Federal helium conservation program.

Hearings, Ninety-first Congress, first session. September 15 and 16, 1969.
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The Federal Helium ProgramThe BLM operates and maintains a helium storage reservoir, enrichment plant, and pipeline system near Amarillo, TX, that supplies over 40 percent of domestic demand for helium. The BLM supplies crude helium to private helium refining companies which in turn refine the helium and market it to Federal Helium Program is comprised of the.

The Federal Helium Program, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Amarillo Field Office, is responsible for the conservation and sale of Federally owned helium.

The BLM operates and maintains a helium storage reservoir, enrichment plant, and pipeline system near Amarillo, Texas, that supplies over 40 percent of domestic demand. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on the Federal helium program and H.R. the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, which would make various changes to the Helium Privatization Act ofincluding establishing a Federal helium conservation program.

book approach to drawing down the Federal Helium Reserve. Get this from a library. Federal helium conservation program: hearings before the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-first Congress, first session, hearings held September 15 [United States.

Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The National Helium Reserve, also known as the Federal Helium Reserve, is a strategic reserve of the United States holding over 1 billion cubic meters (10 9 m 3) of helium gas.

The helium is stored at the Cliffside Storage Facility about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Amarillo, Texas, in a natural geologic gas storage formation, the Bush Dome reservoir.

The reserve was established with the. As a result, Congress enacted the Helium Act Amendments (P.L.

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) inwhich in essence directed the secretary of the Interior to (1) accomplish the acquisition and conservation of helium, using the partially depleted Bush Dome reservoir in the Cliffside field for storage and (2) buy commercial crude helium, using funds borrowed from.

Federal Land Conservation Programs The federal government is a vital source of funding for land and natural resource conservation in America — helping to save great parks and public lands, productive farms and ranches, vital wildlife habitat, healthy watersheds, and more.

Federal funding typically leverages contributions from state, local, and private sources — enabling the protection of. Helium is currently used for a number of scientific and technical purposes, and it may be essential to the future development and implementation of several energy-related technologies presently being researched.

However, helium resources are rapidly decreasing as their most economical sources, natural gas fields, are depleted, and as uncaptured helium is released to the atmosphere through the. Helium Act of50 USC §is a United States statute drafted for the purpose of conservation, exploration, and procurement of helium gas.

The Act of Congress authorized the condemnation, lease, or purchase of acquired lands bearing the potential of producing helium gas. The Act empowered the United States Department of the Interior and United States Bureau of Mines with the Enacted by: the 68th United States Congress.

The Helium Privatization Act of (P.L. ) directs the Department of the Interior to begin liquidating the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve by in a manner consistent with ''minimum market disruption" and at a price given by a formula specified in the act.

It also mandates that the. In-kind crude helium—Conservation helium purchased by private refiners in exchange for like amounts of pure helium sold to Federal Agencies and their contractors in accordance with the HPA.

MMcf— One million cubic feet of gas measured at standard conditions of. The federal helium program is currently managed by the Department of the Interior’s BLM.

During the s and early s, Interior purchased about 34 billion cubic feet of crude helium for conservation purposes and to meet federal helium needs, such as for the space program and scientific research.

Crude helium is a gas of 50 to 85 percent. The Federal Helium Program sells vast amounts of the gas to U.S. companies that use it in everything from party balloons to MRI machines. If the. Annual Conservation Helium Sale—The sale of a certain volume of Conservation Helium to private entities conducted annually beginning no later than Bidder—Any entity or person who submits a request for purchase of a volume of the annual Conservation Helium sale and has met the qualifications contained in part in this notice.

Contact Information: Agency/University: The federal regulations at 43 CFR subpart require that federal agencies and contractors must use an authorized federal helium supplier (in-kind helium) for any major helium requirement, defined as Mcf of gaseous helium or liters of liquid helium delivered to a use location per year.

Get this from a library. Federal helium conservation program: hearings before the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, House of Representatives; Ninety-first Congress, first session; hearings held September 15 [United States.

Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. concern that helium conservation was necessary to ensure that federal needs could be met. However, the Bureau has estimated that, if needed, the federally owned helium in Cliffside plus the helium in Riley Ridge Field could meet federal needs for helium for over years.

Another change is. PUBLIC LAW –9—MAR. 12, JOHN D. DINGELL, JR. CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT, AND RECREATION ACT dkrause on DSKBC28HB2PROD with PUBLAWS VerDate Sep 11 Jkt PO Frm Fmt Sfmt E:\PUBLAW\PUBL PUBL §§ to Omitted § Repealed. Aug. 26,ch.title V, § (a)(13), 68 Stat.

§ Omitted § Definitions § a. Full text of "Federal helium program: oversight hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, first session, on the administration of the federal helium program, hearing held in Washington, DC, " See other formats.

Indisruptions in the global supply of helium reminded consumers, distributors, and policy makers that the global helium supply chain lacks flexibility, and that attempts to increase production from the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve (the FHR) may not be able to compensate for the loss of one of the few major producers in the world.

Issues with U.S. and global markets for helium include Cited by: 4. W and W) These cases, brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act on the theory of conversion, and under the Tucker Act, 28 U.S.C.

ง (a) (2) on the theory of "reverse condemnation," depended upon the premise that the landowners had not parted with title to the helium. See Northern Natural Gas Company v. Grounds, F.2dat Helium is named for the Greek Titan of the Sun, Helios.

It was first detected as an unknown, yellow spectral line signature in sunlight, during a solar eclipse in by Georges. Almost seventeen months after Congress held its first hearing on the impending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve, the Helium Stewardship Act of was signed into law.

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Public Law allows continued operation of the Reserve while moving toward the goal of ending federal involvement in helium operations. The law establishes an auction system for the sale of helium in the Reserve, and.

Furthermore, the societies recommend that Congress allocate a portion of the profits from federal helium sales toward purchase of helium conservation systems for academic researchers. Currently, such sales generate about $, per day, all of which is deposited into the General Fund of the U.S.

Treasury. The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve, a new Research Council report that responds to the congressional mandate, says that privatizing the reserves should not adversely affect the production and use of the gas over the next two decades.

However, a number of actions should be taken to ensure that sufficient supplies continue to be. The U.S. government first set up a national helium program in the s, when blimps and other airships seemed like a useful military technology.

That. For many years, the U.S. government operated the Federal Helium Program. This program was responsible for collecting and storing helium for government use.

The main customers for this helium were the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy. The BLM currently operates the Federal helium program with the primary goals of supplying helium to meet the Nation's needs of Federal helium users and paying off the "helium debt." To this end, the BLM has paid approximately $ billion to the U.S.

Treasury since This constitutes substantial progress toward eliminating the helium debt. May 6, S. (th). A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands to promote a greater domestic helium supply, to establish a Federal helium leasing program for public land, and to secure a helium supply for national defense and Federal researchers, and for other purposes.

Ina database of bills in the U.S. Congress. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) Title 7. Agriculture Part CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM; 7 CFR Part - CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM.

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CFR ; prev | next § Administration. § Definitions. § General description. § CLEAR 30 Pilot Program. § Conservation Reserve Enhancement.THE HELIUM CONSERVATION PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR By Charlotte Alber Price-: For almost thirty years people believed that helium existed on the sun but not on the earth.

Identified by a curious yellow line in the spectrum of sunlight in .The National Helium Reserve known as the Federal Helium Reserve, is a strategic reserve of the United States holding over 1 billion cubic meters of helium gas.

The helium is stored at the Cliffside Storage Facility about 12 miles northwest of Amarillo, Texas, in a natural geologic gas storage formation, the Bush Dome reservoir; the reserve was established with the enactment of the Helium Act.