What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Permit Drilling for Natural Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf. (2005 house Roll Call 192)
 Who: All Members : Virginia, District 6 : Goodlatte, Bob
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H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Permit Drilling for Natural Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf.
house Roll Call 192     May 19, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment to H.R. 2361 offered by John Peterson (R-PA) to permit drilling for natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS; an area off of United States shores). H.R. 2361 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Peterson sought to lift an approximately 20-year-old moratorium on drilling for natural gas in the OCS, arguing that the price of natural gas had soared and additional sources for the fuel were necessary to prevent an economic recession in the U.S. He stated that the drilling could occur without damaging the environment. Opponents of the bill disagreed with Peterson's assessment of the environmental impact of natural gas-drilling. Taking the Progressive position, Lois Capps (D-CA) stated, "[t]his amendment guts the long-standing bipartisan moratorium that currently protects the Nation's most sensitive coastal and marine areas, areas including California, Florida, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, New England, and the entire Atlantic coast. It is completely unnecessary. Proponents say that we need to drill offshore to put an end to the high energy prices. The only problem with this argument is that the moratoria are not where the resources are." Progressives won this vote when the House defeated this amendment 157 to 262, with 93 Republicans joining Democrats to vote no, and 27 Democrats joining Republicans to vote against the amendment. Thus, the moratorium on drilling for natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States remained in place.

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