IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 21, 2012
Ms. Murkowski (for herself and Mr. Begich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the establishment of a Niblack mining area road corridor in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Niblack Mining Area Road
Niblack mining area road corridor
Notwithstanding any prohibition against
road construction in inventoried roadless areas under the Roadless Area
Conservation Rule established under part 294 of title 36, Code of Federal
Regulations (and successor regulations), not later than 180 days after the date
of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the
Chief of the Forest Service, shall establish a road corridor that follows 1 of
the 2 routes identified as
Niblack Route 1 or
Route 2 on the map entitled
Road to Niblack Mine,
numbered 1, and dated June 21, 2012, to connect the Prince of Wales Island road
system in the State of Alaska to the area of the Niblack patented mineral
claims on the southeast side of Prince of Wales Island.
A road corridor established under subsection (a) shall—
minimize the economic costs of the road corridor by using, to the maximum extent practicable, the road network in existence on the date of the establishment;
minimize effects of the road corridor on surface resources;
prevent unnecessary or unreasonable surface disturbance; and
comply with all applicable laws (including regulations).
The State of Alaska and the Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council may participate as cooperating agencies during the preparation of any environmental impact statement prepared with respect to the road corridor under subsection (a).
It is the intent of Congress that any Federal permit required for construction of the road corridor established under subsection (a) be issued or denied by the date that is not later than 1 year after the date of application for the permit.