Thompson’s Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act Approved by House Natural Resources Committee
Washington, DC – Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) that will protect the rights of private mineral owners in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) was approved today on a bipartisan basis by the House Natural Resources Committee.
The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015, H.R. 3881, seeks to reinforce federal law and consistent rulings of federal courts, which made a 2009 determination that the U.S. Forest Service is prohibited from creating new rules and regulations related to the leasing and permitting of privately-held mineral rights in the ANF.
“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,” Thompson said. “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,” said Thompson, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
“The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act will put to rest an issue that has created great uncertainty pertaining to private mineral rights in the Allegheny National Forest. I thank Rep. Thompson for his efforts in developing this bill to reaffirm that privately-held mineral rights will be protected. I look forward to working with him to advance this important legislation to the House floor,” stated House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT).
The Allegheny National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania and is located in Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties.