Legislation

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S.2823 Sep-17-14
Status: September 16, 2014.--Introduced. S.2823 North American Energy Infrastructure Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2823 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2823 To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 16, 2014 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself, Mr. DONNELLY, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, 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 `North American Energy Infrastructure Act'. SEC. 2. FINDING. Congress finds that the United States should establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process for the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity to and from Canada and Mexico, in pursuit of a more secure and efficient North American energy market. SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CERTAIN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AT THE NATIONAL BOUNDARY OF THE UNITED STATES. (a) Authorization- Except as provided in subsection (c) and section 7, no person may construct, connect, operate, or maintain a cross-border segment of an oil pipeline or electric transmission facility for the import or export of oil or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the cross-border segment under this section. (b) Certificate of Crossing- (1) REQUIREMENT- Not later than 120 days after final action is taken under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to a cross-border segment for which a request is received under this section, the relevant official identified under paragraph (2), in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies, shall issue a certificate of crossing for the cross-border segment unless the relevant official finds that the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the cross-border segment is not in the public interest of the United States. (2) RELEVANT OFFICIAL- The relevant official referred to in paragraph (1) is-- (A) the Secretary of State with respect to oil pipelines; and (B) the Secretary of Energy with respect to electric transmission facilities. (3) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES- In the case of a request for a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment of an electric transmission facility, the Secretary of Energy shall require, as a condition of issuing the certificate of crossing for the request under paragraph (1), that the cross-border segment of the electric transmission facility be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained consistent with all applicable policies and standards of-- (A) the Electric Reliability Organization and the applicable regional entity; and (B) any Regional Transmission Organization or Independent System Operator with operational or functional control over the cross-border segment of the electric transmission facility. (c) Exclusions- This section shall not apply to any construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment of an oil pipeline or electric transmission facility for the import or export of oil or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico-- (1) if the cross-border segment is operating for such import, export, or transmission as of the date of enactment of this Act; (2) if a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has been issued; (3) if a certificate of crossing for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has previously been issued under this section; or (4) if an application for a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance is pending on the date of enactment of this Act, until the earlier of-- (A) the date on which such application is denied; or (B) July 1, 2016. (d) Effect of Other Laws- (1) APPLICATION TO PROJECTS- Nothing in this section or section 7 shall affect the application of any other Federal statute to a project for which a certificate of crossing for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of a cross-border segment is sought under this section. (2) ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT- Nothing in this section or section 7 shall affect the authority of the President under section 103(a) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. SEC. 4. IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF NATURAL GAS TO CANADA AND MEXICO. Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(c)) is amended-- (1) by striking, `For purposes of subsection (a) of this section' and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of subsection (a)'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(2) DEADLINE FOR APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS RELATING TO CANADA AND MEXICO- In the case of an application for the importation or exportation of natural gas to or from Canada or Mexico, the Commission shall approve the application not later than 30 days after the date of receipt of the application.'. SEC. 5. TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY TO CANADA AND MEXICO. (a) Repeal of Requirement To Secure Order- Section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)) is repealed. (b) Conforming Amendments- (1) STATE REGULATIONS- Section 202(f) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(f)) is amended by striking `insofar as such State regulation does not conflict with the exercise of the Commission's powers under or relating to subsection 202(e)'. (2) SEASONAL DIVERSITY ELECTRICITY EXCHANGE- Section 602(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 824a-4(b)) is amended by striking `the Commission has conducted hearings and made the findings required under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting `the Secretary has conducted hearings and finds that the proposed transmission facilities would not impair the sufficiency of electric supply within the United States or would not impede or tend to impede the coordination in the public interest of facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the Secretary.'. SEC. 6. NO PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT REQUIRED. No Presidential permit (or similar permit) required under Executive Order No. 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note), Executive Order No. 11423 (3 U.S.C. 301 note), section 301 of title 3, United States Code, Executive Order No. 12038, Executive Order No. 10485, or any other Executive order shall be necessary for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility, or any cross-border segment thereof. SEC. 7. MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING PROJECTS. No certificate of crossing under section 3, or permit described in section 6, shall be required for a modification to the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility-- (1) that is operating for the import or export of oil or natural gas or the transmission of electricity to or from Canada or Mexico as of the date of enactment of the Act; (2) for which a permit described in section 6 for such construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has been issued; or (3) for which a certificate of crossing for the cross-border segment of the pipeline or facility has previously been issued under section 3. SEC. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE; RULEMAKING DEADLINES. (a) Effective Date- Sections 3 through 7, and the amendments made by such sections, shall take effect on July 1, 2015. (b) Rulemaking Deadlines- Each relevant official described in section 3(b)(2) shall-- (1) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, publish in the Federal Register notice of a proposed rulemaking to carry out the applicable requirements of section 3; and (2) not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, publish in the Federal Register a final rule to carry out the applicable requirements of section 3. SEC. 9. DEFINITIONS. In this Act-- (1) the term `cross-border segment' means the portion of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility that is located at the national boundary of the United States with either Canada or Mexico; (2) the term `modification' includes a change in ownership, volume expansion, downstream or upstream interconnection, or adjustment to maintain flow (such as a reduction or increase in the number of pump or compressor stations); (3) the term `natural gas' has the meaning given that term in section 2 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717a); (4) the term `oil' means petroleum or a petroleum product; (5) the terms `Electric Reliability Organization' and `regional entity' have the meanings given those terms in section 215 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o); and (6) the terms `Independent System Operator' and `Regional Transmission Organization' have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796).
S.2820 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 16, 2014.--Introduced. S.2820 Garden Valley Withdrawal Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2820 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2820 To provide for the withdrawal of certain Federal land in Garden Valley, Nevada. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 16, 2014 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 withdrawal of certain Federal land in Garden Valley, Nevada. 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 `Garden Valley Withdrawal Act'. SEC. 2. GARDEN VALLEY, NEVADA, WITHDRAWAL. Subject to valid existing rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, the approximately 805,100 acres of Federal land generally depicted on the map entitled `Garden Valley Withdrawal Area' and dated July 11, 2014, is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.
S.2803 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 15, 2014.--Introduced.
S.2803 Sep-17-14
STATUS: September 15, 2014.--Introduced. S.2803 To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2803 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2803 To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 15, 2014 Mr. KING introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, 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. USE RESTRICTION REMOVED. The Act entitled `An Act to authorize the conveyance, for school purposes, of certain land in Acadia National Park to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes', approved August 1, 1950, is amended by adding at the end the following: `Lands conveyed to the town of Tremont, Maine, under the Act known as NPS Tract 06-126, which were conveyed by the National Park Service in deed recorded at the Hancock County Registry of Deeds Book 737 Page 467, National Park Service Deed 377, shall no longer be required to be used exclusively and perpetually for school purposes and upon the discontinuance of such use of said land, or any part thereof, shall no longer be required to revert to the United States.'.
S.2791 Sep-17-14
Status: September 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2791 EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2791 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2791 To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 10, 2014 Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself and Mr. PORTMAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, 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 `EPS Service Parts Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. EXEMPT SUPPLIES. Section 325(u) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(5) EXEMPT SUPPLIES- `(A) FEBRUARY 10, 2014, RULE- `(i) IN GENERAL- An external power supply shall not be subject to the final rule entitled `Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies', published at 79 Fed. Reg. 7845 (February 10, 2014), if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured during the period beginning on February 10, 2016, and ending on February 10, 2020; `(II) is marked in accordance with the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; `(III) meets, where applicable, the standards under paragraph (3)(A), and has been certified to the Secretary as meeting International Efficiency Level IV or higher of the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before February 10, 2016. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of products exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that are not International Efficiency Level VI or higher. `(iii) LIMITATION OF EXEMPTION- The Secretary may issue a rule, after providing public notice and opportunity for public comment, to limit the applicability of the exemption established under clause (i) if the Secretary determines that the exemption is resulting in a significant reduction of the energy savings that would otherwise result from the final rule described in such clause. `(B) AMENDED STANDARDS- `(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may exempt an external power supply from any amended standard under this subsection if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured within four years of the compliance date of the amended standard; `(II) complies with applicable marking requirements adopted by the Secretary prior to the amendment; `(III) meets the standards that were in effect prior to the amendment; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before the compliance date of the amended standard. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of a product exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that do not meet the amended standard.'.
S.2776 Aug-01-14
STATUS: August 1, 2014.--Introduced. S.2776 Ten in Ten Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2776 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2776 To establish a Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the next 10 years, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESAugust 1, 2014 Mr. WALSH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish a Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the next 10 years, 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 `Ten in Ten Act'. SEC. 2. CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION DEPLOYMENT ACCELERATION FUND. (a) Establishment of Fund- There is established in the Treasury a fund to be known as the `Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Acceleration Fund' (referred to in this section as the `Fund'), to be administered by the Secretary of Energy (referred to in this section as the `Secretary'), to be available without fiscal year limitation and without further appropriation, to promote the establishment of not fewer than 10 commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration units in the United States during the 10-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section. (b) Use of Fund- (1) IN GENERAL- Of amounts in the Fund, the Secretary may use such sums as are necessary to provide grants or other forms of financial support that-- (A) capture carbon dioxide from electric generation units that-- (i) generate and sell electric power directly to consumers or for resale; (ii) use coal or petroleum coke for at least 75 percent of the fuel used by the units; and (iii) transport the captured carbon dioxide to a permanent geological storage site in the United States, or to a site on the North American Continent, for use for hydrocarbon recovery; (B) have a useful life of not fewer than 15 years; (C) emphasize modular designs and are capable of generating at least 100 megawatts of electricity output; (D) capture and sequester not less than 65 percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions of the electric generation units; and (E) apply to a diverse mix of coal ranks, generation systems, geographic locations, capture systems, and sequestration characterizations and systems, including saline sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, and other beneficial uses of carbon dioxide. (2) ELIGIBLE PROJECTS- Eligible projects under this paragraph include carbon capture and sequestration units that are designed for-- (A) new coal-fired electric generation units; (B) retrofit or upgrade of existing coal-fired electric generation units; and (C) notwithstanding paragraph (1)(C), nonmodular units that are larger than 250 megawatts and designed for integrated gasification combined cycle electric generation units. (c) Transfers to Fund- There is transferred into the Fund established by subsection (a) $10,000,000,000 out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. (d) Prohibition- Amounts in the Fund may not be made available for any purpose other than a purpose described in subsections (a) and (b). (e) Annual Reports- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2015, the Secretary shall submit a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year to-- (A) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; (B) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; (C) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (D) the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives. (2) CONTENTS- Each report shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report, the following: (A) A statement of the amounts deposited into the Fund. (B) A description of the expenditures made from the Fund for the fiscal year, including the purpose of the expenditures. (C) Recommendations for additional authorities to fulfill the purpose of the Fund. (D) A statement of the balance remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year.
S.2762 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. September 18, 2014.--Mr. Roberts added as cosponsor. S.2762 Propane Supply and Security Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2762 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2762 To prevent future propane shortages, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mr. FRANKEN (for himself, Mr. PORTMAN, and Ms. BALDWIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To prevent future propane shortages, 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 `Propane Supply and Security Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term `Administrator' means the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration. (2) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (3) INTERSTATE COMMERCE- The term `interstate commerce' has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717a). (4) PROPANE PIPELINE- The term `propane pipeline' means a pipeline used to transport propane in interstate commerce. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. SEC. 3. INFORMATION COLLECTION. (a) In General- The Administrator shall publish, to the maximum extent practicable and consistent with confidentiality requirements, data on-- (1) propane storage, including-- (A) weekly inventory data disaggregated below the level of the Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD), including-- (i) data at the State level; and (ii) data from the collective storage facilities at market hubs, including storage facilities in and around Mont Belvieu, Texas, Conway, Kansas, and any future market hubs of significant regional scope; and (B) weekly data to separately account for non-fuel propylene and propane for PADD 3 and other regions if the Administrator determines that inclusion of the nonfuel propylene supply data significantly distorts propane supply and pricing data, and the Administrator determines it is feasible to collect separate data on nonfuel propylene and propane; and (2) propane markets, including pricing data for residential customers in States that voluntarily choose to participate in the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) of the Energy Information Administration. (b) Biannual Working and Net Available Storage Capacity Report- The Administrator shall publish data on-- (1) storage at-- (A) major market centers, including the regions around Conway, Kansas and Mont Belvieu, Texas; and (B) to the extent practicable based on existing surveys and consistent with confidentiality requirements, the regions reported in the weekly and monthly inventory data under subsection (a); and (2) pipeline fill requirements and pipeline operational storage capacity. (c) Wood Pilot- The Administrator shall work with the States participating in SHOPP to develop a program comparable to SHOPP to collect data on wood pellets, firewood, and other biomass. SEC. 4. COORDINATED RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES. (a) In General- The Secretary shall lead Federal and State emergency response efforts with respect to propane supply emergencies in any State or region of the United States that are characterized, as determined by the Secretary, by-- (1) sudden increases in consumer prices for propane; or (2) propane supply shortages that threaten public safety or livestock safety. (b) Duties- In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (1) establish criteria to determine when an emergency response action would be triggered; (2) establish a system for forecasting and tracking the availability of propane, with an emphasis on predicting supply shortages; (3) establish a system for alerting other Federal agencies, States, industry groups, and appropriate stakeholders of the crisis-- (A) before an emergency; and (B) when the Secretary determines that an emergency has occurred; (4) establish a plan for coordinated response to an emergency by Federal and State agencies; and (5) establish criteria to determine when the emergency has ended. (c) Actions- An emergency response carried out under this section may include-- (1) actions to protect consumers from unfair pricing; (2) actions to expedite the distribution of propane through available transportation modes, including provisions-- (A) to exempt motor carriers of propane from hours-of-service restrictions; (B) to prioritize propane shipments by rail; and (C) to prioritize propane shipments over other shipments in batched pipelines; (3) expedited release of energy assistance funds; and (4) other actions to relieve price spikes and supply shortages. (d) Effect- Nothing in this section limits any existing authority of any Federal agency. SEC. 5. DEFINITION OF CONSUMER PROPANE PRICES. (a) Functions of Propane Education and Research Council- Section 5(f) of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (15 U.S.C. 6404(f)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting `to train propane distributors and consumers in strategies to mitigate negative effects of future propane price spikes,' after `to enhance consumer and employee safety and training,'. (b) Market Survey and Consumer Protection Price Analysis- Section 9(a) of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (15 U.S.C. 6408(a)) is amended in the first sentence by striking `only data provided by the Energy Information Administration' and inserting `the refiner price to end users of consumer grade propane, as published by the Energy Information Administration'. SEC. 6. REGIONAL PROPANE RESERVE. (a) Study- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of establishing 1 or more propane storage facilities, to be operated separately from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve established under part B of title I of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231 et seq.). (b) Plan- Following completion of the study under subsection (a), the Secretary may submit to Congress and the President a plan describing-- (1) the proposed acquisition of storage and related facilities or storage services for, including-- (A) the potential use of storage facilities not currently in use; and (B) a determination of the combination of primary, secondary, and tertiary storage facilities that will be used; (2) the proposed acquisition of propane for storage; (3) the proposed methods of disposition of propane; (4) the estimated costs of establishment, maintenance, and operation; (5) the efforts the Secretary will make-- (A) to minimize any potential need for future drawdowns; and (B) to ensure that distributors and importers are not discouraged from maintaining and increasing supplies of propane; (6) the proposed actions to ensure the quality of the propane; and (7) the proposed accounts and funding structures required for acquisition of propane and propane storage facilities. SEC. 7. STORAGE FACILITY LOANS FOR PROPANE STORAGE. Section 1614(a) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 8789(a)) is amended by inserting `, including facilities for propane that is used for drying and heating' before the period at the end. SEC. 8. STUDY OF JURISDICTION. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall complete a study of facilities appurtenant to propane pipelines (such as terminals and storage facilities) that are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission (as of the date on which the study commences) to determine-- (1) whether the nonjurisdictional nature of the facilities is injurious to shippers or consumers; and (2)(A) whether the facilities can be placed under the jurisdiction of the Commission; or (B) if not, whether changes in law to place the facilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission are in the public interest.
S.2745 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2745 To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail,... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2745 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2745 To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 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 amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, 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. CHIEF STANDING BEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY. Section 5(c) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(46) CHIEF STANDING BEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Chief Standing Bear Trail, extending approximately 550 miles from Niobrara, Nebraska, to Ponca City, Oklahoma, which follows the route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during Federal Indian removal, and approximately 550 miles from Ponca City, Oklahoma, through Omaha, Nebraska, to Niobrara, Nebraska, which follows the return route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Chief Standing Bear Removal and Return' and dated [Struck out->] [ XXXXXXXX ] [<-Struck out] . `(B) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The map described in subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Department of the Interior. `(C) COMPONENTS- The feasibility study conducted under subparagraph (A) shall include a determination on whether the Chief Standing Bear Trail meets the criteria described in subsection (b) for designation as a national historic trail.'.
S.2744 Aug-11-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2744 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2744 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2744 To authorize a settlement in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of the Interior, and counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mrs. HAGAN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize a settlement in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of the Interior, and counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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 `Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION. Of funds previously appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior under the heading `CONSTRUCTION' under the heading `National Park Service' in title I of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 991), the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer $4,000,000 to counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Department of the Interior and dated February 2010, which supersedes the agreement of July 30, 1943.
S.2716 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2716 Aleut Confinement and Relocation Sites Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2716 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2716 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the sites associated with the forced relocation and confinement of the Aleut people during World War II in the State of Alaska as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mr. BEGICH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the sites associated with the forced relocation and confinement of the Aleut people during World War II in the State of Alaska as a unit of the National Park System, 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 `Aleut Confinement and Relocation Sites Study Act'. SEC. 2. ALEUT CONFINEMENT AND RELOCATION SITES STUDY. (a) Definitions- In this Act: (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (2) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Alaska. (b) Study- The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the following sites to determine whether any of the sites may be suitable for inclusion in the National Park System: (1) The 5 World War II Aleut relocation sites at Funter Bay, Burnett Inlet, Killisnoo, Ward Lake, and the Wrangell Institute in the State. (2) The following villages in the State from which the Aleut people were forcibly removed and which were so depopulated and so significantly damaged by miliary activity and weather that the villages effectively could not be resettled after World War II: (A) Makushin, Kashega, and Biorka around Unalaska Island. (B) Attu on Attu Island. (c) Contents- In conducting the study under subsection (b), the Secretary shall-- (1) evaluate the national significance of the sites described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b); (2) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating those sites as one or more units of the National Park System; (3) consider alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the land comprising those sites by Federal, State, or local governments or private or nonprofit organizations; (4) consult with any interested governments or organizations described in paragraph (3) or any other interested individual; and (5) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with carrying out the alternatives described in paragraph (3). (d) Applicable Law- The study under subsection (b) shall be conducted in accordance with section 8 of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5). (e) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available for the study under subsection (b), 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 that describes-- (1) the findings of the study; and (2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary. (f) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as are necessary.
S.2684 Jul-29-14
STATUS: July 29, 2014.--Introduced. September 15, 2014.--Mr. Begich added as cosponsor. S.2684 To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2684 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2684 To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 29, 2014 Ms. MURKOWSKI introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE FEDERAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA. (a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and after completion of the survey and appraisal described in this section, the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, shall convey to the Corporation by quitclaim deed for the consideration described in subsection (c), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property described in subsection (b). (b) Legal Description of Property- (1) IN GENERAL- The parcel to be conveyed under subsection (a) consists of approximately 1,518 acres and improvements comprising a former Distant Early Warning Line site in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska near Wainwright, Alaska, and described as United States Survey Number 5252 located within the Umiat Meridian in-- (A) Sections 3 and 4 within Township 14 North, Range 31 West; (B) Sections 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35 within Township 15 North, Range 31 West; and (C) Section 13 within Township 15 North; Range 32. (2) SURVEY REQUIRED- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the exact acreage and legal description of the real property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey, paid for by the Corporation, that is satisfactory to the Secretary. (c) Terms and Conditions- (1) CONSIDERATION- (A) IN GENERAL- As consideration for the conveyance of the property under subsection (a), the Corporation shall pay to the Secretary an amount not less than the fair market value of the conveyed property, to be determined as provided in subparagraph (B). (B) APPRAISAL- The fair market value of the property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined based on an appraisal that-- (i) is conducted by a licensed, independent appraiser that is approved by the Secretary and the Corporation; (ii) is based on the highest and best use of the property; (iii) is approved by the Secretary; and (iv) is paid for by the Corporation. (2) PRE-CONVEYANCE ENTRY- The Secretary, on terms and conditions the Secretary determines to be appropriate, may authorize the Corporation to enter the property at no charge for pre-construction and construction activities. (3) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States. (d) Exemption- Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) shall not apply to any conveyance of property under this section. (e) Corporation Defined- In this section, the term `Corporation' means the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.).