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Authorities & Regulations

What are the authorities for BLM to lease coal?
BLM has several primary authorities under which it leases federal coal:

  • The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended
  • The Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Land of 1947, as amended
  • The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976

Are there regulations that specifically cover the leasing of federal coal?
Yes, BLM's regulations for leasing federal coal are located in Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations, groups 3000 and 3400. The code is a publication that can be found in law libraries, most larger libraries, or government depository libraries and online from the Government Printing Office at www.access.gpo.gov. The CFR may also be found at any of the BLM offices.