How can a federal coal lease be terminated?
A coal lease shall terminate at the end of the tenth year if the lease has not met the diligent development requirement.
Can a federal coal lease be surrendered?
Yes. The lessee may surrender a lease in whole or in part by filing a written request for relinquishment with the BLM office which has jurisdiction over the leased lands. A relinquishment, if approved, takes effect on the date it was filed. The lessee must comply with the lease terms and conditions and have all payments and fees paid. The lease bond can be used to assure compliance with terms and conditions of the lease. Reclamation is a legal obligation under the lessee's SMCRA mine permit.