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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 665

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to authorize additional 
     lease sales to be added to an approved 5-year leasing program.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 15, 2017

  Mr. Cassidy (for himself, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Kennedy, and Mr. Cochran) 
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the 
               Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to authorize additional 
     lease sales to be added to an approved 5-year leasing program.

    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 ``Unleashing American Energy Act of 
2017''.

SEC. 2. ADDITION OF LEASE SALES TO 5-YEAR LEASING PROGRAM.

    Section 18(d) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 
1344(d)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (3), by striking ``After'' and all that 
        follows through ``first occurs,'' and inserting ``Except as 
        provided in paragraph (4), after the leasing program has been 
        approved by the Secretary,''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(4) Inclusion of additional lease sales.--
                    ``(A) In general.--As the Secretary determines to 
                be appropriate and subject to the considerations 
                required under subsection (a)(2), the Secretary may 
                include in an approved leasing program additional lease 
                sales to be conducted under the approved leasing 
                program.
                    ``(B) Revision not required.--The inclusion of any 
                additional lease sales under subparagraph (A) shall not 
                be considered to be a significant revision requiring 
                reapproval of the approved leasing program under 
                subsection (e).
                    ``(C) Applicable law.--
                            ``(i) In general.--Except as provided in 
                        clause (ii), an individual lease sale added to 
                        an approved leasing program under subparagraph 
                        (A) shall be considered to be a major Federal 
                        action for purposes of section 102(2)(C) of the 
                        National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 
                        U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)).
                            ``(ii) Gulf of mexico areas.--An individual 
                        lease sale added to an approved leasing program 
                        covering the Gulf of Mexico Region of the outer 
                        Continental Shelf shall not be considered to be 
                        a major Federal action for purposes of section 
                        102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy 
                        Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)).''.
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