House Committee Print 115-41 - RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-41 H.R. 3905, MINNESOTA ' S ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST ACT115th Congress (2017-2018)
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November 17, 2017
Rules Committee Print 115–41
H.R. 3905, Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act
[Showing the text of H.R. 3905 as ordered reported by the Committee on Natural Resources]
This Act may be cited as the “Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act”.
Minerals within the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota shall not be subject to withdrawal from disposition under United States mineral and geothermal leasing law unless the withdrawal is specifically approved by an Act of Congress enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
“(e) Limitation on extension or establishment of a national monument in Minnesota.—No extension or establishment of national monuments on National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota may be undertaken except by express authorization of Congress.”.
(1) IN GENERAL.—All mineral leases issued within the exterior boundaries of National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota under the authority of the Act of June 30, 1950 (16 U.S.C. 508b), or section 402 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1946 (5 U.S.C. App.), are indeterminate preference right leases that—
(A) shall be issued for an initial 20-year period; and
(B) as provided in paragraph (2), shall be renewable after the period described in subparagraph (A) for 10-year renewal periods.
(A) if the lessee has complied with the terms and conditions of the lease during the preceding lease period; and
(B) on the condition that, at the end of each ten-year renewal period, such reasonable readjustment of the terms and conditions of the lease may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, for the purpose of—
(i) encouraging production; or
(ii) addressing changing conditions within the lease area.
(1) the lease can only be operated at a loss due to market conditions; or
(2) operations are interrupted by strikes.
(c) Permits for use of surface lands.—With respect to lands subject to a lease pursuant to subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, may issue permits for the use of surface lands not included in the lease for purposes connected with, and reasonably necessary to, the exploration, development, and use of the deposits covered by the lease.
(1) leases that on the date of the enactment of this section are not in effect; and
(2) the hard rock mineral leases for the Superior National Forest in Minnesota identified as MNES–01352 and MNES–01353.
(e) Applicability of National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.—The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.) shall apply with respect to a mineral lease described in subsection (a). In the case of the renewal of the existing hard rock mineral leases referred to in subsection (d)(2), the Bureau of Land Management shall complete the pending environmental assessment no later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(f) Exclusion of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.—Nothing in this section may be construed as permitting the prospecting for development and utilization of mineral resources within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Mine Protection Area.