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S. 1894 (106th): A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain land to Park County, Wyoming.


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 9, 1999 (Introduced).


S 1894 IS

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1894

To provide for the conveyance of certain land to Park County, Wyoming.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 9, 1999

Mr. THOMAS (for himself and Mr. ENZI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To provide for the conveyance of certain land to Park County, Wyoming.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE OF LAND TO PARK COUNTY, WYOMING.

    (a) FINDINGS- Congress finds that--

      (1) the parcel of land described in subsection (d) has been withdrawn from the public domain for reclamation purposes and is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation;

      (2) the land has been subject to a withdrawal review, a level I contaminant survey, and historical, cultural, and archaeological resource surveys by the Bureau of Reclamation;

      (3) the Bureau of Land Management has conducted a cadastral survey of the land and has determined that the land is no longer suitable for return to the public domain; and

      (4) the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management concur in the recommendation of disposal of the land as described in the documents referred to in paragraph (2).

    (b) DEFINITIONS- In this Act:

      (1) COUNTY- The term ‘County’ means Park County, Wyoming.

      (2) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of the Interior.

    (c) CONVEYANCE- In consideration of payment of $240,000 to the Secretary by the County, the Secretary shall convey to the County all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcel of land described in subsection (d).

    (d) DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY- The parcel of land described in this subsection is the parcel located in the County comprising 190.12 acres, the legal description of which is as follows:

Sixth Principal Meridian, Park County, Wyoming

T. 53 N., R. 101 W.

--Acreage

Section 20, S 1/2 SE 1/4 SW 1/4 SE 1/4

--5.00

Section 29, Lot 7

--9.91

Lot 9

--38.24

Lot 10

--31.29

Lot 12

--5.78

Lot 13

--8.64

Lot 14

--.04

Lot 15

--9.73

S 1/2 NE 1/4 NE 1/4 NW 1/4

--5.00

SW 1/4 NE 1/4 NW 1/4

--10.00

SE 1/4 NW 1/4 NW 1/4

--10.00

NW 1/4 SW 1/4 NW 1/4

--10.00

Tract 101

--13.24

Section 30, Lot 31

--16.95

Lot 32

--16.30

    (e) RESERVATION OF RIGHTS- The instrument of conveyance under subsection (c) shall reserve all rights to locatable, salable, and leasable oil and gas reserves.

    (f) LEASES, EASEMENTS, RIGHTS-OF-WAY, AND SPECIAL USE PERMITS- The conveyance under subsection (c) shall be subject to any land use leases, easements, rights-of-way, and special use permits in existence as of the date of the conveyance.

    (g) ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY-

      (1) LIABILITY OF THE FUTURE OWNERS-

        (A) FINDING- Congress finds that--

          (i) the United States has in good faith exercised due diligence in accordance with applicable laws (including regulations), in an effort to identify any environmental contamination on the parcel of land described in subsection (d); and

          (ii) the parcel is free of any environmental contamination.

        (B) RELEASE FROM LIABILITY- The United States holds harmless and releases from all liability any future owners of the conveyed land for any violation of environmental law or other contamination problem arising from any action or inaction of any tenant of the land that vacates the lease before the date of the conveyance under subsection (c).

      (2) LIABILITY OF TENANTS- A tenant of the parcel of land described in subsection (d) on the date of the conveyance or thereafter shall be liable for any violation of environmental law or other contamination problem that results from any action or inaction of the tenant after the date of the conveyance.

    (h) USE OF LAND- The conveyance under subsection (c) shall be subject to the condition that the County--

      (1) use the land for the promotion of economic development; or

      (2) transfer the land to a local organization formed for the purpose of promoting economic development.

    (i) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (c) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.