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H.R. 7293 (117th): Energy Permitting Certainty Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 30, 2022 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 7293


March 30, 2022

(for herself, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. Stauber, Mr. Carl, Mr. Rosendale, Mr. Fulcher, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Van Duyne, Mr. Moore of Utah, Mrs. Boebert, Mr. Tiffany, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Graves of Louisiana, Ms. Cheney, Mr. Lamborn, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Webster of Florida, Mr. Gohmert, and Mr. Bentz) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to process applications for a permit to drill, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Energy Permitting Certainty Act.


Processing applications for permits to drill

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


Effect of pending civil action on processing applications for permits to drill

Pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2), notwithstanding the existence of any pending civil actions which do not directly affect or involve the application or related lease, the Secretary shall process an application for a permit to drill under a valid existing lease, unless a United States Federal court has determined that the lease was not issued in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).