The reason why it failed was the lack of common sense and the ignorance that is flowing through out the Democratic party in D.C.

Latest Title: Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (22)
Related Bills: H.R.1229
Latest Major Action: 5/17/2011 Senate floor actions. Status: Motion to proceed to consideration of measure by Senator Reid made in Senate.
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Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011 – Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to require an exploration plan to incorporate a third-party reviewed response plan which describes the means and timeline to contain and terminate an ongoing discharge of oil.

Requires the Secretary to certify, as a prerequisite to plan approval, the technological feasibility of methods proposed to be used under a response plan, as demonstrated by the potential lessee through simulation, demonstration, or other means.

Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE), acting through the DOE Office of Science, to use specified funds to study, in collaboration with the DOE Office of Fossil Energy, means of improving prevention methodologies and technological responses to oil spills and mitigating the effects of oil spills on natural habitat.

Requires the DOE Secretary, as part of the study, to convene a task force to assess: (1) such methodologies and technological response to the blowout and explosion of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010, and the resulting hydrocarbon releases into the environment; as well as (2) the adequacy of existing technologies for prevention and responses to deep water oil spills.

Directs the Comptroller General to study existing federal capabilities and legal authorities to prevent and respond to oil spills.

Instructs the Secretary to conduct certain oil and gas lease sales within specified deadlines.

States that such lease sales are considered to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Prohibits the Secretary from issuing a permit without ensuring that the proposed drilling operations meet all: (1) critical safety system requirements, including blowout prevention; and (2) oil spill response and containment requirements. Requires the Secretary to decide whether to issue a permit within 30 days after receiving an application. Allows up to two 15-day extensions of such deadline. Prescribes implementation procedures.

Imposes a deadline for a final decision on certain permit applications under existing leases.

Directs the Secretary to extend by one year the terms of certain oil and gas leases (covered leases) for the Gulf of Mexico outer Continental Shelf (OCS) region.

Establishes any district court within the Fifth Circuit as the exclusive venue for civil actions relating to covered energy projects on leased federal land in the Gulf of Mexico unless there is no proper venue within that circuit.

Bars such a civil action unless it is filed within 60 days after the final federal action to which it relates.

Sets forth a standard of review under which: (1) the court is directed to hear and determine any covered civil action as expeditiously as possible; and (2) any judicial review of a covered civil action makes a presumption that the administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged federal action or decision are correct.

Sets restrictions on prospective relief.

Prohibits federal payment of attorneys’ fees, expenses, and other court costs to any party in a covered civil action under this Act.


Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 43. (text of measure as introduced in Senate: CR S2931-2932)
Motion to proceed to consideration of measure by Senator Reid made in Senate. (consideration: CR S3013)

TITLE(S): (italics indicate a title for a portion of a bill)

Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011

A bill to authorize the conduct of certain lease sales in the Outer Continental Shelf, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to modify the requirements for exploration, and for other purposes.

COSPONSORS(22), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] – 5/12/2011
Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] – 5/12/2011
Sen Barrasso, John [WY] – 5/12/2011
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] – 5/12/2011
Sen Boozman, John [AR] – 5/12/2011
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] – 5/17/2011
Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] – 5/12/2011
Sen Corker, Bob [TN] – 5/12/2011
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] – 5/12/2011
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] – 5/17/2011
Sen Heller, Dean [NV] – 5/12/2011
Sen Hoeven, John [ND] – 5/17/2011
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] – 5/17/2011
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] – 5/12/2011
Sen Johanns, Mike [NE] – 5/12/2011
Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] – 5/12/2011
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] – 5/12/2011
Sen Paul, Rand [KY] – 5/12/2011
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] – 5/12/2011
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] – 5/16/2011
Sen Thune, John [SD] – 5/17/2011
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] – 5/12/2011


RELATED BILL DETAILS: (additional related bills may be indentified in Status)

Bill: Relationship:
H.R.1229 Related bill identified by CRS


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