Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act Moves Forward

by Elizabeth Alford on June 20, 2016

Mineral owners won a small victory this week as the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015 moved a step closer to becoming law.

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In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced House Resolution 3881. The legislation is authored by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa. and is designed to protect the rights of private mineral owners on the Allegheny National Forest.

“Despite nearly a century of cooperation between the owners of private mineral rights and the federal government, extreme environmental groups repeatedly attempted to shut down energy production in the Allegheny National Forest,” said Thompson, who is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. “The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act will make these affirmative court rulings law, protecting jobs in our communities while reaffirming the importance of private property rights.”

After many years of litigation stemming from a 2009 lawsuit, the courts have affirmed the Forest Service does not have the authority to regulate oil and gas production when those rights are held by private individuals. This piece of legislation formalizes the court’s decisions by making it law.

The Allegheny National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania and is located in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

Read the complete bill here

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