To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and implement a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain of Alaska, 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 ``American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act: (1) Coastal plain.--The term ``Coastal Plain'' means that area described in appendix I to part 37 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'', except as otherwise provided, means the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary's designee.
SEC. 3. LEASING PROGRAM FOR LANDS WITHIN THE COASTAL PLAIN.
(a) In General.--The Secretary shall take such actions as are necessary-- (1) to establish and implement, in accordance with this Act and acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in consultation with the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain; and (2) to administer the provisions of this Act through regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, stipulations, and other provisions that ensure the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities on...