Alaska National Petroleum Reserve Federal Land Conveyanceby Representative Don Young
Posted on 2014-11-13
YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and
pass the bill (H.R. 5167) to direct the Administrator of General
Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain
Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to
the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established
under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as amended.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 5167 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE FEDERAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA.
(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and after completion of the appraisal described in this section, the Secretary of the Interior shall convey to the Corporation by quitclaim deed for the consideration described in subsection (c), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property described in subsection (b).
(b) Legal Description of Property.--The parcel to be conveyed under subsection (a) consists of approximately 1,518 acres and improvements comprising a former Distant Early Warning Line site in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska near Wainwright, Alaska, and described as United States Survey Number 5252 located within the Umiat Meridian in-- (1) Sections 3 and 4 within Township 14 North, Range 31 West; (2) Sections 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35 within Township 15 North, Range 31 West; and (3) Section 13 within Township 15 North; Range 32.
(c) Terms and Conditions.-- (1) Consideration.-- (A) In general.--As consideration for the conveyance of the property under subsection (a), the Corporation shall pay to the Secretary an amount not less than the fair market value of the conveyed property, to be determined as provided in subparagraph (B).
(B) Appraisal.--The fair market value of the property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined based on an appraisal that-- (i) is conducted by a licensed, independent appraiser that is approved by the Secretary and the Corporation; (ii) is based on the highest and best use of the property; (iii) is approved by the Secretary; and (iv) is paid for by the Corporation.
(2) Pre-conveyance entry.--The Secretary, on terms and conditions the Secretary determines to be appropriate, may authorize the Corporation to enter the property at no charge for pre-construction and construction activities.
(3) Additional terms and conditions.--The Secretary may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
(d) Exemption.--Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) shall not apply to any conveyance of property under this section.
(e) Corporation Defined.--In this section, the term ``Corporation'' means the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.).
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Alaska (Mr. Young) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Grijalva) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Alaska.
General Leave Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Alaska? There was no objection.
Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
The Wainwright Short Range radar site is an old Distant Early Warning station, commonly referred to as the Wainwright DEW Line site.
Historically, the U.S. Air Force maintained a radar site on the property, but it is no longer operational. The Air Force is in the final stages of cleaning up the property, which is expected to be finished this summer, and the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation, is collaborating on the effort.
When it finishes the cleanup, the Air Force is set to relinquish its right to the property, which is owned by the Department of the Interior and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Native corporation has been working with the Bureau to acquire the site which sits in the middle of land already owned by the Native corporation. However, language in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Act of 1976 prevents the Bureau from conveying this land.
H.R. 5167 directs the Secretary of the Interior to sell the site at fair market value to the Native corporation. This will allow the Alaska Natives to incorporate the land into their existing land use management plan and policies, thus turning a potential abandoned and unused parcel into a useful property.
I urge my colleagues to support this bill as reported unanimously from the Natural Resources Committee.
Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.