Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1992
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Energy Sector, Energy Sector
Agency:U.S. Department of Interior
Legal References:Section 1339 of HR 776, the Energy Policy Act of 1992

Section 1339 of EPACT 1992, titled Ownership of Coalbed Methane, effectively created a default programme by which the federal government would enact coalbed methane ownership legislation if an affected state did not implement its own programme. If an affected state has not placed in effect, by statute or by regulation, a substantial programme promoting the permitting, drilling and production of coalbed methane wells (including pooling arrangements) within that State within three years after becoming an Affected State, the Secretary of the Interior, with the participation of the Secretary of Energy, shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to resolve ownership issues.

Any state could petition to be removed from the list of affected states. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires removal of any state from the list of Affected States if, within three years, the state takes, or before the date of enactment had taken, any of the actions required for removal from the list.

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