To authorize the use of certain offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for artificial reefs, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act: (1) Decommissioning.--The term ``decommissioning'' includes the flushing, plugging, and cementing of a platform. (2) Fund.--The term ``Fund'' means the Reef Maintenance Fund established by section 3(h)(1). (3) Notice.--The term ``Notice'' means the notice to lessees numbered 2010-G05, entitled ``Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases and Pipeline Right-of- Way Holders in the Outer Continental Shelf, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region'', and issued September 15, 2010. (4) Platform.--The term ``platform'' means an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico that, as determined by the Secretary-- (A) is no longer useful for operations, as defined in the Notice; and (B) has become critical for marine fisheries habitat. (5) Program.--The term ``Program'' means the artificial reef program authorized under the National Fishing Enhancement Act of 1984 (33 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.). (6) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior.
SEC. 3. USE OF CERTAIN OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PLATFORMS FOR ARTIFICIAL REEFS.
(a) Assessment.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct an assessment of each of the platforms-- (1) to determine...