Source: House vote#447 on Amendment to H.R. 5538
Congressional Summary: House amendment to H.R. 5538, the Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Heritage Foundation recommends voting NO: (7/13/2016): The Gulf of Mexico continues to be a very important asset for our energy future and it continues to produce significant amounts of oil and natural gas. Yet the Eastern Gulf of Mexico has not participated to this point despite its significant potential. A 2014 Heritage Foundation report said: "Excessive regulations and bureaucratic inefficiencies have stymied oil production and prevented the full effects of the energy boom." This amendment would block any potential progress that could take place by preventing the necessary work that would need to be prepared in the East Gulf for potential lease sales and eventual
Sierra Club recommends voting YES: (1/12/1974): The Sierra Club believes that no offshore petroleum exploration should occur unless and until the following conditions are met:
Strengthen the Coastal Zone Management System.
Lease sales should be prohibited in areas that possess:
High seismic activity
Fragile or unstable geological structures
Proximity to particularly diverse or productive marine ecosystems, or marine sanctuaries
Where visual impact of offshore structures would significantly reduce aesthetic values
Where the risks are unusually high.
Petroleum exploration and production must be subject to automatic, heavy fines for all oil spills regardless of cause.
The Sierra Club opposes leasing of lands beyond 200 meters depth until international agreements [define] ownership of sea floor resources.