Text: H.R.5014 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/14/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5014


To provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2018

Mr. Rutherford (for himself, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Mast, Mr. Francis Rooney of Florida, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Ross, and Mr. Yoho) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029, 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 “Preserving Recreation, Oceans, Tourism, Environment, and Coastal Towns in Florida Act” or the “PROTECT Florida Act”.

SEC. 2. Moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off coast of Florida.

(a) Extension of Gulf coast moratorium.—Section 104(a) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note) is amended—

(1) by striking “2022” and inserting “2029”; and

(2) by inserting “, and may not issue a permit for oil and gas exploration (as such term is defined in section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act) in” after “related activity”.

(b) Establishment of Atlantic coast moratorium.—Section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1431) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(g) Moratorium on oil and gas leasing off coast of Florida.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may not offer for oil and gas leasing, preleasing, or any related activity, and may not issue a permit for oil and gas exploration in—

“(A) any area in the Straits of Florida Planning Area; and

“(B) any area in the South Atlantic Planning Area that is south of the northernmost lateral seaward administrative boundary of the State of Florida.

“(2) APPLICATION.—This subsection shall apply during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on June 30, 2029.”.