To ensure Federal oil and natural gas lease sales occur, eliminate redundant leasing bureaucracy, and provide leasing certainty.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. MINIMUM ACREAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ONSHORE LEASE SALES.
In conducting lease sales as required by section 226A of the Mineral Leasing Act, each year the Secretary of the Interior shall perform the following: (1) The Secretary shall offer for sale no less than 25 percent of the annual nominated acreage not previously made available for lease. Acreage offered for lease pursuant to this paragraph shall not be subject to protest and shall be eligible for categorical exclusions under section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15492), except that it shall not be subject to the test of extraordinary circumstances. (2) In administering this section, the Secretary shall only consider leasing of Federal lands that are available for leasing at the time the lease sale occurs.
SEC. 3. LEASING CERTAINTY.
Section 17(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(a)) is amended by inserting ``(1)'' before ``All lands'', and by adding at the end the following: ``(2)(A) The Secretary shall not withdraw any covered energy project issued under this Act without finding a violation of the terms of the lease by the lessee. ``(B) The Secretary shall not infringe...