Legislation

Official Short: Fort Sumner Project Title Conveyance Act

Long Title: To transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico.

Sponsors: Mr. Udall and Mr. Heinrich

STATUS:

  • February 12, 2013:  Introduced
  • February 12, 2013:  Mr. Heinrich added as cosponsor.
  • April 16, 2013:  Hearing by subcommittee on Water and Power.
  • May 16, 2013:  Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment favorably.
  • June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment.  S. Rept. 113-56.   
  • June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 110].

S.284

Fort Sumner Project Title Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 284 IS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 284

To transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 12, 2013

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Fort Sumner Project Title Conveyance Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
      (1) DISTRICT- The term `District' means the Fort Sumner Irrigation District, located in De Baca County, New Mexico.
      (2) FORBEARANCE AGREEMENT- The term `Forbearance Agreement' means the contract between the United States and the District for the forbearance of exercising priority water rights numbered 08-WC-40-292 and dated August 21, 2009 (including any amendments to that contract).
      (3) PROJECT- The term `Project' means the Fort Sumner reclamation project.
      (4) REPAYMENT CONTRACT- The term `Repayment Contract' means the contract between the United States and the District numbered Ilr-1524 and dated November 5, 1948 (including any supplements and amendments to that contract).
      (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.
      (6) MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT- The term `Memorandum of Agreement' means the agreement entitled `Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and the Fort Sumner Irrigation District Concerning Principles and Elements of Proposed Transfer of Title to Fort Sumner Irrigation District Facilities' and numbered 11-WC-40-406 (including any amendments to that agreement).
      (7) TRANSFER AGREEMENT- The term `Transfer Agreement' means the agreement between the United States and the Fort Sumner Irrigation District that identifies the specific terms and conditions of the title transfer. This document will be completed after the requirements described in section 3(d) are satisfied.

SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE.

    (a) In General- The Secretary is authorized to convey to the District all right and title of the United States in and to all works, land, and facilities of the Project, in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the Transfer Agreement.
    (b) Valid Existing Rights- The conveyance under this section shall be subject to all valid existing leases, permits, rights-of-way, easements, and other rights appurtenant to the property conveyed.
    (c) Costs of Conveyance- The costs of the conveyance under this section, including the costs of environmental compliance, may be shared between the United States and the District, in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement.
    (d) Compliance With Environmental Laws-
      (1) IN GENERAL- Before carrying out the conveyance under subsection (a), the Secretary shall assure compliance with all applicable requirements under--
        (A) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
        (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and
        (C) any other law applicable to the property conveyed.
      (2) EFFECT- Nothing in this Act modifies or alters any obligation under--
        (A) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); or
        (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
    (e) Failure To Convey- If the Secretary fails to complete the conveyance under this section by the date that is 2 years after the date of completion of the requirements described in subsection (d), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that--
      (1) explains the reasons why the conveyance has not been completed; and
      (2) states the date by which the conveyance will be completed.

SEC. 4. LIABILITY.

    (a) In General- Effective on the date of the conveyance under section 3, the United States--
      (1) shall have no further interest in, and shall have no responsibility for operating or maintaining, the Project; and
      (2) shall not be liable for damages of any kind arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the conveyed property, except for damages caused by acts committed by the United States or employees, agents, or contractors of the United States before the date of the conveyance.
    (b) Effect of Section- Nothing in this section increases the liability of the United States beyond the liability provided under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Federal Tort Claims Act').

SEC. 5. TERMINATION OF REPAYMENT CONTRACT.

    Effective beginning on the date of the conveyance under section 3--
      (1) the Repayment Contract shall terminate; and
      (2) the United States and the District shall have no obligations under the Repayment Contract.

SEC. 6. FORBEARANCE AGREEMENT.

    (a) Payment Obligation- In accordance with paragraph 4(a) of the Forbearance Agreement, effective beginning on the date of termination of the Repayment Contract under section 5, the United States shall have no payment obligation under paragraph 4(a) of the Forbearance Agreement.
    (b) Other Terms and Conditions- All other terms and conditions of the Forbearance Agreement shall remain in full force and effect on termination of the Repayment Contract under section 5.
    (c) Term- The term of the Forbearance Agreement shall be not less than 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, as set forth in the Memorandum of Agreement.

SEC. 7. FUTURE BENEFITS.

    After conveyance of title under this Act--
      (1) the conveyed property shall not be considered to be a part of a Federal reclamation project; and
      (2) the entity to which the property is conveyed shall not be eligible to receive any benefits, including Federal project power, with respect to the conveyed property, except for benefits that would be available to a similarly situated entity with respect to property that is not part of a Federal reclamation project.