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senate Bill S. 47

The Bipartisan Public Lands & Natural Resources Package

Argument in favor

This bipartisan public lands and natural resources package reflects a balance between creating new opportunities for natural resource and community development in western states with substantial federal lands and conserving lands.

David 's Opinion
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02/10/2019
This bill needs to be amended to keep fossil fuel companies out of public lands.
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Tinee's Opinion
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02/12/2019
The Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc..... Once public lands are destroyed they are gone forever. Public lands need to be protected for future generations to be able to enjoy them.
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Sandra's Opinion
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02/11/2019
I agree with David....Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc.....Fossil fuels are the past. We need to understand this, if there is going to be a future.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn’t do enough to open federal lands to the development of natural resources. Alternatively, it doesn’t sufficiently conserve public lands that may be open to recreational activities because of this bill.

I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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02/06/2019
No one should have private property rights on any public lands. We should protect public lands and we should make public lands more available for recreation to the public, as long as environmental protections are in place and enforced. No person, company or entity should have rights to minerals or natural resources beneath the ground or in the water, air or land of public lands. Just like many Conservatives say that black people do not have rights to be compensated because of their great grand parent’s slavery, the individuals or entities that claim they have rights to minerals and resources with public lands, lost those rights when their great grand parents passed away and the lands were made public. If they are claiming to be compensated for these so-called rights, then black descendants have more rights to be compensated for their family’s slavery and unjustified incarceration, hangings, murders, rapings, etc.
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Frances's Opinion
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02/04/2019
THIS BILL WILL ONLY BE USED BY THE BIG CORPORATE FOSSIL FUEL LOVING REPUBLICANS TO DECIMATE THE ENVIRONMENT--NO PUBLIC LANDS EVER SHOULD BE OPENED FOR DEVELOPMENT--WE HAVE DEVELOPED THIS PLANET TO EXTINCTION!
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Linda's Opinion
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02/03/2019
This bill does nothing to protect all wilderness areas from industry & greed. Since this is not protecting our natural resources from leases to industries, then I oppose it. And I do not support it for the same reasoning. We must do better in keeping pristine areas virgin & wild. Native American land must be protected and governed from within more than in DC. All our lands must be protected from industry & development. Keep it in the ground. We don’t need to expand extracting our natural resources for use or export. The public lands that hold these resources must be protected from pollution using chemicals, excessive drilling & mining. Our virgin wilderness areas are not meant to be leased for drilling, fracking, mining, deforestation; our wildlife habitats reserved for wildlife, not trapping & hunting, not leased for grazing lands. The very purpose is to preserve for future generations so stop raiding & leasing these areas. Ban these type leases to keep our natural lands pristine wilderness areas. Congress.gov Natural Resources Management Act This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. Specifically, the bill addresses, among other matters -land conveyances, exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals, and transfers; -national parks, monuments, memorials, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic and heritage sites, and other conservation and recreation areas; -wildlife conservation; -helium extraction; -small miner waivers of claim maintenance fees; -wildland fire operations;— -the release of certain federal reversionary land interests; -boundary adjustments;— -the Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline; -fees for medical services in units of the National Park System; -funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; -recreational activities on federal or nonfederal lands; -a national volcano early warning and monitoring system; -federal reclamation projects; and search-and recovery-missions. In addition, the bill reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Program and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
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  • EnactedMarch 12th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed February 26th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 363 Yea / 62 Nay
  • The senate Passed February 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 92 Yea / 8 Nay
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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Title

John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act

Official Title

A bill to provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary

Natural Resources Management Act This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. Specifically, the bill addresses, among other matters land conveyances, exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals, and transfers; national parks, monuments, memorials, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic and heritage sites, and other conservation and recreation areas; wildlife conservation; helium extraction; small miner waivers of claim maintenance fees; wildland fire operations; the release of certain federal reversionary land interests; boundary adjustments; the Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline; fees for medical services in units of the National Park System; funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; recreational activities on federal or nonfederal lands; a national volcano early warning and monitoring system; federal reclamation projects; and search-and recovery-missions. In addition, the bill reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Program and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
    This bill needs to be amended to keep fossil fuel companies out of public lands.
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    No one should have private property rights on any public lands. We should protect public lands and we should make public lands more available for recreation to the public, as long as environmental protections are in place and enforced. No person, company or entity should have rights to minerals or natural resources beneath the ground or in the water, air or land of public lands. Just like many Conservatives say that black people do not have rights to be compensated because of their great grand parent’s slavery, the individuals or entities that claim they have rights to minerals and resources with public lands, lost those rights when their great grand parents passed away and the lands were made public. If they are claiming to be compensated for these so-called rights, then black descendants have more rights to be compensated for their family’s slavery and unjustified incarceration, hangings, murders, rapings, etc.
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    The Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc..... Once public lands are destroyed they are gone forever. Public lands need to be protected for future generations to be able to enjoy them.
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    THIS BILL WILL ONLY BE USED BY THE BIG CORPORATE FOSSIL FUEL LOVING REPUBLICANS TO DECIMATE THE ENVIRONMENT--NO PUBLIC LANDS EVER SHOULD BE OPENED FOR DEVELOPMENT--WE HAVE DEVELOPED THIS PLANET TO EXTINCTION!
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    I agree with David....Bill needs to be amended to stop public lands from being drilled, excavated, fracked etc.....Fossil fuels are the past. We need to understand this, if there is going to be a future.
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    This bill does nothing to protect all wilderness areas from industry & greed. Since this is not protecting our natural resources from leases to industries, then I oppose it. And I do not support it for the same reasoning. We must do better in keeping pristine areas virgin & wild. Native American land must be protected and governed from within more than in DC. All our lands must be protected from industry & development. Keep it in the ground. We don’t need to expand extracting our natural resources for use or export. The public lands that hold these resources must be protected from pollution using chemicals, excessive drilling & mining. Our virgin wilderness areas are not meant to be leased for drilling, fracking, mining, deforestation; our wildlife habitats reserved for wildlife, not trapping & hunting, not leased for grazing lands. The very purpose is to preserve for future generations so stop raiding & leasing these areas. Ban these type leases to keep our natural lands pristine wilderness areas. Congress.gov Natural Resources Management Act This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. Specifically, the bill addresses, among other matters -land conveyances, exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals, and transfers; -national parks, monuments, memorials, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic and heritage sites, and other conservation and recreation areas; -wildlife conservation; -helium extraction; -small miner waivers of claim maintenance fees; -wildland fire operations;— -the release of certain federal reversionary land interests; -boundary adjustments;— -the Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline; -fees for medical services in units of the National Park System; -funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; -recreational activities on federal or nonfederal lands; -a national volcano early warning and monitoring system; -federal reclamation projects; and search-and recovery-missions. In addition, the bill reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Program and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
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    Does not protect our lands ENOUGH. No private rights to anyone - EVER. This land is OUR land. NOT corporate America’s. NOT just for the wealthy. For EVERYONE. We like it like it is, or improved. NOT DESTROYED. Love what Seth said. Quit lumping bills together. Make that a law, too, Dems.
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    I don’t trust Bills introduced by Republicans. Sorry Lisa, but I have no faith in any of you to do what’s right for our country. Below is just a part of why I have lost any faith in this party. I hope to see Republicans stand up to their party one day. When the party is being held hostage is a good time to stand out. I will never forgive Susan Collins for putting party ahead of country. By Katherine Arcement Congress wants us to drill our lands and waters … or else! Some members of Congress are trying to rig the system to use public lands primarily for oil and gas drilling, and they are threatening to silence and punish anyone who objects. Under the Trump administration, public lands are being offered up for drilling at higher rates than ever before. Last year the U.S. government offered up 11.8 million acres for lease, or equivalent to Vermont and New Hampshire together. Vital protections for our air, land and water have been eliminated and public input has been minimized. New legislation is being considered by the House Natural Resources Committee that would hurry the selling of public lands by punishing states and citizens opposed to drilling. It would also relax safety requirements. These are five of the worst ideas under consideration: 1. Making citizens pay to protest drilling Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) introduced HR 6087, a bill that would require citizens and groups like The Wilderness Society to pay a fee to file comments opposing reckless oil and gas leasing. Oil and gas companies, however, would not have to pay a fee for expressing interest in these parcels. Protesting is an important way for citizens to weigh in on projects that could jeopardize endangered species, water and air quality, or present other threats to the public's wellbeing. Under Cheney's bill, protesters would pay per page filed with the government. Given the technical nature of a written protest, it could cost thousands of dollars to submit a protest. Under this bill, last year The Wilderness Society would have spent $15,000 in filings. Oil and gas operations on public lands in New MexicoMason Cummings / TWS 2. Rigging the system to benefit polluters Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico introduced HR 6106 and HR 6107, bills that would limit the ability of federal regulators to review environmental, safety or public health impacts of projects. HR 6106 would stop Bureau of Land Management employees from taking a closer look at several types of oil and gas projects—including roads and pipelines—regardless of the impact they may have. HR 6107 would similarly bar federal regulators from reviewing certain oil and gas projects regardless of impact. The bill proposes to exempt any project that taps less than 50 percent of the federal mineral resources available, so long as the land surface is owned by another party. 3. Handing out drilling permits as fast as possible Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) proposed HR 6088, a bill creating a new program for drilling permits on many public lands. It would make it so that after a permit has been filed, a company does not need a site inspection or environmental review to drill. All they have to do is wait 45 days. The only exception is if the Secretary of the Interior personally objects. This idea to rubber-stamp drilling permits would eliminate nearly all scrutiny of public health, safety or environmental impacts of a drill site. 4. Tying our children's education funding to oil drilling Rep. Scott Tipton's (R-CO) HR 5859 bill would require that we expand onshore energy production to provide funds for education. It would do so by encouraging expansion of drilling on our public lands and incentivizing drilling. The bill would also potentially ignore dangerous consequences on public health, wildlife habitat, and air and water quality. It creates a false choice between selling out children's wellbeing and funding their education. 5. Handing drilling on public lands over to the states and penalizing states that oppose drilling Possibly the worst idea yet is the "Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters" bill. This proposal would allow states to apply to manage an unlimited number of acres of federal lands that were within their borders. It would also exempt oil and gas projects from federal environmental laws and put states in charge of all permitting and project regulation. States would then be forced to continue to drill these lands at increasing intervals, as they would be rewarded for drilling more and penalized or have management stripped from them for drilling less. The state of Utah could push drilling in the 2 million acres of land illegally eliminated from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments.
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    This land is your land, this land is my land: let’s be good to it, take care of it
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    We actually must do all we can to stop all manner of extraction.
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    Absolutely! Stop drilling oil in these treasured places.
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    I don't understand the people voting yea who then say "This bill needs to be amended to better protect public land from drilling, fracking, exploitation, etc." If the bill is not up to par to what you expect from your congresspeople, then tell them to vote nay! As a special note to my Congressman Jason Smith, I am and always will be fundamentally against lumping dozens of bills together and voting on them as a passage. This is a tactic that is almost always used to slip real shady corporate lobbyist corruption into an otherwise benign proposal. So Jason, As Missourians, we're not scared of a little hard work so I expect you to demand that Congress vote on all 100 bills individually so that the merits of each can be more clearly established and transparent.
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    The federal government should relinquish these lands to the states. If not, how about allowing the Bureau of Land Management to lease mineral rights for conservation instead of only for drilling and mining?
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    Do not drill for oil or any other bastardizing action to these preserved lands. In view of what is happening to land,air & water we need more preservation not less.
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    No. The bill doesn't do enough to protect development from corporate predators and protect against fossil fuel maniacs.
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    If you want to protect them leave them alone . Do not give them to states that would open up wholesale destruction of these treasures
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    I hope the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt comes back and haunts any legislator that votes to give public lands to private corporations.
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    Giving the land to the states for better management or whatever language they paint it in, is code for making it easier for corporations to drill and lease and use and abuse. No thanks.
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    I don’t trust this administration to set any policy regarding public lands. They’re only interested in providing access to extractive industries.
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    It's great that it's bipartisan, but it doesn't do enough. No leasing of public land that compromises native flora & fauna, no new resource raping, more $ for public access and protection of flora and fauna, such as Joshua trees, wolves, marine mammals, etc.
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