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H.R.1363: Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced March 21, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 22, 2014
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act - (Sec. 2) Exempts geothermal exploration test projects from environmental impact statement requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) if the project:

  • causes less than five acres of soil or vegetation disruption at the location of each well and no more than five additional acres of disruption during access or egress to the test site,
  • is developed no deeper than 2,500 feet and less than eight inches in diameter,
  • is developed in a manner that does not require off-road motorized access other than to and from the well site along an identified off-road route,
  • is developed without construction of new roads other than upgrading of existing drainage crossings for safety purposes and with the use of rubber-tired d...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 22, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 521.
Dec. 22, 2014 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-690.
Sept. 18, 2014 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
Sept. 18, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Sept. 18, 2014 Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Discharged.
July 29, 2014 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
April 11, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
March 21, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.