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Passed Senate amended (10/09/1998)

Declares that the United States shall not deem as an infringement upon its ownership rights certain existing Federal contracts and leases covering land conveyed by the United States that in turn convey to surface patent holders any rights to coalbed methane gas exploration, extraction, sales, or production.

Declares this Act applicable only to land with respect to which the United States owns coal reserved to it in a patent issued under specified Federal law.

States that this "Act does not": (1) apply to any tribally-owned State-owned interest in coal or land; or (2) limit the right of any or person who entered into a contract or lease for federally-owned coal before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act to mine and remove such coal, and to release coalbed methane without liability to surface patent holders with rights to explore for, extract, sell, or produce coalbed methane.