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S.2298 May-07-14
STATUS: May 7, 2014.--Introduced. June 9, 2014.--Mr. Johnson added as cosponsor. June 9, 2014.--Mrs. Murray added as cosponsor. June 16, 2014.--Mr. King added as cosponsor. June 17, 2014.--Mr. Schatz added as cosponsor. June 23, 2014.--Ms. Hirono added as cosponsor. July 9, 2014.--Mrs. Feinstein added as cosponsor. September 18, 2014.--Ms. Mikulski added as cosponsor. S.2298 Wounded Veterans Recreation Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2298 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2298 To provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 7, 2014 Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself and Ms. COLLINS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability, 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 `Wounded Veterans Recreation Act'. SEC. 2. NATIONAL RECREATIONAL PASSES FOR DISABLED VETERANS. Section 805(b)(2) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6804(b)(2)) is amended as follows: (1) By inserting `and for the lifetime of the passholder' after `without charge'. (2) By striking `charge, to' and inserting `charge, to the following:'. (3) By striking `any United States' and inserting the following: `(A) Any United States'. (4) By inserting after `residency.' the following: `(B) Any veteran with a service-connected disability, as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.'. (5) By striking the last sentence.
S.2293 May-06-14
STATUS: May 6, 2014.--Introduced and referred to Committee. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.2293 National Scenic Trails Parity Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2293 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2293 To clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units of the National Park System, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 6, 2014 Ms. BALDWIN (for herself, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. MARKEY, and Mr. BLUMENTHAL) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units 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 `National Scenic Trails Parity Act'. SEC. 2. NORTH COUNTRY NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL. Section 5(a)(8) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(8)) is amended in the third sentence by inserting `as a unit of the National Park System' before the period at the end. SEC. 3. ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL. Section 5(a)(10) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(10)) is amended by striking the third and fourth sentences and inserting `The trail shall be administered by the Secretary of the Interior as a unit of the National Park System.'. SEC. 4. NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL. Section 5(a)(28) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(28)) is amended in the third sentence by inserting `as a unit of the National Park System,' after `administer the trail'.
S.2274 Apr-30-14
STATUS: April 30, 2014.--Introduced. S.2274 To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2274 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2274 To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 30, 2014 Mr. UDALL of Colorado (for himself, Mr. BEGICH, and Ms. HEITKAMP) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To expedite decisions on applications for authorization to export natural gas, 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. AUTHORIZATION TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS. (a) Decision Deadline- The Secretary of Energy shall issue a decision on any application for authorization to export natural gas under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b) not later than 90 days after the later of-- (1) the end of the comment period for the decision as set forth in the applicable notice published in the Federal Register; or (2) the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Judicial Action- (1) IN GENERAL- 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 of Energy 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.
S.2264 Apr-28-14
STATUS: April 28, 2014.--Introduced. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.2264 World War I Memorial Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2264 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2264 To designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 28, 2014 Mrs. MCCASKILL (for herself, Mr. BLUNT, and Mr. ROCKEFELLER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, 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 `World War I Memorial Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. (a) Designation- The Liberty Memorial of Kansas City at America's National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby designated as the `National World War I Museum and Memorial'. (b) Ceremonies- The World War I Centennial Commission (in this Act referred to as the `Commission') may plan, develop, and execute ceremonies to recognize the designation of the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City as the National World War I Museum and Memorial. SEC. 3. REDESIGNATION OF PERSHING PARK IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL AND ENHANCEMENT OF COMMEMORATIVE WORK. (a) Redesignation- Pershing Park in the District of Columbia is hereby redesignated as the `National World War I Memorial'. (b) Ceremonies- The Commission may plan, develop, and execute ceremonies for the rededication of Pershing Park, as it approaches its 50th anniversary, as the National World War I Memorial and for the enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work as authorized by subsection (c). (c) Authority To Enhance Commemorative Work- (1) IN GENERAL- The Commission may enhance the General Pershing Commemorative Work by constructing on the land designated by subsection (a) as the National World War I Memorial appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping, to further honor the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I. (2) GENERAL PERSHING COMMEMORATIVE WORK DEFINED- The term `General Pershing Commemorative Work' means the memorial to the late John J. Pershing, General of the Armies of the United States, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and to the officers and men under his command, as authorized by Public Law 89-786 (80 Stat. 1377). (d) Compliance With Standards for Commemorative Works- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code, applies to the enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work under subsection (c). (2) WAIVER OF CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS- (A) SITE SELECTION FOR MEMORIAL- Section 8905 of such title does not apply with respect to the selection of the site for the National World War I Memorial. (B) CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO AREA I- Section 8908(b) of such title does not apply to the National World War I Memorial concerning Pershing Park. (e) No Infringement Upon Existing Memorial- The National World War I Memorial may not interfere with or encroach on the District of Columbia War Memorial. (f) Deposit of Excess Funds- (1) USE FOR OTHER WORLD WAR I COMMEMORATIVE ACTIVITIES- If, upon payment of all expenses for the enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work under subsection (c) (including the maintenance and preservation amount required by section 8906(b)(1) of title 40, United States Code), there remains a balance of funds received for such purpose, the Commission may use the amount of the balance for other commemorative activities authorized under the World War I Centennial Commission Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2448). (2) USE FOR OTHER COMMEMORATIVE WORKS- If the authority for enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work and the authority of the Commission to plan and conduct commemorative activities under the World War I Centennial Commission Act have expired and there remains a balance of funds received for the enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work, the Commission shall transmit the amount of the balance to a separate account with the National Park Foundation, to be available to the Secretary of the Interior following the process provided in section 8906(b)(4) of title 40, United States Code, for accounts established under section 8906(b)(3) of such title. (g) Authorization To Complete Construction After Termination of Commission- Section 8 of the World War I Centennial Commission Act (Public Law 112-272) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking `The Centennial Commission' and inserting `Except as provided in subsection (c), the Centennial Commission'; and (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: `(c) Exception for Completion of National World War I Memorial- The Centennial Commission may perform such work as is necessary to complete the rededication of the National World War I Memorial and enhancement of the General Pershing Commemorative Work under section 3 of the World War I Memorial Act of 2014, subject to section 8903 of title 40, United States Code.'. SEC. 4. ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS TO WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT. (a) Ex Officio and Other Advisory Members- Section 4 of the World War I Centennial Commission Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2449) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: `(e) Ex Officio and Other Advisory Members- `(1) POWERS- The individuals listed in paragraphs (2) and (3), or their designated representative, shall serve on the Centennial Commission solely to provide advice and information to the members of the Centennial Commission appointed pursuant to subsection (b)(1), and shall not be considered members for purposes of any other provision of this Act. `(2) EX OFFICIO MEMBERS- The following individuals shall serve as ex officio members: `(A) The Archivist of the United States. `(B) The Librarian of Congress. `(C) The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. `(D) The Secretary of State. `(E) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs. `(F) The Administrator of General Services. `(3) OTHER ADVISORY MEMBERS- The following individuals shall serve as other advisory members: `(A) Four members appointed by the Secretary of Defense in the following manner: One from the Navy, one from the Marine Corps, one from the Army, and one from the Air Force. `(B) Two members appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security in the following manner: One from the Coast Guard and one from the United States Secret Service. `(C) Two members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, including one from the National Parks Service. `(4) VACANCIES- A vacancy in a member position under paragraph (3) shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.'. (b) Payable Rate of Staff- Section 7(c)(2) of such Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2451) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking the period at the end and inserting `, without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates.'; and (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking `level IV' and inserting `level II'. (c) Limitation on Obligation of Federal Funds- (1) LIMITATION- Section 9 of such Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2453) is amended to read as follows: `SEC. 9. LIMITATION ON OBLIGATION OF FEDERAL FUNDS. `No Federal funds may be obligated or expended for the designation, establishment, or enhancement of a memorial or commemorative work by the World War I Centennial Commission.'. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 7(f) of such Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2452) is repealed. (3) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The item relating to section 9 in the table of contents of such Act (Public Law 112-272; 126 Stat. 2448) is amended to read as follows: `Sec. 9. Limitation on obligation of Federal funds.'.
S.2256 Apr-11-14
STATUS: April 11, 2014: Introduced. S.2256 Northern Cheyenne Lands Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2256 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2256 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important land into trust for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 11, 2014 Mr. WALSH (for himself and Mr. TESTER) 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 take certain land and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important land into trust for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, 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 `Northern Cheyenne Lands Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has depended on the land of the Tribe and the land-based resources of the Tribe to support its way of life since time immemorial; (2) the Tribe has made supreme and historic sacrifices to repossess and maintain the homeland of the Tribe, including the Reservation of the Tribe in the State of Montana; (3) the Tribe suffers from tremendous social and economic challenges, including a lack of employment opportunities on the Reservation, which can be improved by strengthening the control of the Tribe over the land base, natural resources, and trust funds of the Tribe; (4) the Tribe and the members of the Tribe are the beneficial owners of more than 95 percent of the surface land of the Reservation and all but approximately 5,000 subsurface acres of the Reservation; (5) the Tribe seeks to obtain ownership of approximately 5,000 subsurface acres on the Reservation that the Tribe does not own as a result of an error made by the United States when the Reservation was expanded in 1900; (6) in 2002, the Tribe agreed by settlement to dismiss a lawsuit against the United States which alleged that the United States failed to protect the Reservation from the impacts of coal development in return for assistance in securing tribal ownership of the subsurface rights described in paragraph (5) substantially in the form of this Act, and to secure mitigation funding to address the impacts of coal development in areas adjacent to the Reservation, among other conditions; (7) to increase tribal ownership of the surface land, the Tribe has purchased approximately 932 acres of land within the Reservation that were, for various reasons, taken out of trust ownership status; (8) the Tribe has purchased approximately 635 acres of land near Bear Butte, South Dakota, which the Tribe considers sacred ground for the members of the Tribe, as well as for members of other Indian tribes; (9) the Tribe seeks to have the land and subsurface within the Reservation and the Bear Butte land described in this section taken into trust by the United States for the benefit of the Tribe; (10) the Tribe seeks clarification, consistent with the 1999 settlement with the United States, that the principal of the funds arising from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-374; 106 Stat. 1186; 108 Stat. 707), the earnings from which are paid to the Tribe and managed as the `Northern Cheyenne Trust Fund' by the Office of Special Trustee, may be transferred to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe Permanent Fund, which has historically provided strong returns to the Tribe in direct support of tribal self-determination and to offset limited Federal funding of important tribal governmental services; and (11) if the conveyances of land and funds authorized under this Act are carried out, the Tribe has agreed to waive all legal claims against the United States arising out of the longstanding loss of the subsurface rights and the management of the Northern Cheyenne Trust Fund by the United States. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FUND- The term `Fund' means the Northern Cheyenne Trust Fund identified in the June 7, 1999 Agreement Settling Certain Issues Relating to the Tongue River Dam Project, which was entered into by the Tribe, the State, and delegates of the Secretary, and managed by the Office of Special Trustee in the Department of the Interior. (2) GREAT NORTHERN PROPERTIES- The term `Great Northern Properties' means the Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership, which is a Delaware limited partnership. (3) PERMANENT FUND- The term `Permanent Fund' means the Northern Cheyenne Tribe Permanent Fund managed by the Tribe pursuant to the Plan for Investment, Management and Use of the Fund, as amended by vote of the tribal membership on November 2, 2010. (4) RESERVATION- The term `Reservation' means the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Montana. (7) TRIBE- The term `Tribe' means the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. SEC. 4. TRIBAL FEE LAND TO BE TAKEN INTO TRUST. Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall take the approximately 1,567 acres of land depicted on the map entitled `Northern Cheyenne Lands Act - Fee-to-Trust Lands' and dated March 26, 2014, into trust for the benefit of the Tribe. SEC. 5. MINERAL RIGHTS TO BE TAKEN INTO TRUST. (a) Completion of Mineral Conveyances- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date on which the Secretary receives the notification described in subsection (c), in a single transaction-- (A) Great Northern Properties shall convey to the Tribe all right, title, and interest of Great Northern Properties, consisting of coal and iron ore mineral interests, underlying the land on the Reservation generally depicted as `Great Northern Properties' on the map entitled `Northern Cheyenne Land Act - Coal Tracts' and dated February 27, 2014; and (B) subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall convey to Great Northern Properties all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the coal mineral interests underlying the land generally depicted as `Bull Mountains' and `East Fork' on the map entitled `Northern Cheyenne Federal Tracts' and dated February 27, 2014. (2) REQUIREMENT- The Secretary shall ensure that the deed for the conveyance authorized by paragraph (1)(B) shall include a covenant running with the land that-- (A) precludes the coal conveyed from being mined by any method other than underground mining techniques-- (i) until any surface owner (as defined in section 714(e) of Public Law 95-87 (30 U.S.C. 1304(e))) for a specific tract has provided to Great Northern Properties written consent to enter the specific tract and commence surface mining; and (ii) except as determined to be acceptable for further consideration for leasing in the document of the Bureau of Land Management entitled `Billings Resource Area Final EIS and Resource Management Plan' and dated September 1984; and (B) shall not create any property interest in the United States or any surface owner (as defined in section 714(e) of Public Law 95-87 (30 U.S.C. 1304(e))). (b) Treatment of Land Transferred to Tribe- (1) IN GENERAL- At the request of the Tribe, the Secretary shall take into trust for the benefit of the Tribe the mineral interests conveyed to the Tribe under subsection (a)(1)(A). (2) NO STATE TAXATION- The mineral interests conveyed to the Tribe under subsection (a)(1)(A) shall not be subject to taxation by the State (including any political subdivision of the State). (c) Revenue Sharing Agreement- The Tribe shall notify the Secretary, in writing, that-- (1) consistent with a settlement agreement entered into between the Tribe and the State in 2002, the Tribe and Great Northern Properties have agreed on a formula for sharing revenue from development of the mineral interests described in subsection (a)(1)(B) if those mineral interests are developed; (2) the revenue sharing agreement remains in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act; and (3) Great Northern Properties has offered to convey the mineral interests described in subsection (a)(1)(A) to the Tribe. (d) Waiver of Legal Claims- As a condition of the conveyances of mineral interests under subsection (a)(1)-- (1) the Tribe shall waive any and all claims relating to the failure of the United States to acquire and take into trust on behalf of the Tribe the mineral interests described in subsection (a)(1)(A), as directed by Congress in 1900; and (2) Great Northern Properties shall waive any and all claims against the United States relating to the value of the coal mineral interests described in subsection (a)(1)(B). (e) Rescission of Mineral Conveyances- If any portion of the mineral interests conveyed under subsection (a)(1) is invalidated by final judgment of a court of the United States-- (1) not later than 1 year after the date on which the final judgment is rendered, the Secretary or Great Northern Properties may agree to rescind the conveyances under subsection (a)(1); and (2) if the conveyances are rescinded under paragraph (1), the waivers under subsection (d) shall no longer apply. SEC. 6. TRANSFER OF NORTHERN CHEYENNE TRUST FUND TO TRIBE. (a) In General- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, all amounts in the Fund shall be deposited in the Permanent Fund. (b) Use of Amounts- Of the amounts transferred to the Permanent Fund under subsection (a)-- (1) the portion that is attributable to the principal of the Fund shall be maintained in perpetuity; and (2) any interest earned on the amounts described in paragraph (1) shall be used in the same manner as interest earned on amounts in the Permanent Fund may be used. (c) Waiver of Legal Claims- As a condition of the transfer under subsection (a), the Tribe shall waive any and all claims arising from the management of the Fund by the United States. SEC. 7. ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER FEDERAL BENEFITS. The transfer under section 6 shall not result in the reduction or denial of any Federal service, benefit, or program to the Tribe or to any member of the Tribe to which the Tribe or member is entitled or eligible because of-- (1) the status of the Tribe as a federally recognized Indian tribe; or (2) the status of the member as a member of the Tribe. SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as are necessary.
H.Res.2231 Jun-04-13
STATUS: June 4, 2013.--Introduced. June 24, 2013.--Reported to House, amended by the House Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-125. June 28, 2013.--Passed in House (235 - 186). July 8, 2013.--Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. H.R.2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 2231 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 2231IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 8, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to increase energy exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf, provide for equitable revenue sharing for all coastal States, implement the reorganization of the functions of the former Minerals Management Service into distinct and separate agencies, 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 `Offshore Energy and Jobs Act'. SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS. The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Table of contents. TITLE I--OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING PROGRAM REFORMS Sec. 101. Outer Continental Shelf leasing program reforms. Sec. 102. Domestic oil and natural gas production goal. Sec. 103. Development and submittal of new 5-year oil and gas leasing program. Sec. 104. Rule of construction. TITLE II--DIRECTING THE PRESIDENT TO CONDUCT NEW OCS SALES IN VIRGINIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND CALIFORNIA Sec. 201. Requirement to conduct proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 220 on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia. Sec. 202. South Carolina lease sale. Sec. 203. Southern California existing infrastructure lease sale. Sec. 204. Environmental impact statement requirement. Sec. 205. National defense. Sec. 206. Eastern Gulf of Mexico not included. TITLE III--EQUITABLE SHARING OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES Sec. 301. Disposition of Outer Continental Shelf revenues to coastal States. TITLE IV--REORGANIZATION OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT AGENCIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Sec. 401. Establishment of Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals and Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. Sec. 402. Bureau of Ocean Energy. Sec. 403. Ocean Energy Safety Service. Sec. 404. Office of Natural Resources revenue. Sec. 405. Ethics and drug testing. Sec. 406. Abolishment of Minerals Management Service. Sec. 407. Conforming amendments to Executive Schedule pay rates. Sec. 408. Outer Continental Shelf Energy Safety Advisory Board. Sec. 409. Outer Continental Shelf inspection fees. Sec. 410. Prohibition on action based on National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547. TITLE V--UNITED STATES TERRITORIES Sec. 501. Application of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act with respect to territories of the United States. TITLE VI--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Sec. 601. Rules regarding distribution of revenues under Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. Sec. 602. Amount of distributed qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues. Sec. 603. Seismic testing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. TITLE VII--JUDICIAL REVIEW Sec. 701. Time for filing complaint. Sec. 702. District court deadline. Sec. 703. Ability to seek appellate review. Sec. 704. Limitation on scope of review and relief. Sec. 705. Legal fees. Sec. 706. Exclusion. Sec. 707. Definitions. TITLE I--OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING PROGRAM REFORMS SEC. 101. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING PROGRAM REFORMS. Section 18(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(5)(A) In each oil and gas leasing program under this section, the Secretary shall make available for leasing and conduct lease sales including at least 50 percent of the available unleased acreage within each outer Continental Shelf planning area considered to have the largest undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources (on a total btu basis) based upon the most recent national geologic assessment of the outer Continental Shelf, with an emphasis on offering the most geologically prospective parts of the planning area. `(B) The Secretary shall include in each proposed oil and gas leasing program under this section any State subdivision of an outer Continental Shelf planning area that the Governor of the State that represents that subdivision requests be made available for leasing. The Secretary may not remove such a subdivision from the program until publication of the final program, and shall include and consider all such subdivisions in any environmental review conducted and statement prepared for such program under section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)). `(C) In this paragraph the term `available unleased acreage' means that portion of the outer Continental Shelf that is not under lease at the time of a proposed lease sale, and that has not otherwise been made unavailable for leasing by law. `(6)(A) In the 5-year oil and gas leasing program, the Secretary shall make available for leasing any outer Continental Shelf planning areas that-- `(i) are estimated to contain more than 2,500,000,000 barrels of oil; or `(ii) are estimated to contain more than 7,500,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas. `(B) To determine the planning areas described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall use the document entitled `Minerals Management Service Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation's Outer Continental Shelf, 2006'.'. SEC. 102. DOMESTIC OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION GOAL. Section 18(b) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(b)) is amended to read as follows: `(b) Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production Goal- - `(1) IN GENERAL- In developing a 5-year oil and gas leasing program, and subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall determine a domestic strategic production goal for the development of oil and natural gas as a result of that program. Such goal shall be-- `(A) the best estimate of the possible increase in domestic production of oil and natural gas from the outer Continental Shelf; `(B) focused on meeting domestic demand for oil and natural gas and reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign energy; and `(C) focused on the production increases achieved by the leasing program at the end of the 15-year period beginning on the effective date of the program. `(2) PROGRAM GOAL- For purposes of the 5-year oil and gas leasing program, the production goal referred to in paragraph (1) shall be an increase by 2032 of-- `(A) no less than 3,000,000 barrels in the amount of oil produced per day; and `(B) no less than 10,000,000,000 cubic feet in the amount of natural gas produced per day. `(3) REPORTING- The Secretary shall report annually, beginning at the end of the 5-year period for which the program applies, to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate on the progress of the program in meeting the production goal. The Secretary shall identify in the report projections for production and any problems with leasing, permitting, or production that will prevent meeting the goal.'. SEC. 103. DEVELOPMENT AND SUBMITTAL OF NEW 5-YEAR OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall-- (1) by not later than July 15, 2014, publish and submit to Congress a new proposed oil and gas leasing program under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) for the 5-year period beginning on such date and ending July 15, 2020; and (2) by not later than July 15, 2015, approve a final oil and gas leasing program under such section for such period. (b) Consideration of All Areas- In preparing such program the Secretary shall include consideration of areas of the Continental Shelf off the coasts of all States (as such term is defined in section 2 of that Act, as amended by this Act), that are subject to leasing under this Act. (c) Technical Correction- Section 18(d)(3) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(d)(3)) is amended by striking `or after eighteen months following the date of enactment of this section, whichever first occurs,'. SEC. 104. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the issuance of a lease under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) to any person designated for the imposition of sanctions pursuant to-- (1) the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestiture Act of 2010 (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.), the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.), section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8513a), or the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.); (2) Executive Order No. 13622 (July 30, 2012), Executive Order No. 13628 (October 9, 2012), or Executive Order No. 13645 (June 3, 2013); (3) Executive Order No. 13224 (September 23, 2001) or Executive Order No. 13338 (May 11, 2004); or (4) the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 2151 note). TITLE II--DIRECTING THE PRESIDENT TO CONDUCT NEW OCS SALES IN VIRGINIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND CALIFORNIA SEC. 201. REQUIREMENT TO CONDUCT PROPOSED OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 220 ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OFFSHORE VIRGINIA. (a) In General- Notwithstanding the exclusion of Lease Sale 220 in the Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017, the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct offshore oil and gas Lease Sale 220 under section 8 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337) as soon as practicable, but not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Requirement To Make Replacement Lease Blocks Available- For each lease block in a proposed lease sale under this section for which the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, under the Memorandum of Agreement referred to in section 205(b), issues a statement proposing deferral from a lease offering due to defense-related activities that are irreconcilable with mineral exploration and development, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall make available in the same lease sale one other lease block in the Virginia lease sale planning area that is acceptable for oil and gas exploration and production in order to mitigate conflict. (c) Balancing Military and Energy Production Goals- In recognition that the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program and the domestic energy resources produced therefrom are integral to national security, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Defense shall work jointly in implementing this section in order to ensure achievement of the following common goals: (1) Preserving the ability of the Armed Forces of the United States to maintain an optimum state of readiness through their continued use of the Outer Continental Shelf. (2) Allowing effective exploration, development, and production of our Nation's oil, gas, and renewable energy resources. (d) Definitions- In this section: (1) LEASE SALE 220- The term `Lease Sale 220' means such lease sale referred to in the Request for Comments on the Draft Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015 and Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed 5-Year Program published January 21, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 3631). (2) VIRGINIA LEASE SALE PLANNING AREA- The term `Virginia lease sale planning area' means the area of the outer Continental Shelf (as that term is defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (33 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.)) that is bounded by-- (A) a northern boundary consisting of a straight line extending from the northernmost point of Virginia's seaward boundary to the point on the seaward boundary of the United States exclusive economic zone located at 37 degrees 17 minutes 1 second North latitude, 71 degrees 5 minutes 16 seconds West longitude; and (B) a southern boundary consisting of a straight line extending from the southernmost point of Virginia's seaward boundary to the point on the seaward boundary of the United States exclusive economic zone located at 36 degrees 31 minutes 58 seconds North latitude, 71 degrees 30 minutes 1 second West longitude. SEC. 202. SOUTH CAROLINA LEASE SALE. Notwithstanding inclusion of the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area in the Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017, the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a lease sale not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act for areas off the coast of South Carolina determined by the Secretary to have the most geologically promising hydrocarbon resources and constituting not less than 25 percent of the leasable area within the South Carolina offshore administrative boundaries depicted in the notice entitled `Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Administrative Boundaries Extending from the Submerged Lands Act Boundary seaward to the Limit of the United States Outer Continental Shelf', published January 3, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 127). SEC. 203. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE LEASE SALE. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall offer for sale leases of tracts in the Santa Maria and Santa Barbara/Ventura Basins of the Southern California OCS Planning Area as soon as practicable, but not later than December 31, 2014. (b) Use of Existing Structures or Onshore-Based Drilling- The Secretary of the Interior shall include in leases offered for sale under this lease sale such terms and conditions as are necessary to require that development and production may occur only from offshore infrastructure in existence on the date of the enactment of this Act or from onshore-based, extended-reach drilling. SEC. 204. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIREMENT. (a) In General- For the purposes of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a multisale environmental impact statement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) for all lease sales required under this title. (b) Actions To Be Considered- Notwithstanding section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332), in such statement-- (1) the Secretary is not required to identify nonleasing alternative courses of action or to analyze the environmental effects of such alternative courses of action; and (2) the Secretary shall only-- (A) identify a preferred action for leasing and not more than one alternative leasing proposal; and (B) analyze the environmental effects and potential mitigation measures for such preferred action and such alternative leasing proposal. SEC. 205. NATIONAL DEFENSE. (a) National Defense Areas- This Act does not affect the existing authority of the Secretary of Defense, with the approval of the President, to designate national defense areas on the Outer Continental Shelf pursuant to section 12(d) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1341(d)). (b) Prohibition on Conflicts With Military Operations- No person may engage in any exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf under a lease issued under this Act that would conflict with any military operation, as determined in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior on Mutual Concerns on the Outer Continental Shelf signed July 20, 1983, and any revision or replacement for that agreement that is agreed to by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior after that date but before the date of issuance of the lease under which such exploration, development, or production is conducted. SEC. 206. EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO NOT INCLUDED. Nothing in this Act affects restrictions on oil and gas leasing under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; 43 U.S.C. 1331 note). TITLE III--EQUITABLE SHARING OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES SEC. 301. DISPOSITION OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES TO COASTAL STATES. (a) In General- Section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338) is amended-- (1) in the existing text-- (A) in the first sentence, by striking `All rentals,' and inserting the following: `(c) Disposition of Revenue Under Old Leases- All rentals,'; and (B) in subsection (c) (as designated by the amendment made by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph), by striking `for the period from June 5, 1950, to date, and thereafter' and inserting `in the period beginning June 5, 1950, and ending on the date of enactment of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act'; (2) by adding after subsection (c) (as so designated) the following: `(d) Definitions- In this section: `(1) COASTAL STATE- The term `coastal State' includes a territory of the United States. `(2) NEW LEASING REVENUES- The term `new leasing revenues'-- `(A) means amounts received by the United States as bonuses, rents, and royalties under leases for oil and gas, wind, tidal, or other energy exploration, development, and production on new areas of the outer Continental Shelf that are authorized to be made available for leasing as a result of enactment of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act and leasing under that Act; and `(B) does not include amounts received by the United States under any lease of an area located in the boundaries of the Central Gulf of Mexico and Western Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas on the date of enactment of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, including a lease issued before, on, or after such date of enactment.'; and (3) by inserting before subsection (c) (as so designated) the following: `(a) Payment of New Leasing Revenues to Coastal States- `(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), of the amount of new leasing revenues received by the United States each fiscal year, 37.5 percent shall be allocated and paid in accordance with subsection (b) to coastal States that are affected States with respect to the leases under which those revenues are received by the United States. `(2) PHASE-IN- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), paragraph (1) shall be applied-- `(i) with respect to new leasing revenues under leases awarded under the first leasing program under section 18(a) that takes effect after the date of enactment of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, by substituting `12.5 percent' for `37.5 percent'; and `(ii) with respect to new leasing revenues under leases awarded under the second leasing program under section 18(a) that takes effect after the date of enactment of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, by substituting `25 percent' for `37.5 percent'. `(B) EXEMPTED LEASE SALES- This paragraph shall not apply with respect to any lease issued under title II of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. `(b) Allocation of Payments- `(1) IN GENERAL- The amount of new leasing revenues received by the United States with respect to a leased tract that are required to be paid to coastal States in accordance with this subsection each fiscal year shall be allocated among and paid to coastal States that are within 200 miles of the leased tract, in amounts that are inversely proportional to the respective distances between the point on the coastline of each such State that is closest to the geographic center of the lease tract, as determined by the Secretary. `(2) MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM ALLOCATION- The amount allocated to a coastal State under paragraph (1) each fiscal year with respect to a leased tract shall be-- `(A) in the case of a coastal State that is the nearest State to the geographic center of the leased tract, not less than 25 percent of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract; `(B) in the case of any other coastal State, not less than 10 percent, and not more than 15 percent, of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract; and `(C) in the case of a coastal State that is the only coastal State within 200 miles of a leased tract, 100 percent of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract. `(3) ADMINISTRATION- Amounts allocated to a coastal State under this subsection-- `(A) shall be available to the coastal State without further appropriation; `(B) shall remain available until expended; `(C) shall be in addition to any other amounts available to the coastal State under this Act; and `(D) shall be distributed in the fiscal year following receipt. `(4) USE OF FUNDS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a coastal State may use funds allocated and paid to it under this subsection for any purpose as determined by the laws of that State. `(B) RESTRICTION ON USE FOR MATCHING- Funds allocated and paid to a coastal State under this subsection may not be used as matching funds for any other Federal program.'. (b) Limitation on Application- This section and the amendment made by this section shall not affect the application of section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; (43 U.S.C. 1331 note)), as in effect before the enactment of this Act, with respect to revenues received by the United States under oil and gas leases issued for tracts located in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas, including such leases issued on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. TITLE IV--REORGANIZATION OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT AGENCIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SEC. 401. ESTABLISHMENT OF UNDER SECRETARY FOR ENERGY, LANDS, AND MINERALS AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF OCEAN ENERGY AND SAFETY. There shall be in the Department of the Interior-- (1) an Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Secretary of the Interior or, if directed by the Secretary, to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level III of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for-- (i) the safe and responsible development of our energy and mineral resources on Federal lands in appropriate accordance with United States energy demands; and (ii) ensuring multiple-use missions of the Department of the Interior that promote the safe and sustained development of energy and minerals resources on public lands (as that term is defined in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)); (2) an Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for ensuring safe and efficient development of energy and minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States; and (3) an Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for ensuring safe and efficient development of energy and minerals on public lands and other Federal onshore lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior, including implementation of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) and administration of the Office of Surface Mining. SEC. 402. BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior a Bureau of Ocean Energy (referred to in this section as the `Bureau'), which shall-- (1) be headed by a Director of Ocean Energy (referred to in this section as the `Director'); and (2) be administered under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. (b) Director- (1) APPOINTMENT- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out through the Bureau all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary relating to the administration of a comprehensive program of offshore mineral and renewable energy resources management. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Director shall promulgate and implement regulations-- (A) for the proper issuance of leases for the exploration, development, and production of nonrenewable and renewable energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf; (B) relating to resource identification, access, evaluation, and utilization; (C) for development of leasing plans, lease sales, and issuance of leases for such resources; and (D) regarding issuance of environmental impact statements related to leasing and post leasing activities including exploration, development, and production, and the use of third party contracting for necessary environmental analysis for the development of such resources. (3) LIMITATION- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Bureau any function, power, or duty that is-- (A) required by section 403 to be carried out through the Ocean Energy Safety Service; or (B) required by section 404 to be carried out through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. (d) Responsibilities of Land Management Agencies- Nothing in this section shall affect the authorities of the Bureau of Land Management under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) or of the Forest Service under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-588). SEC. 403. OCEAN ENERGY SAFETY SERVICE. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior an Ocean Energy Safety Service (referred to in this section as the `Service'), which shall-- (1) be headed by a Director of Energy Safety (referred to in this section as the `Director'); and (2) be administered under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. (b) Director- (1) APPOINTMENT- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out through the Service all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary relating to the administration of safety and environmental enforcement activities related to offshore mineral and renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) including the authority to develop, promulgate, and enforce regulations to ensure the safe and sound exploration, development, and production of mineral and renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a timely fashion. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Director shall be responsible for all safety activities related to exploration and development of renewable and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, including-- (A) exploration, development, production, and ongoing inspections of infrastructure; (B) the suspending or prohibiting, on a temporary basis, any operation or activity, including production under leases held on the Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with section 5(a)(1) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(1)); (C) cancelling any lease, permit, or right-of-way on the Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with section 5(a)(2) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(2)); (D) compelling compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations relating to worker safety and other matters; (E) requiring comprehensive safety and environmental management programs for persons engaged in activities connected with the exploration, development, and production of mineral or renewable energy resources; (F) developing and implementing regulations for Federal employees to carry out any inspection or investigation to ascertain compliance with applicable regulations, including health, safety, or environmental regulations; (G) implementing the Offshore Technology Research and Risk Assessment Program under section 21 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1347); (H) summoning witnesses and directing the production of evidence; (I) levying fines and penalties and disqualifying operators; (J) carrying out any safety, response, and removal preparedness functions; and (K) the processing of permits, exploration plans, development plans. (d) Employees- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall ensure that the inspection force of the Bureau consists of qualified, trained employees who meet qualification requirements and adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards. (2) QUALIFICATIONS- The qualification requirements referred to in paragraph (1)-- (A) shall be determined by the Secretary, subject to subparagraph (B); and (B) shall include-- (i) three years of practical experience in oil and gas exploration, development, or production; or (ii) a degree in an appropriate field of engineering from an accredited institution of higher learning. (3) ASSIGNMENT- In assigning oil and gas inspectors to the inspection and investigation of individual operations, the Secretary shall give due consideration to the extent possible to their previous experience in the particular type of oil and gas operation in which such inspections are to be made. (4) BACKGROUND CHECKS- The Director shall require that an individual to be hired as an inspection officer undergo an employment investigation (including a criminal history record check). (5) LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS- Individuals hired as inspectors must be able to read, speak, and write English well enough to-- (A) carry out written and oral instructions regarding the proper performance of inspection duties; and (B) write inspection reports and statements and log entries in the English language. (6) VETERANS PREFERENCE- The Director shall provide a preference for the hiring of an individual as a inspection officer if the individual is a member or former member of the Armed Forces and is entitled, under statute, to retired, retirement, or retainer pay on account of service as a member of the Armed Forces. (7) ANNUAL PROFICIENCY REVIEW- (A) ANNUAL PROFICIENCY REVIEW- The Director shall provide that an annual evaluation of each individual assigned inspection duties is conducted and documented. (B) CONTINUATION OF EMPLOYMENT- An individual employed as an inspector may not continue to be employed in that capacity unless the evaluation demonstrates that the individual-- (i) continues to meet all qualifications and standards; (ii) has a satisfactory record of performance and attention to duty based on the standards and requirements in the inspection program; and (iii) demonstrates the current knowledge and skills necessary to courteously, vigilantly, and effectively perform inspection functions. (8) LIMITATION ON RIGHT TO STRIKE- Any individual that conducts permitting or inspections under this section may not participate in a strike, or assert the right to strike. (9) PERSONNEL AUTHORITY- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director may employ, appoint, discipline and terminate for cause, and fix the compensation, terms, and conditions of employment of Federal service for individuals as the employees of the Service in order to restore and maintain the trust of the people of the United States in the accountability of the management of our Nation's energy safety program. (10) TRAINING ACADEMY- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish and maintain a National Offshore Energy Safety Academy (referred to in this paragraph as the `Academy') as an agency of the Ocean Energy Safety Service. (B) FUNCTIONS OF ACADEMY- The Secretary, through the Academy, shall be responsible for-- (i) the initial and continued training of both newly hired and experienced offshore oil and gas inspectors in all aspects of health, safety, environmental, and operational inspections; (ii) the training of technical support personnel of the Bureau; (iii) any other training programs for offshore oil and gas inspectors, Bureau personnel, Department personnel, or other persons as the Secretary shall designate; and (iv) certification of the successful completion of training programs for newly hired and experienced offshore oil and gas inspectors. (C) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- (i) IN GENERAL- In performing functions under this paragraph, and subject to clause (ii), the Secretary may enter into cooperative educational and training agreements with educational institutions, related Federal academies, other Federal agencies, State governments, safety training firms, and oil and gas operators and related industries. (ii) TRAINING REQUIREMENT- Such training shall be conducted by the Academy in accordance with curriculum needs and assignment of instructional personnel established by the Secretary. (11) USE OF DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL- In performing functions under this subsection, the Secretary shall use, to the extent practicable, the facilities and personnel of the Department of the Interior. The Secretary may appoint or assign to the Academy such officers and employees as the Secretary considers necessary for the performance of the duties and functions of the Academy. (12) ADDITIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall work with appropriate educational institutions, operators, and representatives of oil and gas workers to develop and maintain adequate programs with educational institutions and oil and gas operators that are designed-- (i) to enable persons to qualify for positions in the administration of this Act; and (ii) to provide for the continuing education of inspectors or other appropriate Department of the Interior personnel. (B) FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary may provide financial and technical assistance to educational institutions in carrying out this paragraph. (e) Limitation- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Service any function, power, or duty that is-- (1) required by section 402 to be carried out through Bureau of Ocean Energy; or (2) required by section 404 to be carried out through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. SEC. 404. OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior an Office of Natural Resources Revenue (referred to in this section as the `Office') to be headed by a Director of Natural Resources Revenue (referred to in this section as the `Director'). (b) Appointment and Compensation- (1) IN GENERAL- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for Level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out, through the Office, all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary and relating to the administration of offshore royalty and revenue management functions. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Secretary shall carry out, through the Office, all functions, powers, and duties previously assigned to the Minerals Management Service (including the authority to develop, promulgate, and enforce regulations) regarding offshore royalty and revenue collection; royalty and revenue distribution; auditing and compliance; investigation and enforcement of royalty and revenue regulations; and asset management for onshore and offshore activities. (d) Limitation- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Office any function, power, or duty that is-- (1) required by section 402 to be carried out through Bureau of Ocean Energy; or (2) required by section 403 to be carried out through the Ocean Energy Safety Service. SEC. 405. ETHICS AND DRUG TESTING. (a) Certification- The Secretary of the Interior shall certify annually that all Department of the Interior officers and employees having regular, direct contact with lessees, contractors, concessionaires, and other businesses interested before the Government as a function of their official duties, or conducting investigations, issuing permits, or responsible for oversight of energy programs, are in full compliance with all Federal employee ethics laws and regulations under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) and part 2635 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, and all guidance issued under subsection (c). (b) Drug Testing- The Secretary shall conduct a random drug testing program of all Department of the Interior personnel referred to in subsection (a). (c) Guidance- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue supplementary ethics and drug testing guidance for the employees for which certification is required under subsection (a). The Secretary shall update the supplementary ethics guidance not less than once every 3 years thereafter. SEC. 406. ABOLISHMENT OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE. (a) Abolishment- The Minerals Management Service is abolished. (b) Completed Administrative Actions- (1) IN GENERAL- Completed administrative actions of the Minerals Management Service shall not be affected by the enactment of this Act, but shall continue in effect according to their terms until amended, modified, superseded, terminated, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by an officer of the United States or a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. (2) COMPLETED ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION DEFINED- For purposes of paragraph (1), the term `completed administrative action' includes orders, determinations, memoranda of understanding, memoranda of agreements, rules, regulations, personnel actions, permits, agreements, grants, contracts, certificates, licenses, registrations, and privileges. (c) Pending Proceedings- Subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Interior and the officers of the Department of the Interior under this Act-- (1) pending proceedings in the Minerals Management Service, including notices of proposed rulemaking, and applications for licenses, permits, certificates, grants, and financial assistance, shall continue, notwithstanding the enactment of this Act or the vesting of functions of the Service in another agency, unless discontinued or modified under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that such discontinuance or modification could have occurred if this Act had not been enacted; and (2) orders issued in such proceedings, and appeals therefrom, and payments made pursuant to such orders, shall issue in the same manner and on the same terms as if this Act had not been enacted, and any such orders shall continue in effect until amended, modified, superseded, terminated, set aside, or revoked by an officer of the United States or a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. (d) Pending Civil Actions- Subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Interior or any officer of the Department of the Interior under this Act, pending civil actions shall continue notwithstanding the enactment of this Act, and in such civil actions, proceedings shall be had, appeals taken, and judgments rendered and enforced in the same manner and with the same effect as if such enactment had not occurred. (e) References- References relating to the Minerals Management Service in statutes, Executive orders, rules, regulations, directives, or delegations of authority that precede the effective date of this Act are deemed to refer, as appropriate, to the Department, to its officers, employees, or agents, or to its corresponding organizational units or functions. Statutory reporting requirements that applied in relation to the Minerals Management Service immediately before the effective date of this Act shall continue to apply. SEC. 407. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE PAY RATES. (a) Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals- Section 5314 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to `Under Secretaries of the Treasury (3).' the following: `Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals, Department of the Interior.'. (b) Assistant Secretaries- Section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `Assistant Secretaries of the Interior (6).' and inserting the following: `Assistant Secretaries, Department of the Interior (7).'. (c) Directors- Section 5316 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `Director, Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior.' and inserting the following new items: `Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy, Department of the Interior. `Director, Ocean Energy Safety Service, Department of the Interior. `Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Department of the Interior.'. SEC. 408. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ENERGY SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD. (a) Establishment- The Secretary of the Interior shall establish, under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, an Outer Continental Shelf Energy Safety Advisory Board (referred to in this section as the `Board')-- (1) to provide the Secretary and the Directors established by this Act with independent scientific and technical advice on safe, responsible, and timely mineral and renewable energy exploration, development, and production activities; and (2) to review operations of the National Offshore Energy Health and Safety Academy established under section 403(d), including submitting to the Secretary recommendations of curriculum to ensure training scientific and technical advancements. (b) Membership- (1) SIZE- The Board shall consist of not more than 11 members, who-- (A) shall be appointed by the Secretary based on their expertise in oil and gas drilling, well design, operations, well containment and oil spill response; and (B) must have significant scientific, engineering, management, and other credentials and a history of working in the field related to safe energy exploration, development, and production activities. (2) CONSULTATION AND NOMINATIONS- The Secretary shall consult with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering to identify potential candidates for the Board and shall take nominations from the public. (3) TERM- The Secretary shall appoint Board members to staggered terms of not more than 4 years, and shall not appoint a member for more than 2 consecutive terms. (4) BALANCE- In appointing members to the Board, the Secretary shall ensure a balanced representation of industry and research interests. (c) Chair- The Secretary shall appoint the Chair for the Board from among its members. (d) Meetings- The Board shall meet not less than 3 times per year and shall host, at least once per year, a public forum to review and assess the overall energy safety performance of Outer Continental Shelf mineral and renewable energy resource activities. (e) Offshore Drilling Safety Assessments and Recommendations- As part of its duties under this section, the Board shall, by not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section and every 5 years thereafter, submit to the Secretary a report that-- (1) assesses offshore oil and gas well control technologies, practices, voluntary standards, and regulations in the United States and elsewhere; and (2) as appropriate, recommends modifications to the regulations issued under this Act to ensure adequate protection of safety and the environment, including recommendations on how to reduce regulations and administrative actions that are duplicative or unnecessary. (f) Reports- Reports of the Board shall be submitted by the Board to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House or Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and made available to the public in electronically accessible form. (g) Travel Expenses- Members of the Board, other than full-time employees of the Federal Government, while attending meeting of the Board or while otherwise serving at the request of the Secretary or the Director while serving away from their homes or regular places of business, may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for individuals in the Government serving without pay. SEC. 409. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF INSPECTION FEES. Section 22 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1348) is amended by adding at the end of the section the following: `(g) Inspection Fees- `(1) ESTABLISHMENT- The Secretary of the Interior shall collect from the operators of facilities subject to inspection under subsection (c) non-refundable fees for such inspections-- `(A) at an aggregate level equal to the amount necessary to offset the annual expenses of inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) by the Department of the Interior; and `(B) using a schedule that reflects the differences in complexity among the classes of facilities to be inspected. `(2) OCEAN ENERGY SAFETY FUND- There is established in the Treasury a fund, to be known as the `Ocean Energy Enforcement Fund' (referred to in this subsection as the `Fund'), into which shall be deposited all amounts collected as fees under paragraph (1) and which shall be available as provided under paragraph (3). `(3) AVAILABILITY OF FEES- `(A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 3302 of title 31, United States Code, all amounts deposited in the Fund-- `(i) shall be credited as offsetting collections; `(ii) shall be available for expenditure for purposes of carrying out inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) and the administration of the inspection program under this section; `(iii) shall be available only to the extent provided for in advance in an appropriations Act; and `(iv) shall remain available until expended. `(B) USE FOR FIELD OFFICES- Not less than 75 percent of amounts in the Fund may be appropriated for use only for the respective Department of the Interior field offices where the amounts were originally assessed as fees. `(4) INITIAL FEES- Fees shall be established under this subsection for the fiscal year in which this subsection takes effect and the subsequent 10 years, and shall not be raised without advise and consent of the Congress, except as determined by the Secretary to be appropriate as an adjustment equal to the percentage by which the Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year preceding the adjustment exceeds the Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year in which the claim was determined or last adjusted. `(5) ANNUAL FEES- Annual fees shall be collected under this subsection for facilities that are above the waterline, excluding drilling rigs, and are in place at the start of the fiscal year. Fees for fiscal year 2013 shall be-- `(A) $10,500 for facilities with no wells, but with processing equipment or gathering lines; `(B) $17,000 for facilities with 1 to 10 wells, with any combination of active or inactive wells; and `(C) $31,500 for facilities with more than 10 wells, with any combination of active or inactive wells. `(6) FEES FOR DRILLING RIGS- Fees for drilling rigs shall be assessed under this subsection for all inspections completed in fiscal years 2013 through 2022. Fees for fiscal year 2013 shall be-- `(A) $30,500 per inspection for rigs operating in water depths of 1,000 feet or more; and `(B) $16,700 per inspection for rigs operating in water depths of less than 1,000 feet. `(7) BILLING- The Secretary shall bill designated operators under paragraph (5) within 60 days after the date of the inspection, with payment required within 30 days of billing. The Secretary shall bill designated operators under paragraph (6) within 30 days of the end of the month in which the inspection occurred, with payment required within 30 days after billing. `(8) SUNSET- No fee may be collected under this subsection for any fiscal year after fiscal year 2022. `(9) ANNUAL REPORTS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2013, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year. `(B) CONTENTS- Each report shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report, the following: `(i) A statement of the amounts deposited into the Fund. `(ii) A description of the expenditures made from the Fund for the fiscal year, including the purpose of the expenditures and the additional hiring of personnel. `(iii) A statement of the balance remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year. `(iv) An accounting of pace of permit approvals. `(v) If fee increases are proposed after the initial 10-year period referred to in paragraph (5), a proper accounting of the potential adverse economic impacts such fee increases will have on offshore economic activity and overall production, conducted by the Secretary. `(vi) Recommendations to increase the efficacy and efficiency of offshore inspections. `(vii) Any corrective actions levied upon offshore inspectors as a result of any form of misconduct.'. SEC. 410. PROHIBITION ON ACTION BASED ON NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY DEVELOPED UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13547. (a) Prohibition- The Bureau of Ocean Energy and the Ocean Energy Safety Service may not develop, propose, finalize, administer, or implement, any limitation on activities under their jurisdiction as a result of the coastal and marine spatial planning component of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547. (b) Report on Expenditures- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall submit a report to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate identifying all Federal expenditures in fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013, by the Bureau of Ocean Energy and the Ocean Energy Safety Service and their predecessor agencies, by agency, account, and any pertinent subaccounts, for the development, administration, or implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning component of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547, including staff time, travel, and other related expenses. TITLE V--UNITED STATES TERRITORIES SEC. 501. APPLICATION OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LANDS ACT WITH RESPECT TO TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES. Section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (a), by inserting after `control' the following: `or lying within the United States exclusive economic zone and the Continental Shelf adjacent to any territory of the United States'; (2) in paragraph (p), by striking `and' after the semicolon at the end; (3) in paragraph (q), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and (4) by adding at the end the following: `(r) The term `State' includes each territory of the United States.'. TITLE VI--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 601. RULES REGARDING DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUES UNDER GULF OF MEXICO ENERGY SECURITY ACT OF 2006. (a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue rules to provide more clarity, certainty, and stability to the revenue streams contemplated by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note). (b) Contents- The rules shall include clarification of the timing and methods of disbursements of funds under section 105(b)(2) of such Act. SEC. 602. AMOUNT OF DISTRIBUTED QUALIFIED OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES. Section 105(f)(1) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; 43 U.S.C. 1331 note) shall be applied by substituting `2023, and shall not exceed $999,999,999 for each of fiscal years 2024 through 2055' for `2055'. SEC. 603. SEISMIC TESTING IN THE ATLANTIC OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. Not later than December 31, 2013, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management shall publish a record of decision on the Atlantic G&G Programmatic Final Environmental Impact Statement. TITLE VII--JUDICIAL REVIEW SEC. 701. TIME FOR FILING COMPLAINT. (a) In General- Any cause of action that arises from a covered energy decision must be filed not later than the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the covered energy decision. Any cause of action not filed within this time period shall be barred. (b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not apply to a cause of action brought by a party to a covered energy lease. SEC. 702. DISTRICT COURT DEADLINE. (a) In General- All proceedings that are subject to section 701-- (1) shall be brought in the United States district court for the district in which the Federal property for which a covered energy lease is issued is located or the United States District Court of the District of Columbia; (2) shall be resolved as expeditiously as possible, and in any event not more than 180 days after such cause or claim is filed; and (3) shall take precedence over all other pending matters before the district court. (b) Failure to Comply With Deadline- If an interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order has not been issued by the district court by the deadline described under this section, the cause or claim shall be dismissed with prejudice and all rights relating to such cause or claim shall be terminated. SEC. 703. ABILITY TO SEEK APPELLATE REVIEW. An interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order of the district court in a proceeding that is subject to section 701 may be reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit shall resolve any such appeal as expeditiously as possible and, in any event, not more than 180 days after such interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order of the district court was issued. SEC. 704. LIMITATION ON SCOPE OF REVIEW AND RELIEF. (a) Administrative Findings and Conclusions- In any judicial review of any Federal action under this title, any administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged Federal action shall be presumed to be correct unless shown otherwise by clear and convincing evidence contained in the administrative record. (b) Limitation on Prospective Relief- In any judicial review of any action, or failure to act, under this title, the Court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the Court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a Federal law requirement, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation concerned. SEC. 705. LEGAL FEES. Any person filing a petition seeking judicial review of any action, or failure to act, under this title who is not a prevailing party shall pay to the prevailing parties (including intervening parties), other than the United States, fees and other expenses incurred by that party in connection with the judicial review, unless the Court finds that the position of the person was substantially justified or that special circumstances make an award unjust. SEC. 706. EXCLUSION. This title shall not apply with respect to disputes between the parties to a lease issued pursuant to an authorizing leasing statute regarding the obligations of such lease or the alleged breach thereof. SEC. 707. DEFINITIONS. In this title, the following definitions apply: (1) COVERED ENERGY DECISION- The term `covered energy decision' means any action or decision by a Federal official regarding the issuance of a covered energy lease. (2) COVERED ENERGY LEASE- The term `covered energy lease' means any lease under this Act or under an oil and gas leasing program under this Act. Passed the House of Representatives June 28, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.2221 Apr-08-14
STATUS: April 8, 2014.--Introduced. April 11, 2014.--Mrs. Stabenow added as cosponsor. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.2221 MotorCities National Heritage Area Extension Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2221 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2221 To extend the authorization for the Automobile National Heritage Area in Michigan. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 8, 2014 Mr. LEVIN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To extend the authorization for the Automobile National Heritage Area in Michigan. 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 `MotorCities National Heritage Area Extension Act'. SEC. 2. AUTOMOBILE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA AUTHORIZATION EXTENDED. Section 109 of the Automobile National Heritage Area Act (16 U.S.C. 461 note; Public Law 105-355) is amended by striking `September 30, 2014' and inserting `September 30, 2030'.
S.2202 Apr-02-14
STATUS: April 2, 2014.--Introduced. July 23, 2014.--Mr. Barrasso added as cosponsor. S.2202 SEA Jobs Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2202 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2202 To provide for revenue sharing of qualified revenues from leases in the South Atlantic planning area, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 2, 2014 Mr. SCOTT (for himself and Mr. GRAHAM) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for revenue sharing of qualified revenues from leases in the South Atlantic planning area, 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 `Southern Energy Access Jobs Act' or the `SEA Jobs Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) DIRECTOR- The term `Director' means the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (2) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term `institution of higher education' has the meaning given the term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002). (3) QUALIFIED REVENUES- The term `qualified revenues' means all bonus bids, rentals and royalties (and other sums) due and payable to the United States from all leases entered into after the date of enactment of this Act that covers an area in the South Atlantic planning area. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) SOUTH ATLANTIC PLANNING AREA- The term `South Atlantic planning area' means the area of the outer Continental Shelf (as defined in section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331)) that is located between the northern lateral seaward administrative boundary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the southernmost lateral seaward administrative boundary of the State of Georgia. (6) STATE- The term `State' means any of the following States: (A) Georgia. (B) North Carolina. (C) South Carolina. (D) Virginia. (7) WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD- The term `workforce investment board' means a State or local workforce investment board established under subtitle B of title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2811 et seq.). SEC. 3. ENHANCING STATE RIGHTS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall promulgate regulations that establish management of the surface occupancy of each portion of the South Atlantic planning area for the applicable coastline of a State for any lease sale authorized under this Act to the effect that-- (1) the applicable State shall have sole authority to restrict or allow surface facilities above the waterline for the purpose of production of oil or gas resources in any area that is within 12 nautical miles seaward from the coastline of the State; (2) unless permanent surface occupancy is authorized by a State, only sub-surface production facilities may be installed in areas that are located between the point that is 12 nautical miles from seaward from the coastline of the State and the point that is 20 nautical miles seaward from the coastline of the State; (3) new offshore production facilities are encouraged and the impacts on coastal vistas are minimized, to the maximum extent practical; and (4) onshore facilities that facilitate the development and production of the oil and gas resources of the South Atlantic planning area within 12 nautical miles seaward of the coastline of a State are allowed. (b) Temporary Activities Not Affected- Nothing in the regulations described in subsection (a) shall restrict, or give the States authority to restrict, temporary surface activities related to operations associated with outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leases. SEC. 4. REINSTATEMENT OF VIRGINIA LEASE SALE 220. Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct Lease Sale 220 (as described in the notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement dated November 13, 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 67201)). SEC. 5. SOUTH CAROLINA LEASE SALE. (a) In General- Notwithstanding the exclusion of the South Atlantic planning area in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012-2017 prepared under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344), the Secretary shall conduct a lease sale not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act in areas off the coast of the State of South Carolina-- (1) determined by the Secretary to have the most geologically promising hydrocarbon resources; and (2) that constitute not less than 25 percent of the leasable area located within the offshore administrative boundaries of the State of South Carolina depicted in the notice entitled `Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Administrative Boundaries Extending from the Submerged Lands Act Boundary seaward to the Limit of the United States Outer Continental Shelf', published January 3, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 127). (b) Environmental Impact Statement- The Secretary shall complete a multisale environmental impact statement for the lease sales conducted under subsection (a) and section 4. SEC. 6. SOUTH ATLANTIC PLANNING AREA LEASE SALES. (a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct 3 lease sales in the South Atlantic planning area before June 30, 2017, in areas-- (1) to be determined by the Secretary based on-- (A) analysis by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; and (B) industry nomination; and (2) determined by the Secretary to contain the most hydrocarbon resource potential. (b) 2017-2022 Leasing Program- The Secretary shall-- (1) include the South Atlantic planning area in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2017-2022 prepared under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344); and (2) conduct 1 lease sale in the South Atlantic planning area during each year of the program, for a total of 5 lease sales. SEC. 7. BALANCING OF MILITARY AND ENERGY PRODUCTION GOALS. (a) In General- In recognition that the outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program and the domestic energy resources produced under the program are integral to national security, the Secretary and the Secretary of Defense shall work jointly in implementing lease sales under this Act-- (1) to preserve the ability of the Armed Forces of the United States to maintain an optimum state of readiness through their continued use of the outer Continental Shelf; and (2) to allow effective exploration, development, and production of the oil, gas, and renewable energy resources of the United States. (b) Prohibition on Conflicts With Military Operations- No person may engage in any exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas on the outer Continental Shelf under a lease issued under this Act that would conflict with any military operation, as determined in accordance with-- (1) the agreement entitled `Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior on Mutual Concerns on the Outer Continental Shelf' signed July 20, 1983; and (2) any revision or replacement for the agreement described in paragraph (1) that is agreed to by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary after that date but before the date of issuance of the lease under which the exploration, development, or production is conducted. SEC. 8. REVENUE SHARING AND DEFICIT REDUCTION. Notwithstanding section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338), each fiscal year the Secretary shall deposit-- (1) 37.5 percent of the qualified revenues in a special account in the Treasury, from which the Secretary shall allocate amounts in accordance with section 9; (2) 2.5 percent of the qualified revenues in the fund established by section 10(b)(1), from which the Secretary shall allocate amounts in accordance with that section; (3) 10 percent of the qualified revenues dedicated towards deficit reduction; and (4) 50 percent of the qualified revenues in the general fund of the Treasury. SEC. 9. ALLOCATION TO STATES. (a) In General- Of the qualified revenues deposited in the account under section 8(1), 37.5 percent shall be distributed to each State-- (1) using the formula established under subsection (b); and (2) in amounts that are inversely proportional to the respective distances between the point on the coastline of each State that is closest to the geographic center of the applicable leased tract and the geographic center of the leased tract. (b) Formula- The formula used to make the calculation under subsection (a) shall be-- (1) established by the Secretary by regulation; and (2) modeled after the final rule entitled `Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses--Oil and Gas, Offshore', dated December 23, 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 78622). (c) Minimum Allocation- Each State shall be entitled to an amount equal to not less than 10 percent of the qualified revenues allocated under subsection (a). (d) Use of Funds- A State receiving amounts under this section may use the amounts in accordance with State law. SEC. 10. VETERANS JOBS GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED. (a) Establishment of Fund- (1) IN GENERAL- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund, to be known as the `Oil and Gas Production Veterans Workforce Training Fund' (referred to in this section as the `Fund'), consisting of such amounts as are transferred to the Fund under section 8(2). (2) ADMINISTRATION- The Fund shall be administered by the Secretary to fund the grants authorized by subsection (b). (b) Grants Authorized- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, acting through the Director, shall award grants on a competitive basis to eligible institutions of higher education and workforce investment boards to establish and fund oil and gas exploration, development, and production workforce training programs. (2) ELIGIBILITY- To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an institution of higher education or workforce investment board shall-- (A) establish or expand and administer an oil and gas exploration, development, and production workforce training program; and (B) in granting admission to applicants to the program, give priority to veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. (3) APPLICATION- Each eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may reasonably require. (4) LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- Not more than 0.5 percent of the amounts made available to carry out this section may be used to pay for the administrative expenses of the programs described in paragraph (1). SEC. 11. ENHANCING GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE. (a) In General- The Secretary, acting through the Director, shall partner with institutions of higher education selected under subsection (c) to facilitate the practical study of geological and geophysical sciences of areas on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and elsewhere on the Continental Shelf of the United States. (b) Focus- Activities conducted by institutions of higher education under this section shall focus all geological and geophysical scientific research on obtaining a better understanding of hydrocarbon potential in the South Atlantic Planning Area while fostering the study of the geological and geophysical sciences at institutions of higher education in the United States. (c) Selection of Institutions- (1) NOMINATION- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Governor of each State may nominate for participation in a partnership-- (A) 1 institution of higher education located in the State; and (B) 1 institution of higher education that is a historically Black college or university, as defined in section 631(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1132(a)) located in the State. (2) PREFERENCE- In making nominations under paragraph (1), each Governor shall give preference to those institutions of higher education that demonstrate a vigorous rate of admissions of veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States and meet the criteria described in paragraph (3). (3) SELECTION- The Director shall select as a partner any institution of higher education nominated under paragraph (1) that the Director determines demonstrates excellence in 1 or more of the following criteria: (A) Geophysical sciences curriculum. (B) Engineering curriculum. (C) Information technology or other technical studies related to seismic research, including data processing. (d) Research Authority- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), an institution of higher education selected under subsection (c)(3) may conduct research under this section upon the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date the institution of higher education submits notice of the research to the South Atlantic Regional Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (2) PERMIT REQUIRED- An institution of higher education may not under this section conduct research that uses solid or liquid explosives except as authorized by a permit issued by the Director. (e) Data- (1) IN GENERAL- Geological and geophysical activities conducted under this section-- (A) shall be considered scientific research and data produced by the activities; (B) shall not be used or shared for commercial purposes; (C) shall not be produced for proprietary use or sale; and (D) shall be made available by the Director to the public. (2) SUBMISSION OF DATA TO BOEM- Not later than 60 days after completion of initial analysis of data collected under this section by an institution of higher education selected under subsection (c)(3), the institution of higher education shall share with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management any data collected that is requested by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (3) FEES- The Director may not charge any fee for the provision of data produced in research under this section, other than a data reprocessing fee to pay the cost of duplicating the data. (f) Report- Not less frequently than once every 180 days, the Director shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the data derived from partnerships under this section. SEC. 12. ATLANTIC REGIONAL OFFICE. Not later than the last day of the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012-2017 prepared under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344), the Director shall establish an Atlantic regional office in an area that is-- (1) included in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2017-2022 prepared under section 18 of that Act; and (2) determined by the Director to have the most potential resource development.
H.Res.2197 Mar-05-14
STATUS: May 23, 2013.--Introduced in House. September 20, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-223. March 4, 2014.--Passed/agreed to in House with voice vote. March 5, 2014.--Introduced in Senate. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. H.R.2197 York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2014 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 2197 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 2197AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 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 `York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION FOR STUDY. Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( X ) YORK RIVER, MAINE- (A) The York River that flows 11.25 miles from its headwaters at York Pond to the mouth of the river at York Harbor, and all associated tributaries. `(B) The study conducted under this paragraph shall-- `(i) determine the effect of the designation on-- `(I) existing commercial and recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational shooting, motor boat use, bridge construction; `(II) the authorization, construction, operation, maintenance, or improvement of energy production and transmission infrastructure; and `(III) the authority of State and local governments to manage those activities; and `(ii) identify-- `(I) all authorities that will authorize or require the Secretary to influence local land use decisions (such as zoning) or place restrictions on non-Federal land if designated under this Act; `(II) all authorities that the Secretary may use to condemn property; and `(III) all private property located in the area studied under this paragraph.'. SEC. 3. STUDY AND REPORT. Section 5(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( X ) YORK RIVER, MAINE- The study of the York River, Maine, named in paragraph ( X ) of subsection (a) shall be completed by the Secretary of the Interior and the report thereon submitted to Congress not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this paragraph.'. Passed the House of Representatives March 4, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 2197AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
S.2170 Mar-27-14
STATUS: March 27, 2014.--Introduced. April 8, 2014.--Mr. Lee added as cosponsor. S.2170 American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2170 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2170 To free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources to create jobs and generate economic growth by removing statutory and administrative barriers. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 27, 2014 Mr. CRUZ introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources to create jobs and generate economic growth by removing statutory and administrative barriers. 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 `American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--EXPANDING AMERICAN ENERGY EXPORTS Sec. 1001. Finding. Sec. 1002. Natural gas exports. Sec. 1003. Crude oil exports. Sec. 1004. Coal exports. TITLE II--IMPROVING NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE Subtitle A--North American Energy Infrastructure Sec. 2001. Finding. Sec. 2002. Definitions. Sec. 2003. Authorization of certain energy infrastructure projects at the national boundary of the United States. Sec. 2004. Transmission of electric energy to Canada and Mexico. Sec. 2005. Effective date; rulemaking deadlines. Subtitle B--Keystone XL Permit Approval Sec. 2011. Findings. Sec. 2012. Keystone XL permit approval. TITLE III--OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING Sec. 3001. Finding. Sec. 3002. Extension of leasing program. Sec. 3003. Lease sales. Sec. 3004. Applications for permits to drill. Sec. 3005. Lease sales for certain areas. TITLE IV--UTILIZING AMERICA'S ONSHORE RESOURCES Sec. 4001. Findings. Sec. 4002. State option for energy development. Subtitle A--Energy Development by States Sec. 4011. Definitions. Sec. 4012. State programs. Sec. 4013. Leasing, permitting, and regulatory programs. Sec. 4014. Judicial review. Sec. 4015. Administrative Procedure Act. Subtitle B--Onshore Oil and Gas Permit Streamlining Part I--Oil and Gas Leasing Certainty Sec. 4021. Minimum acreage requirement for onshore lease sales. Sec. 4022. Leasing certainty. Sec. 4023. Leasing consistency. Sec. 4024. Reduce redundant policies. Sec. 4025. Streamlined congressional notification. Part II--Application for Permits To Drill Process Reform Sec. 4031. Permit to drill application timeline. Sec. 4032. Administrative protest documentation reform. Sec. 4033. Improved Federal energy permit coordination. Sec. 4034. Administration. Part III--Oil Shale Sec. 4041. Effectiveness of oil shale regulations, amendments to resource management plans, and record of decision. Sec. 4042. Oil shale leasing. Part IV--National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Access Sec. 4051. Sense of Congress and reaffirming national policy for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Sec. 4052. National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: lease sales. Sec. 4053. National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: planning and permitting pipeline and road construction. Sec. 4054. Issuance of a new integrated activity plan and environmental impact statement. Sec. 4055. Departmental accountability for development. Sec. 4056. Deadlines under new proposed integrated activity plan. Sec. 4057. Updated resource assessment. Part V--Miscellaneous Provisions Sec. 4061. Sanctions. Sec. 4062. Internet-based onshore oil and gas lease sales. Part VI--Judicial Review Sec. 4071. Definitions. Sec. 4072. Exclusive venue for certain civil actions relating to covered energy projects. Sec. 4073. Timely filing. Sec. 4074. Expedition in hearing and determining the action. Sec. 4075. Limitation on injunction and prospective relief. Sec. 4076. Limitation on attorneys' fees and court costs. Sec. 4077. Legal standing. TITLE V--ADDITIONAL ONSHORE RESOURCES Subtitle A--Leasing Program for Land Within Coastal Plain Sec. 5001. Finding. Sec. 5002. Definitions. Sec. 5003. Leasing program for land on the Coastal Plain. Sec. 5004. Lease sales. Sec. 5005. Grant of leases by the Secretary. Sec. 5006. Lease terms and conditions. Sec. 5007. Coastal Plain environmental protection. Sec. 5008. Expedited judicial review. Sec. 5009. Treatment of revenues. Sec. 5010. Rights-of-way across the Coastal Plain. Sec. 5011. Conveyance. Subtitle B--Native American Energy Sec. 5021. Findings. Sec. 5022. Appraisals. Sec. 5023. Standardization. Sec. 5024. Environmental reviews of major Federal actions on Indian land. Sec. 5025. Judicial review. Sec. 5026. Tribal resource management plans. Sec. 5027. Leases of restricted lands for the Navajo Nation. Sec. 5028. Nonapplicability of certain rules. Subtitle C--Additional Regulatory Provisions Part I--State Authority Over Hydraulic Fracturing Sec. 5031. Finding. Sec. 5032. State authority. Part II--Miscellaneous Provisions Sec. 5041. Environmental legal fees. Sec. 5042. Master leasing plans. TITLE VI--IMPROVING AMERICA'S DOMESTIC REFINING CAPACITY Subtitle A--Refinery Permitting Reform Sec. 6001. Finding. Sec. 6002. Definitions. Sec. 6003. Streamlining of refinery permitting process. Subtitle B--Repeal of Renewable Fuel Standard Sec. 6011. Findings. Sec. 6012. Phase out of renewable fuel standard. TITLE VII--STOPPING EPA OVERREACH Sec. 7001. Findings. Sec. 7002. Clarification of Federal regulatory authority to exclude greenhouse gases from regulation under the Clean Air Act. Sec. 7003. Jobs analysis for all EPA regulations. TITLE VIII--DEBT FREEDOM FUND Sec. 8001. Findings. Sec. 8002. Debt freedom fund. TITLE I--EXPANDING AMERICAN ENERGY EXPORTS SEC. 1001. FINDING. Congress finds that opening up energy exports will contribute to economic development, private sector job growth, and continued growth in American energy production. SEC. 1002. NATURAL GAS EXPORTS. (a) Finding- Congress finds that expanding natural gas exports will lead to increased investment and development of domestic supplies of natural gas that will contribute to job growth and economic development. (b) Natural Gas Exports- Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717b(c)) is amended-- (1) by inserting `or any other nation not excluded by this section' after `trade in natural gas'; (2) by striking `(c) For purposes' and inserting the following: `(c) Expedited Application and Approval Process- `(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes'; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(2) EXCLUSIONS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Any nation subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States is excluded from expedited approval under paragraph (1). `(B) DESIGNATION BY PRESIDENT OR CONGRESS- The President or Congress may designate nations that may be excluded from expedited approval under paragraph (1) for reasons of national security. `(3) ORDER NOT REQUIRED- No order is required under subsection (a) to authorize the export or import of any natural gas to or from Canada or Mexico.'. SEC. 1003. CRUDE OIL EXPORTS. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) the restrictions on crude oil exports from the 1970s are no longer necessary due to the technological advances that have increased the domestic supply of crude oil; and (2) repealing restrictions on crude oil exports will contribute to job growth and economic development. (b) Repeal of Presidential Authority To Restrict Oil Exports- (1) IN GENERAL- Section 103 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6212) is repealed. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- (A) Section 12 of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. 719j) is amended-- (i) by striking `and section 103 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act'; and (ii) by striking `such Acts' and inserting `that Act'. (B) The Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended-- (i) in section 251 (42 U.S.C. 6271)-- (I) by striking subsection (d); and (II) by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d); and (ii) in section 523(a)(1) (42 U.S.C. 6393(a)(1)), by striking `(other than section 103 thereof)'. (c) Repeal of Limitations on Exports of Oil- (1) IN GENERAL- Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185) is amended-- (A) by striking subsection (u); and (B) by redesignating subsections (v) through (y) as subsections (u) through (x), respectively. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- (A) Section 1107(c) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3167(c)) is amended by striking `(u) through (y)' and inserting `(u) through (x)'. (B) Section 23 of the Deep Water Port Act of 1974 (33 U.S.C. 1522) is repealed. (C) Section 203(c) of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act (43 U.S.C. 1652(c)) is amended in the first sentence by striking `(w)(2), and (x))' and inserting `(v)(2), and (w))'. (D) Section 509(c) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (43 U.S.C. 2009(c)) is amended by striking `subsection (w)(2)' and inserting `subsection (v)(2)'. (d) Repeal of Limitations on Export of OCS Oil or Gas- Section 28 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1354) is repealed. (e) Termination of Limitation on Exportation of Crude Oil- Section 7(d) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2406(d)) (as in effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)) shall have no force or effect. (f) Clarification of Crude Oil Regulation- (1) IN GENERAL- Section 754.2 of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to crude oil) shall have no force or effect. (2) CRUDE OIL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS- The Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce shall grant licenses to export to a country crude oil (as the term is defined in subsection (a) of the regulation referred to in paragraph (1)) (as in effect on the date that is 1 day before the date of enactment of this Act) unless-- (A) the country is subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States; or (B) the President or Congress has designated the country as subject to exclusion for reasons of national security. SEC. 1004. COAL EXPORTS. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) increased international demand for coal is an opportunity to support jobs and promote economic growth in the United States; and (2) exports of coal should not be unreasonably restricted or delayed. (b) NEPA Review for Coal Exports- In completing an environmental impact statement or similar analysis required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) for an approval or permit for coal export terminals, or transportation of coal to coal export terminals, the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers-- (1) may only take into account domestic environmental impacts; and (2) may not take into account any impacts resulting from the final use overseas of the exported coal. TITLE II--IMPROVING NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURESubtitle A--North American Energy Infrastructure SEC. 2001. FINDING. Congress finds that the United States should establish a more efficient, 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, natural gas, and electricity to and from Canada and Mexico, in pursuit of a more secure and efficient North American energy market. SEC. 2002. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) ELECTRIC RELIABILITY ORGANIZATION- The term `Electric Reliability Organization' has the meaning given the term in section 215(a) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o(a)). (2) INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR- The term `Independent System Operator' has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796). (3) NATURAL GAS- The term `natural gas' has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717a). (4) OIL- The term `oil' means petroleum or a petroleum product. (5) REGIONAL ENTITY- The term `regional entity' has the meaning given the term in section 215(a) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o(a)). (6) REGIONAL TRANSMISSION ORGANIZATION- The term `Regional Transmission Organization' has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 796). SEC. 2003. AUTHORIZATION OF CERTAIN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AT THE NATIONAL BOUNDARY OF THE UNITED STATES. (a) Authorization- Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e), no person may construct, connect, operate, or maintain an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility 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 without obtaining approval of the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance under this section. (b) Approval- (1) REQUIREMENT- Not later than 120 days after receiving a request for approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance under this section, the relevant official identified under paragraph (2), in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies, shall approve the request unless the relevant official finds that the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance harms the national security interests of the United States. (2) RELEVANT OFFICIAL- The relevant official referred to in paragraph (1) is-- (A) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to oil pipelines; (B) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with respect to natural gas pipelines; and (C) the Secretary of Energy with respect to electric transmission facilities. (3) APPROVAL NOT MAJOR FEDERAL ACTION- An approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance under paragraph (1) shall not be considered a major Federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (4) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES- In the case of a request for approval of the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an electric transmission facility, the Secretary of Energy shall require, as a condition of approval of the request under paragraph (1), that 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 electric transmission facility. (c) No Other Approval Required- No Presidential permit (or similar permit) required under Executive Order 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; 69 Fed. Reg. 25299 (April 30, 2004)), Executive Order 11423 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; 33 Fed. Reg. 11741 (August 16, 1968)), section 301 of title 3, United States Code, Executive Order 12038 (43 Fed. Reg. 3674 (January 26, 1978)), Executive Order 10485 (18 Fed. Reg. 5397 (September 9, 1953)), or any other Executive order shall be necessary for construction, connection, operation, or maintenance to which this section applies. (d) Exclusions- This section shall not apply to-- (1) any construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric transmission facility 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 if-- (A) the pipeline or facility is operating at the national boundary for that import or export as of the date of enactment of this Act; (B) a permit described in subsection (c) for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has been issued; (C) approval of the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance has previously been obtained under this section; or (D) an application for a permit described in subsection (c) for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance is pending on the date of enactment of this Act, until the earlier of-- (i) the date on which the application is denied; and (ii) July 1, 2015; or (2) the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline. (e) Modifications to Existing Projects- No approval under this section, or permit described in subsection (c), shall be required for modifications to construction, connection, operation, or maintenance described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of subsection (d)(1), including reversal of flow direction, change in ownership, volume expansion, downstream or upstream interconnection, or adjustments to maintain flow (such as a reduction or increase in the number of pump or compressor stations). (f) Effect of Other Laws- Nothing in this section affects the application of any other Federal law to a project for which approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance is sought under this section. SEC. 2004. TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY TO CANADA AND MEXICO. (a) Repeal of Requirement To Secure Order- Section 202 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a) is amended by striking subsection (e). (b) Conforming Amendments- (1) STATE REGULATIONS- Section 202 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a) is amended-- (A) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (e) and (f), respectively; and (B) in subsection (e) (as so redesignated), 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. 2005. EFFECTIVE DATE; RULEMAKING DEADLINES. (a) Effective Date- Sections 2003 and 2004, and the amendments made by those sections, shall take effect on July 1, 2015. (b) Rulemaking Deadlines- Each relevant official described in section 2003(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 2003; 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 2003. Subtitle B--Keystone XL Permit Approval SEC. 2011. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) building the Keystone XL pipeline will provide jobs and economic growth to the United States; and (2) the Keystone XL pipeline should be approved immediately. SEC. 2012. KEYSTONE XL PERMIT APPROVAL. (a) In General- Notwithstanding Executive Order 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; 69 Fed. Reg. 25299 (April 30, 2004)), Executive Order 11423 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; 33 Fed. Reg. 11741 (August 16, 1968)), section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and any other Executive order or provision of law, no presidential permit shall be required for the pipeline described in the application filed on May 4, 2012, by TransCanada Corporation to the Department of State for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline from the Canadian border to the border between the States of South Dakota and Nebraska. (b) Environmental Impact Statement- The final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on January 31, 2014, regarding the pipeline referred to in subsection (a), shall be considered to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (c) Critical Habitat- No area necessary to construct or maintain the Keystone XL pipeline shall be considered critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) or any other provision of law. (d) Permits- Any Federal permit or authorization issued before the date of enactment of this Act for the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a), and the related facilities in the United States, shall remain in effect. (e) Federal Judicial Review- The pipeline and cross-border facilities described in subsection (a), and the related facilities in the United States, that are approved by this section, and any permit, right-of-way, or other action taken to construct or complete the project pursuant to Federal law, shall only be subject to judicial review on direct appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. TITLE III--OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING SEC. 3001. FINDING. Congress finds that the United States has enormous potential for offshore energy development and that the people of the United States should have access to the jobs and economic benefits from developing those resources. SEC. 3002. EXTENSION OF LEASING PROGRAM. (a) In General- Subject to subsection (c), the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2010-2015 issued by the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this title as the `Secretary') under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) shall be considered to be the final oil and gas leasing program under that section for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2019. (b) Final Environmental Impact Statement- The Secretary is considered to have issued a final environmental impact statement for the program applicable to the period described in subsection (a) in accordance with all requirements under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). (c) Exceptions- Lease Sales 214, 232, and 239 shall not be included in the final oil and gas leasing program for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2019. SEC. 3003. LEASE SALES. (a) In General- Except as otherwise provided in this section, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act and every 270 days thereafter, the Secretary shall conduct a lease sale in each outer Continental Shelf planning area for which the Secretary determines that there is a commercial interest in purchasing Federal oil and gas leases for production on the outer Continental Shelf. (b) Subsequent Determinations and Sales- If the Secretary determines that there is not a commercial interest in purchasing Federal oil and gas leases for production on the outer Continental Shelf in a planning area under this section, not later than 2 years after the date of the determination and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall-- (1) make an additional determination on whether there is a commercial interest in purchasing Federal oil and gas leases for production on the outer Continental Shelf in the planning area; and (2) if the Secretary determines that there is a commercial interest under paragraph (1), conduct a lease sale in the planning area. (c) Protection of State Interest- In developing future leasing programs, the Secretary shall give deference to affected coastal States (as the term is used in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.)) in determining leasing areas to be included in the leasing program. (d) Petitions- If a person petitions the Secretary to conduct a lease sale for an outer Continental Shelf planning area in which the person has a commercial interest, the Secretary shall conduct a lease sale for the area in accordance with subsection (a). SEC. 3004. APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO DRILL. Section 5 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(k) Applications for Permits To Drill- `(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall approve or disapprove an application for a permit to drill submitted under this Act not later than 20 days after the date on which the application is submitted to the Secretary. `(2) DISAPPROVAL- If the Secretary disapproves an application for a permit to drill under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall-- `(A) provide to the applicant a description of the reasons for the disapproval of the application; `(B) allow the applicant to resubmit an application during the 10-day period beginning on the date of the receipt of the description described in subparagraph (A) by the applicant; and `(C) approve or disapprove any resubmitted application not later than 10 days after the date on which the application is submitted to the Secretary.'. SEC. 3005. LEASE SALES FOR CERTAIN AREAS. (a) In General- As soon as practicable but not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct Lease Sale 220 for areas offshore of the State of Virginia. (b) Compliance With Other Laws- For purposes of the lease sale described in subsection (a), the environmental impact statement prepared under section 3001 shall satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (c) Energy Projects in Gulf of Mexico- (1) JURISDICTION- The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit shall have exclusive jurisdiction over challenges to offshore energy projects and permits to drill carried out in the Gulf of Mexico. (2) FILING DEADLINE- Any civil action to challenge a project or permit described in paragraph (1) shall be filed not later than 60 days after the date of approval of the project or the issuance of the permit. TITLE IV--UTILIZING AMERICA'S ONSHORE RESOURCES SEC. 4001. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) current policy has failed to take full advantage of the natural resources on Federal land; (2) the States should be given the option to lead energy development on all available Federal land in a State; and (3) the Federal Government should not inhibit energy development on Federal land. SEC. 4002. STATE OPTION FOR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, a State may elect to control energy development and production on available Federal land in accordance with the terms and conditions of subtitle A and the amendments made by subtitle A in lieu of being subject to the Federal system established under subtitle B and the amendments made by subtitle B. Subtitle A--Energy Development by States SEC. 4011. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle: (1) AVAILABLE FEDERAL LAND- The term `available Federal land' means any Federal land that, as of the date of enactment of this Act-- (A) is located within the boundaries of a State; (B) is not held by the United States in trust for the benefit of a federally recognized Indian tribe; (C) is not a unit of the National Park System; (D) is not a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System; and (E) is not a congressionally designated wilderness area. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (3) STATE- The term `State' means-- (A) a State; and (B) the District of Columbia. SEC. 4012. STATE PROGRAMS. (a) In General- A State-- (1) may establish a program covering the leasing and permitting processes, regulatory requirements, and any other provisions by which the State would exercise the rights of the State to develop all forms of energy resources on available Federal land in the State; and (2) as a condition of certification under section 4013(b) shall submit a declaration to the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy that a program under paragraph (1) has been established or amended. (b) Amendment of Programs- A State may amend a program developed and certified under this subtitle at any time. (c) Certification of Amended Programs- Any program amended under subsection (b) shall be certified under section 4013(b). SEC. 4013. LEASING, PERMITTING, AND REGULATORY PROGRAMS. (a) Satisfaction of Federal Requirements- Each program certified under this section shall be considered to satisfy all applicable requirements of Federal law (including regulations), including-- (1) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); (2) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (3) the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.). (b) Federal Certification and Transfer of Development Rights- Upon submission of a declaration by a State under section 4012(a)(2)-- (1) the program under section 4012(a)(1) shall be certified; and (2) the State shall receive all rights from the Federal Government to develop all forms of energy resources covered by the program. (c) Issuance of Permits and Leases- If a State elects to issue a permit or lease for the development of any form of energy resource on any available Federal land within the borders of the State in accordance with a program certified under subsection (b), the permit or lease shall be considered to meet all applicable requirements of Federal law (including regulations). SEC. 4014. JUDICIAL REVIEW. Activities carried out in accordance with this subtitle shall not be subject to Federal judicial review. SEC. 4015. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. Activities carried out in accordance with this subtitle shall not be subject to subchapter II of chapter 5, and chapter 7, of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the `Administrative Procedure Act'). Subtitle B--Onshore Oil and Gas Permit Streamlining PART I--OIL AND GAS LEASING CERTAINTY SEC. 4021. MINIMUM ACREAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ONSHORE LEASE SALES. Section 17 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226) is amended-- (1) by striking `Sec. 17. (a) All lands' and inserting the following: `SEC. 17. LEASE OF OIL AND GAS LAND. `(a) Authority of Secretary- `(1) IN GENERAL- All land'; and (2) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following: `(2) MINIMUM ACREAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ONSHORE LEASE SALES- `(A) IN GENERAL- In conducting lease sales under paragraph (1)-- `(i) there shall be a presumption that nominated land should be leased; and `(ii) the Secretary of the Interior shall offer for sale all of the nominated acreage not previously made available for lease, unless the Secretary demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that an individual lease should not be granted. `(B) ADMINISTRATION- Acreage offered for lease pursuant to this paragraph-- `(i) shall not be subject to protest; and `(ii) shall be eligible for categorical exclusions under section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15942), except that the categorical exclusions shall not be subject to the test of extraordinary circumstances or any other similar regulation or policy guidance. `(C) AVAILABILITY- In administering this paragraph, the Secretary shall only consider leasing of Federal land that is available for leasing at the time the lease sale occurs.'. SEC. 4022. LEASING CERTAINTY. Section 17(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(a)) (as amended by section 4061) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(3) LEASING CERTAINTY- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall not withdraw any covered energy project (as defined in section 4051 of the American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014) issued under this Act without finding a violation of the terms of the lease by the lessee. `(B) DELAY- The Secretary shall not infringe on lease rights under leases issued under this Act by indefinitely delaying issuance of project approvals, drilling and seismic permits, and rights-of-way for activities under the lease. `(C) AVAILABILITY FOR LEASE- Not later than 18 months after an area is designated as open under the applicable land use plan, the Secretary shall make available nominated areas for lease using the criteria established under section 2. `(D) LAST PAYMENT- `(i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall issue all leases sold not later than 60 days after the last payment is made. `(ii) CANCELLATION- The Secretary shall not cancel or withdraw any lease parcel after a competitive lease sale has occurred and a winning bidder has submitted the last payment for the parcel. `(E) PROTESTS- `(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date a lease sale is held under this Act, the Secretary shall adjudicate any lease protests filed following a lease sale. `(ii) UNSETTLED PROTEST- If, after the 60-day period described in clause (i) any protest is left unsettled-- `(I) the protest shall be considered automatically denied; and `(II) the appeal rights of the protestor shall begin. `(F) ADDITIONAL LEASE STIPULATIONS- No additional lease stipulation may be added after the parcel is sold without consultation and agreement of the lessee, unless the Secretary considers the stipulation as an emergency action to conserve the resources of the United States.'. SEC. 4023. LEASING CONSISTENCY. A Federal land manager shall follow existing resource management plans and continue to actively lease in areas designated as open when resource management plans are being amended or revised, until such time as a new record of decision is signed. SEC. 4024. REDUCE REDUNDANT POLICIES. Bureau of Land Management Instruction Memorandum 2010-117 shall have no force or effect. SEC. 4025. STREAMLINED CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION. Section 31(e) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 188(e)) is amended in the first sentence of the matter following paragraph (4) by striking `at least thirty days in advance of the reinstatement' and inserting `in an annual report'. PART II--APPLICATION FOR PERMITS TO DRILL PROCESS REFORM SEC. 4031. PERMIT TO DRILL APPLICATION TIMELINE. Section 17(p) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)) is amended by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following: `(2) APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO DRILL REFORM AND PROCESS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date an application for a permit to drill is received by the Secretary, the Secretary shall decide whether to issue the permit. `(B) EXTENSION- `(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may extend the period described in subparagraph (A) for up to 2 periods of 15 days each, if the Secretary has given written notice of the delay to the applicant. `(ii) NOTICE- The notice shall-- `(I) be in the form of a letter from the Secretary or a designee of the Secretary; and `(II) include-- `(aa) the names and titles of the persons processing the application; `(bb) the specific reasons for the delay; and `(cc) a specific date a final decision on the application is expected. `(C) NOTICE OF REASONS FOR DENIAL- If the application is denied, the Secretary shall provide the applicant-- `(i) a written statement that provides clear and comprehensive reasons why the application was not accepted and detailed information concerning any deficiencies; and `(ii) an opportunity to remedy any deficiencies. `(D) APPLICATION DEEMED APPROVED- `(i) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in clause (ii), if the Secretary has not made a decision on the application by the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date the application is received by the Secretary, the application shall be considered approved. `(ii) EXCEPTIONS- Clause (i) shall not apply in cases in which existing reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) are incomplete. `(E) DENIAL OF PERMIT- If the Secretary decides not to issue a permit to drill under this paragraph, the Secretary shall-- `(i) provide to the applicant a description of the reasons for the denial of the permit; `(ii) allow the applicant to resubmit an application for a permit to drill during the 10-day period beginning on the date the applicant receives the description of the denial from the Secretary; and `(iii) issue or deny any resubmitted application not later than 10 days after the date the application is submitted to the Secretary. `(F) FEE- `(i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall collect a single $6,500 permit processing fee per application from each applicant at the time the final decision is made whether to issue a permit under subparagraph (A). `(ii) RESUBMITTED APPLICATION- The fee required under clause (i) shall not apply to any resubmitted application. `(iii) TREATMENT OF PERMIT PROCESSING FEE- Subject to appropriation, of all fees collected under this paragraph for each fiscal year, 50 percent shall be-- `(I) transferred to the field office at which the fees are collected; and `(II) used to process protests, leases, and permits under this Act.'. SEC. 4032. ADMINISTRATIVE PROTEST DOCUMENTATION REFORM. Section 17(p) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)) (as amended by section 4031) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(4) PROTEST FEE- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall collect a $5,000 documentation fee to accompany each administrative protest for a lease, right-of-way, or application for a permit to drill. `(B) TREATMENT OF FEES- Subject to appropriation, of all fees collected under this paragraph for each fiscal year, 50 percent shall-- `(i) remain in the field office at which the fees are collected; and `(ii) be used to process protests.'. SEC. 4033. IMPROVED FEDERAL ENERGY PERMIT COORDINATION. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) ENERGY PROJECT- The term `energy project' includes any oil, natural gas, coal, or other energy project, as defined by the Secretary. (2) PROJECT- The term `Project' means the Federal Permit Streamlining Project established under subsection (b). (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (b) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish a Federal Permit Streamlining Project in each Bureau of Land Management field office with responsibility for permitting energy projects on Federal land. (c) Memorandum of Understanding- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for purposes of carrying out this section with-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture; (B) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and (C) the Chief of Engineers. (2) STATE PARTICIPATION- The Secretary may request that the Governor of any State with energy projects on Federal land to be a signatory to the memorandum of understanding. (d) Designation of Qualified Staff- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 30 days after the date of the signing of the memorandum of understanding under subsection (c), each Federal signatory party shall, if appropriate, assign to each Bureau of Land Management field office an employee who has expertise in the regulatory issues relating to the office in which the employee is employed, including, as applicable, particular expertise in-- (A) the consultations and the preparation of biological opinions under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536); (B) permits under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344); (C) regulatory matters under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); (D) planning under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.); and (E) the preparation of analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (2) DUTIES- Each employee assigned under paragraph (1) shall-- (A) not later than 90 days after the date of assignment, report to the Bureau of Land Management Field Managers in the office to which the employee is assigned; (B) be responsible for all issues relating to the energy projects that arise under the authorities of the home agency of the employee; and (C) participate as part of the team of personnel working on proposed energy projects, planning, and environmental analyses on Federal land. (e) Additional Personnel- The Secretary shall assign to each Bureau of Land Management field office described in subsection (b) any additional personnel that are necessary to ensure the effective approval and implementation of energy projects administered by the Bureau of Land Management field office, including inspection and enforcement relating to energy development on Federal land, in accordance with the multiple use mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). (f) Funding- Funding for the additional personnel shall come from the Department of the Interior reforms under paragraph (2) of section 17(p) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)) (as amended by section 4031 and section 4032). (g) Savings Provision- Nothing in this section affects-- (1) the operation of any Federal or State law; or (2) any delegation of authority made by the head of a Federal agency any employee of which is participating in the Project. SEC. 4034. ADMINISTRATION. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not require a finding of extraordinary circumstances in administering section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15942). PART III--OIL SHALE SEC. 4041. EFFECTIVENESS OF OIL SHALE REGULATIONS, AMENDMENTS TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANS, AND RECORD OF DECISION. (a) Regulations- (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), the final regulations regarding oil shale management published by the Bureau of Land Management on November 18, 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 69414), shall be considered to satisfy all legal and procedural requirements under any law, including-- (A) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (C) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (2) IMPLEMENTATION- The Secretary of the Interior shall implement the regulations described in paragraph (1) (including the oil shale leasing program authorized by the regulations) without any other administrative action necessary. (b) Amendments to Resource Management Plans and Record of Decision- (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations) to the contrary, the Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources to Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement of the Bureau of Land Management, as in effect on November 17, 2008, shall be considered to satisfy all legal and procedural requirements under any law, including-- (A) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (B) the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and (C) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (2) IMPLEMENTATION- The Secretary of the Interior shall implement the oil shale leasing program authorized by the regulations described in paragraph (1) in those areas covered by the resource management plans covered by the amendments, and covered by the record of decision, described in paragraph (1) without any other administrative action necessary. SEC. 4042. OIL SHALE LEASING. (a) Additional Research and Development Lease Sales- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall hold a lease sale offering an additional 10 parcels for lease for research, development, and demonstration of oil shale resources, under the terms offered in the solicitation of bids for such leases published on January 15, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 2611). (b) Commercial Lease Sales- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than January 1, 2016, the Secretary of the Interior shall hold not less than 5 separate commercial lease sales in areas considered to have the most potential for oil shale development, as determined by the Secretary, in areas nominated through public comment. (2) ADMINISTRATION- Each lease sale shall be-- (A) for an area of not less than 25,000 acres; and (B) in multiple lease blocs. PART IV--NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA ACCESS SEC. 4051. SENSE OF CONGRESS AND REAFFIRMING NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA. It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska remains explicitly designated, both in name and legal status, for purposes of providing oil and natural gas resources to the United States; and (2) accordingly, the national policy is to actively advance oil and gas development within the Reserve by facilitating the expeditious exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas from and through the Reserve. SEC. 4052. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA: LEASE SALES. Section 107 of the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6506a) is amended by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following: `(a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the Reserve-- `(1) in accordance with this Act; and `(2) that shall include at least 1 lease sale annually in the areas of the Reserve most likely to produce commercial quantities of oil and natural gas for each of calendar years 2014 through 2023.'. SEC. 4053. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA: PLANNING AND PERMITTING PIPELINE AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, shall facilitate and ensure permits, in a timely and environmentally responsible manner, for all surface development activities, including for the construction of pipelines and roads, necessary-- (1) to develop and bring into production any areas within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska that are subject to oil and gas leases; and (2) to transport oil and gas from and through the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska in the most direct manner possible to existing transportation or processing infrastructure on the North Slope of Alaska. (b) Timeline- The Secretary shall ensure that any Federal permitting agency shall issue permits in accordance with the following timeline: (1) Permits for the construction described in subsection (a) for transportation of oil and natural gas produced under existing Federal oil and gas leases with respect to which the Secretary has issued a permit to drill shall be approved not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act. (2) Permits for the construction described in subsection (a) for transportation of oil and natural gas produced under Federal oil and gas leases shall be approved not later than 180 days after the date on which a request for a permit to drill is submitted to the Secretary. (c) Plan- To ensure timely future development of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit to Congress a plan for approved rights-of-way for a plan for pipeline, road, and any other surface infrastructure that may be necessary infrastructure that will ensure that all leasable tracts in the Reserve are within 25 miles of an approved road and pipeline right-of-way that can serve future development of the Reserve. SEC. 4054. ISSUANCE OF A NEW INTEGRATED ACTIVITY PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT. (a) Issuance of New Integrated Activity Plan- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue-- (1) a new proposed integrated activity plan from among the nonadopted alternatives in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Record of Decision issued by the Secretary of the Interior and dated February 21, 2013; and (2) an environmental impact statement under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)) for issuance of oil and gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to promote efficient and maximum development of oil and natural gas resources of the Reserve. (b) Nullification of Existing Record of Decision, IAP, and EIS- Except as provided in subsection (a), the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Record of Decision issued by the Secretary of the Interior and dated February 21, 2013, including the integrated activity plan and environmental impact statement referred to in that record of decision, shall have no force or effect. SEC. 4055. DEPARTMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT. The Secretary of the Interior shall promulgate regulations not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act that establish clear requirements to ensure that the Department of the Interior is supporting development of oil and gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. SEC. 4056. DEADLINES UNDER NEW PROPOSED INTEGRATED ACTIVITY PLAN. At a minimum, the new proposed integrated activity plan issued under section 4054(a)(1) shall-- (1) require the Department of the Interior to respond within 5 business days to a person who submits an application for a permit for development of oil and natural gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska acknowledging receipt of the application; and (2) establish a timeline for the processing of each application that-- (A) specifies deadlines for decisions and actions on permit applications; and (B) provides that the period for issuing a permit after the date on which the application is submitted shall not exceed 60 days without the concurrence of the applicant. SEC. 4057. UPDATED RESOURCE ASSESSMENT. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall complete a comprehensive assessment of all technically recoverable fossil fuel resources within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including all conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas. (b) Cooperation and Consultation- The assessment required by subsection (a) shall be carried out by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation and consultation with the State of Alaska and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. (c) Timing- The assessment required by subsection (a) shall be completed not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act. (d) Funding- In carrying out this section, the United States Geological Survey may cooperatively use resources and funds provided by the State of Alaska. PART V--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 4061. SANCTIONS. Nothing in this title authorizes the issuance of a lease under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) to any person designated for the imposition of sanctions pursuant to-- (1) the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 2151 note; Public Law 108-175); (2) the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestiture Act of 2010 (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.); (3) section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8513a); (4) the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.); (5) the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.); (6) the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; Public Law 104-172); (7) Executive Order 13224 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to blocking property and prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism); (8) Executive Order 13338 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria); (9) Executive Order 13622 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to authorizing additional sanctions with respect to Iran); (10) Executive Order 13628 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to authorizing additional sanctions with respect to Iran); or (11) Executive Order 13645 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to authorizing additional sanctions with respect to Iran). SEC. 4062. INTERNET-BASED ONSHORE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES. (a) Authorization- Section 17(b)(1) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(b)(1)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), in the third sentence, by inserting `, except as provided in subparagraph (C)' after `by oral bidding'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(C) Internet-Based Bidding- `(i) IN GENERAL- In order to diversify and expand the onshore leasing program of the United States to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process, the Secretary may conduct onshore lease sales through Internet-based bidding methods. `(ii) CONCLUSION- Each individual Internet-based lease sale shall conclude not later than 7 days after the date on which the sale begins.'. (b) Report- Not later than 90 days after the date on which the tenth Internet-based lease sale conducted under the amendment made by subsection (a) concludes, the Secretary of the Interior shall analyze the first 10 Internet-based lease sales and report to Congress the findings of the analysis, including-- (1) estimates on increases or decreases in Internet-based lease sales, compared to sales conducted by oral bidding, in-- (A) the number of bidders; (B) the average amount of bid; (C) the highest amount bid; and (D) the lowest bid; (2) an estimate on the total cost or savings to the Department of the Interior as a result of Internet-based lease sales, compared to sales conducted by oral bidding; and (3) an evaluation of the demonstrated or expected effectiveness of different structures for lease sales which may provide an opportunity to better-- (A) maximize bidder participation; (B) ensure the highest return to the Federal taxpayers; (C) minimize opportunities for fraud or collusion; and (D) ensure the security and integrity of the leasing process. PART VI--JUDICIAL REVIEW SEC. 4071. DEFINITIONS. In this part: (1) COVERED CIVIL ACTION- The term `covered civil action' means a civil action containing a claim under section 702 of title 5, United States Code, regarding agency action (as defined for the purposes of that section) affecting a covered energy project on Federal land. (2) COVERED ENERGY PROJECT- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `covered energy project' means-- (i) the leasing of Federal land for the exploration, development, production, processing, or transmission of oil, natural gas, wind, or any other source of energy; and (ii) any action under the lease. (B) EXCLUSION- The term `covered energy project' does not include any dispute between the parties to a lease regarding the obligations under the lease, including any alleged breach of the lease. SEC. 4072. EXCLUSIVE VENUE FOR CERTAIN CIVIL ACTIONS RELATING TO COVERED ENERGY PROJECTS. Venue for any covered civil action shall lie in the United States district court in which the covered energy project or lease exists or is proposed. SEC. 4073. TIMELY FILING. To ensure timely redress by the courts, a covered civil action shall be filed not later than the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the final Federal agency action to which the covered civil action relates. SEC. 4074. EXPEDITION IN HEARING AND DETERMINING THE ACTION. The court shall endeavor to hear and determine any covered civil action as expeditiously as practicable. SEC. 4075. LIMITATION ON INJUNCTION AND PROSPECTIVE RELIEF. (a) In General- In a covered civil action, a court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the court finds that the relief-- (1) is narrowly drawn; (2) extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement; and (3) is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation. (b) Duration- (1) IN GENERAL- A court shall limit the duration of preliminary injunctions to halt covered energy projects to not more than 60 days, unless the court finds clear reasons to extend the injunction. (2) ADMINISTRATION- In the case of an extension, the extension shall-- (A) only be in 30-day increments; and (B) require action by the court to renew the injunction. SEC. 4076. LIMITATION ON ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COURT COSTS. (a) In General- Sections 504 of title 5 and 2412 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Equal Access to Justice Act'), shall not apply to a covered civil action. (b) Court Costs- A party to a covered civil action shall not receive payment from the Federal Government for the attorneys' fees, expenses, or other court costs incurred by the party. SEC. 4077. LEGAL STANDING. A challenger that files an appeal with the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals shall meet the same standing requirements as a challenger before a United States district court. TITLE V--ADDITIONAL ONSHORE RESOURCESSubtitle A--Leasing Program for Land Within Coastal Plain SEC. 5001. FINDING. Congress finds that development of energy reserves under the Coastal Plain of Alaska, performed in an environmentally responsible manner, will contribute to job growth and economic development. SEC. 5002. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle: (1) COASTAL PLAIN- The term `Coastal Plain' means the area described in appendix I to part 37 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. (2) PEER REVIEWED- The term `peer reviewed' means reviewed-- (A) by individuals chosen by the National Academy of Sciences with no contractual relationship with, or those who have no application for a grant or other funding pending with, the Federal agency with leasing jurisdiction; or (B) if individuals described in subparagraph (A) are not available, by the top individuals in the specified biological fields, as determined by the National Academy of Sciences. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 5003. LEASING PROGRAM FOR LAND ON THE COASTAL PLAIN. (a) In General- The Secretary shall-- (1) establish and implement, in accordance with this subtitle and acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in consultation with the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain; and (2) administer the provisions of this subtitle through regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, stipulations, and other provisions that ensure the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities on the Coastal Plain do not result in any significant adverse effect on fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, or the environment, including, in furtherance of this goal, by requiring the application of the best commercially available technology for oil and gas exploration, development, and production to all exploration, development, and production operations under this subtitle in a manner that ensures the receipt of fair market value by the public for the mineral resources to be leased. (b) Repeal of Existing Restriction- (1) REPEAL- Section 1003 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3143) is repealed. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of contents contained in section 1 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 3101 note) is amended by striking the item relating to section 1003. (c) Compliance With Requirements Under Certain Other Laws- (1) COMPATIBILITY- For purposes of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.), the oil and gas leasing program and activities authorized by this section on the Coastal Plain are deemed to be compatible with the purposes for which the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established, and no further findings or decisions are required to implement this determination. (2) ADEQUACY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR'S LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT- The document of the Department of the Interior entitled `Final Legislative Environmental Impact Statement' and dated April 1987 relating to the Coastal Plain prepared pursuant to section 1002 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3142) and section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)) is deemed to satisfy the requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) that apply with respect to prelease activities under this subtitle, including actions authorized to be taken by the Secretary to develop and promulgate regulations for the establishment of a leasing program authorized by this subtitle before the conduct of the first lease sale. (3) COMPLIANCE WITH NEPA FOR OTHER ACTIONS- (A) IN GENERAL- Prior to conducting the first lease sale under this subtitle, the Secretary shall prepare an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to the actions authorized by this subtitle not covered by paragraph (2). (B) NONLEASING ALTERNATIVES NOT REQUIRED- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in preparing the environmental impact statement under subparagraph (A), the Secretary-- (i) shall-- (I) only identify a preferred action for leasing and a single leasing alternative; and (II) analyze the environmental effects and potential mitigation measures for those 2 alternatives; and (ii) is not required-- (I) to identify nonleasing alternative courses of action; or (II) to analyze the environmental effects of nonleasing alternative courses of action. (C) DEADLINE- The identification under subparagraph (B)(i)(I) for the first lease sale conducted under this subtitle shall be completed not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act. (D) PUBLIC COMMENT- The Secretary shall only consider public comments that-- (i) specifically address the preferred action of the Secretary; and (ii) are filed not later than 20 days after the date on which the environmental analysis is published. (E) COMPLIANCE- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, compliance with this paragraph is deemed to satisfy all requirements for the analysis and consideration of the environmental effects of proposed leasing under this subtitle. (d) Relationship to State and Local Authority- Nothing in this subtitle expands or limits State or local regulatory authority. (e) Special Areas- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, after consultation with the State of Alaska, the city of Kaktovik and the North Slope Borough of the State of Alaska, may designate not more than 45,000 acres of the Coastal Plain as a `Special Area' if the Secretary determines that the area is of such unique character and interest so as to require special management and regulatory protection. (2) SADLEROCHIT SPRING AREA- The Secretary shall designate the Sadlerochit Spring area, consisting of approximately 4,000 acres, as a Special Area. (3) MANAGEMENT- Each Special Area shall be managed to protect and preserve the unique and diverse character of the area, including the fish, wildlife, and subsistence resource values of the area. (4) EXCLUSION FROM LEASING OR SURFACE OCCUPANCY- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may exclude any Special Area from leasing. (B) NO SURFACE OCCUPANCY- If the Secretary leases a Special Area, or any part of a Special Area, for oil and gas exploration, development, production, or related activities, there shall be no surface occupancy of the land comprising the Special Area. (5) DIRECTIONAL DRILLING- Notwithstanding the other provisions of this subsection, the Secretary may lease all or a portion of a Special Area under terms that permit the use of horizontal drilling technology from sites on leases tracts located outside the Special Area. (f) Limitation on Closed Areas- The authority of the Secretary to close land on the Coastal Plain to oil and gas leasing, exploration, development, or production shall be limited to the authority provided under this subtitle. (g) Regulations- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 15 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations necessary to carry out this subtitle, including regulations relating to protection of fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, and environment of the Coastal Plain. (2) REVISION OF REGULATIONS- The Secretary shall, through a rulemaking conducted in accordance with section 553 of title 5, United States Code, periodically review and, if appropriate, revise the regulations promulgated under paragraph (1) to reflect a preponderance of the best available scientific evidence that has been peer reviewed and obtained by following appropriate, documented scientific procedures, the results of which can be repeated using those same procedures. SEC. 5004. LEASE SALES. (a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this subtitle, the Secretary may lease land under this subtitle to any person qualified to obtain a lease for deposits of oil and gas under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.). (b) Procedures- The Secretary shall, by regulation and not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, establish procedures for-- (1) receipt and consideration of sealed nominations for any area of the Coastal Plain for inclusion in, or exclusion from, a lease sale; (2) the holding of lease sales after the nomination process; and (3) public notice of and comment on designation of areas to be included in, or excluded from, a lease sale. (c) Lease Sale Bids- Lease sales under this subtitle may be conducted through an Internet leasing program, if the Secretary determines that the Internet leasing program will result in savings to the taxpayer, an increase in the number of bidders participating, and higher returns than oral bidding or a sealed bidding system. (d) Sale Acreages and Schedule- The Secretary shall-- (1) offer for lease under this subtitle-- (A) those tracts the Secretary considers to have the greatest potential for the discovery of hydrocarbons, taking into consideration nominations received under subsection (b)(1); and (B)(i) not fewer than 50,000 acres by not later than 22 months after the date of the enactment of this Act; and (ii) not fewer than an additional 50,000 acres at 6-, 12-, and 18-month intervals following the initial offering under subclause (i); (2) conduct 4 additional lease sales under the same terms and schedule as the last lease sale under paragraph (1)(B)(ii) not later than 2 years after the date of that sale, if sufficient interest in leasing exists to warrant, in the judgment of the Secretary, the conduct of the sales; and (3) evaluate the bids in each lease sale under this subsection and issue leases resulting from the sales not later than 90 days after the date on which the sale is completed. SEC. 5005. GRANT OF LEASES BY THE SECRETARY. (a) In General- The Secretary may grant to the highest responsible qualified bidder in a lease sale conducted under section 5004 any land to be leased on the Coastal Plain upon payment by the bidder of any bonus as may be accepted by the Secretary. (b) Subsequent Transfers- No lease issued under this subtitle may be sold, exchanged, assigned, sublet, or otherwise transferred except with the approval of the Secretary after the Secretary consults with, and gives due consideration to the views of, the Attorney General. SEC. 5006. LEASE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. An oil or gas lease issued under this subtitle shall-- (1) provide for the payment of a royalty of not less than 12.5 percent in amount or value of the production removed or sold under the lease, as determined by the Secretary under the regulations applicable to other Federal oil and gas leases; (2) provide that the Secretary may close, on a seasonal basis, portions of the Coastal Plain to exploratory drilling activities as necessary to protect caribou calving areas and other species of fish and wildlife based on a preponderance of the best available scientific evidence that has been peer reviewed and obtained by following appropriate, documented scientific procedures, the results of which can be repeated using those same procedures; (3) require that the lessee of land on the Coastal Plain shall be fully responsible and liable for the reclamation of land on the Coastal Plain and any other Federal land that is adversely affected in connection with exploration, development, production, or transportation activities conducted under the lease and on the Coastal Plain by the lessee or by any of the subcontractors or agents of the lessee; (4) provide that the lessee may not delegate or convey, by contract or otherwise, the reclamation responsibility and liability to another person without the express written approval of the Secretary; (5) provide that the standard of reclamation for land required to be reclaimed under this subtitle shall be, as nearly as practicable, a condition capable of supporting the uses which the land was capable of supporting prior to any exploration, development, or production activities, or upon application by the lessee, to a higher or better use as certified by the Secretary; (6) contain terms and conditions relating to protection of fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, and the environment as required under section 5003(a)(2); (7) provide that the lessee, agents of the lessee, and contractors of the lessee use best efforts to provide a fair share, as determined by the level of obligation previously agreed to in the 1974 agreement implementing section 29 of the Federal Agreement and Grant of Right-of-Way for the Operation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, of employment and contracting for Alaska Natives and Alaska Native corporations from throughout the State; and (8) contain such other provisions as the Secretary determines necessary to ensure compliance with this subtitle and the regulations issued pursuant to this subtitle. SEC. 5007. COASTAL PLAIN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. (a) No Significant Adverse Effect Standard To Govern Authorized Coastal Plain Activities- The Secretary shall, consistent with the requirements of section 5003, administer this subtitle through regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, stipulations, and other provisions that-- (1) ensure the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities on the Coastal Plain shall not result in any significant adverse effect on fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, or the environment; (2) require the application of the best commercially available technology for oil and gas exploration, development, and production on all new exploration, development, and production operations; and (3) ensure that the maximum amount of surface acreage covered by production and support facilities, including airstrips and any areas covered by gravel berms or piers for support of pipelines, does not exceed 10,000 acres on the Coastal Plain for each 100,000 acres of area leased. (b) Site-Specific Assessment and Mitigation- With respect to any proposed drilling and related activities, the Secretary shall require that-- (1) a site-specific analysis be made of the probable effects, if any, that the drilling or related activities will have on fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, and the environment; (2) a plan be implemented to avoid, minimize, and mitigate (in that order and to the extent practicable) any significant adverse effect identified under paragraph (1); and (3) the development of the plan shall occur after consultation with the agency or agencies having jurisdiction over matters mitigated by the plan. (c) Regulations To Protect Coastal Plain Fish and Wildlife Resources, Subsistence Users, and the Environment- Prior to implementing the leasing program authorized by this subtitle, the Secretary shall prepare and promulgate regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, stipulations, and other measures designed to ensure that the activities undertaken on the Coastal Plain under this subtitle are conducted in a manner consistent with the purposes and environmental requirements of this subtitle. (d) Compliance With Federal and State Environmental Laws and Other Requirements- The proposed regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, and stipulations for the leasing program under this subtitle shall require compliance with all applicable provisions of Federal and State environmental law and compliance with the following: (1) Standards at least as effective as the safety and environmental mitigation measures set forth in items 1 through 29 at pages 167 through 169 of the document of the Department of the Interior entitled `Final Legislative Environmental Impact Statement' and dated April 1987 relating to the Coastal Plain. (2) Seasonal limitations on exploration, development, and related activities, where necessary, to avoid significant adverse effects during periods of concentrated fish and wildlife breeding, denning, nesting, spawning, and migration based on a preponderance of the best available scientific evidence that has been peer reviewed and obtained by following appropriate, documented scientific procedures, the results of which can be repeated using those same procedures. (3) That exploration activities, except for surface geological studies-- (A) be limited to the period between approximately November 1 and May 1 each year; and (B) be supported, if necessary, by ice roads, winter trails with adequate snow cover, ice pads, ice airstrips, and air transport methods, except that exploration activities may occur at other times if the Secretary finds that the exploration will have no significant adverse effect on the fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, and the environment of the Coastal Plain. (4) Design safety and construction standards for all pipelines and any access and service roads, that minimize, to the maximum extent practicable, adverse effects on-- (A) the passage of migratory species such as caribou; and (B) the flow of surface water by requiring the use of culverts, bridges, and other structural devices. (5) Prohibitions on general public access and use on all pipeline access and service roads. (6) Stringent reclamation and rehabilitation requirements, consistent with the standards set forth in this subtitle, requiring the removal from the Coastal Plain of all oil and gas development and production facilities, structures, and equipment upon completion of oil and gas production operations, except that the Secretary may exempt from the requirements of this paragraph those facilities, structures, or equipment that the Secretary determines would assist in the management of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and that are donated to the United States for that purpose. (7) Appropriate prohibitions or restrictions on access by all modes of transportation. (8) Appropriate prohibitions or restrictions on sand and gravel extraction. (9) Consolidation of facility siting. (10) Appropriate prohibitions or restrictions on the use of explosives. (11) Avoidance, to the extent practicable, of springs, streams, and river systems, the protection of natural surface drainage patterns, wetlands, and riparian habitats, and the regulation of methods or techniques for developing or transporting adequate supplies of water for exploratory drilling. (12) Avoidance or minimization of air traffic-related disturbance to fish and wildlife. (13) Treatment and disposal of hazardous and toxic wastes, solid wastes, reserve pit fluids, drilling muds and cuttings, and domestic wastewater, including an annual waste management report, a hazardous materials tracking system, and a prohibition on chlorinated solvents, in accordance with applicable Federal and State environmental law (including regulations). (14) Fuel storage and oil spill contingency planning. (15) Research, monitoring, and reporting requirements. (16) Field crew environmental briefings. (17) Avoidance of significant adverse effects upon subsistence hunting, fishing, and trapping by subsistence users. (18) Compliance with applicable air and water quality standards. (19) Appropriate seasonal and safety zone designations around well sites, within which subsistence hunting and trapping shall be limited. (20) Reasonable stipulations for protection of cultural and archeological resources. (21) All other protective environmental stipulations, restrictions, terms, and conditions determined necessary by the Secretary. (e) Considerations- In preparing and promulgating regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, and stipulations under this section, the Secretary shall consider-- (1) the stipulations and conditions that govern the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska leasing program, as set forth in the 1999 Northeast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Final Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement; (2) the environmental protection standards that governed the initial Coastal Plain seismic exploration program under parts 37.31 to 37.33 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations; and (3) the land use stipulations for exploratory drilling on the KIC-ASRC private land that are set forth in appendix 2 of the August 9, 1983, agreement between Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the United States. (f) Facility Consolidation Planning- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall, after providing for public notice and comment, prepare and update periodically a plan to govern, guide, and direct the siting and construction of facilities for the exploration, development, production, and transportation of Coastal Plain oil and gas resources. (2) OBJECTIVES- The plan shall have the following objectives: (A) Avoiding unnecessary duplication of facilities and activities. (B) Encouraging consolidation of common facilities and activities. (C) Locating or confining facilities and activities to areas that will minimize impact on fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, and the environment. (D) Using existing facilities wherever practicable. (E) Enhancing compatibility between wildlife values and development activities. (g) Access to Public Land- The Secretary shall-- (1) manage public land in the Coastal Plain subject to section 811 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3121); and (2) ensure that local residents shall have reasonable access to public land in the Coastal Plain for traditional uses. SEC. 5008. EXPEDITED JUDICIAL REVIEW. (a) Filing of Complaint- (1) DEADLINE- Subject to paragraph (2), any complaint seeking judicial review of-- (A) any provision of this subtitle shall be filed by not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act; or (B) any action of the Secretary under this subtitle shall be filed-- (i) except as provided in clause (ii), during the 90-day period beginning on the date on which the action is challenged; or (ii) in the case of a complaint based solely on grounds arising after the period described in clause (i), not later than 90 days after the date on which the complainant knew or reasonably should have known of the grounds for the complaint. (2) VENUE- Any complaint seeking judicial review of any provision of this subtitle or any action of the Secretary under this subtitle may be filed only in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. (3) LIMITATION ON SCOPE OF CERTAIN REVIEW- (A) IN GENERAL- Judicial review of a decision by the Secretary to conduct a lease sale under this subtitle, including an environmental analysis, shall be-- (i) limited to whether the Secretary has complied with this subtitle; and (ii) based on the administrative record of that decision. (B) PRESUMPTION- The identification by the Secretary of a preferred course of action to enable leasing to proceed and the analysis by the Secretary of environmental effects under this subtitle is presumed to be correct unless shown otherwise by clear and convincing evidence. (b) Limitation on Other Review- Actions of the Secretary with respect to which review could have been obtained under this section shall not be subject to judicial review in any civil or criminal proceeding for enforcement. (c) Limitation on Attorneys' Fees and Court Costs- (1) IN GENERAL- Sections 504 of title 5 and 2412 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Equal Access to Justice Act'), shall not apply to any action under this subtitle. (2) COURT COSTS- A party to any action under this subtitle shall not receive payment from the Federal Government for the attorneys' fees, expenses, or other court costs incurred by the party. SEC. 5009. TREATMENT OF REVENUES. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 90 percent of the amount of bonus, rental, and royalty revenues from Federal oil and gas leasing and operations authorized under this subtitle shall be deposited in the Treasury. SEC. 5010. RIGHTS-OF-WAY ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAIN. (a) In General- The Secretary shall issue rights-of-way and easements across the Coastal Plain for the transportation of oil and gas produced under leases under this subtitle-- (1) except as provided in paragraph (2), under section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185), without regard to title XI of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3161 et seq.); and (2) under title XI of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (30 U.S.C. 3161 et seq.), for access authorized by sections 1110 and 1111 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 3170, 3171). (b) Terms and Conditions- The Secretary shall include in any right-of-way or easement issued under subsection (a) such terms and conditions as may be necessary to ensure that transportation of oil and gas does not result in a significant adverse effect on the fish and wildlife, the habitat of fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, or the environment of the Coastal Plain, including requirements that facilities be sited or designed so as to avoid unnecessary duplication of roads and pipelines. (c) Regulations- The Secretary shall include in regulations promulgated under section 5003(g) provisions granting rights-of-way and easements described in subsection (a). SEC. 5011. CONVEYANCE. In order to maximize Federal revenues by removing clouds on titles to land and clarifying land ownership patterns on the Coastal Plain, and notwithstanding section 1302(h)(2) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3192(h)(2)), the Secretary shall convey-- (1) to the Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation, the surface estate of the land described in paragraph 1 of Public Land Order 6959, to the extent necessary to fulfill the entitlement of the Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation under sections 12 and 14 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1611, 1613) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Agreement between the Department of the Interior, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation dated January 22, 1993; and (2) to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation the remaining subsurface estate to which the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is entitled pursuant to the August 9, 1983, agreement between the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the United States of America. Subtitle B--Native American Energy SEC. 5021. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Federal Government has unreasonably interfered with the efforts of Indian tribes to develop energy resources on tribal land; and (2) Indian tribes should have the opportunity to gain the benefits of the jobs, investment, and economic development to be gained from energy development. SEC. 5022. APPRAISALS. (a) Amendment- Title XXVI of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (25 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 2607. APPRAISAL REFORMS. `(a) Options to Indian Tribes- With respect to a transaction involving Indian land or the trust assets of an Indian tribe that requires the approval of the Secretary, any appraisal or other estimates of value relating to fair market value required to be conducted under applicable law, regulation, or policy may be completed by-- `(1) the Secretary; `(2) the affected Indian tribe; or `(3) a certified, third-party appraiser pursuant to a contract with the Indian tribe. `(b) Time Limit on Secretarial Review and Action- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary receives an appraisal conducted by or for an Indian tribe pursuant to paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- `(1) review the appraisal; and `(2) provide to the Indian tribe a written notice of approval or disapproval of the appraisal. `(c) Failure of Secretary To Approve or Disapprove- If the Secretary has failed to approve or disapprove any appraisal by the date that is 60 days after the date on which the appraisal is received, the appraisal shall be deemed approved. `(d) Option of Indian Tribes To Waive Appraisal- An Indian tribe may waive the requirements of subsection (a) if the Indian tribe provides to the Secretary a written resolution, statement, or other unambiguous indication of tribal intent to waive the requirements that-- `(1) is duly approved by the governing body of the Indian tribe; and `(2) includes an express waiver by the Indian tribe of any claims for damages the Indian tribe might have against the United States as a result of the waiver. `(e) Regulations- The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to implement this section, including standards the Secretary shall use for approving or disapproving an appraisal under subsection (b).'. (b) Conforming Amendment- The table of contents of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13201 note) is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to title XXVI the following: `Sec. 2607. Appraisal reforms.'. SEC. 5023. STANDARDIZATION. As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall implement procedures to ensure that each agency within the Department of the Interior that is involved in the review, approval, and oversight of oil and gas activities on Indian land shall use a uniform system of reference numbers and tracking systems for oil and gas wells. SEC. 5024. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS OF MAJOR FEDERAL ACTIONS ON INDIAN LAND. Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) is amended-- (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting `(a) In General- ' before `The Congress authorizes'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(b) Review of Major Federal Actions on Indian Land- `(1) DEFINITIONS OF INDIAN LAND AND INDIAN TRIBE- In this subsection, the terms `Indian land' and `Indian tribe' have the meaning given those terms in section 2601 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (25 U.S.C. 3501). `(2) IN GENERAL- For any major Federal action on Indian land of an Indian tribe requiring the preparation of a statement under subsection (a)(2)(C), the statement shall only be available for review and comment by-- `(A) the members of the Indian tribe; and `(B) any other individual residing within the affected area. `(3) REGULATIONS- The Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, in consultation with Indian tribes, shall develop regulations to implement this section, including descriptions of affected areas for specific major Federal actions.'. SEC. 5025. JUDICIAL REVIEW. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) AGENCY ACTION- The term `agency action' has the meaning given the term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code. (2) ENERGY RELATED ACTION- The term `energy-related action' means a civil action that-- (A) is filed on or after the date of enactment of this Act; and (B) seeks judicial review of a final agency action relating to the issuance of a permit, license, or other form of agency permission allowing-- (i) any person or entity to conduct on Indian Land activities involving the exploration, development, production, or transportation of oil, gas, coal, shale gas, oil shale, geothermal resources, wind or solar resources, underground coal gasification, biomass, or the generation of electricity; or (ii) any Indian Tribe, or any organization of 2 or more entities, not less than 1 of which is an Indian tribe, to conduct activities involving the exploration, development, production, or transportation of oil, gas, coal, shale gas, oil shale, geothermal resources, wind or solar resources, underground coal gasification, biomass, or the generation of electricity, regardless of where such activities are undertaken. (3) INDIAN LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `Indian land' has the meaning given the term in section 2601 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (25 U.S.C. 3501). (B) INCLUSION- The term `Indian land' includes land owned by a Native Corporation (as that term is defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602)) under that Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.). (4) ULTIMATELY PREVAIL- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `ultimately prevail' means, in a final enforceable judgment that the court rules in the party's favor on at least 1 civil claim that is an underlying rationale for the preliminary injunction, administrative stay, or other relief requested by the party. (B) EXCLUSION- The term `ultimately prevail' does not include circumstances in which the final agency action is modified or amended by the issuing agency unless the modification or amendment is required pursuant to a final enforceable judgment of the court or a court-ordered consent decree. (b) Time for Filing Complaint- (1) IN GENERAL- Any energy related action shall be filed not later than the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the action or decision by a Federal official that constitutes the covered energy project concerned. (2) PROHIBITION- Any energy related action that is not filed within the time period described in paragraph (1) shall be barred. (c) District Court Venue and Deadline- An energy related action-- (1) may only be brought in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; and (2) shall be resolved as expeditiously as possible, and in any event not more than 180 days after the energy related action is filed. (d) Appellate Review- An interlocutory order or final judgment, decree or order of the district court in an energy related action-- (1) may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and (2) if the court described in paragraph (1) undertakes the review, the court shall resolve the review as expeditiously as possible, and in any event by not later than 180 days after the interlocutory order or final judgment, decree or order of the district court was issued. (e) Limitation on Certain Payments- Notwithstanding section 1304 of title 31, United States Code, no award may be made under section 504 of title 5, United States Code, or under section 2412 of title 28, United States Code, and no amounts may be obligated or expended from the Claims and Judgment Fund of the United States Treasury to pay any fees or other expenses under such sections, to any person or party in an energy related action. (f) Limitation on Attorneys' Fees and Court Costs- (1) IN GENERAL- Sections 504 of title 5 and 2412 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the `Equal Access to Justice Act'), shall not apply to an energy related action. (2) COURT COSTS- A party to a covered civil action shall not receive payment from the Federal Government for the attorneys' fees, expenses, or other court costs incurred by the party. SEC. 5026. TRIBAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANS. Unless otherwise explicitly exempted by Federal law enacted after the date of enactment of this Act, any activity conducted or resources harvested or produced pursuant to a tribal resource management plan or an integrated resource management plan approved by the Secretary of the Interior under the National Indian Forest Resources Management Act (25 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) or the American Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act (25 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.), shall be considered a sustainable management practice for purposes of any Federal standard, benefit, or requirement that requires a demonstration of such sustainability. SEC. 5027. LEASES OF RESTRICTED LANDS FOR THE NAVAJO NATION. Subsection (e)(1) of the first section of the Act of August 9, 1955 (25 U.S.C. 415) (commonly known as the `Long-Term Leasing Act'), is amended-- (1) by striking `, except a lease for' and inserting `, including leases for'; (2) in subparagraph (A), by striking `25 years, except' and all that follows through `; and' and inserting `99 years;'; (3) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period and inserting `; and'; and (4) by adding at the end the following: `(C) in the case of a lease for the exploration, development, or extraction of mineral resources, including geothermal resources, 25 years, except that the lease may include an option to renew for 1 additional term not to exceed 25 years.'. SEC. 5028. NONAPPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN RULES. No rule promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior regarding hydraulic fracturing used in the development or production of oil or gas resources shall affect any land held in trust or restricted status for the benefit of Indians except with the express consent of the beneficiary on behalf of which the land is held in trust or restricted status. Subtitle C--Additional Regulatory Provisions PART I--STATE AUTHORITY OVER HYDRAULIC FRACTURING SEC. 5031. FINDING. Congress finds that given variations in geology, land use, and population, the States are best placed to regulate the process of hydraulic fracturing occurring on any land within the boundaries of the individual State. SEC. 5032. STATE AUTHORITY. (a) Definition of Federal Land- In this section, the term `Federal land' means-- (1) public lands (as defined in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702)); (2) National Forest System land; (3) land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation; and (4) land under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers. (b) State Authority- (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a State shall have the sole authority to promulgate or enforce any regulation, guidance, or permit requirement regarding the treatment of a well by the application of fluids under pressure to which propping agents may be added for the expressly designed purpose of initiating or propagating fractures in a target geologic formation in order to enhance production of oil, natural gas, or geothermal production activities on or under any land within the boundaries of the State. (2) FEDERAL LAND- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the treatment of a well by the application of fluids under pressure to which propping agents may be added for the expressly designed purpose of initiating or propagating fractures in a target geologic formation in order to enhance production of oil, natural gas, or geothermal production activities on Federal land shall be subject to the law of the State in which the land is located. PART II--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 5041. ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL FEES. Section 504 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: `(g) Environmental Legal Fees- Notwithstanding section 1304 of title 31, no award may be made under this section and no amounts may be obligated or expended from the Claims and Judgment Fund of the Treasury to pay any legal fees of a nongovernmental organization related to an action that (with respect to the United States)-- `(1) prevents, terminates, or reduces access to or the production of-- `(A) energy; `(B) a mineral resource; `(C) water by agricultural producers; `(D) a resource by commercial or recreational fishermen; or `(E) grazing or timber production on Federal land; `(2) diminishes the private property value of a property owner; or `(3) eliminates or prevents 1 or more jobs.'. SEC. 5042. MASTER LEASING PLANS. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, shall not establish a master leasing plan as part of any guidance issued by the Secretary. (b) Existing Master Leasing Plans- Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-117 and any other master leasing plan described in subsection (a) issued on or before the date of enactment of this Act shall have no force or effect. TITLE VI--IMPROVING AMERICA'S DOMESTIC REFINING CAPACITYSubtitle A--Refinery Permitting Reform SEC. 6001. FINDING. Congress finds that the domestic refining industry is an important source of jobs and economic growth and whose growth should not be limited by an excessively drawn out permitting and approval process. SEC. 6002. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle: (1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term `Administrator' means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (2) EXPANSION- The term `expansion' means a physical change that results in an increase in the capacity of a refinery. (3) INDIAN TRIBE- The term `Indian tribe' has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b). (4) PERMIT- The term `permit' means any permit, license, approval, variance, or other form of authorization that a refiner is required to obtain-- (A) under any Federal law; or (B) from a State or tribal government agency delegated authority by the Federal Government, or authorized under Federal law, to issue permits. (5) REFINER- The term `refiner' means a person that-- (A) owns or operates a refinery; or (B) seeks to become an owner or operator of a refinery. (6) REFINERY- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `refinery' means-- (i) a facility at which crude oil is refined into transportation fuel or other petroleum products; and (ii) a coal liquification or coal-to-liquid facility at which coal is processed into synthetic crude oil or any other fuel. (B) INCLUSION- The term `refinery' includes an expansion of a refinery. (7) REFINERY PERMITTING AGREEMENT- The term `refinery permitting agreement' means an agreement entered into between the Administrator and a State or Indian tribe under subsection (c). (8) STATE- The term `State' means-- (A) a State; and (B) the District of Columbia. SEC. 6003. STREAMLINING OF REFINERY PERMITTING PROCESS. (a) In General- At the request of the Governor of a State or the governing body of an Indian tribe, the Administrator shall enter into a refinery permitting agreement with the State or Indian tribe under which the process for obtaining all permits necessary for the construction and operation of a refinery shall be streamlined using a systematic, interdisciplinary multimedia approach, as provided in this section. (b) Authority of Administrator- Under a refinery permitting agreement, the Administrator shall have the authority, as applicable and necessary-- (1) to accept from a refiner a consolidated application for all permits that the refiner is required to obtain to construct and operate a refinery; (2) in consultation and cooperation with each Federal, State, or tribal government agency that is required to make any determination to authorize the issuance of a permit, to establish a schedule under which each agency shall-- (A) concurrently consider, to the maximum extent practicable, each determination to be made; and (B) complete each step in the permitting process; and (3) to issue a consolidated permit that combines all permits issued under the schedule established under paragraph (2). (c) Refinery Permitting Agreements- Under a refinery permitting agreement, a State or governing body of an Indian tribe shall agree that-- (1) the Administrator shall have each of the authorities described in subsection (b); and (2) the State or tribal government agency shall-- (A) in accordance with State law, make such structural and operational changes in the agencies as are necessary to enable the agencies to carry out consolidated, project-wide permit reviews concurrently and in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal agencies; and (B) comply, to the maximum extent practicable, with the applicable schedule established under subsection (b)(2). (d) Deadlines- (1) NEW REFINERIES- In the case of a consolidated permit for the construction of a new refinery, the Administrator and the State or governing body of an Indian tribe shall approve or disapprove the consolidated permit not later than-- (A) 365 days after the date of receipt of an administratively complete application for the consolidated permit; or (B) on agreement of the applicant, the Administrator, and the State or governing body of the Indian tribe, 90 days after the expiration of the deadline described in subparagraph (A). (2) EXPANSION OF EXISTING REFINERIES- In the case of a consolidated permit for the expansion of an existing refinery, the Administrator and the State or governing body of an Indian tribe shall approve or disapprove the consolidated permit not later than-- (A) 120 days after the date of receipt of an administratively complete application for the consolidated permit; or (B) on agreement of the applicant, the Administrator, and the State or governing body of the Indian tribe, 30 days after the expiration of the deadline described in subparagraph (A). (e) Federal Agencies- Each Federal agency that is required to make any determination to authorize the issuance of a permit shall comply with the applicable schedule established under subsection (b)(2). (f) Judicial Review- Any civil action for review of a permit determination under a refinery permitting agreement shall be brought exclusively in the United States district court for the district in which the refinery is located or proposed to be located. (g) Efficient Permit Review- In order to reduce the duplication of procedures, the Administrator shall use State permitting and monitoring procedures to satisfy substantially equivalent Federal requirements under this subtitle. (h) Severability- If 1 or more permits that are required for the construction or operation of a refinery are not approved on or before an applicable deadline under subsection (d), the Administrator may issue a consolidated permit that combines all other permits that the refiner is required to obtain, other than any permits that are not approved. (i) Consultation With Local Governments- The Administrator, States, and tribal governments shall consult, to the maximum extent practicable, with local governments in carrying out this section. (j) Effect of Section- Nothing in this section affects-- (1) the operation or implementation of any otherwise applicable law regarding permits necessary for the construction and operation of a refinery; (2) the authority of any unit of local government with respect to the issuance of permits; or (3) any requirement or ordinance of a local government (such as a zoning regulation). Subtitle B--Repeal of Renewable Fuel Standard SEC. 6011. FINDINGS. Congress finds that the mandates under the renewable fuel standard contained in section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o))-- (1) impose significant costs on American citizens and the American economy, without offering any benefit; and (2) should be repealed. SEC. 6012. PHASE OUT OF RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD. (a) In General- Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (2)-- (A) in subparagraph (A)-- (i) by striking clause (ii); and (ii) by redesignating clauses (iii) and (iv) as clauses (ii) and (iii), respectively; and (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking clauses (ii) through (v) and inserting the following: `(ii) CALENDAR YEARS 2014 THROUGH 2018- Notwithstanding clause (i), for purposes of subparagraph (A), the applicable volumes of renewable fuel for each of calendar years 2014 through 2018 shall be determined as follows: `(I) For calendar year 2014, in accordance with the table entitled `I-2--Proposed 2014 Volume Requirements' of the proposed rule published at pages 71732 through 71784 of volume 78 of the Federal Register (November 29, 2013). `(II) For calendar year 2015, the applicable volumes established under subclause (I), reduced by 20 percent. `(III) For calendar year 2016, the applicable volumes established under subclause (I), reduced by 40 percent. `(IV) For calendar year 2017, the applicable volumes established under subclause (I), reduced by 60 percent. `(V) For calendar year 2018, the applicable volumes established under subclause (I), reduced by 80 percent.'; (2) in paragraph (3)-- (A) by striking `2021' and inserting `2017' each place it appears; and (B) in subparagraph (B)(i), by inserting `, subject to the condition that the renewable fuel obligation determined for a calendar year is not more than the applicable volumes established under paragraph (2)(B)(ii)' before the period; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(13) SUNSET- The program established under this subsection shall terminate on December 31, 2018.'. (b) Regulations- Effective beginning on January 1, 2019, the regulations contained in subparts K and M of part 80 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on that date of enactment), shall have no force or effect. TITLE VII--STOPPING EPA OVERREACH SEC. 7001. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Environmental Protection Agency has exceeded its statutory authority by promulgating regulations that were not contemplated by Congress in the authorizing language of the statutes enacted by Congress; (2) no Federal agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under current law; and (3) no attempt to regulate greenhouse gases should be undertaken without further Congressional action. SEC. 7002. CLARIFICATION OF FEDERAL REGULATORY AUTHORITY TO EXCLUDE GREENHOUSE GASES FROM REGULATION UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT. (a) Repeal of Federal Climate Change Regulation- (1) GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATION UNDER CLEAN AIR ACT- Section 302(g) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7602(g)) is amended-- (A) by striking `(g) The term' and inserting the following: `(g) Air Pollutant- `(1) IN GENERAL- The term'; and (B) by adding at the end the following: `(2) EXCLUSION- The term `air pollutant' does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.'. (2) NO REGULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing in any of the following Acts or any other law authorizes or requires the regulation of climate change or global warming: (A) The Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.). (B) The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.). (C) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (D) The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). (E) The Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.). (b) Effect on Proposed Rules of the EPA- In accordance with this section, the following proposed or contemplated rules (or any similar or successor rules) of the Environmental Protection Agency shall be void and have no force or effect: (1) The proposed rule entitled `Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' (published at 79 Fed. Reg. 1430 (January 8, 2014)). (2) The contemplated rules on carbon pollution for existing power plants. (3) Any other contemplated or proposed rules proposed to be issued pursuant to the purported authority described in subsection (a)(2). SEC. 7003. JOBS ANALYSIS FOR ALL EPA REGULATIONS. (a) In General- Before proposing or finalizing any regulation, rule, or policy, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall provide an analysis of the regulation, rule, or policy and describe the direct and indirect net and gross impact of the regulation, rule, or policy on employment in the United States. (b) Limitation- No regulation, rule, or policy described in subsection (a) shall take effect if the regulation, rule, or policy has a negative impact on employment in the United States unless the regulation, rule, or policy is approved by Congress and signed by the President. TITLE VIII--DEBT FREEDOM FUND SEC. 8001. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the national debt being over $17,000,000,000,000 in 2014-- (A) threatens the current and future prosperity of the United States; (B) undermines the national security interests of the United States; and (C) imposes a burden on future generations of United States citizens; and (2) revenue generated from the development of the natural resources in the United States should be used to reduce the national debt. SEC. 8002. DEBT FREEDOM FUND. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in accordance with all revenue sharing arrangement with States in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, an amount equal to the additional amount of Federal funds generated by the programs and activities under this Act (and the amendments made by this Act)-- (1) shall be deposited in a special trust fund account in the Treasury, to be known as the `Debt Freedom Fund'; and (2) shall not be withdrawn for any purpose other than to pay down the national debt of the United States, for which purpose payments shall be made expeditiously.