Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation (S. 3284) June 11 to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the inclusion of areas off the coast of South Carolina in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012 through 2017. The Department of Interior is expected to soon finalize a five-year leasing plan that would prohibit sales off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation (S. 3298) June 14 to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to establish the Federal Oil Spill Research Committee and to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to include in a response plan certain planned and demonstrated investments in research relating to discharges of oil and to modify the dates by which a response plan must be updated.