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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.'.
S.2470 Jun-12-14
STATUS: June 12, 2014.--Introduced. September 18, 2014.--S.AMDT.3885 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. S.2470 New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2470 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2470 To provide for drought relief measures in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 12, 2014 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for drought relief measures in the State of New 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Definitions. Sec. 3. Water acquisition program. Sec. 4. Water conservation. Sec. 5. Middle Rio Grande peak flow restoration. Sec. 6. National Academy of Sciences study. Sec. 7. Emergency funding. Sec. 8. Secure Water Act reauthorization. Sec. 9. Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act reauthorization. Sec. 10. Rio Grande Pueblo irrigation infrastructure reauthorization. Sec. 11. Regional conservation partnership program. Sec. 12. Conservation reserve program. Sec. 13. Effect on State law. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) BASIN- The term `Basin' means each of-- (A) the Upper Rio Grande Basin; (B) the Middle Rio Grande Basin; (C) the Lower Rio Grande Basin; (D) the Lower Pecos River Basin; (E) the Gila River Basin; (F) the Canadian River Basin; (G) the San Francisco River Basin; and (H) the San Juan River Basin. (2) DISTRICT- The term `District' means the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. (3) PUEBLO- The term `Pueblo' means each of the following pueblos in the State: (A) Cochiti. (B) Santo Domingo. (C) San Felipe. (D) Santa Ana. (E) Sandia. (F) Isleta. (4) SECRETARIES- The term `Secretaries' means-- (A) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; (B) the Secretary of Commerce; and (C) the Secretary of the Interior. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of New Mexico. SEC. 3. WATER ACQUISITION PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, shall carry out in the Basins a water acquisition program in coordination with the other appropriate Federal agencies, State agencies, and non-Federal stakeholders, under which the Secretary shall-- (1) make acquisitions of water in the Basins; and (2) take any other actions that the Secretary determines would achieve the purposes of the water acquisition program described in subsection (b). (b) Purposes- The purposes of the water acquisition program are-- (1) to enhance stream flow to benefit fish and wildlife (including endangered species), water quality, and river ecosystem restoration in the Basins; and (2) to enhance stewardship and conservation of working land, water, and watersheds in the Basins, consistent with the purpose described in paragraph (1). (c) Coordination- To assist in developing and administering the program, the Secretary may provide funds to a federally established nonprofit entity with particular expertise in western water transactions. (d) District Projects- Subject to State law, the Secretary may develop programs to provide-- (1) cost-share assistance to the District or agricultural producers and irrigators in the District for making irrigation system improvements that increase system efficiency; (2) for the use of agricultural leasing agreements to allow the District to provide water for the purpose of providing benefits to species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and other river ecosystem benefits; and (3) cost-share assistance to the District to implement infrastructure or operational changes that will allow for effective management of a leasing program, while maintaining adequate water deliveries to other agricultural producers and irrigators. (e) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $30,000,000. SEC. 4. WATER CONSERVATION. (a) In General- The Secretary, in cooperation with the District and in consultation with the Pueblos, may provide funding and technical assistance for the installation of metering and measurement devices and the construction of check structures on irrigation diversions, canals, laterals, ditches, and drains-- (1) to ensure the conservation and efficient use of water within the District by reducing actual consumptive use or not increasing the use of water; and (2) to improve the measurement and allocation of water acquired through the water acquisition program established under section 3. (b) Rio Grande, San Acacia Reach- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall provide for development of a comprehensive plan for the San Acacia reach to plan, design, construct and prioritize projects that balance river maintenance, water availability, use, and delivery, and ecosystem benefits, including-- (A) planning, permitting, and construction of a pumping station at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for the purpose of more efficiently using water to provide-- (i) a stable supply for the Refuge; and (ii) additional water to the Rio Grande for the benefit of the endangered silvery minnow and Southwestern willow flycatcher; (B) planning, permitting, and construction of a channel realignment project near the Rio Grande mile-83 for the purpose addressing channel aggradation while maintaining floodplain connectivity; (C) planning, permitting, and construction of a controlled outlet for the low flow conveyance channel to the Rio Grande between Fort Craig, New Mexico and Rio Grande mile-60 for the purpose of water use and delivery, enhancement and development of habitat areas, and possible creation of a single-channel river ecosystem; (D) planning, permitting, and modification or possible removal of the San Acacia Diversion Dam for purposes of reducing habitat fragmentation and securing fish passage, including channel restoration as necessary, while ensuring adequate water supplies for irrigators; and (E) development of a San Acacia reach study to identify additional projects and maintenance activities with water use and delivery and ecosystem benefits and prioritize implementation of all projects and activities. (2) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION- In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall provide a process for public participation and comment during plan development and alternative analysis. (c) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $18,000,000. SEC. 5. MIDDLE RIO GRANDE PEAK FLOW RESTORATION. (a) In General- During the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall continue the temporary deviation in the operation of Cochiti Lake and Jemez Canyon Dam that was initiated in 2009 to evaluate the benefits of a potential permanent reauthorization of the reservoirs. (b) Goals- The deviation mandated under subsection (a) shall provide for the detention and release of native Rio Grande water and San Juan-Chama Project water with the goals of-- (1) restoring natural river processes to the Rio Grande, including a Spring peak flow to the Rio Grande; (2) increasing the spawning and recruitment of endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows; (3) creating overbanking flows that are necessary-- (A) to maintain a healthy bosque; and (B) to support habitat for the Southwestern willow flycatcher and other wildlife; and (4) maintaining channel capacity. (c) Monitoring- The Secretary of the Army, in cooperation with the Secretary and other members of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, shall-- (1) monitor the environmental effects, benefits, and results of the deviation mandated under this section; and (2) compile any data necessary to evaluate the need for further amendment to the authorizations and water control manuals for Cochiti Lake or Jemez Canyon Dam. (d) Consultation Required- Before implementing the proposed deviation under this section, as required by the applicable water control manuals, the Secretary of the Army shall first obtain approval from-- (1) Pueblo de Cochiti regarding the effect of the deviation on the easement of Pueblo de Cochiti; (2) Pueblo of Santa Ana; and (3) the Rio Grande Compact Commission. (e) Reports- The Secretary of the Army shall prepare and submit to Congress-- (1) for each year in which the deviation is being carried out under this section, annual reports that describe the data compiled under subsection (c)(2); and (2) at the end of the period described in subsection (a), a final, cumulative report that summarizes the data obtained during that period. SEC. 6. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STUDY. (a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary shall enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to carry out a study on water and reservoir management and operation issues along the Rio Grande (including the Heron, El Vado, Abiquiu, Cochiti, Jemez Canyon, Elephant Butte, and Caballo Dams and Reservoirs), which shall include-- (1) an evaluation of existing Rio Grande reservoir authorizations and legal requirements; (2) a summary of-- (A) the physical-hydrologic understanding of existing Rio Grande reservoir operations; and (B) any potential constraints on the Rio Grande reservoir in light of climate change projections; (3) an identification of opportunities to optimize water management to benefit the Rio Grande ecosystem, irrigators and municipal users, and to promote water conservation through reauthorization of, reoperation of, or physical improvements to the reservoirs; (4) an evaluation of the physical-hydrologic feasibility of the identified future reservoir management scenarios; (5) an identification of water use, supply, and accounting impacts to other stakeholders in the State; (6) consideration of operations such as-- (A) the storage of supplemental water acquired by and under the control of the Bureau of Reclamation; (B) the carryover storage of San Juan-Chama Project contract water and Pueblo Prior and Paramount operation water; (C) changes in timing of water released to offset municipal pumping; (D) changes in the timing of storage and release of floodwaters; (E) the reduction of evaporative losses from reservoirs; (F) conservation of water resulting from irrigation operation changes; (G) the impacts of deliveries of New Mexico Rio Grande Compact water; (H) the impacts of management and operations on recreation and hydropower; (I) the impacts of management and operations on the Rio Grande ecosystem and the habitats that support species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (J) any other factors the Academy determines to be necessary for purposes of fully evaluating opportunities to achieve greater water conservation, drought resiliency, and ecological health; and (7) recommendations for future management scenarios and measures that Congress should take to assist the agencies in establishing more flexible operating procedures to improve the performance of reservoir operations in accommodating multiple purposes. (b) Cosponsors- The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary may solicit cosponsors for the study under subsection (a), as appropriate, including State or private organizations. (c) Public Availability of Study- On the date on which the National Academy of Sciences completes the study under this section, the National Academy of Sciences shall make available to the public the results of the study. (d) Report- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the National Academy of Sciences shall submit to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary a report that contains a summary of the results of the study conducted under this section. (e) Due Deference- The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary shall provide for due deference to the study and report prepared under this section in water management activities undertaken by the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary in the Rio Grande. SEC. 7. EMERGENCY FUNDING. (a) Financial Assistance- (1) IN GENERAL- Financial assistance may be made available under the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.), title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3801 et seq.), and any other applicable Federal law (including regulations), to be divided among each applicable program at the discretion of the Secretaries for eligible water projects to assist the State and other Western States address drought-related impacts to water supplies or any other immediate water-related crisis or conflict. (2) ADDITIONAL AVAILABILITY- Financial assistance may be made available under this section to organizations and entities, including tribal governments, that are engaged in collaborative processes to restore the environment or are part of a basin-wide solution for restoration. (b) Types of Assistance- Assistance under subsection (a) shall include a range of projects, including-- (1) the installation of pumps, temporary barriers, or operable gates for water diversion and fish protection; (2) the installation of drought-relief groundwater wells for Indian tribes and in wildlife refuges and other areas; (3) the acquisition or assistance in the acquisition of water from willing sellers to enhance stream flow for the benefit of fish and wildlife (including endangered species), water quality, river ecosystem restoration, and other beneficial purposes; (4) agricultural and urban conservation and efficiency projects providing multiple water supply benefits; (5) exchanges with any water district willing to provide water to meet the emergency water needs of other water districts in return for the delivery of equivalent quantities of water later that year or in future years; (6) maintenance of cover crops to prevent public health impacts from severe dust storms; (7) emergency pumping projects for critical health and safety purposes; (8) activities to reduce water demand consistent with a comprehensive program for environmental restoration and settlement of water rights claims; (9) the use of new or innovative on-farm water conservation technologies or methods that may-- (A) assist in sustaining permanent crops in areas with severe water shortages; and (B) make water available for other beneficial uses; (10) activities that protect, restore, or enhance fish and wildlife habitat or otherwise improve environmental conditions, including water quantity or quality concerns and improved fish passage; (11) activities reducing or preventing groundwater depletion or promoting groundwater recharge; (12) technical assistance to improve existing irrigation practices to provide water supply benefits; (13) the investigation of, and pilot projects for, brackish water development and aquifer storage and recovery; (14) the lining of irrigation ditches and canals to reduce water loss and improve efficiency; (15) assistance to municipal water management entities for water supply planning in preparation for and in response to dry, critically dry, and below normal water years, including-- (A) hydrological forecasting; (B) identification of alternative water supply sources; and (C) guidance on potential water transfer partners; and (16) any other assistance the Secretary determines to be necessary to increase available water supplies, maintain the health of river ecosystems, or mitigate drought impacts. SEC. 8. SECURE WATER ACT REAUTHORIZATION. Section 9504 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (42 U.S.C. 10364) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)-- (A) in paragraph (1)(H)-- (i) in clause (i), by striking `or' after the semicolon at the end; (ii) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; or'; and (iii) by adding at the end the following: `(iii) to plan for or address the impacts of drought.'; and (B) in paragraph (3)(E), by adding at the end the following: `(v) AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER- The Commissioner of Reclamation may, at the discretion of the Commissioner-- `(I) waive any cost-share requirements to address emergency drought situations; `(II) prioritize projects based on the ability of the projects-- `(aa) to expeditiously yield multiple water supply benefits during periods of drought; or `(bb) to prevent any other immediate water-related crisis or conflict; and `(III) give priority to projects demonstrating innovative conservation tools or methods that balance instream and out-of-stream water supply needs, including water conservation and water marketing.'; and (2) in subsection (e), by striking `$200,000,000' and inserting `$300,000,000'. SEC. 9. RECLAMATION STATES EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF ACT REAUTHORIZATION. Section 301 of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2241) is amended-- (1) by striking `$90,000,000' and inserting `$190,000,000'; and (2) by striking `2012' and inserting `2018'. SEC. 10. RIO GRANDE PUEBLO IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE REAUTHORIZATION. Section 9106 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11; 123 Stat. 1304) is amended-- (1) in subsection (c)(4), by striking `2 years after the date of enactment of this Act' and inserting `December 31, 2016'; and (2) in subsection (g)(2)-- (A) by striking `$6,000,000' and inserting `$12,000,000'; and (B) by striking `2010 through 2019' and inserting `2015 through 2024'. SEC. 11. REGIONAL CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. The Secretary of Agriculture may allocate financial assistance made available under subtitle I of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3871 et seq.) to establish special conservation initiatives at the local, State, or regional level to assist producers in implementing eligible activities on agricultural land in the western States for the purposes of-- (1) mitigating the effects of drought on agricultural production and the environment; (2) improving water quality and quantity, including reducing groundwater depletion; (3) restoring, enhancing, and preserving fish and wildlife habitat; and (4) promoting innovative and collaborative conservation tools and approaches. SEC. 12. CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM. (a) Conservation Priority Areas- Section 1231(f) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3831(f)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (2), by striking `or' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting `, water quantity, or habitat impacts related to agricultural production activities.'; (2) in paragraph (3), by striking `or' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting `, water quantity, or habitat impacts related to agricultural production activities.'; and (3) in paragraph (4), by striking `water quality and habitat benefits' and inserting `water quality, water quantity, and habitat benefits'. (b) Special Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program- Section 1234(g)(2)(B) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3834(g)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting `, including improving water conservation and drought mitigation' before the period at the end. SEC. 13. EFFECT ON STATE LAW. (a) In General- An action taken by any of the Secretaries or other entity under this Act or an amendment made by this Act shall comply with applicable State laws in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, including a law described in subsection (b). (b) State Law- Nothing in this Act or an amendment made by this Act affects, is intended to affect, or interferes with a law of the State relating to the control, appropriation, use, or distribution of water, or any vested right acquired under the law.
S.2440 Jun-05-14
STATUS: June 5, 2014.--Introduced. June 10, 2014.--Mr. Tester added as cosponsor. June 18, 2014.--Mr. Hatch added as cosponsor. July 17, 2014.--Mr. Bennet added as cosponsor. July 29, 2014.--Full committee hearing held. September 16, 2014.--Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent. S.AMDT.3822 S.2440 BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2440 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2440 To expand and extend the program to improve permit coordination by the Bureau of Land Management, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 5, 2014 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. ENZI, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. HELLER, Mr. WALSH, Mr. INHOFE, and Ms. HEITKAMP) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To expand and extend the program to improve permit coordination by the Bureau of Land Management, 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 `BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. PROGRAM TO IMPROVE FEDERAL PERMIT COORDINATION. Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15924) is amended-- (1) in the section heading, by striking `pilot'; (2) by striking `Pilot Project' each place it appears and inserting `Project'; (3) in subsection (b)(2), by striking `Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico' and inserting `the States in which Project offices are located'; (4) in subsection (d)-- (A) in the subsection heading, by striking `Pilot'; and (B) by adding at the end the following: `(8) Any other State, district, or field office of the Bureau of Land Management determined by the Secretary.'; (5) by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following: `(e) Report to Congress- Not later than February 1 of the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 and each February 1 thereafter, the Secretary shall report to the Chairman and ranking minority Member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives, which shall include-- `(1) the allocation of funds to each Project office for the previous fiscal year; and `(2) the accomplishments of each Project office relating to the coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations during that fiscal year.'; (6) in subsection (h), by striking paragraph (6) and inserting the following: `(6) the States in which Project offices are located.'; (7) by striking subsection (i); and (8) by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (i). SEC. 3. BLM OIL AND GAS PERMIT PROCESSING FEE. Section 35 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(d) BLM Oil and Gas Permit Processing Fee- `(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2026, the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, shall collect a fee for each new application for a permit to drill that is submitted to the Secretary. `(2) AMOUNT- The amount of the fee shall be $9,500 for each new application, as indexed for United States dollar inflation from October 1, 2015 (as measured by the Consumer Price Index). `(3) USE- Of the fees collected under this subsection for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall transfer-- `(A) for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2019-- `(i) 15 percent to the field offices that collected the fees and used to process protests, leases, and permits under this Act, subject to appropriation; and `(ii) 85 percent to the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Fund established under subsection (c)(2)(B) (referred to in this subsection as the `Fund'); and `(B) for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2026, all of the fees to the Fund. `(4) ADDITIONAL COSTS- During each of fiscal years of 2016 through 2026, the Secretary shall not implement a rulemaking that would enable an increase in fees to recover additional costs related to processing applications for permits to drill.'. SEC. 4. BLM PERMIT PROCESSING IMPROVEMENT FUND. (a) In General- Section 35(c) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191(c)) is amended by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following: `(3) USE OF FUND- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Fund shall be available to the Secretary of the Interior for expenditure, without further appropriation and without fiscal year limitation, for the coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations on onshore Federal land. `(B) ACCOUNTS- The Secretary shall divide the Fund into-- `(i) a Rental Account (referred to in this subsection as the `Rental Account') comprised of rental receipts collected under this section; and `(ii) a Fee Account (referred to in this subsection as the `Fee Account') comprised of fees collected under subsection (d). `(4) RENTAL ACCOUNT- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall use the Rental Account for-- `(i) the coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations on onshore Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Project offices identified under section 365(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15924(d)); and `(ii) training programs for development of expertise related to coordinating and processing oil and gas use authorizations. `(B) ALLOCATION- In determining the allocation of the Rental Account among Project offices for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall consider-- `(i) the number of applications for permit to drill received in a Project office during the previous fiscal year; `(ii) the backlog of applications described in clause (i) in a Project office; `(iii) publicly available industry forecasts for development of oil and gas resources under the jurisdiction of a Project office; and `(iv) any opportunities for partnership with local industry organizations and educational institutions in developing training programs to facilitate the coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations. `(5) FEE ACCOUNT- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall use the Fee Account for the coordination and processing of oil and gas use authorizations on onshore Federal land. `(B) ALLOCATION- The Secretary shall transfer not less than 75 percent of the revenues collected by an office for the processing of applications for permits to the State office of the State in which the fees were collected.'. (b) Interest on Overpayment Adjustment- Section 111(h) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1721(h)) is amended in the first sentence by striking `the rate' and all that follows through the period at the end of the sentence and inserting `a rate equal to the sum of the Federal short-term rate determined under section 6621(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 plus 1 percentage point.'. SEC. 5. BUDGETARY EFFECTS. The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go-Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled `Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.
S.2431 Jun-04-14
STATUS: June 4, 2014.--Introduced. S.2431 West Hunter Street Baptist Church Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2431 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2431 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 4, 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 direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 `West Hunter Street Baptist Church Study Act'. SEC. 2. SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY. (a) Study- The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a special resource study of the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church, located at 775 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW., Atlanta, Georgia. (b) Contents- In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (1) evaluate the national significance of the site; (2) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the area as a unit of the National Park System; (3) consider other alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the site by Federal, State, or local governmental entities, or private and nonprofit organizations; (4) consult with interested Federal, State, or local governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations or any other interested individuals; and (5) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with the alternatives. (c) Applicable Law- The study required under subsection (a) shall be conducted in accordance with section 8 of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5; commonly known as the `National Park Service General Authorities Act'). (d) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available for the study under subsection (a), 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 the results of the study and any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.