PUBLIC LAW 95-91—AUG. 4, 1977 thermal Steam Act of 1970, and the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which relate to the— (1) fostering of competition for Federal leases (including, but not limited to, prohibition on bidding for development rights by certain types of joint ventures); (2) implementation of alternative bidding systems authorized for the award of Federal leases; (3) establishment of diligence requirements for operations conducted on Federal leases (including, but not limited to, procedures relating to the g r a n t i n g or ordering by the Secretary of the Interior of suspension of operations or production as they relate to such requirements); (4) setting rates of production for Federal leases; and (5) specifying the procedures, terms, and conditions for the acquisition and disposition of Federal royalty interests taken in kind. (c) There are hereby transferred to, and vested in, the Secretary all the functions of the Secretary of the Interior to establish production rates for all Federal leases. (d) There are hereby transferred to, and vested in, the Secretary those functions of the Secretary of the Interior, the Department of the Interior, and officers and components of that Department under the Act of ^lay 15, 1910, and other authorities, exercised by the Bureau of Mines, but limited to— (1) fuel supply and demand analysis and data g a the r i n g; (2) research and development relating to increased efficiency of production technology of solid fuel minerals, other than research relating to mine health and safety and research relating to the environmental and leasing consequences of solid fuel mining (which shall remain in the Department of the Interior); and (3) coal preparation and analysis. ADMINISTRATION OF LEASING
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30 USC 1,3,5-7.
SEC. 303. (a) The Secretary of the Interior shall retain any authorities not transferred under section 302(b) of this Act and shall be solely responsible for the issuance and supervision of Federal leases and the enforcement of all regulations applicable to the leasing of mineral resources, including but not limited to lease terms and conditions and production r-ates. No regulation promulgated by the Secretary shall restrict or limit any authority retained by the Secretary of the Interior under section 302(b) of this Act with respect to the issuance or supervision of Federal leases. Nothing in section 302(b) of this Act shall be construed to affect Indian lands and resources or to transfer any functions of the Secretary of the Interior concerning such lands and resources. (b) I n exercising the authority under section 302(b) of this Act to promulgate regulations, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of the Interior during the preparation of such regulations and shall afford the Secretary of the Interior not less than t h i r t y days, prior to the date on which the Department first publishes or otherwise prescribes regulations, to comment on the content and effect of such regulations. (c)(1) The Secretary of the Interior shall afford the Secretary not less than thirty days, prior to the date on which the Department of the Interior first publishes or otherwise prescribes the terms and conditions on which a Federal lease will be issued, to disapprove any term
Federal leasing of mineral resources.
42 USC 7153.
Terms and conditions, disapproval.