The week ahead: Senate Energy panel to consider offshore drilling-safety bill

The bill complements a series of enhanced safety regulations imposed by the Interior Department in the aftermath of the spill.
 
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is slated to offer an amendment at Thursday’s markup of the bill that is certain to elicit debate. The amendment would provide coastal states with a significant portion of revenue from offshore drilling and other energy production.
 
Revenue sharing has proven to be a sticking point in previous drilling debates, with lawmakers like Bingaman arguing that revenue from offshore drilling should go to the federal Treasury.
 
The committee will vote Thursday on a separate bill to boost oil and gas production.
 
On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will meet to discuss the much-anticipated 90-day staff report on U.S. nuclear power plant safety. The report, which was released last week, calls for sweeping changes to the commission’s regulations.
 
In an interview with The Hill last week, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko called on the commission to make decisions on all of the report’s recommendations within the next three months.
 
Jaczko will speak about “lessons learned” from the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday at the National Press Club.
 
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the nominations of Kenneth Kopocis to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top water official and Rebecca Wodder to be assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Interior Department.
 
On Wednesday, the panel’s Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee will hold a hearing on this month’s Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill, which dumped as much as 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River. It will be the latest hearing on the spill in recent weeks.
 
The Senate Energy panel on Tuesday will examine a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative called “The Future of Natural Gas.”
 
Lawmakers will explore the lessons in “prevention, response and restoration” from last year’s Gulf oil spill during a subcommittee hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
 
On Wednesday, a House Agriculture Committee panel will examine the Agriculture Department’s energy and forestry programs.

On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power subcommittee will continue its hearing on draft pipeline safety legislation.
 
There are also a number of other energy-related events this week.
 
The Business Roundtable will host a conference call Tuesday to bash EPA’s upcoming ozone regulations. The call will feature Business Roundtable President John Engler, American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley and others.
 
And on Thursday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) will speak at an Environmental and Energy Study Institute briefing on energy-saving roofs.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the House Small Business Committee will hold a field hearing in Grand Junction, Ohio, Monday. That hearing has been postponed.