Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act

Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act

This Bill has:
23% Democratic Support in the Senate
28% Democratic Support in the House


     This bill was introduced by Jared Huffman in the house and by Jeff Merkley in the senate.
    This bill would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning area.
   The Department of the Interior estimates that there is a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill, exceeding 42,000 gallons, should drilling leases in the Arctic be developed. The Arctic has one of the world’s most delicate ecosystems, as well as some of the most extreme and dangerous navigational conditions, severely limiting ability to respond to an oil spill or accident. To date, there has not been a successful oil and gas operation in the Arctic Ocean. Shell’s initial 2012 venture into the Arctic resulted in an abandoned oil rig and a Coast Guard operation to save eight lives.
    The Arctic is also home to endangered species such as bowhead whales, polar bears and ringed seals, as well as invaluable and fragile ecosystems that are critical to local fisheries, indigenous populations and subsistence hunters. Drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean will threaten these species and communities, all for oil that will set back efforts to transition to a clean energy economy.
House Bill: H.R. 1784
Democratic Support: 55
Introduced by: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 03/29/2017)
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

Senate Bill: S. 991
Democratic Support: 11
Introduced by: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/01/2017)
Latest Action: 05/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


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