Summary: H.R.1862 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (11/17/2003)

Oil Region National Heritage Area Act - Establishes the Oil Region National Heritage Area in Pennsylvania.

Designates the Oil Heritage Region, Inc., to be the management entity for the Area. Directs such entity to: (1) prepare and implement a management plan for the Area, which shall be approved or disapproved by the Secretary of the Interior; (2) assist local governments, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits, developing recreational resources, and restoring historic buildings in the Area; and (3) encouraging economic viability in the Area. Prohibits such entity from using Federal funds under this Act to acquire real property. Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical and financial assistance to such entity.

Directs the Secretary, acting through the Historic American Building Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record, to conduct studies to document the industrial, engineering, building, and architectural history of the Area.

Prohibits any privately owned property from being preserved, conserved, or promoted by the management plan until the owner has been notified and has consented. Requires removal of private property from Area boundaries upon the owner's request.

Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal assistance match to 50 percent of any activity's total cost.