Summary: H.R.1137 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (09/28/1994)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Old Faithful Protection Act

Title II: Lost Creek Land Exchange

Title I: Old Faithful Protection Act - Old Faithful Protection Act of 1994 - Declares that any use, production, exploration, or development of any new or existing geothermal well within the boundary of the Yellowstone Protection Area risks adverse effects upon the thermal features of Yellowstone National Park.

Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from issuing any geothermal lease for lands within the boundary of the Area.

Places a moratorium upon the use, production, development or exploration of any wells within the Area.

Directs the Secretary to take the steps necessary to protect the Park's thermal systems and features.

Directs the National Park Service to research, inventory, and report to the Congress at least every five years on the current and potential effects of hydrothermal or geothermal development upon protected systems and features. Mandates the exclusive use of nonintrusive methodologies.

Prescribes guidelines under which the State of Montana, is encouraged to implement federally approved State management programs for regulated resources outside Yellowstone National Park. Requires a permit issued by a State agency implementing a federally approved State program before undertaking activities related to regulated resources on non-Federal lands within the Area. Prescribes approval guidelines for management programs implemented by the State of Montana.

Declares that the water rights compact entered into by the United States and the State of Montana on January 31, 1994, shall be considered an approved State program for regulation of groundwater resources within Yellowstone Protection Area.

Provides for judicial review of administrative procedures relating to this Act.

Authorizes appropriations.

Prescribes guidelines for the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire by exchange certain lands and interests in lands owned by the Church Universal and Triumphant located in the Yellowstone Controlled Groundwater Area and Corwin Springs Known Geothermal Resource Area of the Gallatin National Forest.

Title II: Lost Creek Land Exhange - Lost Creek Land Exchange Act of 1994 - Prescribes guidelines for the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire by exchange certain lands and interests in lands owned by the Brand S Corporation (the Corporation) located in the Lost Creek area of the Deerlodge National Forest and within the Gallatin National Forest.