1977 Scorecard Vote
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (S. 9). The vote is on the Bartlett amendment to allow the oil companies to withhold their interpretations of exploratory drilling data from the Interior Department, which leases Outer Continental Shelf lands. In the past the Interior Department has purchased the data but lacked the expertise to interpret it fully. Better information would help the Interior Department make more intelligent decisions about where to lease to maximize oil revenue while minimizing the impact on fisheries and on the environment. The Administration opposed the amendment. Rejected 32-54; July 15, 1977. No is the correct vote.