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Calendar No. 346

116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 258


To prohibit oil and gas leasing on the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 29, 2019

Ms. Cortez Masto (for herself and Ms. Rosen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

December 17, 2019

Reported by Ms. Murkowski, with an amendment and an amendment to the title

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]


A BILL

To prohibit oil and gas leasing on the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ruby Mountains Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition of oil and gas leasing.

(a) Definition of District land.—In this section, the term “District land” means the approximately 450,000 acres of National Forest System land comprising the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, as in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

(b) Prohibition.—Subject to valid existing rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue under any law, including the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), an oil or gas lease on the District land.

(c) Application.—The prohibition under subsection (b) shall apply to any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act for inclusion in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District.

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ruby Mountains Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Withdrawal of certain National Forest System land.

(a) Definition of Map.—In this section, the term “Map” means the Forest Service map entitled “S. 258 Ruby Mountains Protective Act” and dated December 5, 2019.

(b) Withdrawal.—Subject to valid existing rights, the approximately 309,272 acres of Federal land and interests in the land located in the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest within the area depicted on the Map as “National Forest System Lands” are withdrawn from all forms of operation under the mineral leasing laws.

(c) Application.—Any land or interest in land within the boundary of the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be withdrawn in accordance with subsection (b).

(d) Availability of map.—The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service.

Amend the title so as to read: “A bill to withdraw the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, from operation under the mineral leasing laws.”.


Calendar No. 346

116th CONGRESS
     1st Session
S. 258

A BILL
To prohibit oil and gas leasing on the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, and for other purposes.

December 17, 2019
Reported with an amendment and an amendment to the title
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