Text: H.R.5846 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5846

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require the chief executive officer of each drilling and production operation under a lease under that Act to annually certify the operator’s compliance with all applicable laws and operating regulations.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2010

Mr. Sarbanes (for himself, Mr. Grijalva, and Mrs. Capps) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require the chief executive officer of each drilling and production operation under a lease under that Act to annually certify the operator’s compliance with all applicable laws and operating regulations.

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

SECTION 1. CEO annual certification regarding offshore drilling and production operation.

Section 22 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1348) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(g) CEO annual certification.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The operator of each drilling and production operation under a lease under this Act shall annually submit to the Secretary a general statement by the operator’s chief executive officer that certifies to the operator’s compliance with all applicable laws and operating regulations.

“(2) REQUIRED STATEMENTS.—Each certification under paragraph (1) shall include, but not be limited to, statements that the chief executive officer—

“(A) has reviewed the exploration plans and production plans submitted to the Secretary with regard to the demonstrated capability and technology to respond immediately and effectively to a worst case oil spill in real world conditions; and

“(B) certifies that each such plan, based upon the chief executive officer’s knowledge, is an accurate and effective response to a worst case oil spill in real-world conditions.

“(3) CIVIL PENALTY.—Any chief executive officer who fails to comply with paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be liable for a civil penalty under section 24.”.