CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Thursday, December 10, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5742, the Soledad Canyon Settlement Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5742 was introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) on November 19, 2014 and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.
H.R. 5742 provides a mechanism for the Secretary of the Interior to cancel mineral contracts to settle a controversial gravel project in the community of Santa Clarita, California. H.R. 5742 generally directs the Secretary of the Interior to sell a portion of land near Victorville, California and use the proceeds to (1) compensate the contract holder for the cancellation of gravel mineral contracts; and (2) make the federal government whole for the lost royalties that will result from the cancelled contracts. In selling the land near Victorville, H.R. 5742 requires the Secretary to give the local land use authority an exclusive preemptive right of purchase. Once the contract holder is compensated, H.R. 5742 directs the Secretary to cancel the contracts and withdraw the areas that were subject to the contracts from further mineral entry under all mineral leasing and sales authorities available to the Secretary.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a lease for a gravel mine to cement company CEMEX in the community of Santa Clarita, California. Following the release of the lease, as CEMEX was preparing a plan of operation, it became clear to all parties involved that the project was incompatible with the Community. CEMEX and the Community have worked to find a legislative solution to make the company whole while returning the lease to the federal government. H.R. 5742 addresses the issue by executing the agreement.
A CBO cost estimate is not available.
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