Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 4480 - Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Amodei (NV)


REVISED Would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from moving any aspect of the Solid Minerals program administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM).

Bass (CA)_


Would require the Transportation Fuels Regulatory Committee to conduct an analysis of how to shield American consumers and the United States economy from gasoline price fluctuations and supply disruptions in the oil market by reducing the dependence of the United States on oil.

Bass (CA)_


Would require the Transportation Fuels Regulatory Committee to assess the impact of human exposure to pollutants in the air, water, and land.

Bilbray (CA)


Would prohibit the Secretary from including the plan to lease federal lands for offshore development for any states in which leasing is not offered under the 2007- 2012 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas program unless the Governor of that state agrees.

Capps (CA)


Would remove the requirements in Title II of the bill to conduct an analysis, issue a report, and delay rules if the Secretary of Energy determines that the analyses are “infeasible to conduct, require data that does not exist, or would generate results subject to such large estimates of uncertainty that the results would be neither reliable nor useful.”

Capps (CA)


Would forbid the leasing of any OCS lands that are seaward or adjacent to a coastal State which has a moratorium on offshore oil, gas, and mining activities established by a State statute or by order of the Governor of the state in the plan developed by the Secretary of Energy under Title I of the bill.

Castor (FL)


Would give the Secretary of Interior the authority to increase the civil fines that can be levied against oil companies who violate the law while drilling onshore and offshore.

Connolly (VA)


Would define the term "public health" in the Clean Air Act.

Connolly (VA)


Would clarify the right of people to file administrative protests.

DeLauro (CT), Markey, Edward (MA), Frank (MA)


Would require $128 million received from the sale of new leases to be made available to fully fund the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to limit speculation in energy markets.

Ellison (MN)


Would express the sense of Congress that fossil fuel subsidies should be reduced to help control the Federal budget deficit.

Garamendi (CA)


Would require a study of how the expiration of the wind energy production tax credits would affect the expected increase in wind production as reported on for the Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy.

Garamendi (CA)


Would express the sense of Congress that wind energy is a vital renewable energy source and that the wind energy production tax credits should be extended.

Green, Gene (TX)


Would strike section 206 of the bill, which would require the consideration of feasibility and costs in revising or supplementing national ambient air quality standards for ozone.

Hanabusa (HI)


Would require the Secretary of Interior in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture to include in their Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy, the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of geothermal, solar, wind, or other renewable energy sources on lands designated as Hawaiian Home Lands.

Hanabusa (HI)


WITHDRAWN Would require the Secretary of Interior to expeditiously study and report to Congress on the possibility of utilizing renewable energy resources on lands defined as Hawaiian Home Lands.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would require each drilling permit application to include an estimate of how much the price of gasoline will decrease as a result of any oil or gas found under the permit.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


Manager's Amendment. Would make technical corrections, eliminate the designation of the Colville River as an Aquatic Resource of National Importance and require additional right of ways planned into and out of the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska.

Holt (NJ)


Would end free drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by requiring oil companies to pay in order to receive new leases on public lands.

Holt (NJ)


Would seek to reduce the number of onshore leases on which oil and gas production is not occurring as an incentive for oil and gas companies to begin producing on the leases that they already hold.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Would establish an Office of Energy Employment and Training, as well as, an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion that would be responsible for all matters relating to diversity in management, employment, and business activities.

Jackson Lee (TX)


WITHDRAWN Would strike Title V.

Landry (LA)


Would raise the cap of revenue shared among the Gulf States who produce energy on the Outer Continental Shelf starting in FY2023 from $500 million to $750 million.

Langevin (RI)


LATE Would direct the GAO to conduct an analysis of Federal law which identifies provisions that provide special treatment to the oil industry.

Lewis, John (GA)


Would clarify that the section requiring a $5,000 protest fee shall not infringe upon the protections afforded by the First Amendment to the Constitution to petition for the redress of grievances.

Luján (NM)


Would allow the Secretary to offer less than 25 percent of the areas nominated by the oil industry if it were necessary “in order to preserve grazing, hunting, fishing, or recreational shooting on Federal lands”. The underlying legislation would require that the Interior Department offer at least 25 percent of the public lands nominated by the oil and gas industry every year.

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would prohibit oil and gas produced under new leases authorized by this legislation from being exported to foreign countries.

Markey, Edward (MA), Welch (VT)


REVISED Would require utilities to generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020 and 50 percent by 2035.

McGovern (MA)


Would reduce the federal deficit by $40 billion by eliminating subsidies to oil companies.

McKinley (WV)


Would require the consultation and input of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) under the Transportation Fuels Regulatory Committee within Title II of the legislation. NETL will work with the Committee to analyze and report on the impacts of the rules and actions of the EPA on our nation’s gasoline, diesel fuel, and natural gas prices.

McKinley (WV)


Would require under section 203 of the bill to conduct an analysis relating to any other matters that affect the growth, stability, and sustainability of the nation’s oil and gas industries, particularly relating to that of other nations. Would require the Committee to look at the actions, or inactions, of other nation’s regulations, enforcements, and matters relating to the oil and gas industry, and how they have either helped positively or negatively towards the oil and gas industries in those other nations.

McKinley (WV), Welch (VT)


Would insert H.R. 4230, the Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act of 2012, into Rules Committee Print 112-24. The amendment would create a new title, Title VIII. The amendment would provide that once a home owner selects to perform a home upgrade under the HOMES act they will begin by hiring a certified contractor to perform the work. Prior to the start of the project a home energy audit will be performed. The audit will allow the home owner to elect the desired energy savings for the home and scale the project to achieve the desired energy savings for the home. A qualified retrofit will be carried out by the contractor and after completion of the project a rebate will be awarded based on the actual achieved reduction of energy use. The rebates begin at $2,000 for a 20–24 percent reduction in home energy use and increase up to $8,000 for a 50 percent or more reduction in home energy use. Rebates may not exceed $8,000 or 50 percent of expenditures.

Murphy, Christopher (CT)


Would require the Secretary of the Interior to ensure that all equipment used to drill on federally leased lands is manufactured in the United States. Would require that 75 percent of the cost of the components of the equipment are manufactured in the United States, but allow that threshold to be waived in the case that American made equipment is not available or the cost of the American made equipment is at least 25 percent more expensive than foreign equipment.

Paulsen (MN), Wilson, Joe (SC)


Would amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to direct the President to publish in the Federal Register a notice certifying that the Yucca Mountain site (Nevada) is the selected site for the development of a repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. Would require that if the President fails to publish the certification or revokes it, each entity: (1) that is required to make a payment to the Nuclear Waste Fund shall not be required to make any additional payment; and (2) that has made a payment shall receive a refund, 75% of which shall be used for rebates to the entity's ratepayers, and 25% shall be used to carry out upgrades to the entity's nuclear power facilities to enhance the storage and security of materials used to generate nuclear power.

Polis (CO)


Would exclude hydraulic fracturing activities within 1,000 feet of a primary or secondary school.

Polis (CO)


Would direct the United States Geological Survey to conduct a study and prepare a report documenting potential impacts to the quantity and quality of water available for agricultural and municipal purposes caused by proposed oil shale leasing in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

Quigley (IL)


Would seek to ensure that protection of the marine and coastal environment is of primary importance in making areas of the outer Continental Shelf available for leasing, exploration, and development rather than expeditious development of oil and gas resources, to prohibit oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development in important ecological areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.

Rigell (VA)


Would require the Secretary of The Interior to include Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia in the 5 Year Plan for OCS oil and gas drilling and to conduct Lease Sale 220 within one year of enactment. In addition, the amendment would also ensure that no oil and gas drilling may be conducted off the coast of Virginia which would conflict with military operations.

Rush (IL)


Would provide that Sections 205 and 206 shall cease to be effective if the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration determines that implementation of this title is not projected to lower gasoline prices and create jobs in the United States within 10 years.

Schakowsky (IL)


Would prohibit Title II from taking effect until a fee is assessed on the oil industry to cover the costs of implementing the title.

Speier (CA)


Would strike language in the underlying legislation that would require drilling permits to be deemed approved a 60 day deadline, which could expose public lands to undue risk.

Terry (NE)


Would give the EPA the ability to waive certain fuel requirements in a geographic area, when there is a problem with distribution or delivery of fuel or fuel additives, for a period of 20 days, which could also be extended for another 20 days if the conditions exist. Would direct the EPA and Department of Energy to conduct the Fuel Harmonization Study required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 by June 2014.

Terry (NE), Mack (FL)


REVISED Would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline within 30 days from the day an application is submitted to the FERC. The proposed pipeline is from the Canadian border to the South Dakota/Nebraska border

Walz (MN)


LATE Would fund the Production Tax Credit for one additional year at $4.1 billion offset by symmetrically equivalent eliminations in oil and gas tax subsidies. Specifically the expensing of percentage over cost depletion which allows firms that extract oil or gas to deduct 15% of sales (up to 25% for marginal wells depending on oil prices) to recover their capital investment in a mineral reserve.

Waxman (CA)


Would provide that the rules described in section 205(a) shall not be delayed if the pollution that would be controlled by the rules contributes to asthma attacks, acute and chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, cancer, birth defects, neurological damage, premature death, or other serious harms to human health.

Westmoreland (GA), Braley (IA)


LATE Would lessen the regulatory burden on deli-style display cases by making Service-Over-the-Counter (SOTC) refrigerator units into a separate product classification.

Wittman (VA), Rigell (VA)


LATE Would streamline the process for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to approve temporary infrastructure, such as towers or buoys, to test and develop offshore wind power in the Outer Continental Shelf.