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S.2592 Jul-10-14
STATUS: July 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2592 North Atlantic Energy Security Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2592 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2592 To promote energy production and security, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 10, 2014 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself, Mr. MCCAIN, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. BARRASSO) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To promote energy production and security, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `North Atlantic Energy Security Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--NATURAL GAS GATHERING ENHANCEMENT Sec. 101. Short title. Sec. 102. Findings. Sec. 103. Authority to approve natural gas pipelines. Sec. 104. Certain natural gas gathering lines located on Federal land and Indian land. Sec. 105. Deadlines for permitting natural gas gathering lines under the Mineral Leasing Act. Sec. 106. Deadlines for permitting natural gas gathering lines under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Sec. 107. LNG regulatory certainty. Sec. 108. Expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to Ukraine and North Atlantic Treaty Organization member countries and Japan. TITLE II--ONSHORE OIL AND GAS PERMIT STREAMLINING Subtitle A--Streamlining Permitting Sec. 201. Short title. Sec. 202. Permit to drill application timeline. Sec. 203. Making pilot offices permanent to improve energy permitting on Federal land. Sec. 204. Administration. Sec. 205. Judicial review. Subtitle B--BLM Live Internet Auctions Sec. 211. Short title. Sec. 212. Internet-based onshore oil and gas lease sales. TITLE I--NATURAL GAS GATHERING ENHANCEMENT SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act'. SEC. 102. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) record volumes of natural gas production in the United States as of the date of enactment of this Act are providing enormous benefits to the United States, including by-- (A) reducing the need for imports of natural gas, thereby directly reducing the trade deficit; (B) strengthening trade ties among the United States, Canada, and Mexico; (C) providing the opportunity for the United States to join the emerging global gas trade through the export of liquefied natural gas; (D) creating and supporting millions of new jobs across the United States; (E) adding billions of dollars to the gross domestic product of the United States every year; (F) generating additional Federal, State, and local government tax revenues; and (G) revitalizing the manufacturing sector by providing abundant and affordable feedstock; (2) large quantities of natural gas are lost due to venting and flaring, primarily in areas where natural gas infrastructure has not been developed quickly enough, such as States with large quantities of Federal land and Indian land; (3) permitting processes can hinder the development of natural gas infrastructure, such as pipeline lines and gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land; and (4) additional authority for the Secretary of the Interior to approve natural gas pipelines and gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land would-- (A) assist in bringing gas to market that would otherwise be vented or flared; and (B) significantly increase royalties collected by the Secretary of the Interior and disbursed to Federal, State, and tribal governments and individual Indians. SEC. 103. AUTHORITY TO APPROVE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. Section 1 of the Act of February 15, 1901 (31 Stat. 790, chapter 372; 16 U.S.C. 79), is amended by inserting `, for natural gas pipelines' after `distribution of electrical power'. SEC. 104. CERTAIN NATURAL GAS GATHERING LINES LOCATED ON FEDERAL LAND AND INDIAN LAND. (a) In General- Subtitle B of title III of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58; 119 Stat. 685) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 319. CERTAIN NATURAL GAS GATHERING LINES LOCATED ON FEDERAL LAND AND INDIAN LAND. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) GAS GATHERING LINE AND ASSOCIATED FIELD COMPRESSION UNIT- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `gas gathering line and associated field compression unit' means-- `(i) a pipeline that is installed to transport natural gas production associated with 1 or more wells drilled and completed to produce crude oil; and `(ii) if necessary, a compressor to raise the pressure of that transported natural gas to higher pressures suitable to enable the gas to flow into pipelines and other facilities. `(B) EXCLUSIONS- The term `gas gathering line and associated field compression unit' does not include a pipeline or compression unit that is installed to transport natural gas from a processing plant to a common carrier pipeline or facility. `(2) FEDERAL LAND- `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `Federal land' means land the title to which is held by the United States. `(B) EXCLUSIONS- The term `Federal land' does not include-- `(i) a unit of the National Park System; `(ii) a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System; or `(iii) a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System. `(3) INDIAN LAND- The term `Indian land' means land the title to which is held by-- `(A) the United States in trust for an Indian tribe or an individual Indian; or `(B) an Indian tribe or an individual Indian subject to a restriction by the United States against alienation. `(b) Certain Natural Gas Gathering Lines- `(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the issuance of a sundry notice or right-of-way for a gas gathering line and associated field compression unit that is located on Federal land or Indian land and that services any oil well shall be considered to be an action that is categorically excluded (as defined in section 1508.4 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act)) for purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) if the gas gathering line and associated field compression unit are-- `(A) within a field or unit for which an approved land use plan or an environmental document prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) analyzed transportation of natural gas produced from 1 or more oil wells in that field or unit as a reasonably foreseeable activity; and `(B) located adjacent to an existing disturbed area for the construction of a road or pad. `(2) APPLICABILITY- `(A) FEDERAL LAND- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to Federal land, or a portion of Federal land, for which the Governor of the State in which the Federal land is located submits to the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, as applicable, a written request that paragraph (1) not apply to that Federal land (or portion of Federal land). `(B) INDIAN LAND- Paragraph (1) shall apply to Indian land, or a portion of Indian land, for which the Indian tribe with jurisdiction over the Indian land submits to the Secretary of the Interior a written request that paragraph (1) apply to that Indian land (or portion of Indian land). `(c) Effect on Other Law- Nothing in this section affects or alters any requirement-- `(1) relating to prior consent under-- `(A) section 2 of the Act of February 5, 1948 (25 U.S.C. 324); or `(B) section 16(e) of the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 476(e)) (commonly known as the `Indian Reorganization Act'); or `(2) under any other Federal law (including regulations) relating to tribal consent for rights-of-way across Indian land.'. (b) Assessments- Title XVIII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58; 119 Stat. 1122) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 1841. NATURAL GAS GATHERING SYSTEM ASSESSMENTS. `(a) Definition of Gas Gathering Line and Associated Field Compression Unit- In this section, the term `gas gathering line and associated field compression unit' has the meaning given the term in section 319. `(b) Study- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the North Atlantic Energy Security Act of 2014, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, States, and Indian tribes, shall conduct a study to identify-- `(1) any actions that may be taken, under Federal law (including regulations), to expedite permitting for gas gathering lines and associated field compression units that are located on Federal land or Indian land, for the purpose of transporting natural gas associated with crude oil production on any land to a processing plant or a common carrier pipeline for delivery to markets; and `(2) any proposed changes to Federal law (including regulations) to expedite permitting for gas gathering lines and associated field compression units that are located on Federal land or Indian land, for the purpose of transporting natural gas associated with crude oil production on any land to a processing plant or a common carrier pipeline for delivery to markets. `(c) Report- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the North Atlantic Energy Security Act of 2014, and every 180 days thereafter, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, States, and Indian tribes, shall submit to Congress a report that describes-- `(1) the progress made in expediting permits for gas gathering lines and associated field compression units that are located on Federal land or Indian land, for the purpose of transporting natural gas associated with crude oil production on any land to a processing plant or a common carrier pipeline for delivery to markets; and `(2) any issues impeding that progress.'. (c) Technical Amendments- (1) Section 1(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58; 119 Stat. 594) is amended by adding at the end of subtitle B of title III the following: `Sec. 319. Certain natural gas gathering lines located on Federal land and Indian land.'. (2) Section 1(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58; 119 Stat. 594) is amended by adding at the end of title XXVIII the following: `Sec. 1841. Natural gas gathering system assessments.'. SEC. 105. DEADLINES FOR PERMITTING NATURAL GAS GATHERING LINES UNDER THE MINERAL LEASING ACT. Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(z) Natural Gas Gathering Lines- The Secretary of the Interior or other appropriate agency head shall issue a sundry notice or right-of-way for a gas gathering line and associated field compression unit (as defined in section 319(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005) that is located on Federal lands-- `(1) for a gas gathering line and associated field compression unit described in section 319(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, not later than 30 days after the date on which the applicable agency head receives the request for issuance; and `(2) for all other gas gathering lines and associated field compression units, not later than 60 days after the date on which the applicable agency head receives the request for issuance.'. SEC. 106. DEADLINES FOR PERMITTING NATURAL GAS GATHERING LINES UNDER THE FEDERAL LAND POLICY AND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 1976. Section 504 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1764) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(k) Natural Gas Gathering Lines- The Secretary concerned shall issue a sundry notice or right-of-way for a gas gathering line and associated field compression unit (as defined in section 319(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005) that is located on public lands-- `(1) for a gas gathering line and associated field compression unit described in section 319(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, not later than 30 days after the date on which the applicable agency head receives the request for issuance; and `(2) for all other gas gathering lines and associated field compression units, not later than 60 days after the date on which the applicable agency head receives the request for issuance.'. SEC. 107. LNG REGULATORY CERTAINTY. Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(g) Deadline for Certain Applications for Exportation of Natural Gas- `(1) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall make a public interest determination and issue an order under subsection (a) for an application for the exportation of natural gas to a foreign country through a particular LNG terminal not later than 45 days after receipt of an application under subsection (e) for-- `(A) the conversion of that LNG terminal into an LNG import or export facility; or `(B) the construction of that LNG terminal. `(2) APPLICATION- This subsection shall not apply with respect to an application under subsection (a) for the exportation of natural gas-- `(A) to a foreign country-- `(i) to which the exportation of natural gas is otherwise prohibited by law; or `(ii) described in subsection (c); or `(B) if the Commission has made a contingent determination with respect to the application. `(3) EFFECT- Except as specifically provided in this subsection, nothing in this subsection affects the authority of the Commission to review, process, and make a determination with respect to an application for the exportation of natural gas.'. SEC. 108. EXPEDITED APPROVAL OF EXPORTATION OF NATURAL GAS TO UKRAINE AND NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION MEMBER COUNTRIES AND JAPAN. (a) In General- In accordance with clause 3 of section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States (delegating to Congress the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations), Congress finds that exports of natural gas produced in the United States to Ukraine, member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Japan is-- (1) necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States; and (2) in the public interest pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b). (b) Expedited Approval- Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(c)) is amended by inserting `, to Ukraine, to a member country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or to Japan' after `trade in natural gas'. (c) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (b) shall apply to applications for the authorization to export natural gas under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) that are pending on, or filed on or after, the date of the enactment of this Act. TITLE II--ONSHORE OIL AND GAS PERMIT STREAMLININGSubtitle A--Streamlining Permitting SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2014'. SEC. 202. PERMIT TO DRILL APPLICATION TIMELINE. Section 17(p) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following: `(2) APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO DRILL REFORM AND PROCESS- `(A) TIMELINE- `(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary receives an application for a permit to drill, the Secretary shall decide whether to issue or deny the permit. `(ii) EXTENSION- On giving written notice of a delay to the applicant, the Secretary may extend the period described in clause (i) for not more than 2 additional periods of 15 days each. `(iii) FORM OF NOTICE- The notice referred to in clause (ii) shall-- `(I) be in the form of a letter from the Secretary or a designee of the Secretary; and `(II) shall include the names and titles of the persons processing the application, the specific reasons for the delay, and a specific date a final decision on the application is expected. `(B) APPLICATION CONSIDERED APPROVED- If the Secretary has not made a decision on the application by the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date the application is received by the Secretary, the application shall be considered to be approved, except in a case in which an existing review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is incomplete. `(C) DENIAL OF PERMIT- If the Secretary decides not to issue a permit to drill in accordance with subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall-- `(i) provide to the applicant a description of the reasons for the denial of the permit; `(ii) allow the applicant to resubmit an application for a permit to drill during the 10-day period beginning on the date the applicant receives the description of the denial from the Secretary; and `(iii) issue or deny any resubmitted application not later than 10 days after the date on which the application is submitted to the Secretary. `(D) FEE- `(i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall collect a single $6,500 permit processing fee per application from each applicant at the time the final decision is made whether to issue a permit under subparagraph (A). `(ii) LIMITATION- The fee described in clause (i) shall not apply to any resubmitted application. `(iii) TREATMENT OF PERMIT PROCESSING FEE- Of all amounts collected as fees under this paragraph, 50 percent shall be-- `(I) transferred to the field office where the fee is collected; and `(II) used to process leases and permits under this Act, subject to appropriation.'. SEC. 203. MAKING PILOT OFFICES PERMANENT TO IMPROVE ENERGY PERMITTING ON FEDERAL LAND. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) ENERGY PROJECTS- The term `energy projects' includes oil, natural gas, and other energy projects, as defined by the Secretary. (2) PROJECT- The term `Project' means the Federal Permit Streamlining Project established under subsection (b). (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (b) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish a Federal Permit Streamlining Project in every Bureau of Land Management field office with responsibility for permitting energy projects on Federal land. (c) Memorandum of Understanding- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for purposes of this section with-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture; (B) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and (C) the Chief of Engineers. (2) STATE PARTICIPATION- The Secretary may request that the Governor of any State in which energy projects on Federal land are located be a signatory to the memorandum of understanding. (d) Designation of Qualified Staff- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 30 days after the date of the signing of the memorandum of understanding under subsection (c), all Federal signatory parties shall, if appropriate, assign to each of the Bureau of Land Management field offices an employee who has expertise in the regulatory issues relating to the office in which the employee is employed, including, as applicable, particular expertise in-- (A) the consultations and the preparation of biological opinions under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536); (B) permits under section 404 of Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344); (C) regulatory matters under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); (D) planning under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a et seq.); and (E) the preparation of analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (2) DUTIES- Each employee assigned under paragraph (1) shall-- (A) not later than 90 days after the date of assignment, report to the Bureau of Land Management Field Managers in the office to which the employee is assigned; (B) be responsible for all issues relating to the energy projects that arise under the authorities of the agency of the employee; and (C) participate as part of the team of personnel working on proposed energy projects, planning, and environmental analyses on Federal land. (e) Additional Personnel- The Secretary shall assign to each Bureau of Land Management field office identified in subsection (b) any additional personnel that are necessary to ensure the effective approval and implementation of energy projects administered by the Bureau of Land Management field offices, including inspection and enforcement relating to energy development on Federal land, in accordance with the multiple use mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). (f) Funding- Salaries for the additional personnel shall be funded from the collection of fees described in section 17(p)(2)(D) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)(2)(D)) (as amended by section 202). (g) Savings Provision- Nothing in this section affects-- (1) the operation of any Federal or State law; or (2) any delegation of authority made by the head of a Federal agency whose employees are participating in the Project. SEC. 204. ADMINISTRATION. Notwithstanding any other law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not require a finding of extraordinary circumstances in administering section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15942). SEC. 205. JUDICIAL REVIEW. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) COVERED CIVIL ACTION- The term `covered civil action' means a civil action containing a claim under section 702 of title 5, United States Code, regarding agency action (as defined for the purposes of that section) affecting a covered energy project on Federal land. (2) COVERED ENERGY PROJECT- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `covered energy project' means the leasing of Federal land for the exploration, development, production, processing, or transmission of oil, natural gas, or any other source of energy, and any action carried out pursuant to that lease. (B) EXCLUSION- The term `covered energy project' does not include any disputes between the parties to a lease regarding the obligations under the lease, including regarding any alleged breach of the lease. (b) Exclusive Venue for Certain Civil Actions Relating to Covered Energy Projects- Venue for any covered civil action shall lie in the district court where the project or leases exist or are proposed. (c) Timely Filing- To ensure timely redress by the courts, a covered civil action shall be filed not later than the last day of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the final Federal agency action to which the covered civil action relates. (d) Expedition in Hearing and Determining the Action- The court shall endeavor to hear and determine any covered civil action as expeditiously as possible. (e) Standard of Review- In any judicial review of a covered civil action, administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged Federal action or decision shall be presumed to be correct, and the presumption may be rebutted only by the preponderance of the evidence contained in the administrative record. (f) Limitation on Injunction and Prospective Relief- (1) IN GENERAL- In a covered civil action, the court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the court finds that the relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct that violation. (2) DURATION OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS- A court shall limit the duration of a preliminary injunction to halt a covered energy project to a period of not more than 60 days, unless the court finds clear reasons to extend the injunction. (3) DURATION OF EXTENSION- An extension under paragraph (2) shall-- (A) only be for a period of not more than 30 days; and (B) require action by the court to renew the injunction. (g) Limitation on Attorneys' Fees- Sections 504 of title 5 and 2412 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Equal Access to Justice Act') shall not apply to a covered civil action, nor shall any party in the covered civil action receive payment from the Federal Government for attorneys' fees, expenses, or other court costs. (h) Legal Standing- A person filing an appeal with the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals shall meet the same standing requirements as a person before a United States district court. Subtitle B--BLM Live Internet Auctions SEC. 211. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `BLM Live Internet Auctions Act'. SEC. 212. INTERNET-BASED ONSHORE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES. (a) Authorization- Section 17(b)(1) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(b)(1)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), in the third sentence, by inserting `, except as provided in subparagraph (C)' after `by oral bidding'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(C) INTERNET-BASED BIDDING- `(i) IN GENERAL- In order to diversify and expand the onshore leasing program in the United States to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process, the Secretary may conduct onshore lease sales through Internet-based bidding methods. `(ii) CONCLUSION OF SALE- Each individual Internet-based lease sale shall conclude not later than 7 days after the date of initiation of the sale.'. (b) Report- Not later than 90 days after the tenth Internet-based lease sale conducted pursuant to subparagraph (C) of section 17(b)(1) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(b)(1)) (as added by subsection (a)), the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct, and submit to Congress a report describing the results of, an analysis of the first 10 such lease sales, including-- (1) estimates of increases or decreases in the lease sales, compared to sales conducted by oral bidding, in-- (A) the number of bidders; (B) the average amount of the bids; (C) the highest amount of the bids; and (D) the lowest amount of the bids; (2) an estimate on the total cost or savings to the Department of the Interior as a result of the sales, as compared to sales conducted by oral bidding; and (3) an evaluation of the demonstrated or expected effectiveness of different structures for lease sales, which may-- (A) provide an opportunity to better maximize bidder participation; (B) ensure the highest return to the Federal taxpayers; (C) minimize opportunities for fraud or collusion; and (D) ensure the security and integrity of the leasing process.
S.2590 Jul-10-14
STATUS: Jully 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2590 Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2590 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2590 To advance the purposes of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 10, 2014 Mr. TESTER (for himself and Mr. WALSH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To advance the purposes of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, and for other purposes. 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 `Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to provide for a pilot program of public-private partnership regarding the operation of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center; (2) to promote the use and development of the Interpretive Center by the Lewis & Clark Foundation, in support of the purposes of Public Law 100-552 (102 Stat. 2766); (3) to allow and promote use of the Interpretive Center, with the goal of achieving financial self-sustainability; and (4) to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to participate and cooperate in the operation of the Interpretive Center as necessary or desirable to promote-- (A) the conservation and management of United States public land; (B) the use, understanding, and enjoyment of-- (i) the Interpretive Center; and (ii) natural resources and natural history; and (C) interpretation of the historical events associated with-- (i) the Lewis and Clark Expedition; (ii) Native Americans; and (iii) the American West. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FOUNDATION- The term `Foundation' means the Lewis & Clark Foundation, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State (or any successor in interest to that foundation). (2) GRANT DEED- The term `Grant Deed' means the instrument that-- (A) conveys to the United States from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks a parcel of land comprising 27.29 acres, as depicted on the Map and located in Cascade County, Montana; (B) comprises 8 pages recorded in the land records of Cascade County as document numbered R0040589; and (C) is dated June 6, 2002. (3) INTERPRETIVE CENTER- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `Interpretive Center' means the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, located in Great Falls, Montana. (B) INCLUSIONS- The term `Interpretive Center' includes all land, buildings, and fixtures associated with the center described in subparagraph (A). (4) MAP- The term `Map' means the map entitled `Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Tract No. 1 of the Certificate of Survey #3942', filed on April 18, 2002, in the offices of the Clerk and Recorder, Cascade County, Montana. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Agriculture. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Montana. SEC. 4. AMENDMENTS. Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766) is amended-- (1) in section 2-- (A) in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking `donated' and inserting `conveyed'; and (B) by striking subsection (c); and (2) in section 3(a), by striking the second sentence. SEC. 5. RATIFICATION OF PRIOR CONVEYANCE. Notwithstanding section 2 of Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766), the Grant Deed is ratified in accordance with the terms of the Grant Deed. SEC. 6. CONVEYANCE BY LEASE. (a) Pilot Project- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, without further administrative procedures, reviews, or analyses and subject to valid existing rights of record, the Secretary shall carry out a pilot project under which the Secretary shall offer to lease to the Foundation, for no consideration, the land and improvements comprising the Federal interest in the Interpretive Center, including the real property depicted on the Map and conveyed by the Grant Deed. (2) TIMING- At any time, the Secretary and the Foundation may agree to the lease of all or any portion of the property described in paragraph (1)-- (A) at 1 time; or (B) in phases over time. (3) PERSONAL PROPERTY CONVEYANCE- The Secretary may convey, by deed of gift or lease to the Foundation, for no consideration, such furniture, equipment, and other personal property as the Secretary and the Foundation agree to be appropriate, including any property that has been used in connection with the operation and maintenance of the Interpretive Center on or before the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Terms and Conditions- (1) TERM- The lease under subsection (a) shall be-- (A) for a primary term of not more than 40 years; and (B) renewable for additional terms of not more than 40 years each, in accordance with such terms and conditions as the Secretary and the Foundation agree to be appropriate. (2) CONDITION- The Secretary-- (A) shall lease any real or personal property pursuant to this section in the existing condition of the property; and (B) has no obligation to repair or replace any such property or improvement. (3) REQUIREMENTS- (A) IN GENERAL- The terms of any lease, lease modification, or lease renewal under this section shall be consistent with the requirements of this Act. (B) OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The lease may contain such other terms and conditions including provisions relating to-- (i) the partial occupancy and use at reduced or no charges by the Forest Service, other Federal departments or agencies, and any other entities referred to in Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766); (ii) capital improvements made by the Foundation, the title to which shall vest in the United States on termination of the lease, unless otherwise agreed to by the Secretary and the Foundation; and (iii) the upkeep and maintenance of any appropriate facilities by the Foundation. (4) MODIFICATIONS- The lease may be modified from time to time by mutual written agreement of the Secretary and the Foundation. (5) TERMINATION- The lease under subsection (a) shall be terminable by the Secretary in any case in which the Secretary determines that the Interpretive Center is-- (A) destroyed by fire or act of God such that the Interpretive Center cannot continue operating, and the Foundation has elected not to construct or reconstruct any necessary improvements; (B) attempted to be sold, mortgaged, or used as security for indebtedness; (C) abandoned or ceases to be used for the purposes of the lease for a consecutive period of 1 year, unless otherwise agreed to by the Foundation and the Secretary; or (D) used in a manner that is inconsistent with the terms of the lease. (c) Administrative Actions- The Regional Forester, Northern Region, of the Forest Service may act on behalf of the Secretary in carrying out this Act. (d) Reservation of Rights in United States- (1) IN GENERAL- At all times, the United States shall reserve the right to locate, develop, and use the Interpretive Center for other uses by the Federal Government that are compatible with the purposes and operation of Interpretive Center. (2) CONSULTATION REQUIRED- The Foundation shall be consulted prior to any development or use under paragraph (1). (e) Insurance- (1) IN GENERAL- The Foundation shall maintain general liability insurance for the duration of the lease under this section, in such amount as is agreed to by the Secretary and the Foundation. (2) REQUIREMENT- The United States shall be named as an additional insured under the policy. SEC. 7. USE BY FOUNDATION. The lease under this Act-- (1) shall permit the Foundation to assume stewardship responsibilities for the Interpretive Center, including through-- (A) the sale of souvenirs and merchandise; (B) the provision of food and visitor services; (C) the rental of facilities for short-term events; and (D) the assessment of admission and use fees in an amount determined by the Foundation; and (2) may permit the Foundation, with prior written approval of the Secretary-- (A) to construct or renovate any applicable improvements; and (B) to sublet any space or facility for any use that is compatible with the purposes of the Interpretive Center. SEC. 8. MONETARY PROVISIONS. (a) Admission and Use Fees- The Foundation shall have sole discretion to establish and charge admission and use fees for the Interpretive Center. (b) Receipts- The Foundation may retain and use all amounts generated from the operation of the Interpretive Center, including through-- (1) the sale of merchandise; and (2) the assessment of admission and use fees. (c) Accounts- (1) IN GENERAL- The Foundation shall maintain documents and accounts that are-- (A) prepared by an accountant certified or licensed by a State regulatory authority; and (B) prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. (2) INSPECTION- All documents and accounts of the Foundation shall be open to inspection by-- (A) the Secretary; and (B) other appropriate Federal officials. (d) State and Local Taxes- (1) IN GENERAL- The Interpretive Center shall be considered to be Federal property for purposes of taxation by the State government and units of local government. (2) EFFECT OF ACT- Nothing in this Act exempts the Foundation or the Interpretive Center from the collection and payment of any sales or excise tax. (e) Federal Assistance- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, the Secretary may provide to the Foundation (including through a cooperative agreement under section 9) such sums as the Secretary determines to be appropriate for-- (A) startup costs; and (B) subsequent maintenance and operational expenses. (2) OTHER FEDERAL ASSISTANCE- The Foundation may apply for and receive any Federal grant or other form of Federal assistance for which the Foundation is otherwise eligible, notwithstanding the status of the Foundation as a lessee of, or cooperator with, the United States. SEC. 9. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS. (a) In General- The Secretary and the Foundation at any time may enter into any cooperative agreement to provide Federal financial or other assistance at the Interpretive Center relating to-- (1) the use of Forest Service employees for interpretive or educational services; (2) the use of equipment; (3) the training of staff and volunteers; (4) the provision of interpretive services, including displays, educational programs, and similar information; (5) maintenance and operational expenses; and (6) any other activity that the Foundation and the Secretary determine to be in support of the purposes of Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766) and this Act. (b) Effect of Act- Nothing in this Act precludes the use of other cooperative authorities of the Secretary, including the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241 et seq.). SEC. 10. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS. (a) Public Law 100-552- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in section 4, Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766) shall remain in force and effect. (2) CONFLICTS- If a conflict arises between Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766) and any provision of this Act, the provision of this Act shall prevail. (b) Fees and Charges- The Foundation and the operation of the Interpretive Center shall not be subject to the requirements of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.) or any other law relating to the charging of admission or use fees on Federal land or facilities. (c) Federal Laws and Regulations- (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding the lease under this Act, the Interpretive Center shall continue to be subject to the laws and regulations relating to the National Forest System, unless any such law or regulation is inconsistent with Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766) or this Act. (2) REGULATIONS- No provision contained in subpart B of part 251 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act), shall apply to the lease authorized by this Act, unless such a provision is incorporated in the lease by agreement of the Secretary and the Foundation. SEC. 11. REPORTS TO CONGRESS. (a) In General- The Secretary and the Foundation each may submit to Congress, from time to time, reports regarding the status of the pilot project authorized by this Act, including-- (1) an assessment of the lease under the pilot project; and (2) such recommendations as the Secretary or the Foundation determine to be necessary or appropriate for the continued management of the Interpretive Center. (b) Applicability- The Secretary may advise Congress with respect to the potential applicability of the pilot project under this Act to other interpretive centers within the National Forest System. SEC. 12. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary such sums as are necessary to carry out-- (1) this Act; and (2) Public Law 100-552 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note; 102 Stat. 2766).
S.2580 Jul-10-14
STATUS: July 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2580 Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2580 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2580 To redesignate the Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia, to revise the boundary of that monument, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 10, 2014 Mr. ISAKSON (for himself and Mr. CHAMBLISS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To redesignate the Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia, to revise the boundary of that monument, and for other purposes. 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 `Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HISTORICAL PARK- The term `Historical Park' means the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in the State of Georgia, as redesignated by section 3. (2) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled [Struck out->] [ XXX ] [<-Struck out] , numbered [Struck out->] [ XXX ] [<-Struck out] , and dated [Struck out->] [ XXXX ] [<-Struck out] . (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. OCMULGEE MOUNDS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. (a) Redesignation- The Ocmulgee National Monument established pursuant to the Act of June 14, 1934 (48 Stat. 958, chapter 519), shall be known and designated as `Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park'. (b) References- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to `Ocmulgee National Monument' shall be deemed to be a reference to `Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park'. SEC. 4. BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT. (a) In General- The boundary of the Historical Park is revised to include approximately 2,100 acres, as generally depicted on the map. (b) Availability of Map- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. SEC. 5. LAND ACQUISITION. (a) In General- The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land within the boundary of the Historical Park by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. (b) Administration- The Secretary shall administer any land acquired under subsection (a) as part of the Historical Park in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. SEC. 6. OCMULGEE RIVER CORRIDOR SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY. (a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the Ocmulgee River corridor between the cities of Macon, Georgia, and Hawkinsville, Georgia, to determine-- (1) the national significance of the study area; (2) the suitability and feasibility of adding land in the study area to the National Park System; and (3) the methods and means for the protection and interpretation of the study area by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, or local government entities, or private or nonprofit organizations. (b) Criteria- The Secretary shall conduct the study under subsection (a) in accordance with section 8 of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5) (commonly known as the `National Park System General Authorities Act'). (c) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing-- (1) the results of the study; and (2) any findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Secretary.
S.2576 Jul-09-14
STATUS: July 9, 2014.--Introduced. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.2576 Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2576 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2576 To establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 9, 2014 Ms. CANTWELL (for herself and Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. 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 `Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area established by section 4. (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The term `local coordinating entity' means the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 4(b)(4). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the Heritage Area described in section 6. (4) MAP- The term `map' means the undated overview map entitled `Washington State Maritime Heritage Area Proposed Boundary' and the associated index maps. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Washington. SEC. 3. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to encourage and strengthen partnerships and collaboration among maritime interests for the purpose of economic development and heritage tourism; (2) to recognize that waterfronts are both a foundational part of the heritage of the State and dynamic places that are constantly adapting to new opportunities and challenges; (3) to recognize, interpret, and conserve the diverse and abundant nationally significant maritime-related objects, sites, structures, places, events, and activities that collectively form a distinctive landscape in ports and coastal communities located in the western part of the State; (4) to recognize and interpret the impact of that nationally important maritime landscape on Native American and European-American heritage; (5) to preserve landscapes, communities, traditions, historic sites, and natural features in the Heritage Area associated with that maritime history; (6) to promote heritage, cultural, and recreational tourism, and to develop educational, interpretive, recreational, and cultural programs through partnerships for the benefit of visitors and the general public; and (7) to provide appropriate linkages between Federal, State, and local historic sites, and communities, governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals that stimulate appropriate and compatible economic vitality within the Heritage Area, without modifying the authority of any State, tribal, or local government to regulate land use, public land policy, or private activity. SEC. 4. MARITIME WASHINGTON NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the counties of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, and Grays Harbor in the State. (b) Boundaries- (1) IN GENERAL- The Heritage Area shall consist of Federal, State, local, and tribal land that-- (A) allows public access; and (B) is at least partly located within the area that is 1/4 -mile landward of the shoreline, as generally depicted on the map. (2) REVISION- The boundaries of the Heritage Area may be revised if the revision is-- (A) proposed in the management plan; (B) approved by the Secretary in accordance with section 5; and (C) placed on file in accordance with paragraph (3). (3) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service and the local coordinating entity. (4) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area shall be the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Advisory Council, operating under the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. SEC. 5. DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY. (a) Duties- To support the purposes of the Heritage Area, the local coordinating entity shall-- (1) prepare and submit to the Secretary in accordance with section 6, a management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) assist willing partners, such as units of State, local, and tribal government, regional planning organizations, and private organizations, in implementing the approved management plan by-- (A) advocating for and carrying out programs and projects that recognize and protect important resource values within the Heritage Area; (B) promoting, developing, and maintaining interpretive exhibits and programs within the Heritage Area; (C) promoting or developing recreational and educational opportunities in the Heritage Area; (D) increasing public awareness of, and appreciation for, natural, historic, scenic, recreational, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (E) advocating for the protection and preservation of historic sites, structures, objects, and buildings in the Heritage Area that are consistent with the themes of the Heritage Area; (F) ensuring that signs identifying points of public access and sites of interest are posted throughout the Heritage Area; and (G) promoting a wide range of partnerships among governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals to support the purposes of the Heritage Area; (3) take into consideration the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Heritage Area in the preparation and implementation of the management plan; (4) ensure an open and transparent process for the development and implementation of the management plan by holding regular public meetings; (5) submit to the Secretary an annual report for each fiscal year during which the local coordinating entity receives Federal funds under this Act that describes, with respect to the reporting period-- (A) the goals and accomplishments of the local coordinating entity; (B) the expenses and income of the local coordinating entity; (C) the amounts and sources of matching funds; (D) the amounts leveraged with Federal funds and sources of the leveraged funds; (E) grants made to any other entities; and (F) critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area; (6) make available for audit for any fiscal year for which the local coordinating entity receives Federal funds under this Act all information pertaining to the expenditure of those funds and any matching funds; (7) in all agreements authorizing expenditures of Federal funds by other organizations, ensure that the receiving organizations make available for audit all records and other information pertaining to the expenditure of the funds; and (8) encourage and strengthen partnerships and collaboration among maritime interests by appropriate means for economic development and heritage tourism, consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area. (b) Authorities- Subject to the prior approval of the Secretary, for the purposes of preparing and implementing the management plan, the local coordinating entity may use Federal funds made available under this Act-- (1) to make grants to the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other individuals and entities; (2) to enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to, the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested parties; (3) to hire and compensate staff; (4) to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds and services provided under any other Federal law or program; (5) to contract for goods or services; and (6) to support activities of partners and any other activities that-- (A) support the purposes of the Heritage Area; and (B) are consistent with the approved management plan. (c) Prohibition on Acquisition of Real Property- The local coordinating entity may not use Federal funds received under this Act to acquire any interest in real property. SEC. 6. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to develop the management plan, the local coordinating entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a proposed management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Requirements- The management plan for the Heritage Area shall-- (1) describe comprehensive policies, goals, strategies, and recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, interpretation, and development of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration existing State and local plans in the development and implementation of the management plan; (3) include a description of actions and commitments that governments, private organizations, and individuals plan to take to protect, enhance, and interpret the natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (4) specify existing and potential sources of funding or economic development strategies to conserve, manage, and develop the Heritage Area; (5) include an inventory of the natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area relating to the stories and themes of the Heritage Area that should be protected, enhanced, managed, or developed; (6) recommend policies and strategies for resource management, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency agreements, to protect the natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (7) describe a program for implementation of the management plan, including-- (A) performance goals; (B) an approximate timeline for implementation; (C) specific commitments for implementation; and (D) how the plan will be evaluated and updated; (8) include an analysis of, and recommendations for, ways in which Federal, State, tribal, and local programs may best be coordinated (including the role of the National Park Service and other Federal agencies associated with the Heritage Area) to support the purposes of this Act; (9) provide recommendations for educational and interpretive programs to inform the public regarding the resources of the Heritage Area; and (10) include a business plan that-- (A) describes the role, operation, financing, and functions of-- (i) the local coordinating entity; and (ii) each major activity contained in the management plan; (B) provides adequate assurances that the local coordinating entity has the partnerships and financial and other resources necessary to implement the management plan for the Heritage Area; and (C) describes goals and recommendations for sustainability of the coordinating entity through the effective period of this Act. (c) Termination of Funding- If the management plan is not submitted to the Secretary in accordance with this section, the local coordinating entity shall not qualify for additional financial assistance under this Act until the date on which the management plan is submitted to, and approved by, the Secretary. (d) Approval of Management Plan- (1) REVIEW- Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary receives the management plan, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the management plan. (2) CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL- In determining the approval of the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the local coordinating entity represents the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, resource-related organizations, educational institutions, ports, businesses, community residents, and recreational organizations; (B) the local coordinating entity has afforded adequate opportunity for public and governmental involvement (including workshops and public meetings) in the preparation of the management plan; (C) the conservation and interpretation strategies described in the management plan, if implemented, are compatible and consistent with this Act; (D) the management plan would not adversely affect any activities authorized on Federal, State, local, or tribal land under applicable laws or land use plans; (E) the Secretary has received adequate assurances from the appropriate State, tribal, and local officials the support of which is needed to ensure the effective implementation of the State, tribal, and local aspects of the management plan; (F) the local coordinating entity has identified existing and potential sources of funding for implementing the management plan in partnership with others; and (G) provisions for long-term sustainability of the Heritage Area are in place. (3) ACTION FOLLOWING DISAPPROVAL- (A) IN GENERAL- If the Secretary disapproves the management plan, the Secretary-- (i) shall advise the local coordinating entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval; and (ii) may make recommendations to the local coordinating entity for revisions to the management plan. (B) DEADLINE- Not later than 180 days after receiving a revised management plan, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the revised management plan. (4) AMENDMENTS- (A) IN GENERAL- An amendment to the management plan that substantially alters the management plan shall be-- (i) reviewed by the Secretary; and (ii) approved or disapproved in the same manner as the original management plan. (B) IMPLEMENTATION- The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act to implement any amendment to the management plan until the Secretary approves the amendment. SEC. 7. DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF SECRETARY. (a) Technical and Financial Assistance- (1) IN GENERAL- On the request of the local coordinating entity, the Secretary may provide technical and financial assistance, on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis (as determined by the Secretary), to the local coordinating entity to develop and implement the management plan. (2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the local coordinating entity and other public or private organizations to provide technical or financial assistance under paragraph (1). (3) PRIORITY- In providing assistance under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to actions that assist in-- (A) conserving the significant historic and cultural maritime-related resources of the Heritage Area; and (B) providing educational, interpretive, and recreational opportunities for the public, consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area. (b) Evaluation; Report- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area under section 11, the Secretary shall-- (A) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and (B) prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area, in accordance with paragraph (3). (2) EVALUATION COMPONENTS- An evaluation conducted under paragraph (1)(A) shall-- (A) assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to-- (i) accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and (ii) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (B) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (C) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (3) RECOMMENDATIONS- (A) IN GENERAL- Based on the evaluation conducted under paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (B) REQUIRED ANALYSIS- If the report prepared under this paragraph recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of-- (i) ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and (ii) the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination. (C) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- On completion of a report under this paragraph, the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (i) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (ii) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 8. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. (a) In General- Nothing in this Act affects the authority of any Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law (including regulations). (b) Consultation and Coordination- To the maximum extent practicable, the head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity. (c) Other Federal Agencies- Nothing in this Act-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any laws (including regulations) authorizing a Federal agency to manage land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (2) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (3) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. SEC. 9. PROPERTY OWNERS AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS. Nothing in this Act-- (1) abridges the rights of any owner of public or private property, including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) requires any property owner-- (A) to permit public access (including Federal, State, tribal, or local government access) to the property; or (B) to modify any provision of Federal, State, tribal, or local law with regard to public access or use of private land; (3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land-use plan, or any other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, or local agency, or tribal government; (4) conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the local coordinating entity; (5) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (6) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (7) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any individual injured on the private property. SEC. 10. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $500,000 shall be made available for any fiscal year. (b) Availability- Funds made available under subsection (a) shall remain available until expended. (c) Cost-Sharing Requirement- (1) IN GENERAL- The Federal share of the total cost of any activity under this section shall be not more than 50 percent. (2) FORM- The non-Federal contribution-- (A) shall be from non-Federal sources; and (B) may be in the form of in-kind contributions of goods or services fairly valued. SEC. 11. TERMINATION OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. The authority of the Secretary to provide financial assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
S.2571 Jul-09-14
STATUS: July 9, 2014.--Introduced. S.2571 Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) .0D .0D S 2571 IS .0D .0D .0D.0D113th CONGRESS.0D2d Session .0D S. 2571.0D To adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, and for other purposes..0D .0D IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES.0DJuly 9, 2014.0D Mr. ISAKSON (for himself and Mr. CHAMBLISS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.0D .0D A BILL.0D To adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, and for other purposes..0D .0D Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,.0D SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE..0D This Act may be cited as the `Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014'..0D SEC. 2. FINDINGS..0D Congress finds that--.0D (1) Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was authorized as a unit of the National Park System on June 26, 1935, prior to which year, parts of the Park had been acquired and protected by Civil War veterans and the War Department;.0D (2) Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park protects Kennesaw Mountain and Kolb's Farm, which are battle sites along the route of General Sherman's 1864 campaign to take Atlanta;.0D (3) most of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park protects Confederate positions and strategy;.0D (4) the Wallis House is one of the few original structures remaining from the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain associated with Union positions and strategy; and.0D (5) the Wallis House is strategically located next to a Union signal station at Harriston Hill..0D SEC. 3. BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT; LAND ACQUISITION; ADMINISTRATION..0D (a) Boundary Adjustment- .0D (1) IN GENERAL- The boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is modified to include the approximately 8 acres identified as `Wallis House and Harriston Hill' and generally depicted on the map entitled `Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Proposed Boundary Adjustment', numbered 325/80,020, and dated February 2010..0D (2) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The map referred to in paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service..0D (b) Land Acquisition- The Secretary of the Interior may acquire, from willing owners only, land or interests in land described in subsection (a) by donation or exchange..0D (c) Administration- The Secretary of the Interior shall administer land and interests in land acquired under this section as part of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in accordance with applicable law (including regulations)..0D
S.2566 Jul-08-14
STATUS: July 8, 2014.--Introduced. S.2566 Nevada Mining Townsite Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2566 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2566 To provide for the conveyance of certain public land in and around historic mining townsites located in the State of Nevada, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 8, 2014 Mr. HELLER (for himself and Mr. REID) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the conveyance of certain public land in and around historic mining townsites located in the State of Nevada, and for other purposes. 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 `Nevada Mining Townsite Conveyance Act'. SEC. 2. DISPOSAL OF PUBLIC LAND IN MINING TOWNSITES, ESMERALDA, NYE, AND STOREY COUNTIES, NEVADA. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) the Federal Government owns real property in and around historic mining townsites in the counties of Esmeralda, Nye, and Storey in the State of Nevada; (2) while the real property described in paragraph (1) is under the jurisdiction of the Secretary, some of the real property has been occupied for decades by individuals-- (A) who took possession by purchase or other documented and putatively legal transactions; and (B) the continued occupation by whom constitutes a trespass on the title held by the Federal Government; (3) as a result of the confused and conflicting ownership claims, the real property described in paragraph (1)-- (A) is difficult to manage under multiple use policies; and (B) creates a continuing source of friction and unease between the Federal Government and local residents; (4)(A) all of the real property described in paragraph (1) is appropriate for disposal for the purpose of promoting administrative efficiency and effectiveness; and (B) as of the date of enactment of this Act, the Bureau of Land Management has identified the mining townsites for disposal; and (5) to promote the responsible resource management of the real property described in paragraph (1), certain parcels should be conveyed to the county in which the property is situated in accordance with land use management plans of the Bureau of Land Management so that the county may, in addition to other actions, dispose of the property to individuals residing on or otherwise occupying the real property. (b) Definitions- In this Act: (1) CONVEYANCE MAPS- The term `conveyance maps' means-- (A) the map entitled `Original Mining Townsite Ione Nevada' and dated October 17, 2005; (B) the map entitled `Original Mining Townsite Gold Point' and dated October 17, 2005; and (C) the map entitled `Restoring Storey County Act' and dated November 20, 2012. (2) MINING TOWNSITE- The term `mining townsite' means real property-- (A) located in the Gold Point, Ione, Gold Hill, and Virginia City townsites within the counties of Esmeralda, Nye, and Storey, Nevada, as depicted on the conveyance maps; (B) that is owned by the Federal Government; and (C) on which improvements were constructed based on the belief that-- (i) the property had been or would be acquired from the Federal Government by the entity that operated the mine; or (ii) the individual or entity that made the improvement had a valid claim for acquiring the property from the Federal Government. (D) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management. (c) Mining Claim Validity Review- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall carry out an expedited program to examine each unpatented mining claim (including each unpatented mining claim for which a patent application has been filed) within each mining townsite. (2) DETERMINATION OF VALIDITY- With respect to a mining claim, if the Secretary determines that the elements of a contest are present, the Secretary shall immediately determine the validity of the mining claim. (3) DECLARATION BY SECRETARY- If the Secretary determines a mining claim to be invalid, as soon as practicable after the date of the determination, the Secretary shall declare the mining claim to be null and void. (4) TREATMENT OF VALID MINING CLAIMS- (A) IN GENERAL- Each mining claim that the Secretary determines to be valid shall be maintained in compliance with the general mining laws and subsection (d)(2)(B). (B) EFFECT ON HOLDERS- A holder of a mining claim described in subparagraph (A) shall not be entitled to a patent. (5) ABANDONMENT OF CLAIM- The Secretary shall provide-- (A) public notice that each mining claim holder may affirmatively abandon the claim of the mining claim holder prior to the validity review; and (B) to each mining claim holder an opportunity to abandon the claim of the mining claim holder before the date on which the land that is subject to the mining claim is conveyed. (d) Conveyance Authority- (1) IN GENERAL- After completing a validity review under subsection (c), notwithstanding sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713) and subject to the agreement of the county, the Secretary shall convey to the appropriate county, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the mining townsites (including improvements on the mining townsites)-- (A) identified for conveyance on the conveyance maps; and (B) that are not subject to valid mining claims. (2) VALID MINING CLAIMS- (A) IN GENERAL- With respect to each parcel of land located in a mining townsite subject to a valid mining claim, the Secretary shall reserve the mineral rights and otherwise convey, without consideration, the remaining right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the mining townsite (including improvements on the mining townsite) that is identified for conveyance on a conveyance map. (B) PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS- Each valid mining claim shall be subject to each procedure and requirement described in section 9 of the Act of December 29, 1916 (43 U.S.C. 299) (commonly known as the `Stockraising Homestead Act of 1916') (including regulations). (3) AVAILABILITY OF CONVEYANCE MAPS- The conveyance maps shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (e) Recipients- (1) ORIGINAL RECIPIENT- Subject to paragraph (2), the conveyance of a mining townsite under subsection (d) shall be made to the county in which the mining townsite is situated. (2) RECONVEYANCE TO OCCUPANTS- (A) IN GENERAL- In the case of a mining townsite conveyed under subsection (d) for which a valid interest is proven by 1 or more individuals, under the provisions of Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 244, the county that receives the mining townsite under paragraph (1) shall reconvey the property to the 1 or more individuals by appropriate deed or other legal conveyance as provided in that chapter. (B) AUTHORITY OF COUNTY- A county described in subparagraph (A) is not required to recognize a claim under this paragraph that is submitted on a date that is later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act. (f) Valid Existing Rights- The conveyance of a mining townsite under subsection (d) shall be subject to valid existing rights, including any easement or other right-of-way or lease in existence as of the date of the conveyance. (g) Withdrawals- Subject to valid rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, and except as otherwise provided in this Act, the mining townsites are withdrawn from-- (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. (h) Survey- A mining townsite to be conveyed by the United States under subsection (d) shall be sufficiently surveyed as a whole to legally describe the land for patent conveyance. (i) Conveyance of Terminated Mining Claims- If a mining claim determined by the Secretary to be valid under subsection (c) is abandoned, invalidated, or otherwise returned to the Bureau of Land Management, the mining claim shall be-- (1) withdrawn in accordance with subsection (g); and (2) subject to the agreement of the owner, conveyed to the owner of the surface rights covered by the mining claim. (j) Release- On completion of the conveyance of a mining townsite under subsection (d), the United States shall be relieved from liability for, and shall be held harmless from, any and all claims arising from the presence of improvements and materials on the conveyed property. (k) Deadline for Review and Conveyances- It is the sense of Congress that the examination of the unpatented mining claims under subsection (c) and the conveyances under subsection (d) should be completed not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.
S.2554 Jun-26-14
STATUS: June 26, 2014.--Introduced. June 26, 2014.--Referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Original measure reported by Senator Landrieu. S. Rept. No. 113-200. June 26, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 446] S.2554 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act (Placed on Calendar Senate - PCS) S 2554 PCS Calendar No. 446113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2554[Report No. 113-200] To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 26, 2014 Ms. LANDRIEU, from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, reported the following original bill; which was read twice and placed on the calendar A BILL To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. 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 `Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act'. SEC. 2. KEYSTONE XL APPROVAL. (a) In General- TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. may construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in the application filed on May 4, 2012, by TransCanada Corporation to the Department of State (including any subsequent revision to the pipeline route within the State of Nebraska required or authorized by the State of Nebraska). (b) Environmental Impact Statement- The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretary of State in January 2014, regarding the pipeline referred to in subsection (a), and the environmental analysis, consultation, and review described in that document (including appendices) shall be considered to fully satisfy-- (1) all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); and (2) any other provision of law that requires Federal agency consultation or review (including the consultation or review required under section 7(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536(a))) with respect to the pipeline and facilities referred to in subsection (a). (c) Permits- Any Federal permit or authorization issued before the date of enactment of this Act for the pipeline and cross-border facilities referred to in subsection (a) shall remain in effect. (d) Judicial Review- Except for review in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of an order or action of a Federal agency regarding the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a), and the related facilities in the United States, that are approved by this Act (including any order granting a permit or right-of-way, or any other agency action taken to construct or complete the project pursuant to Federal law). (e) Private Property Savings Clause- Nothing in this Act alters any Federal, State, or local process or condition in effect on the date of enactment of this Act that is necessary to secure access from an owner of private property to construct the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a). Calendar No. 446 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2554[Report No. 113-200]A BILL To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. June 26, 2014Read twice and placed on the calendar
S.2544 Jun-26-14
STATUS: June 26, 2014.--Referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. S.2544 To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2544 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2544 To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 26, 2014 Mr. JOHANNS (for himself and Mrs. FISCHER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EARLY REPAYMENT OF CONSTRUCTION COSTS. (a) In General- Notwithstanding section 213 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm), any landowner within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (referred to in this section as the `district') may repay, at any time, the construction costs of project facilities allocated to the land of the landowner within the district. (b) Applicability of Full-Cost Pricing Limitations- On discharge, in full, of the obligation for repayment of the construction costs that are allocated to all land of the landowner in the district, the land shall not be subject to the ownership and full-cost pricing limitations under the reclamation laws. (c) Certification- On request of a landowner that has repaid, in full, the construction costs described in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall provide to the landowner a certificate described in section 213(b)(1) of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm(b)(1)). (d) Effect- Nothing in this section-- (1) modifies any contractual rights under, or amends or reopens, the reclamation contract between the district and the United States; or (2) modifies any rights, obligations, or relationships between the district and landowners in the district under Nebraska State law.
S.2537 Jun-26-14
STATUS: June 26, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. S.2537 Red River Private Property Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2537 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2537 To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 26, 2014 Mr. CORNYN (for himself and Mr. CRUZ) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas, and for other purposes. 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 `Red River Private Property Protection Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds as follows: (1) In 1923, the Supreme Court found the border between Texas and Oklahoma to be: `the water-washed and relatively permanent elevation or acclivity at the outer line of the river bed which separates the bed from the adjacent upland, whether valley or hill, and serves to confine the waters within the bed and to preserve the course of the river, and that the boundary intended is on and along the bank at the average or mean level attained by the waters in the periods when they reach and wash the bank without overflowing it. When we speak of the bed, we include all of the area which is kept practically bare of vegetation by the wash of the waters of the river from year to year in their onward course, although parts of it are left dry for months at a time, and we exclude the lateral valleys, which have the characteristics of relatively fast land and usually are covered by upland grasses and vegetation, although temporarily overflowed in exceptional instances when the river is at flood.'. (2) This would become known as the `gradient boundary'. (3) This decision makes clear that, absent water that is physically touching the bank, the high bluff or `ancient bank' along the southern edge of the Red River is not the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. (4) In 2000, Public Law 106-288 ratified the Red River Boundary Compact agreed to and signed into State law by Texas and Oklahoma that sets the boundary between the States to be the vegetation line on the south bank of the Red River, except for the Texoma area where the boundary is established pursuant to procedures provided for in the Compact. (5) Therefore, the Bureau of Land Management should have no claim to land that is either south of the `gradient boundary' established by the Supreme Court or south of the vegetation line on the southern bank of the Red River pursuant to Public Law 106-288 whereby landowners have proof of their right, title, and interest to the land and have been paying property taxes accordingly. SEC. 3. ISSUANCE OF QUIT CLAIM DEEDS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall relinquish and shall transfer by quit claim deed all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to Red River lands to any claimant who demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary that official county or State records indicate that the claimant holds all right, title, and interest to those lands. (b) Public Notification- The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register and on official and appropriate Web sites the process to receive written and/or electronic submissions of the documents required under subsection (a). The Secretary shall treat all proper notifications received from the claimant as fulfilling the satisfaction requirements under subsection (a). (c) Standard of Approval- The Secretary shall accept all official county and State records as filed in the county on the date of submission proving right, title, and interest. (d) Time Period for Approval or Disapproval of Request- The Secretary shall approve or disapprove a request for a quit claim deed under subsection (a) not later than 120 days after the date on which the written request is received by the Secretary. If the Secretary fails to approve or disapprove such a request by the end of such 120-day period, the request shall be deemed to be approved. SEC. 4. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN. The Secretary shall ensure that no parcels of Red River lands are treated as Federal land for the purpose of any resource management plan until the Secretary has ensured that such parcels are not subject to transfer under section 3. SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this Act-- (1) the term `Red River lands' means lands along the approximately 539-mile stretch of the Red River between the States of Texas and Oklahoma; and (2) the term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of Bureau of Land Management.
S.2494 Jun-18-14
STATUS June 18, 2014.--Introduced. S.2494 Natural Gas Export Promotion Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2494 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2494 To expedite applications to export natural gas, to require the public disclosure of liquefied natural gas export destinations, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 18, 2014 Mr. UDALL of Colorado (for himself, Ms. LANDRIEU, and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To expedite applications to export natural gas, to require the public disclosure of liquefied natural gas export destinations, and for other purposes. 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 `Natural Gas Export Promotion Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. APPLICATIONS TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS. (a) In General- The Secretary of Energy (referred to in this section as the `Secretary') shall issue a final decision on any application for authorization to export natural gas under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) that is pending on or filed on or after the date of enactment of this Act not later than 45 days after conclusion of the review required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (b) Judicial Review- (1) IN GENERAL- Except for review in the Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the export facility will be located pursuant to an application described in subsection (a) shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any civil action for the review of-- (A) an order issued by the Secretary with respect to the application; or (B) the failure of the Secretary to issue a decision on the application. (2) ORDER- If the Court in a civil action described in paragraph (1) finds that the Secretary has failed to issue a decision on the application as required under subsection (a), the Court shall order the Secretary to issue the decision not later than 30 days after the order of the Court. (3) EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION- The Court shall-- (A) set any civil action brought under this subsection for expedited consideration; and (B) set the matter on the docket as soon as practicable after the filing date of the initial pleading. SEC. 3. PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF EXPORT DESTINATIONS. Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(g) Public Disclosure of Liquefied Natural Gas Export Destinations- `(1) IN GENERAL- In the case of any authorization to export liquefied natural gas, the Secretary of Energy shall require the applicant to report to the Secretary of Energy the names of the one or more countries of destination to which the exported liquefied natural gas is delivered. `(2) TIMING- The applicant shall file the report required under paragraph (1) not later than-- `(A) in the case of the first export, the last day of the month following the month of the first export; and `(B) in the case of subsequent exports, the date that is 30 days after the last day of the applicable month concerning the activity of the previous month. `(3) DISCLOSURE- The Secretary of Energy shall publish the information reported under this subsection on the website of the Department of Energy and otherwise make the information available to the public.'.