H. R. 1820
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 15, 2015
Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico (for himself and Mrs. Lummis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes.
Exchange of coal preference right lease applications
The Secretary of the Interior may retire any coal preference right lease application for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, by issuing bidding rights in exchange for relinquishment of the coal preference right lease application, including, notwithstanding any other provision of law, payment to the relevant State of 50 percent of the dollar amount of any bidding right subsequently used in lieu of any monetary payment of a bonus in a coal lease sale or of rental or royalty under a Federal coal lease.
Source of payments
The Secretary shall make payments under subsection (a) from monies that would otherwise be deposited to miscellaneous receipts under section 35(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191(a)) from revenues received under that section under Federal mineral leases.
Treatment of payments
A payment to a State under this section shall be treated for all purposes as if it were a payment under section 35(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191(a)).
A bidding right issued under this section shall be fully transferable to any other person.
Notification of secretary
A person who transfers such a bidding right shall notify the Secretary of the transfer by any method determined to be appropriate by the Secretary.
A bidding right issued under this section shall terminate upon the expiration of the 5-year period beginning on the date it is issued.
Tolling of period
Such 5-year period shall be tolled during any period in which exercise of the bidding right is precluded by temporary injunctive relief granted under, or administrative, legislative, or judicial suspension of, the Federal coal leasing program.
Bidding right defined
In this section the term
bidding right means an appropriate legal instrument or other written documentation, including an entry in an account managed by the Secretary, issued or created under part 3435 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, that may be used—
in lieu of a monetary payment for a bonus bid for a coal lease sale under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq,); or
as a monetary credit against any rental or royalty payments due under any Federal coal lease.