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115th Congress   }                                      {       Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session      }                                      {     115-1062

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         OIL REGION NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA REAUTHORIZATION ACT

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December 3, 2018.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 6507]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 6507) to amend the Oil Region National Heritage 
Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area, 
and for other purposes, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill 
do pass.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The purpose of H.R. 6507 is to amend the Oil Region 
Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National 
Heritage Area.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    The Oil Region National Heritage Area (ORNHA) was 
designated in 2004 and encompasses 34 municipalities in 708 
square miles in northwestern Pennsylvania, including all of 
Venango County.\1\ The same acreage was designated as a 
Pennsylvania Heritage Area in 1994. The ORNHA includes oil 
artifacts, scenic communities and farmland, and industrial 
landscapes to teach visitors about the beginnings of the 
petroleum industry.
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    \1\ Public Law 108-447.
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    The northwestern region of Pennsylvania is known as the 
birthplace of petroleum and as ``The Valley That Changed the 
World,'' because it was the location of the world's first 
successful commercial oil well.\2\ The developments in the 
region encompassed by the ORNHA led to major advancements in 
the transportation, communications, and energy industries and 
spurred population and economic growth in the area.
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    \2\ National Park Service. ``Oil Region National Heritage Area.'' 
https://www.nps.gov/places/oil-region-national-heritage-area.htm.
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    The ORNHA is managed by the Oil Region Alliance of 
Business, Industry and Tourism, a nonprofit corporation 
dedicated to increase the prosperity and population of the 
region.\3\ The corporation took over management when the 
original entity, Oil Heritage Inc., merged with other 
organizations to form the Alliance in 2005.\4\ Since the 
designation, public and private organizations have worked 
together to expand trail systems, restored historic downtowns, 
and completed other preservation and economic development in 
the ORNHA.\5\
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    \3\``Oil Region Alliance.'' http://oilheritage.org/oil-region-
alliance/.
    \4\ Oil Heritage Region Management Action Plan Update Executive 
Summary http://oilheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/
OHRSummary.pdf.
    \5\ ``National Heritage Area Management Plan'' http://
oilheritage.org/national-heritage-area-management-plan/.
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    Authorization for the expenditure of funds and for 
technical assistance from the Department of the Interior for 
the ORNHA will sunset in late 2019 or early 2020 (depending on 
the interpretation of when funds were first made available). 
H.R. 6507 would extend the authorization to fiscal year 2026 
and update the name of the management entity. Senator Robert P. 
Casey, Jr. (D-PA) has introduced companion legislation, S. 
2604, in the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources 
Subcommittee on National Parks held a legislative hearing on 
the bill on August 15, 2018.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 6507 was introduced on July 25, 2018, by Congressman 
Glenn Thompson (R-PA). The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on Federal Lands. On November 15, 2018, the 
Natural Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The 
Subcommittee was discharged by unanimous consent. No amendments 
were offered, and the bill was ordered favorably reported to 
the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

            Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

      Compliance With House Rule XIII and Congressional Budget Act

    1. Cost of Legislation and the Congressional Budget Act. 
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) and (3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
sections 308(a) and 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974, the Committee has received the following estimate for the 
bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                   --U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                 Washington, DC, November 29, 2018.
Hon. Rob Bishop,
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources,
House of Representatives Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 6507, the Oil 
Region National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Janani 
Shankaran.
            Sincerely,
                                                Keith Hall,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 6507--Oil Region National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act

    H.R. 6507 would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) 
to provide technical and financial assistance for the Oil 
Region National Heritage Area, located in northwestern 
Pennsylvania, through 2026. Under current law, the NPS's 
authority to provide such assistance expires in 2020.
    In recent years, the NPS has allocated about $19 million 
annually in appropriated funds to provide financial assistance 
to 49 national heritage areas. Based on the average amount of 
assistance for those areas, CBO estimates that implementing the 
bill would cost $400,000 annually and would total about $1 
million over the 2021-2023 period; such spending would be 
subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
    Enacting H.R. 6507 would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 6507 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
    H.R. 6507 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Janani 
Shankaran. The estimate was reviewed by H. Samuel Papenfuss, 
Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to amend the Oil Region Heritage Area 
Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area.

                           Earmark Statement

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    Compliance With Public Law 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       Compliance With H. Res. 5

    Directed Rule Making. This bill does not contain any 
directed rule makings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, and existing law in which no 
change is proposed is shown in roman):

                 OIL REGION NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA ACT




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DIVISION J--OTHER MATTERS

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              TITLE VI--OIL REGION NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA


SEC. 601. SHORT TITLE; DEFINITIONS.

  (a) Short Title.--This title may be cited as the ``Oil Region 
National Heritage Area Act''.
  (b) Table of Contents.--For the purposes of this title, the 
following definitions shall apply:
          (1) Heritage Area.--The term ``Heritage Area'' means 
        the Oil Region National Heritage Area established in 
        section 603(a).
          (2) Management Entity.--The term ``management 
        entity'' means the [Oil Heritage Region, Inc.] Oil 
        Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism, or 
        its successor entity.
          (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the 
        Secretary of the Interior.

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SEC. 603. OIL REGION NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

  (a) Establishment.--There is hereby established the Oil 
Region National Heritage Area.
  (b) Boundaries.--The boundaries of the Heritage Area shall 
include all of those lands depicted on a map entitled ``Oil 
Region National Heritage Area'', numbered OIRE/20,000 and dated 
October 2000. The map shall be on file in the appropriate 
offices of the National Park Service. The Secretary of the 
Interior shall publish in the Federal Register, as soon as 
practical after the date of the enactment of this Act, a 
detailed description and map of the boundaries established 
under this subsection.
  (c) Management Entity.--The management entity for the 
Heritage Area shall be the [Oil Heritage Region, Inc.] Oil 
Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism, the locally 
based private, nonprofit management corporation which shall 
oversee the development of a management plan in accordance with 
section 605(b).

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[SEC. 608. SUNSET.

  [The Secretary may not make any grant or provide any 
assistance under this title after the expiration of the 15-year 
period beginning on the date that funds are first made 
available for this title.]

SEC. 608. SUNSET.

  The authority of the Secretary to grant or provide any 
assistance under this title shall terminate on September 30, 
2026.

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