Bill Would Create Presumption that Oil and Gas Projects in the Gulf of Mexico Are Compliant with the ESA and MMPA

House Resolution 1335 would streamline approval for onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling projects. This would be accomplished by measure that include requiring the Secretary of the Interior to authorize oil and gas activities on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf within thirty days of receipt of a complete application and to deem any such applications compliant with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. The bill was introduced by Representative Bruce Westerman and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.