IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 29, 2019
Ms. Cortez Masto introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Ruby Mountains Protection Act.
Prohibition of oil and gas leasing
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.
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.
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.