The PLF actively monitors Congressional legislation and Federal rule making activities 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 [email protected].
Sources of information include Congress.gov for Congressional legislation, and for rulemkaing regulations.gov and the Regulatory Agenda. 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 and beta.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.” On December 22, 2020 this search identified 45 proposed rules, some of which were quite old. Note that the regulations.gov is testing a new beta website. On Tuesdays and Thursdays users are directed to use the beta website.
- 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.
|Topic or Issue||Bill Number(s)& Name(s): Sponsor(s)||Summary||Latest Actions||PLF Input|
|BLM FY 2021 Appropriations||H.R. 133 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021/ Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY.||This is an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2021 that includes DOI and BLM.||President approved 12/21/20.||https://bit.ly/3mI2ktY|
|Cultural Resources||H.R.2181 - Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 / Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM Cosponsors: H.R.2181: 9(D), 1(R)||This bill withdraws federal lands and interests that are within the boundaries of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Withdrawal Area from: -entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; -location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and -operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.||Passed the House of Representatives 245 - 174; 10/30/2019|
|Deferred Maintenance and Land Acquisition||H.R.1957/S. 7092 - Great American Outdoors Act / Rep. John Lewis, D-GA / Sen. Cory Gardner R-CO Cosponsors: H.R. 1957: 18(D), 10(R) S. 7092: 42(D), 15(R), 2(I)||This bill provides for permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support priority deferred maintenance projects on Federal Lands administered by: the National ParkService, the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education.||Became Public Law No: 116-152; 08/04/2020|
|Land Designation||H.R.8446 / - Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act / Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT No Cosponsors||This bill establishes the Escalante Canyons National Park and Preserve, the Grand Staircase National Monument, the Kaiparowits National Monument, and the the Escalante Canyons National Monument within the current boundaries of the Escalante Canyons National Monument in the state of Utah.||Introduced 09/30/2020.|
|Renewable Energy||H.R.3794/S. 2666 - Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act /Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ / Sen. Martha McSally, R-AZ Cosponsors: H.R. 3794: 46(D), 23(R) 'S. 2666: 6(D), 5(R)||This bill would require the Secretary of Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, to establish priority areas on covered Federal land for geothermal, solar, and wind energy projects; provide for revenue sharing of receipts from renewable energy projects on federal land; and establish goals for approval of projects.||"07/17/2019-Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. 10/22/2019 - Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources."|
|Topic or Issue||Abstract||Agency Contact||Action||Date||FR Cite||PLF Input|
|Alaska Lands||Implementing 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: [email protected]||NPRM ANPRM Comment Period End Final Action||07/10/2020 08/10/2020 11/00/2020||85 FR 41495|
|Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms||Application 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 Action||11/00/2020|
|Communications||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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action||12/00/2020 02/00/2021 07/00/2021|
|Electric Bicycles on Public Lands||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action||04/10/2020 06/09/2020 11/00/2020||85 FR 20229||https://bit.ly/3h9eQBm|
|Endangered & Threatened Species||The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) propose to amend the Services' consultation regulations under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, pertaining to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. The proposed revisions would clarify that reinitiation of consultation would not be required for these agencies' previously approved land management plans when new information reveals that effects of a plan may affect listed species or critical habitat in a manner or to an extent not previously considered, provided that any authorized actions for which the new information is relevant will be addressed through a separate action-specific consultation.||Gary Frazer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240, telephone 202/208-4646; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910,||Proposed Rule||Comments due 2/11/2020||86 FR 2373|
|Forest Management||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End Final Action||06/08/2020 08/07/2020 11/00/2020||85 FR 35049|
|Livestock Grazing||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End||03/00/2021 05/00/2021|
|Locatable Minerals||Changes 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: [email protected]||NPRM 12/00/2020|
|Oil & Gas||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End||11/00/2020 01/00/2021|
|Oil & Gas||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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period End||09/10/2020 11/09/2020||85 FR 55940|
|Onshore Oil and Gas Operations||Onshore 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: [email protected]||Final Action||01/00/2021|
|Resource Advisory Councils||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM NPRM Comment Period||03/00/2021 05/00/2021|
|Resource Management Planning||The 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: [email protected]||NPRM||06/00/2021|
|Rights-of-Way||This 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: [email protected]||NPRM||04/00/2021|
|Wild Horses and Burros||This 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: [email protected]||NPRM||04/00/2021|
NPRM – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking