Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1229 - Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors 

Brown, Corrine (FL)



Would make permanent the current moratorium on drilling in the eastern gulf of Mexico that expires in 2022.

Buchanan (FL)






Would give the Department of the Interior the authority to deny drilling permits to companies that do business with countries that the U.S. currently has sanctions or an embargo against.

Castor (FL)






Would establish within the Department of Treasury a special fund for the collection of at least 80% of Clean Water Act fines and penalties related to the BP Gulf Spill.

Connolly (VA)






Would ensure that oil exploration and production is subject to environmental review.



Connolly (VA), Moran, James (VA)



Would ensure oil companies are liable for the full cost of oil spill cleanups.

Cummings (MD)






Would specify that leases and permits issued on or after January 1, 2012 authorizing exploration, development, or production of oil and gas resources within the exclusive economic zone must include a requirement that drilling and production activities be conducted by vessels flagged in the United States.



Deutch (FL)






Would strike section 202 of H.R. 1229, so that states outside of the 5th Circuit can have their courts hear civil actions relating to energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Garamendi, John






Would implement the Commission’s recommendation by requiring that in reviewing a drilling permit, the Secretary consult with an independent drilling safety organization not affiliated with the oil industry trade association.

Garamendi, John






Would require oil and natural gas facilities permitted offshore to be constructed solely of equipment and materials manufactured in the United States creating revenue for American companies and jobs for American workers.



Hanabusa (HI)






Would state that the Secretary shall not issue an offshore drilling permit without certifying that the applicant has calculated a worst-case discharge scenario for the proposed drilling operations; and has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the applicant possesses the capability and technology to respond immediately and effectively to such worst-case discharge scenario.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)






Would require a detailed description of the extent to which and by when any oil found on the leased property will decrease the price of crude oil and at the pump for hardworking Americans.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would strike Section 207, the limitation on attorneys' fees.



Holt (NJ)






Substitute Would replace the text of the underlying bill with that of the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act and would remove the $75 million cap on liability for damages and losses resulting from offshore oil well spills.



Holt (NJ)






Would strike a provision in the underlying bill that would “deem” drilling permits approved after 60 days even if the necessary safety and environmental reviews have not be completed. Would leave in place a timeline for approving drilling permits, but prevents permits from being “deemed” approved before the safety review has been completed.

Jackson Lee (TX)






Would ensure a reasonable period for review of applications and eliminate the language that could result in the automatic approval of applications.

Jackson Lee (TX)






Withdrawn Would strike certain provisions of the bill to extend time for the Department of Interior to make a decision on permit applications. Would strikes provision deeming permit as approved if no decision is made by Department of Interior.

Markey, Edward (MA)






2nd Revised Would implement basic offshore drilling safety reforms recommended by the independent BP spill commission and set specific new minimum standards for blow-out preventers, cementing and well design.

Polis (CO)






Would amend bill to emphasize quality of court decisions instead of speed of court decisions.

Polis (CO)






Would require safety review of permits to take into consideration all applicable safety, environmental and fisheries laws.

Polis (CO)






Would lift timeline requirements if the agency lacks an adequate budget or lacks staff expertise to properly review permits.

Quigley (IL)






Would impose a protective mandate and prohibition on drilling in important ecological areas of the OCS, and strikes Title II – Judicial Review.



Shuler (NC)






Late Would suspend the 18.4 cent/gallon federal fuels tax for 45 days and offsets all associated costs by eliminating certain tax incentives for large integrated oil and gas companies for one year.



Tonko (NY)






Would direct the Secretary of Interior to prohibit lease extension if lease holder cannot demonstrate exploration and development under the current lease.

Tonko (NY)






Would reduce 10-year lease terms down to 3-year terms.

Tonko (NY)






Would rename the bill to “Drilling a Bigger Hole in the Deficit Act”.