those terms are defined in section 1001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701)).

(4) REMOVAL.—The term “removal” has the meaning given that term in section 1001 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701).