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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.
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.S.607, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This 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. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
A bill to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery, and for other purposes.S.726, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This is a bill to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/11/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Acre In, Acre Out Act H.R.247, Rep.Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for no net increase in the total acreage of certain Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service, to provide that all net proceeds from the sale of Federal lands pursuant to this bill shall be deposited directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/11/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Advancing Conservation and Education ActH.R.2348, Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill allows the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming to relinquish state land grant parcels wholly or primarily within eligible areas and select, in exchange, public land within the state. Eligible areas are areas within the outer boundaries of units or components of the National Park, National Wilderness Preservation, National Wildlife Refuge, or National Landscape Conservation Systems, areas identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as having wilderness characteristics, certain designated lands within the National Forest System or administered by the BLM, and sentinel landscapes designated by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, or Department of the Interior. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/01/2021PLF 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 PLF is tracking this bill.
Buffalo Tract Protection Act S.180, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land referred to is the approximately 4,288 acres of land administered by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and generally depicted as “Tract A”, “Tract B”, “Tract C”, and “Tract D” on the map entitled “Placitas, New Mexico Area Map” and dated November 13, 2019.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
California Central Coast Conservation ActH.R.479, Rep Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) Cosponsors: 9 (D) 0 (R) A bill to establish a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land on the Central Coast of California. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
California Land Protection Act H.R.456, Rep Salud Carbajal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R) A bill to require a new supplemental environmental impact statement for oil and gas development in the Bakersfield Field Office planning area, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Canyon Village Land Conveyance ActH.R.436, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R) A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain surface and subsurface interests in land in the State of Alaska to Kian Tr’ee Corporation, and Doyon, Limited, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act of 2021S.1321, Sen. Kelly, Mark (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To modify the boundary of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/22/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Central Coast Heritage Protection Act H.R.973, Rep Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 4 (D) 0 (R) To designate certain Federal lands in the State of California as wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Scenic Trails and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/1/2021 (Title 4 of the Omnibus Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act H.R. 803.)PLF is tracking this bill.
Cerro de la Olla Wilderness Establishment ActS.177, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos County, New Mexico, comprising 13,103 acres in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, to be known as the Cerro de la Olla Wilderness and for other purposes. The bill modifies the boundary of the monument. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones ActH.R.940, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) To amend FLPMA to establish and modify categorical exclusion for electric utility rights-of-way, and for other purposes.  The bill would categorically exclude development approval and implementation of a routine vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation and maintenance activities conducted under a plan.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/8/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act S.173, Sen Michael Bennet (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act H.R.577, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Combustion Avoidance along Rural Roads Act – CARR ActH.R.939, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) To exempt forest thinning, hazardous fuel reduction, prescribed burning, and vegetation management on Federal Lands managed by the BLM, NPS, and USFS within 300 feet of any permanent or temporary road from provisions of NEPA and the Endangered Species Act. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/8/2021 PLF 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.
Elko National Cemetery Act S.726, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This is a bill to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/11/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021S. 607, Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/04/2021 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 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 – 03/8/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Ensuring Access to Domestic Mineral Production Act H.R.2176, Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the continued and uninterrupted production of domestic minerals in the United States by prohibiting the Secretary from any mineral withdrawal until a mineral study has been completed, as required under Section 204 of FLPMA, that demonstrates that the proposed withdrawal will not result in any negative impacts to U.S. national security by limiting access to critical minerals. (b) Prohibits the Secretary from withdrawing Federal lands in excess of five thousand acres unless the withdrawal is expressly approved by Congress. (c) Prior to any withdrawal being initiated, the U.S. Geological Survey—in consultation with the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Trade Representative—will conduct a mineral assessment to ensure that the minerals to be withdrawn by a proposed withdrawal does not impede the ability of the U.S. or its allies to procure a secure supply chain of mineral resources necessary for activities designated in Section 3(a), and in turn, result in negative impacts on— (1) U.S. economic or national security; (2) U.S. allies economic or national security; Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Natural Resources– 03/23/2021 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.
Grand Canyon Protection ActS.387, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, provide for withdrawal of approximately 1,006,545 acres of Federal land in the State of Arizona from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. Provide for The Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study of uranium stockpiles in the United States that are available to meet future national security requirements. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/23/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Grand Canyon Protection Act H.R. 1052, Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 22 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, provide for withdrawal of approximately 1,006,545 acres of Federal land in the State of Arizona from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/15/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation ActS.528, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after receiving a request from La Paz County, Arizona, to convey approximately 4,800 acres of identified land managed by the Bureau of Land Management to the county. Interior shall exclude from the conveyance any federal land that contains significant cultural, environmental, wildlife, or recreational resources. The federal land is withdrawn from the operation of U.S. mining and mineral leasing laws. As a condition of the conveyance, La Paz County and any subsequent owner shall: make good faith efforts to avoid disturbing tribal artifacts; minimize impacts on tribal artifacts if they are disturbed; coordinate with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Historic Preservation Office to identify artifacts of cultural and historic significance; and allow tribal representatives to rebury unearthed artifacts at, or near, where they were discovered. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/2/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation Act of 2021H.R.1499, Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 3 (R) This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after receiving a request from La Paz County, Arizona, to convey approximately 4,800 acres of identified land managed by the Bureau of Land Management to the county. Interior shall exclude from the conveyance any federal land that contains significant cultural, environmental, wildlife, or recreational resources. The federal land is withdrawn from the operation of U.S. mining and mineral leasing laws. As a condition of the conveyance, La Paz County and any subsequent owner shall: make good faith efforts to avoid disturbing tribal artifacts; minimize impacts on tribal artifacts if they are disturbed; coordinate with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Historic Preservation Office to identify artifacts of cultural and historic significance; and allow tribal representatives to rebury unearthed artifacts at, or near, where they were discovered. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation Act – S.528
LOCAL ActH.R.2081, Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 10 (R) This bill would require the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management shall remain located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Also that all Bureau of Land Management employee positions stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado on the date of the enactment of this Act shall remain stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado. The bill requires the Secretary shall conduct a study on the feasibility of relocating more existing Bureau of Land Management employee positions to the headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado or a western State specified by the Secretary and determine amongst other things whether such relocation will improve management of Federal lands, increase coordination with local communities, and strengthen tourism, conservation, outdoor recreation, grazing, responsible energy production, or other multiple uses. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/19/2021 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.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act S.1276, Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI) Cosponsors: 9 (D) 0 (R) 1 (I) To designate certain National Forest System land and certain public land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act H.R.1755, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) Cosponsors: 41 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified National Forest System lands, National Park System lands, and public lands in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness and as components or additions to existing components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill also designates (1) specified federal lands as biological connecting corridors and as special corridor management areas; (2) segments of specified rivers and creeks in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; and (3) specified areas as wildland recovery areas. USDA shall develop a wildland recovery plan for each recovery area. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/10/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act– S.1276.
Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests ActH.R.878. Rep Jared Huffman (D-CA) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)A bill to provide for restoration, economic development, recreation, and conservation on Federal lands in Northern California. The Bill provides for Restoration and Economic Development Projects, Special Recreation Area and Trail designations, and for designation of Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Special Conservation Areas other purposes. (Title 2 of the Omnibus Protecting America’s Wilderness And Public Lands Act H.R. 803.) Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/5/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Pecos Watershed Protection ActS.182, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)Subject to valid rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, to withdraw certain Federal land in the Pecos Watershed area of the State of New Mexico, depicted as “Pecos Withdrawal” on the map entitled “Pecos Watershed, upstream of I–25 Mineral Withdrawal” and dated September 1, 2020. These Federal Lands will be withdrawn from mineral entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Power Act of 2021S.76, Sen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 28 (R) his bill prohibits the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee Energy and Natural Resources – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
POWER ActH.R. 543, Rep Yvette Herrell (R-NM) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 46 (R)This bill prohibits the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Protect Utah’s Rural Economy ActS.31, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) A bill to prohibit the President from establishing or extending national monuments in Utah unless the proposed establishment or extension has been authorized by federal statute, and the President has received a notice from the Governor of Utah that the state legislature has enacted legislation approving of the proposed establishment or extension. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 01/22/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting Americas Wilderness and Public Lands Act of 2021H.R.803,Rep Diana DeGette (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified lands in Colorado, California, and Washington managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Forest Service, the NPS, the BOR as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill designates certain Federal lands as Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Scenic Trails and for other purposes. The bill makes boundary adjustments to certain existing designations. Subject to valid existing rights, the bill withdraws certain Federal lands from (1) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. The bill creates a “National Heritage Area System managed by the NPS for lands and sites that tell nationally significant stories and to conserve, enhance, and interpret the areas’ natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources that together illustrate significant aspects of our country’s heritage. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Armed Services – 02/04/2021; Passed House of Representatives 2/26/2021 and referred to Senate. – 03/02/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting American Energy Jobs ActH.R.959, Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R)To prohibit the President from issuing moratoria or carrying out any action that would prohibit or substantially delay the issuance of any of the following on Federal land, unless such an action has been authorized by an Act of Congress: (A) New oil and gas leases, drill permits, approvals, or authorizations (B) New coal leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations (C) New hard rock leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations (D) New critical minerals leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources, Agriculture, Oversight and Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Intelligence and Armed Services – 02/5/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting New Mexico’s Jobs and Public Education System ActH.R. 757, Rep Yvette Herrell (R-NM) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill exempts the State of New Mexico from Section 208 of Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, issued on January 27, 202. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/3/2021 PLF 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.
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, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/12/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021H.R.1503, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) Cosponsors: 15 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on Federal lands for oil and gas drilling, and for other purposes. PLF Position: PLF supports this bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on Federal lands for oil and gas drilling. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
River Democracy Act of 2021S.192, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain river segments in the State of Oregon as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, to identify administrative authorities for these segments, to provide for the preparation of comprehensive management plans for the covered segments, to identify criteria for boundaries for these segments, and subject to valid existing rights provide for withdrawal of certain areas of lands from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/03/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Safeguarding Oil and Gas Permitting Act H.R.519, Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 31 (R) bill to provide that an order or other action by the President, Secretary of the Interior, or Department of the Interior official imposing a moratorium on Federal oil and gas leasing or permitting shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection ActH.R.693, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Cosponsors: 20 (D) 0 (R) his bill establishes the San Gabriel National Recreation Area in California as a unit of the National Park System, consisting of 49,387 acres of federal lands and interests in land. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Saving America’s Mines Act H.R.488, Rep Pete Stauber (R-MN) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R) A bill to prohibit a moratorium on mineral development on Bureau of Land Management and National Forest System land, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Saving Americas Energy Future ActH.R. 218, Rep August Pfluger (R-TX) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R)This bill prohibits the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior from declaring a moratorium on issuing new oil and gas leases and drill permits on certain federal lands. In addition, the bill prohibits the departments from declaring a moratorium on renewals of such permits. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/06/2021 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 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.
Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act S.567, Rep. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This 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.  Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/03/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation ActH.R.1597, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 1 (R) This is a bill to provide for conservation and economic development in the State of Nevada using land conveyances, boundary adjustments, special accounts and special designations and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2021H.R.980, Rep Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/11/2021PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to S.1589
A bill to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas, to withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes.S.1589, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/12/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2021– H.R. 980
State Grazing Management Authority ActS.1214, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into cooperative agreements with States to provide for State administration of allotment management plans. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/19/2021 PLF does not support this bill.
Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2021H.R.1069, Rep Greg Pence (R-IN) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) This bill would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide that the Federal Communications Commission is not required to perform any review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 or division A of subtitle III of title 54, United States Code, as a condition of permitting the placement and installation of a communications facility, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce – 02/15/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposesH.R. 440, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To amend title 54, United States Code, to increase public access to recreational areas on Federal land.117th Congress (2021-2022)H.R. 47, Rep Andy Biggs (R-AZ) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill increases, of the amounts made available for expenditure in any fiscal year under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the minimum amounts to be made available for certain recreational public access projects (e.g., certain projects involving access to hunting and fishing). Specifically, the amounts shall be not less than the greater of (1) 10% percent (rather than 3%) of those amounts, or (2) $50 million (rather than $15 million). Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel extraction and emissions by entities with leases on public land, and for other purposesH.R 1506, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 9 (D) 0 (R)This bill provides for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel extraction and emissions by entities with leases on public land. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance to the University of Alaska of certain public land in the State of AlaskaH.R.2546, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance to the University of Alaska of certain public land in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act – S.1128
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 Representatives and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act S.1128, Sen Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance to the University of Alaska of certain public land in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to H.R.2546
Washington, D.C. Admission Act S.51, Sen Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) Cosponsors: 38 (D) 0 (R) 1 (I)To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs – 01/26/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Washington, D.C. Admission ActH.R. 51, Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Cosponsors: 212 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Rules, Armed Services, Judiciary and Energy and Commerce – 01/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Wildland Firefighter Recognition ActS.1221, Sen. Daines Steve (R-MT) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This is a bill to require the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to create a classification that more accurately reflects the vital role of wildland firefighters. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs – 04/20/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to the Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act – H.R.938
Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act H.R.938, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To require the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to commence development of a distinct wildland firefighter occupational series that includes the designation “Wildland Firefighter and more accurately reflects the variety of duties performed by wildland firefighters and complete this effort within 2 years. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform – 02/8/2021PLF is tracking this bill.

Regulations

Topic or IssueRIN (Regulation Identifier Number) AbstractAgency ContactActionDateFR CitePLF Input
Alaska Lands1004-AE66Implementing the Alaska Native Vietnam Era Veterans Land Allotment Section of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act Paul Krabacher Project Manager, Division of Lands & Cadastral Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE, Room 2134 LM, Washington, DC 20003 Phone:907 271-5681 Email: pkrabach@blm.gov NPRM ANPRM Comment Period End Final Action07/10/2020 08/10/2020 11/00/202085 FR 41495
Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms 1004-AE76Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms: Correction of State Office Address for Filings and Recordings, Including Proper Offices for Recording of Mining Claims; Eastern States This final rule amends the regulations at 43 CFR 1821.10 pertaining to the execution and filing of forms in order to reflect the new address of the BLM-Eastern States Office of the Bureau of Land Management. This office moved to Falls Church, Virginia, on July 6, 2020.Francis Piccoli District Manager, Northeastern States District Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 Phone:202 912-7700 Final Action11/00/2020
Communications: Update of the Communications Uses Program, Cost Recovery Fee Schedules and Section 512 of FLPMA for Rights-of-Way 1004-AE60Update of the Communications Uses Program, Cost Recovery Fee Schedules and Section 512 of FLPMA for Rights-of-Way. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to amend its existing right-of-way (ROW) regulations to streamline the communications uses program, update its cost recovery fee schedules for ROW Federal work activities, and include provisions governing the development and approval of operating plans and agreements for ROWs for electric transmission and distribution facilities (powerlines). Communications uses and powerlines are a subset of ROW activities authorized under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA). Cost recovery fees apply to most ROW activities authorized under either FLPMA or the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended (MLA). 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 E-Mail: dherrema@blm.govNPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action12/00/2020 02/00/2021 07/00/2021
Electric Bicycles on Public Lands1004-AE72The BLM will develop a proposed rule to implement Secretarial Order (S.O.) 3376 Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the Use of Electronic Bikes. The S.O. directs the BLM to develop a proposed rule to revise 43 CFR 8340.0-5 and any associated regulations to be consistent with the S.O., add a definition for e-bikes consistent with 15 U.S.C. 2085, and expressly exempt all e-bikes as defined in section 4a of the S.O. from the definition of motor vehicles. Kevin Oliver Division Chief, Recreation of Visitor Services (HQ-430) Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:999 999-9999 Email: koliver@blm.gov NPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action04/10/2020 06/09/2020 11/00/202085 FR 20229https://bit.ly/3h9eQBm
Forest Management1004-AE61The purpose of these proposed revisions is to reduce the time it takes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to resolve protests of forest management decisions, specifically decisions to implement timber sales. The revisions also contain updates to clarify administration of timber sales and respond to several changes in statute. Overall, this proposal is designed to improve efficiency in the administrative remedy and timber sale administration processes. 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:206 373-3812 Email: mdraper@blm.gov NPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action06/08/2020 08/07/2020 11/00/202085 FR 35049
Livestock Grazing1004-AE63The proposed rule would revise the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) grazing regulations to streamline and clarify grazing processes and improve coordination among Federal, State, and local government entities. The proposed rule would replace the regulations appearing in 43 CFR part 4100 thus ensuring reliability and accurate information.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: 206 373-3812 E-Mail: mdraper@blm.govNPRM NPRM Comment Period End03/00/2021 05/00/2021
Locatable Minerals1004-AE71Changes to the Mining Law Regulations would generally streamline authorizations under the general mining laws, reduce or eliminate cost recovery associated with mineral examination reports, and improve security of tenure for mining claimants. Lindsey Curnutt Acting Division Chief, Solid Minerals Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE Washington , DC 20003 Phone: 480 708-7339 E-Mail: lcurnutt@blm.govNPRM 12/00/2020
Oil & Gas1004-AE75The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to revise its regulations to specify that oil-well gas flared due to pipeline or processing capacity limitations is royalty free when such flaring is consistent with State or tribal rules, regulations, or orders. This will align the regulations with the BLM’s previously stated policy preference for deferring to State and tribal rules when determining royalty obligations on routine flaring. This routine flaring occurs in certain states (North Dakota and New Mexico) with Federal oil and gas production.Rebecca Good Acting Division Chief, Fluid Minerals Division Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office (Attn: 310), 310 Dinosaur Trail Santa Fe , NM 87508 Phone: 307 261-7633 E-Mail: rgood@blm.govNPRM NPRM Comment Period End11/00/2020 01/00/2021
Oil & Gas: Revisions to the Oil and Gas Site Security, Oil Measurement, and Gas Measurement Regulations 1004-AE59 On January 17, 2017, the BLM issued three rules that updated and replaced the BLM’s existing Onshore Oil and Gas Orders (Onshore Orders) for site security (Onshore Order 3), measurement of oil (Onshore Order 4), and measurement of gas (Onshore Order 5). The three rules were codified in title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at subparts 3170 (Onshore Oil and Gas Production: General), 3173 (Requirements for Site Security and Production Handling), 3174 (Measurement of Oil), and 3175 (Measurement of Gas). These rules were prompted by external and internal oversight reviews, which found that many of the BLM’s production measurement and accountability policies were outdated and inconsistently applied. The rules addressed some of the Government Accountability Office concerns for areas of high risk with regard to the Department’s production accountability. The rulemakings also provided a process for approving new measurement technology that meets defined performance goals. In accordance with Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (March 28, 2017), and Secretarial Order No. 3349, American Energy Independence, (March 29, 2017), the BLM has undertaken a review of the rules to determine if certain provisions may have added regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. As a result of this review, the BLM is developing a proposed rulemaking action that will propose to modify certain provisions of 43 CFR subparts 3170, 3173, 3174, and 3175 in order to reduce unnecessary and overly burdensome regulatory requirements. Rebecca Good Acting Division Chief, Fluid Minerals Division Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office (Attn: 310), 310 Dinosaur Trail Santa Fe , NM 87508 Phone: 307 261-7633 E-Mail: rgood@blm.govNPRM NPRM Comment Period End09/10/2020 11/09/202085 FR 55940
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations1004-AE77Onshore Oil and Gas Operations-Annual Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments. This final rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the BLM's regulations governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and consistent with applicable Office of Management and Budget guidance. The adjustments made by this final rule constitute the 2021 annual inflation adjustments, accounting for 1 year of inflation spanning the period from October 2019 through October 2020. Chandra Little Regulatory Analyst, Division of Regulatory Affairs Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003 Phone:202 912-7403 Email: cclittle@blm.govFinal Action01/00/2021
Resource Advisory Councils1004-AE73The BLM is proposing to remove 43 CFR part 1784, which contains standards and procedures for the creation, operation, and termination of advisory committees to advise the Secretary of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management on matters relating to public lands and resources under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. These regulations duplicate the Interior Departments regulations and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Carrie Richardson Correspondence Management Analyst Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE, Room 2134 LM Washington , DC 20003 Phone: 202 501-2634 E-Mail: crichardson@blm.govNPRM NPRM Comment Period03/00/2021 05/00/2021
Resource Management Planning1004-AE62The proposed rule would revise the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) resource management planning regulations to streamline and clarify land use planning processes and improve coordination among Federal, State, and local government entities. The proposed rule would also streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses of the effects of implementing resource management plan (RMP) revisions and amendments.Heather Bernier Acting Division Chief, Division Support, Planning and NEPA Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE, Room 2134 LM Washington , DC 20003 Phone: 202 912-7292 E-Mail: hbernier@blm.govNPRM06/00/2021
Rights-of-Way1004-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 will 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 E-Mail: dherrema@blm.govNPRM04/00/2021
Selected Public Lands in Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai Counties, AZThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finalizing supplementary rules on selected public lands administered by the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran Field Offices. These rules are being established by the Arizona State Director of the BLM to provide for public health and safety and to reduce user conflicts within developed recreation areas (or sites), including recreational shooting sports sites.John (Jake) Szympruch, District Chief Law Enforcement Ranger at email: jszympru@blm.gov; Lane Cowger, Hassayampa Field Office Manager at email: lcowger@blm.gov; or Edward J. Kender, Lower Sonoran Field Office Manager at email: ekender@blm.gov; or at 623-580-5500.Final supplementary rules.These supplementary rules are effective April 12, 2021.86 FR 14009
Wild Horses and Burros1004-AE65This rulemaking would address wild horse and burro management challenges by adding regulatory tools that better reflect the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 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: 405 579-1860 E-Mail: hwaddell@blm.govNPRM 04/00/2021

Executive Orders

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. he PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.