Broun Introduces The RELIEF Act On American Energy Freedom Day
Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), member of the Natural Resources Committee, celebrated American Energy Freedom Day by introducing the Removing Excess Litigation Involving Energy on Federal Lands (RELIEF) Act. This bill will help cut red tape and curtail frivolous lawsuits that are designed to stop American energy exploration. While ensuring people a day in court, the RELIEF Act expedites judicial review by imposing a 60-day deadline on legal challenges, requires that the loser pays in most legal proceedings, and prevents forum shopping by requiring cases to be filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia.
"Today marks the one year anniversary of the expiration of the congressional moratoria on offshore and oil shale drilling. Unfortunately, it's a year later, and we still haven't made significant progress with domestic energy sources and continue to find ourselves just as reliant on foreign energy. The outer continental shelf contains the equivalent of nearly 130 years worth of imports from Saudi Arabia -- yet America's lawmakers irresponsibly refuse to open it up for exploration.
"In addition to congressional inaction, excess litigation is also impeding energy exploration. It's crucial that we streamline the legal process for the significant number of legal challenges from environmental groups. The current process is in disarray and ultimately prevents American energy sources from reaching the American people," said Congressman Paul Broun.
The Relief Act addresses: legal fees, exclusive jurisdiction, claims deadlines, resolution deadlines, and Supreme Court appeals. The bill number is H.R. 3694.