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The PLF actively monitors Congressional legislation, Federal rulemaking and Executive Orders issued by the president pertaining to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and public lands management. We engage with our partners in providing our perspective on a wide range of issues including the annual BLM appropriations, any program oversight hearings, proposed amendments to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and major environmental review statutes (e.g., the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, etc.).

This is where we must rely on the help and expertise of our members. Reviewing legislation and proposed rules and preparing comments and testimony is time-consuming. We rely on volunteer expertise to help us with this important advocacy work. PLF members, if you can assist us please contact Beau McClure at vpops@publicland.org.

Sources of information include  Congress.gov for Congressional legislation, and for rulemkaing regulations.gov and the Regulatory Agenda. Search the Federal Register for Executive Orders issued by the President. You may search each of these databases for Interior or BLM-related actions or other topics of interest to you. Here are a few examples of searches you can do:

  • congress.gov: To find bills that include “Bureau of Land Management” in the current Congress, click on Advanced Searches, check the box for the current Congress, under Words and Phrases enter in quotes “Bureau of Land Management,” under Legislation Types check “All Legislation,” and hit search. On December 22, 2020 the search results identified 207 bills.
  • regulations.gov: To find proposed rules issued by the BLM: Enter Bureau of Land Management. Filter the search results by selecting the BLM under “Agency,” and check the box for “Proposed Rule.”
  • Reginfo.gov: Select Department of the Interior from the dropdown list and click “submit.” A list of Interior agencies, including BLM will appear. Click on the RIN (Regulation Identifier Number) column to bring up details about the individual regulation entry.
  • https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders:The Federal Register webpage shows Executive Orders issued by the current president and past presidents.

Legislation of the 117th Congress

Topic or IssueBill Number(s)& Name(s): Sponsor(s)Summary Latest ActionsPLF Input
21st Century Conservation Corps ActS.487, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To make supplemental appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Homeland Security, Labor, and Commerce for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 and to remain available through September 30, 2023. The bill would provide the BLM with $2.025 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects, $25 million for the Every Kid Outdoors program, and $2 billion (1) to provide stewardship for existing system roads and trails; (2) to improve water quality; (3) to improve, maintain, or restore infrastructure for the passage of fish and wildlife; (4) to decommission unneeded roads; (5) to improve visitor services; and (6) to improve recreational and educational access, opportunities, and other services to underserved communities. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
21st Century Conservation Corps ActH.R.1162, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To make supplemental appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Homeland Security, Labor, and Commerce for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 and to remain available through September 30, 2023. The bill would provide the BLM with $2.025 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects, $25 million for the Every Kid Outdoors program, and $2 billion (1) to provide stewardship for existing system roads and trails; (2) to improve water quality; (3) to improve, maintain, or restore infrastructure for the passage of fish and wildlife; (4) to decommission unneeded roads; (5) to improve visitor services; and (6) to improve recreational and educational access, opportunities, and other services to underserved communities.Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Budget – 02/18/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2021H.R.2462, Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 5 (R)To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to make modifications to the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Budget – 04/13/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Advancing Tribal Parity on Public Land ActH.R.8108; Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)A bill to protect Native cultural sites located on Federal land, to improve consultation with Indian Tribes, to bring parity to Indian Tribes with regard to Federal public land management laws.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture – 06/16/2022PLF is tracking this bill.
America’s Revegetation and Carbon Sequestration Act of 2021 – S.2836S.2836, Sen Manchin, Joseph (D-WV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) 1 (I)A bill to improve revegetation and carbon sequestration activities in the United States, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 9/23/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Bonding Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2021H.R.1505, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 11 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments to the regulation of surface-disturbing activities and to protect taxpayers from unduly bearing the reclamation costs of oil and gas development, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/8/2021; Ordered reported: 23 (Yeas) 15 (Nays) – 05/05/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act of 2022H.R.7580, Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 11 (D) 0 (R)A bill to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims. The bill would amend the 1872 General Mining Law to eliminate patenting of federal lands, impose a federal minerals royalty, require annual land rental payments, establish a Hardrock Minerals Reclamation Fund for the cleanup of abandoned mines, require a review of certain lands within three years to determine if they should be available for future mining and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/26/2022 PLF is tracking this bill.
Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2021 H.R.4799, Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Cosponsors: 4 (D) 0 (R)This bill would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain improvements in the laws relating to coal royalties, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce – 07/29/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Community Reclamation Partnerships ActH.R.1146, Rep Darin LaHood (D-IL) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships between States and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining activities before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Energy and Commerce – 02/18/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
COMPETES ActS.2962, Sen Hickenlooper, John (D-CO) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)This bill would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure market competition in onshore oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 10/07/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022H.R.4372, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill would make appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Appropriations – 07/06/2021.PLF is tracking this bill. Related Bill – S.3034.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022S.3034, Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill would make appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Appropriations– 10/20/2021PLF is tracking this bill. Related Bill – H.R.4372.
End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021S. 607, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill specifies requirements for the leasing of oil and gas resources on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with respect to certain federal land that is covered by a reasonably foreseeable development scenario (i.e., a long-term projection of oil and gas development) shall not offer the land for lease until such scenario includes an assessment of the land's oil and gas potential that specifically identifies the potential for all acres subject to decisions on availability for leasing. In general, the BLM shall not offer for lease certain federal land otherwise available for leasing of oil and gas resources if such land is designated in the applicable reasonably foreseeable development scenario as having low or no potential for the development of oil or gas resources. However, the bill provides for a variance process. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/04/2021; Hearing held – 10/19/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021 H.R.2986, Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) his is a bill to discourage speculative oil and gas leasing and to promote enhanced multiple use management of public land and National Forest System land, and for other purposes. This bill is related to S.607 Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Endangered Species Management Self-Determination ActSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens, and for other purposes.ntroduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works – 03/10/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Ending Taxpayer Welfare for Oil and Gas Companies Act of 2021H.R.1517, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) Cosponsors: 14 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments to the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make other reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources, and for other purposes. ntroduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/8/2021; Ordered reported: 23 (Yeas) 14 (Nays) – 05/05/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice in Recreation Permitting ActH.R.3687, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to complete an interagency report, not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, on the effects of special recreation permits on environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in House and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 06/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021S.101, Sen Edward J. Markey (D-MA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To establish the Environmental Justice Mapping Committee to develop a plan for comprehensive public engagement with, and incorporation of feedback from, environmental justice advocates and members of environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works – 01/28/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021H.R.516, Rep Cori Bush (D-MO) Cosponsors: 41 (D) 0 (R) A bill to establish the Environmental Justice Mapping Committee to develop a plan for comprehensive public engagement with, and incorporation of feedback from, environmental justice advocates and members of environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
FIR ActH.R.1174, Rep Mathew M. Rosendale Sr. (R-MT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 9 (R) This bill specifies that neither the Department of Agriculture nor the Department of the Interior may be required to reinitiate consultation on a land management plan when a species is listed as threatened or endangered, critical habitat is designated, or new information concerning a listed species or critical habitat becomes available. Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committees Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/18/2021 PLF does not support this bill.
Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas ActS.1686, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill amends the Wilderness Act to allow local Federal officials to determine the manner in which nonmotorized uses may be permitted in wilderness areas, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 06/16/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
MAPLand ActS.904, Sen. James E Risch (R-ID) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 4 (R) 1 (I)This bill directs the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to jointly develop and adopt interagency standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability among federal databases for the collection and dissemination of outdoor recreation data related to federal lands. Interior, the Forest Service, and the Corps of Engineers must digitize and publish geographic information system mapping data that includes: federal interests, including easements and rights-of-way, in private land; status information as to whether roads and trails are open or closed; the dates on which roads and trails are seasonally opened and closed; the types of vehicles that are allowed on each segment of roads and trails; the boundaries of areas where hunting or recreational shooting is regulated or closed; and the boundaries of any portion of a body of water that is closed to entry, is closed to watercraft, or has horsepower limitations for watercraft. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/23/2021 PLF supports this bill.
Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2021H.R.1492, Rep Diana DeGette (D-CO) Cosponsors: 20 (D) 0 (R) This bill intends to prevent methane waste and pollution from oil and gas operations by requiring regulations that prescribe procedures for the establishment, implementation, and enforcement of standards of performance or design, equipment, work practice, or operational standards, or combination thereof, for existing methane sources and guidelines for States, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Energy and Commerce – 03/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021S.1734, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) To direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to encourage and expand the use of prescribed fire on land managed by the Department of the Interior or the Forest Service. The bill creates prescribed fire accounts for Federal lands and directs that the Secretaries shall significantly increase the number and size of prescribed fires conducted on Federal land. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/20/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2021H.R.3240, Rep. Mark E. Amodei (R-NV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 13 (R)This is a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to the economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness of the United States, and for other purposes. This bill would reform the hard rock mineral permitting process. Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Oil and Gas Bonding Reform and Orphaned Well Remediation ActS.2177, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure sufficient bonding and complete and timely reclamation of land and water disturbed by Federal and Indian oil and gas productionIntroduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 06/22/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Orphaned Well Cleanup and Jobs Act of 2021H.R.2415, Rep Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) Cosponsors: 23 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, and for other purposes. This bill is related to S.1076. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/08/2021; Ordered reported: 22 (Yeas) 17 (Nays) – 05/26/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Outdoor Recreation ActS.3266, Sen Manchin, Joseph (D-WV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R)A bill to improve recreation opportunities on, and facilitate greater access to, Federal public land, and for other purposes. This one of several bills aimed at enhancing recreational and commercial access to federal sites. Proposals being considered in the Senate would streamline permitting requirements, extend recreational seasons, and reduce fees charged to filmmakers and photographers using public lands.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 11/18/2021; Hearing Held – 12/2/2021; Ordered Reported to the full Senate – 05/03/22PLF is tracking this bill.
Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2021H.R.3326, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill would promote the development of renewable energy on public lands, and for other purposes. The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall establish priority areas on covered land for geothermal, solar, and wind energy projects, consistent with the principles of multiple use (as defined in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of and the renewable energy permitting goal enacted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Among applications for a given renewable energy source, proposed projects located in priority areas for that renewable energy source shall be given the highest priority for incentivizing deployment thereon; and be offered the opportunity to participate in any regional mitigation plan developed for the relevant priority areas.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture – 05/19/2021; Reported by unanimous consent – 11/17/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
RECLAIM Act of 2021H.R.1733, Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Cosponsors: 34 (D) 10 (R) This bill revises requirements concerning the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, including by expanding the eligible uses of the fund. Specifically, the bill allows the fund to be used to provide support for economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed mining communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by abandoned coal mines. In addition, it requires specified amounts to be annually distributed from the fund through FY2026 to states and Indian tribes for reclaiming and restoring lands and waters so affected. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/10/2021; Ordered reported to House 02/26/2021. PLF is tracking this bill.
Recreation and Public Purposes Tribal Parity ActS.4424; Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill would amend the Recreation and Public Purposes Act to authorize sales and leases of certain Federal land to federally recognized Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 06/16/2022PLF is tracking this bill.
Recreation Not Red Tape ActS.1874. Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to increase opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners. This bill substantively reforms Federal lands recreation programs by amending the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and provides for new recreation program related CX authority in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. This bill also establishes a National Recreation Area System. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/27/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
REGROW Act of 2021H.R.3585, Rep Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R)This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding landIntroduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/28/2021. Hearing Held – 06/16/21.PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to S.1076.
REGROW Act of 2021S.1076, Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 2 (R) This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/12/2021; Hearing Held – 06/16/21.PLF is tracking this bill.
Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021 S.435, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) Cosponsors: 13 (D) 5 (R) 1 (I) This bill extends through FY2023 payments made to states and eligible counties containing certain federal land under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture shall carry out a pilot program to allow the Chief of the Forest Service or the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to nominate members of resource advisory committees. County funds may be used to provide or expand access to (1) broadband telecommunications services at local schools, or (2) the technology and connectivity necessary for students to use a digital learning tool at or outside of a local school campus. Any county funds that were obligated by a county before October 1, 2017, but are unspent on October 1, 2020, may be used by the county for any authorized use and shall be available for projects initiated after October 1, 2020. No county funds may be used for lobbying activity, regardless of the purpose for which the funds are obligated on or before the enactment of this bill. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/24/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to the Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021 – H.R.2099
Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021H.R.2099, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 3 (R) A Bill to extend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/19/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
SOAR ActH.R.3670, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To improve access for outdoor recreation through the use of special recreation permits on Federal recreational lands and waters, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee’s on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 06/01/2021; Reported by unanimous consent – 10/13/2021.PLF is tracking this bill. Related bill – S.1229
SOAR ActS.1229, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To modify the procedures for issuing special recreation permits for certain public land units, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/20/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. Related bill - H.R.3670
Transparency in Energy Production ActH.R 1506, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 13 (D) 0 (R)This bill requires certain disclosures by entities seeking a lease or holding a lease to develop renewable energy operations or fossil fuel operations on public lands or any operation using any right-of-way or special use permit that would cross public lands or national forests that would facilitate fossil fuel development. The disclosures are those described in the Sustainability Accounting Standard for the Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy Sector or the Extractives & Mineral Processing Sector. Every two years, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture must report to Congress on such operations, including greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water management, biodiversity impacts, production, and the number of sites. For renewable energy operations on public lands, the report must include greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the production of the same amount of energy using fossil fuels. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Wildfire Resilient Communities Act S.2650, Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide mandatory funding for hazardous fuels reduction projects on certain Federal land, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 08/05/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill

Regulations

Source: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Semiannual Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan

Topic or IssueRIN (Regulation Identifier Number) AbstractAgency ContactActionDateFR CitePLF Input
Bonding1004-AE68This regulatory action would update the bonding procedures for (rights-of-way (ROWs)) on BLM managed public land. The proposed rule would change the Bureau of Land Management’s ROW regulations by revising the bonding portion of the regulations to make them clearer and easier to understand, which would facilitate efficient bond calculations. Douglas J. Herrema Division Chief, HQ-350 (Lands, Realty, and Cadastral) Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone:760 507-5607 Email: dherrema@blm.gov NPRM 08/00/2022
Closure and Restriction Orders 1004-AE89This proposed rule would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to better protect persons, property and public lands and resources by allowing the agency to close or restrict the use of public lands in a more timely manner. The rule would also make the BLM’s regulations more consistent with other Federal land management agencies’ closure and restriction authorities.Mark Lambrecht Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4954 Email: mlambrecht@blm.govNPRM 07/00/2022
Communications Including Broadband - Rights of Way 1004-AE60This proposed rule would update the bonding procedures for rights-of-way (ROW) on BLM-managed public land. The proposed rule would revise the bonding portion of the BLM’s ROW regulations to make them clearer and easier to understand, which would facilitate efficient bond calculations. Douglas J. Herrema Division Chief, HQ-350 (Lands, Realty, and Cadastral) Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone:760 507-5607 Email: dherrema@blm.gov NPRM 06/00/2022
Fossil Fuel Leases and Leasing Process - Revisions to Existing Regulations 1004-AE80This proposed rule would revise the BLM’s fossil fuel regulations to update the fees, rents, royalties, and bonding requirements related to oil and gas leasing, development, and production. Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.gov NPRM 01/00/2023 NPRM Comment Period End 03/00/2023
Geothermal - Leasing & Operations1004-AE84This proposed rule would update and incorporate the BLM's Geothermal Resource Orders into regulations, including common geothermal standard practices, and inspection requirements and procedures. Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.govNPRM 06/00/2022
Grazing Administration-Exclusive of Alaska 1004-AE82This proposed rule would amend the BLM's regulations concerning how the BLM administers livestock grazing on public lands. The proposed rule would update and make editorial changes to recognize statutory authorities and make technical corrections and clarifications.Marlo Draper Acting Division Chief, Forest, Range, and Vegetation Resources Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Office, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709 Phone:208 373-3812 Email: mdraper@blm.govNPRM 08/00/2022
Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees 1004-AE86This annual rule will adjust minerals fees according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This direct final rule will update those fees and service charges consistent with the IPD-GDP.Kyle Moorman Division Chief for Regulatory Affairs and Directives Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 Phone:202 527-2433 Email: kmoorman@blm.govFinal Statutory 10/01/2022
Oil and Gas Site Security, Oil Measurement, and Gas Measurement Regulations 1004-AE87The rule would update the Bureau of Land Management’s existing rules governing site security and measurement of oil and gas from onshore Federal and Indian oil and gas leases. Since the BLM adopted the existing rules in November 2016, the agency has encountered significant challenges in implementing them. This regulatory action would rectify gaps and inconsistencies in the current regulations and improve measurement accuracy, verifiability, and accountability on Federal and Indian minerals. Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.govNPRM 11/00/2022
Onshore Oil and Gas Order Numbers 1, 2, 6 and 7 Approval of Operations - Codification 1004-AE90The final rule will codify the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of Operations (Onshore Order 1); Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 2, Drilling Operations (Onshore Order 2); Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 6, Hydrogen Sulfide Operations (Onshore Order 6); and Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 7, Disposal of Produced Water (Onshore Order 7) in 43 CFR Part 3160. The rule does not make any changes to the contents of these Onshore Orders.Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.govFinal Rule 08/00/2022 Final Rule Effective 09/00/2022
Renewable Energy and Transmission Lines - Leasing, Operations, and Rights of Way 1004-AE78This proposed rule would revise the BLM’s regulations for rights-of-way, leasing, and operations related to all activities associated with renewable energy and transmission lines. The Energy Act of 2020 and E.O. 14008 prioritize the Department’s need to improve permitting activities and processes to facilitate increased renewable energy production on public lands.Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.govNPRM 10/00/2022 Comment Period End 12/00/2022 Final Action 07/00/2023 Final Rule Effective 09/00/2023
Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation1004-AE79This proposed rule would update the BLM’s regulations governing the waste of natural gas through venting, flaring, and leaks on onshore Federal and Indian oil and gas leases. Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.gov NPRM 06/00/2022 NPRM Comment Period End 07/00/2022 Final Action 02/00/2023
Wild Horses and Burros - Protection, Management & Control1004-AE83This proposed rule would update the BLM's regulations to reflect changes to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in recent decades. These regulations largely have not been updated since 1986. This rule would address wild horse and burro management challenges by adding regulatory tools that better reflect the BLM’s current statutory authorities.Holle Waddell Acting Division Chief, Division of Wild Horses and Burros Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Suite 301, Grand Junction, CA 81505 Phone:202 603-3740 Email: hwaddell@blm.govNPRM 12/00/2022
Wildfire Prevention 1004-AE88This rule would revise the Bureau of Land Management's fire-trespass and cost recovery regulations. The changes would help prevent wildfires by creating a more effective deterrent to human-caused wildfires and unauthorized burning of public lands and make it easier for the agency to recover damages from wildfires.Grant Beebe Assistant Director for Fire and Aviation Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 3833 Development Avenue, Boise, ID 83705 Phone:208 387-5153 Email: gbeebe@blm.gov NPRM 11/00/2022

Executive Orders

Source: Federal Register

E.O. #SubjectStatusSummaryPLF Position
13990Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis Signed by the President on January 20, 2021 Section 2 of the EO requires the BLM and other agencies to review all agency actions, including regulations and policies, promulgated or issued between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, and consider suspending, revising or rescinding the agency action. In addition, the agency shall consider publishing a notice suspending, revising or rescinding a proposed rule for reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. (The CEQ on February 19, 2021 published a Notice in the FR to rescind previous draft guidance issued in June 2019 on the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in NEPA documents. The CEQ is expected to issue revised and updated guidance in the near future.) Section 3 of the EO requires the Secretary to conduct a review within 60 days of the boundary modifications made on December 4, 2017 of the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and provide a report and recommendations to the President. Section 4 of the EO requires the Secretary to place a temporary moratorium on all activities relating to implementation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska. The Secretary is required to conduct, as appropriate, a new and comprehensive analysis of the potential impacts of the oil and gas program. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.
14008Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad Signed by the President on January 27, 2021 Section 207 of the EO requires the Secretary to review renewable energy siting and permitting processes on the public lands and identify steps that can be taken to increase renewable energy production on the public lands. (It should be noted that the Appropriations Act of 2021 set a goal to approve 25 gigawatts of wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects on the public lands by 2025 – a three fold increase in the number of projects currently approved on the public lands.) Section 208 of the EO requires the Secretary to pause new oil and gas leases on the public lands pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices and whether to adjust royalties associated with coal, oil, and gas resources extracted from the public lands or take other appropriate actions to account for corresponding climate costs. (The Western Energy Alliance has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Wyoming challenging the EO as exceeding presidential authority and a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, NEPA and FLPMA.) Section 211 of the EO requires the BLM and other agencies to prepare a draft Climate Action Plan within 120 days that describes steps the agency can take with regard to its facilities and operations to bolster adaptation and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Section 215 of the EO requires the Secretary to prepare within 90 days a strategy for creating a Civilian Climate Corps of conservation workers to conserve and restore public lands, increase reforestation, protect biodiversity, and improve access to recreation. Section 216 of the EO requires the Secretary to prepare a report within 90 days on steps that can be taken to achieve a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our nation’s land and waters by the year 2030. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.
14052Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs ActSigned by the President on November 15, 2021Establishes an implementation task force and sets priorities. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.
14072Strengthening the Nation's Forests, Communities, and Local EconomiesSigned by the President on April 22, 2022This EO directs federal agencies to pursue science-based, sustainable forest and land management; conserve America's mature and old-growth forests on Federal lands; invest in forest health and restoration; support indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and subsistence practices; honor Tribal treaty rights; and deploy climate-smart forestry practices and other nature-based solutions to improve the resilience of our lands, waters, wildlife, and communities in the face of increasing disturbances and chronic stress arising from climate impacts. he PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.