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Sec. 8. No amendment made by this Act shall affect any valid right in existence on the effective date of the Mineral Leasing Act Revision of 1960.

PUBLIC LAW 95-554

GENERAL

SEC. 8. The title of the Federal Coal leasing Amendments Act of 1975 (Public Law 94-377) is hereby changed to the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976.

FEDERAL ONSHORE OIL AND GAS LEASING REFORM ACT OF 1987 1

SEC. 5106. PENDING APPLICATIONS, OFFERS, AND BIDS.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle and except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, all noncompetitive oil and gas lease applications and offers and competitive oil and gas bids pending on the date of enactment of this Act shall be processed, and leases shall be issued under the provisions of the Act of February 25, 1920, as in effect before its amendment by this Act, except where the issuance of any such lease would not be lawful under such provisions or other applicable law.

(b) No noncompetitive lease applications or offers pending on the date of enactment of this Act for lands within the Shawnee National Forest, Illinois; the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas; Fort Chaffee, Arkansas; or Elgin Air Force Base, Florida; shall be processed until these lands are posted for competitive bidding in accordance with section 5102 of this subtitle. If any such tract does not receive a bid equal to or greater than the national minimum acceptable bid from a responsible qualified bidder then the noncompetitive applications or offers pending for such a tract shall be reinstated and noncompetitve leases issued under the Act of February 25, 1920, as in effect before its amendment by this subtitle, except where the issuance of any such lease would not be lawful under such provisions of other applicable law. If competitive leases are issued for any such tract, then the pending noncompetitive application or offer shall be rejected.

(c) Except as provided in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, all oil and gas leasing pursuant to the Act of February 25, 1920, after the date of enactment of this Act shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this subtitle. SEC. 5107. REGULATIONS; TEST SALE.

(a) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary shall issue final regulations to implement this subtitle within 180 days after the enactment of this Act. The regulations shall be effective when published in the Federal Register.

(b) TREATMENT UNDER OTHER LAW.-The proposal or promulgation of such regulations shall not be considered a major Federal action subject to the requirements of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

(c) TEST SALE.— The Secretary may hold one or more lease sales conducted in accordance with the amendments made by this subtitle before promulgation of regulations referred to in subsection (a). Sale procedures for such sale shall be established in the notice of sale.

1 Enacted as Title V of Public Law 100-203, the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987.

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