From Congressman Paul Broun (GA-10) via press release:
(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) passed an amendment today to H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, meant to prevent frivolous, duplicative lawsuits from holding up new energy leases.
“We’ve seen it happen time and again: extremist environmental groups file multiple lawsuits to stonewall new energy projects, causing endless delays even when the community is supportive. My amendment limits outside groups to filing one – and only one – claim, with one chance for appeal. It also requires a final decision to be made regarding that claim within 180 days. At the same time, my amendment forces these anti-energy groups onto a ‘loser pays’ system to discourage them from filing suit without real merit, protecting taxpayers in the process. We must free up access to our natural resources – my amendment will ensure that new energy projects aren’t stopped in their tracks before they’ve begun.”
H.R. 2231 would require the Secretary of the Interior to open up at least 50% of the available area within the Outer Continental Shelf to new leases. Broun’s amendment passed by a 217-202 vote.