Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act Passes House

by Elizabeth Alford on September 26, 2016

U.S. House of representatives has upheld the rights of minerals owners in the Allegheny National Forest.

Related: Act Moves Forward

Earlier this month, the U.S. House passed legislation that reaffirms the rights of mineral owners on the Allegheny National Forest. H.R. 3881, authored by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., was approved by a vote of 395 to 3.

This legislation, also known as the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act, would repeal sections of the Mineral Leasing Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 that allow the Forest Service to write rules relating to permitting and leasing of mineral rights in the Allegheny.

“I am thankful to the overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill, which reaffirms the importance of private property rights and nearly a century of cooperation between private mineral owners and the federal government,” said Thompson, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.  “Despite repeated attempts by extreme environmental groups to shut down energy production in the Allegheny National Forest, the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act will once and for all, provide assurances to the future of jobs and the communities that rely upon our abundant natural resources.”

The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate for approval.

The Allegheny is home to more than 12,000 active gas and oil wells with an additional 100,000 wells that may be abandoned. Of the forest’s active wells, half were hydraulically fractured.


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