84R13831 BPG-D
  By: Clardy H.C.R. No. 91
         WHEREAS, A provision in President Barack Obama's 2016 federal
  budget would deprive Texas and three other Gulf Coast states of
  hundreds of millions of dollars by redirecting funds owed them
  under the 2006 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act; and
         WHEREAS, The legislation known as GOMESA requires the federal
  government to share with Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
  37.5 percent of the revenue it collects from offshore oil and gas
  rigs in the Gulf; in 2013, these rigs produced 17 percent of the
  nation's 2.7 billion barrels of crude oil; and
         WHEREAS, To date, only about $34 million has been distributed
  under GOMESA, mostly generated by drilling in the eastern Gulf;
  revenue will increase substantially in a few years as the law begins
  to cover the far more productive central Gulf, and the White House
  estimates the value of GOMESA revenue at $367 million for 2018; and
         WHEREAS, The GOMESA funds are intended to compensate the
  states for the environmental impact of offshore drilling, but the
  president's budget would reallocate payments to a broad range of
  programs around the country; such a redirection of funds would be
  particularly inappropriate, given that inland states may keep half
  of energy revenue produced on federal property, while the states
  covered by GOMESA are receiving a little more than a third of
  offshore drilling revenue that affects their coastlines; and
         WHEREAS, The Gulf Coast states and neighboring offshore
  waters have produced hundreds of billions of barrels of oil and tens
  of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas over the past few decades,
  but there are environmental costs associated with offshore
  drilling; bipartisan legislation was passed to allow Texas and the
  other states to develop appropriate programs concerning natural
  resources along the Gulf shoreline, such as coastal restoration,
  and the redistribution of offshore drilling revenue promised under
  GOMESA would subvert the intention of Congress; now, therefore, be
         RESOLVED, That the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the president of the United States to
  abandon the budget proposal redirecting offshore drilling revenue
  due to Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi under the Gulf of
  Mexico Energy Security Act; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all members
  of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this
  resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to
  the Congress of the United States of America.