H. Rept. 115-1029 1 (2018-11-16)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                      REPORT
                      2d Session    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1         115-1029





                             OFFSHORE WIND FOR TERRITORIES ACT


                     NOVEMBER 16, 2018.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
                                  State of the Union and ordered to be printed


                     Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                        submitted the following

                                           REPORT

                                         [To accompany H.R. 6665]

                             [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 6665) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
                   to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore
                   wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral
                   reef conservation, and for other purposes, having considered the
                   same, report favorably thereon without amendment and rec-
                   ommend that the bill do pass.
                                         PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 6665 is to amend the Outer Continental
                   Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to es-
                   tablish offshore wind lease sale requirements, and to provide dedi-
                   cated funding for coral reef conservation.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     Wind energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf
                   (OCS) is a relatively new phenomenon, with a regulatory and stat-
                   utory structure only being contemplated in the past two decades.
                   The OCS are the submerged lands, subsoil and seabed that stretch
                   from the low water mark of the shore to at least 200 miles seaward
                   and in some cases beyond.1 Under the federal Outer Continental
                   Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.), the federal gov-

                     'https://www.boem.gov/Outer-Continental-Shelf/; https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/data/us-mari-
                   time-limits-and-boundaries.html.
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