Anti Offshore Drilling Bill Passes House
Here are the results of the votes on the Interior-Environment appropriations bill this evening (HR 3052):
Wasserman Schulz amendment #95 - PASSED 252-178
ROLL CALL: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll378.xml
#128 in the Rule
This amendment places a one-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and related activities off the state of Florida, including the states’ magnificent Atlantic coast, Florida Keys, and Gulf coast. This amendment also protects the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, which are included in the same planning area as Florida’s Atlantic coast. Florida’s entire federal delegation is on record in opposition to drilling off the coast of their state.
This bipartisan amendment is cosponsored by these Florida members: Reps. Crist, Frankel, Castor, Mucarsel-Powell, Gaetz, Diaz-Balart, Hastings, Shalala, Deutch, Frederica Wilson, Murphy, Buchanan, Mast, Bilirakis, Soto, Lawson, Rutherford, Demings, Spano, Webster, Rooney, and Posey.
Pallone amendment #88 – PASSED 247-185
ROLL CALL: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll379.xml
#132 in the Rule
This amendment places a one-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and related activities off the Atlantic Coast from Maine to mid-coast Florida (three offshore planning areas). In addition to the robust opposition from governors and elected officials, oil exploration and/or development off the East Coast is strongly opposed by numerous fishing and tourism interests, including local chambers of commerce, tourism and restaurant associations, and an alliance representing over 46,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families from Florida to Maine.
This bipartisan amendment is cosponsored by Reps. Payne, Jr. (NJ), Golden (ME), Van Drew (NJ), Kim (NJ), Cunningham (SC), Peter King (NY), Rutherford (FL), Christopher Smith (NJ), Cicilline (RI), Langevin (RI), Luria (VA), Pappas (NH), Tom Rice (SC), and Price (NC).
Cunningham-Rooney amendment #18 – PASSED 245-187
ROLL CALL: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll391.xml
#167 in the Rule
This funding limitation amendment would block harmful seismic airgun blasting for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean—the first step toward drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast. The amendment would prevent the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from issuing permits to geological and geophysical companies to conduct seismic airgun blasting to search for undersea deposits of oil and gas. Scientific studies have documented that seismic airgun blasting is harmful to a wide range of ocean wildlife, including fish, sea turtles, shellfish, zooplankton, whales, and dolphins. More information on this issue is available here.
This bipartisan amendment is also cosponsored by Reps. Rutherford (FL), Fitzpatrick (PA), Mast (FL), Huffman (CA), McEachin (VA), Lowenthal (CA), Blumenauer (OR), Wasserman Schultz (FL), Van Drew (NJ), Beyer (VA), Pappas (NH), Soto (FL), Pallone (NJ), Crist (FL), and Clyburn (SC)
Carbajal amendment #26 (revised) – PASSED 238-192
ROLL CALL: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll393.xml
#176 in the Rule
This amendment places a one-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and related activities off the Pacific Coast, including Washington, Oregon, and California. The Pacific Ocean supports everything from tiny krill to huge whales, as well as some of the most lucrative fisheries in the nation. Expanded drilling off the West Coast puts at risk nearly 746,000 West Coast jobs and $53 billion in GDP that rely on healthy ocean ecosystems and a clean marine environment. New oil and gas leasing off the West Coast faces overwhelming opposition, including from all three West Coast governors, local communities that are passing resolutions expressing opposition (94 so far), the Pacific and North Pacific Fishery Management Councils, and the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast.
This amendment is cosponsored by Reps. Cisneros (CA), Rouda (CA), Hill, Katie (CA), Huffman (CA), Porter (CA), Kilmer (WA), and Mike Levin (CA).
Garrett Graves amendment #100 – FAILED 193-239
ROLL CALL: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll387.xml
#158 in the Rule
This amendment would strike Section 117, which prevents the Administration from moving forward with pre-leasing activities, such as environmental reviews, for areas that are not in the current five-year plan for offshore leasing, which covers 2017-2022. The Administration has already begun pre-leasing activities for some areas in the Arctic Ocean that are in the President’s draft plan—but not yet approved for oil and leasing. The Graves amendment would remove the provision that protects those areas as well as the Pacific, Atlantic, and Florida’s Gulf coast from premature actions to move toward oil and gas drilling in new offshore areas.