Simplifying the Federal Coal Management Program.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ENERGY AND MINERALS DIV
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As you may known, we have been reviewing the Departments regulations for the management of existing Federal coal leases and preference right lease applications PRLAs. We had planned to complete our work later this year. The objective of this assignment was to identify regulatory modifications that could simplify and ultimately enhance the timely and orderly development of coal on existing coal leases and PRLAs. Because the Department has recently initiated a study of these regulations, including many of the same elements we were examining, we decided to defer further work and share with you some of our preliminary concerns so they may be considered during the Departments current efforts. Our work was devoted primarily to the regulations affecting Federal coal leases and lease rights issued prior to enactment of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act in August 1976. However, because of similarities between these regulations and the regulations governing leases issued since that time, our observations have equal applicability to new leases.
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