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H.R.3429 - Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act
To authorize the use of certain offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for artificial reefs, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(3) NOTICE- The term ‘Notice’ means the notice to lessees numbered 2010-G05, entitled ‘Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases and Pipeline Right-of-Way Holders in the Outer Continental Shelf, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region’, and issued September 15, 2010.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. USE OF CERTAIN OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PLATFORMS FOR ARTIFICIAL REEFS.
(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding the Notice, no platforms shall be removed in accordance with the Notice until the date on which the Secretary has completed assessments of each of the platforms under subsection (a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) SUSPENSION OF DECOMMISSIONING- If, during an assessment conducted under subsection (a), the Secretary determines that there is a substantial reef ecosystem in the vicinity of the platform, the decommissioning of the platform under the Notice shall be placed on hold until such time as the Secretary determines that decommissioning the platform would not harm the reef ecosystem.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Exemption From Certain Requirements- The requirement in the Notice that a lessee remove a platform as soon as possible, but not later than 5 years after the effective date of the Notice or within 5 years of the platform, meeting the definition of no longer useful for operations, whichever is later, shall not apply to a lessee that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- A State that has a State rig-to-reef program may enter into an agreement with any appropriate entities to assume liability in Federal water for a structure covered by the State program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) MAINTENANCE- Notwithstanding an agreement entered into under paragraph (1), the operator of the covered structure shall remain responsible for maintaining the covered structure.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Removal of Top Decks- Under the Program, top decks of a rig may be removed, down to water surface level, if appropriate identifying markers are used to protect navigation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) pay into the Fund an amount equal to 50 percent of the estimated costs associated with the removal of the platform that the owner would have been responsible for if the owner had not participated in the Program, as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) ESTABLISHMENT- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund to be known as the ‘Reef Maintenance Fund’, to be administered by the Secretary, to be available without fiscal year limitation and not subject to appropriation, for the maintenance of artificial reefs established under the Program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2012, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink