Action by the Secretary of the Interior in managing the public lands, or the Secretary of Agriculture in managing National Forest System Lands, with respect to any of the activities described in subsection (b) shall be subject to a rebuttable presumption that the use of a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 [ et seq.] (NEPA) would apply if the activity is conducted pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act [ et seq.] for the purpose of exploration or development of oil or gas.
The activities referred to in subsection (a) are the following:
42 U.S.C. § 15942
Pub. L. 109-58, title III, §390, Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 747.
REFERENCES IN TEXTThe National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 91-190, Jan. 1, 1970, 83 Stat. 852, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 55 (§4321 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under sectionof this title and Tables.The Mineral Leasing Act, referred to in subsec. (a), is act Feb. 25, 1920, ch. 85, 41 Stat. 437, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 3A (§181 et seq.) of Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section of Title 30 and Tables.
- The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 1 See References in Text note below.