Wednesday, September 28, 2005

What the hell does this have to do with hurricane reconstruction?

Buried in the $250 Billion bill from Landrieu & Vitter is a section to extend to seaward boundaries of LA by 7 miles.

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3 leagues [nautical] = 10.357015 miles

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S.1766

Louisiana Katrina Reconstruction Act

CHAPTER 2--OFFSHORE FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005

SEC. 611. SHORT TITLE.

This chapter may be cited as the `Offshore Fairness Act of 2005'.

SEC. 612. PURPOSES.

The purposes of this chapter are--

(1) to provide equity to Louisiana with respect to the seaward boundaries of the States in the Gulf of Mexico by extending the seaward boundaries from 3 geographical miles to 3 marine leagues if the State meets certain conditions not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act;

(2) to convey to Louisiana the interest of the United States in the submerged land of the outer Continental Shelf that is located in the extended seaward boundaries of the States;

(3) to provide that any mineral leases, easements, rights-of-use, and rights-of-way issued by the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the submerged land to be conveyed shall remain in full force and effect; and

(4) in conveying the submerged land, to ensure that the rights of lessees, operators, and holders of easements, rights-of-use, and rights-of-way on the submerged land are protected.

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