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S. 258: Ruby Mountains Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 29, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 258

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 29, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To prohibit oil and gas leasing on the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ruby Mountains Protection Act.

2.

Prohibition of oil and gas leasing

(a)

Definition of District land

In this section, the term District land means the approximately 450,000 acres of National Forest System land comprising the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, as in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Prohibition

Subject to valid existing rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue under any law, including the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), an oil or gas lease on the District land.

(c)

Application

The prohibition under subsection (b) shall apply to any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act for inclusion in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District.