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H.R. 6107: Ending Duplicative Permitting Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 14, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6107

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 14, 2018

(for himself, Ms. Cheney, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Gosar, and Mr. Cramer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To clarify that Bureau of Land Management shall not require permits for oil and gas activities conducted on non-Federal surface estate to access subsurface mineral estate that is less than 50 percent Federally owned, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ending Duplicative Permitting Act.

2.

Access to Federal oil and gas from non-Federal surface estate

Section 17 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(q)

No Federal permit required for oil and gas activities on certain land

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall not require an operator to obtain a Federal drilling permit for oil and gas exploration and production activities conducted on non-Federal surface estate, provided that—

(A)

the United States holds an ownership interest of less than 50 percent of the subsurface mineral estate to be accessed by the proposed action; and

(B)

the operator submits to the Secretary a State permit to conduct oil and gas exploration and production activities on the non-Federal surface estate.

(2)

No Federal action

Oil and gas exploration and production activities carried out under paragraph (1)—

(A)

shall require no additional Federal action;

(B)

may commence 30 days after submission of the State permit to the Secretary;

(C)

are categorically excluded from any further analysis and documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);

(D)

shall not require any analysis under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 U.S.C. 306108); and

(E)

shall not require any analysis, assessment, or consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (15 U.S.C. 1536).

(3)

Royalties and production accountability

(A)

Nothing in this subsection shall affect the amount of royalties due to the United States under this Act from the production of oil and gas, or alter the Secretary’s authority to conduct audits and collect civil penalties pursuant to the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1711 et seq.).

(B)

The Secretary may conduct on-site reviews and inspections to ensure proper accountability, measurement, and reporting of production of Federal oil and gas, and payment of royalties.

(4)

Exceptions

This subsection shall not apply to actions on Indian lands or resources managed in trust for the benefit of Indian tribes.

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