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Monday, September 10, 2012

List of Submissions to Congress Under Section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)

From: Curry Hagerty, Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources

This memorandum responds to requests for a list of submissions to Congress mandated under Section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).1 The most recent Section 18 submission was on June 28, 2012, when the Obama Administration submitted a five-year plan to Congress and announced the availability of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).2 Legislative interest in the Obama submission includes the House Committee on Natural Resources scheduling a mark-up session for H.R. 6082 on July 18, 2012. H.R. 6082 was introduced on July 9, 2012, to (among other purposes) adopt a statutory lease sale schedule as a “replacement” to the Obama Administration Section 18 lease sale schedule.3

Provided below are the following: (1) an overview of OCSLA Section 18 requirements and a list of the eight Section 18 submissions to Congress starting with the most recent submission on June 28, 2012; (2) a basic discussion of legislative interest in these submissions; and (3) a list of the documents that accompany these submissions (Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, maps and technical reports).4

Date of Report: July 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 7
Order Number: M-071612
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