H.R. 2877 (103rd): Federal Coal Equity Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Aug 05, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2877 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2877

To require the Secretary of the Interior to determine the impact of leasing Federal lands for coal mining, on the existing mining industry prior to issuing Federal coal mining leases, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AUGUST 5, 1993

Mr. BARLOW (for himself and Mr. RAHALL) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior to determine the impact of leasing Federal lands for coal mining, on the existing mining industry prior to issuing Federal coal mining leases, 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 ‘Federal Coal Equity Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. FEDERAL COAL LEASING CONSIDERATIONS.

    Section 2(a)(3) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 201(a)(3)) is amended by adding the following new subparagraph at the end thereof:

    ‘(F)(i) Prior to the issuance of any coal lease under this Act, the Secretary shall consider the economic impact that mining under the proposed lease might have on competition in the coal industry and whether there is sufficient market demand for the additional coal to be mined under such proposed lease. Included in this consideration shall be a determination as to whether production of coal from the proposed lease would lead to the displacement of coal produced from existing mining operations that have reasonably and economically served existing markets. In the event the Secretary makes a determination that production of coal would lead to such displacement, the Secretary shall not issue the lease.’

    ‘(ii) This subparagraph shall not apply to the issuance of a coal lease that would in the reasonably foreseeable future, prevent the bypass of Federal coal deposits, and that would provide for the expansion of existing mining operations.’.