Week ending October 6, 2017
H.R.2316 – Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017
“H.R. 2316 would repeal provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 related to the development of privately-owned oil and gas resources located under federal land (known as split estates) in the Allegheny National Forest.” –cbo
The bill would repeal a provision in current law that allows the Forest Service to sell any timber removed to make way for oil and gas development in the Allegheny National Forest directly to the firm developing the resources. Over the last five years, the agency sold timber valued at $2 million using that direct sale authority.
The legislation also would repeal a provision in current law dating back to 1992 that required the Forest Service to issue regulations related to the development of oil and gas on split estates in the Alleghany National Forest. Because no regulations have been issued to date and CBO does not expect the agency to issue such regulations in the next 10 years.
(Full text of H.R. 2316 congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Ben [R-PA-5] (Introduced 05/03/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: Data not available
Pay-as-you-go requirements: CBO estimates that enacting the bill would affect direct spending by changing the timing of when the federal government would collect timber receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, we estimate that any such effects would be negligible. Enacting H.R. 2316 would not affect revenues.
Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2316 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2316 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: Data not available
Duplication of programs: Data not available
Direct Rule-Making: Data not available
Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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