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H.R. 6816 (96th): An act to provide for the exchange of certain Federal coal leases in the State of New Mexico for other Federal coal leases in that State.

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 19, 1980 (Passed Congress).

PUBLIC LAW 96-475—OCT. 19, 1980                                   94 STAT. 2269
Public Law 96-475
96th Congress
                                 An Act
To provide for the exchange of certain Federal coal leases in the State of New      Oct. 19, 1980
                Mexico for other Federal coal leases in that State.                  [H.R. 6816]

  Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) notwith-                 Federal coal
standing any provision of law to the contrary and notwithstanding                 leases in N.
                                                                                  Mex., exchange.
the provisions of section 2(a)(1) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as
amended (30 U.S.C. 201(a)(1)), the Secretary of the Interior is author-
ized and directed to issue leases for coal on other Federal lands in the
State of New Mexico to the owner or owners of Federal coal leases,
serial numbered NM0186612 and NM0186613, upon surrender and
relinquishment of such leases or portions thereof. Such exchange
shall be completed within 30 months of the date of enactment of this
Act: Provided, however. That failure of the Secretary to complete
such exchange shall not prejudice the rights of the owner or owners of
the designated coal leases, and the exchange shall be completed as
expeditiously as possible after the expiration of such time period
upon request of such owner or owners.
  (b) Leases to be issued by the Secretary pursuant to the authority              Description.
granted by subsection (a) of this Act shall be from within the Federal
lands described as follows:
                TOWNSHIP 23 NORTH, RANGE 12 WEST

  Section 5: South half.
  Section 6: South half.
  Section 7: All,
  Section 8: All,
  Section 9: West half,
  Section 17: East half, east half west half, northwest quarter
northwest quarter.
  Section 18: North half north half.
  Section 20: Northeast quarter, northeast quarter northwest
  Section 21: West half northwest quarter.
                TOWNSHIP 23 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST

  Section 1: Northwest quarter, northwest quarter southwest quar-
ter, north half northeast quarter, southeast quarter northeast quar-
ter, northeast quarter southeast quarter. The selection of lands
pursuant to this subsection shall be consistent with existing land use
planning policy and leasing procedures established by the Secretary.
  (c) The leases to be issued by the Secretary pursuant to the Funds exchange.
authority,granted by subsections (a) and (b) of this Act and the leases
or portions thereof to be exchanged therefor shall be of equal value. If
such leases or portions thereof are unavoidably not of equal value, the
Secretary is authorized to receive, from the lessee, or effective
October 1, 1981, to pay to the lessee out of funds appropriated in

94 STAT. 2270 PUBLIC LAW 96-475—OCT. 19, 1980 advance for that purpose, cash in an amount up to 25 per centum of the value of the lease or leases to be issued by the Secretary in order to equalize the value of the leases to be exchanged. Terms and (d) Any exchange lease issued by the Secretary under the authority conditions. Qf ^j^jg ^^^ shall Contain the same terms and conditions as those leases surrendered on the date the exchange takes place. (e) Except as otherwise herein provided, any lease issued pursuant to this Act shall be consistent with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 as 30 use 181 note, amended (30 U.S.C. 184 et seq.). Approved October 19, 1980. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 96-1200 (Comm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 96-800 accompanying S. 1455 (Comm. on Energy and Natural RfisoiircGs) CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 126 (1980): Aug. 18, considered and passed House. Sept. 16, considered and passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 1455. Sept. 30, House concurred in Senate amendment with amendments. Oct. 1, Senate concurred in House amendments.