Public Land Order No. 7622; Partial Revocation of Public Land Order No. 7291; New Mexico, 1465-1466 [05-326]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Notices existing Black Butte Mine in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. A maintenance tract is a parcel of land containing coal reserves nominated for leasing that may be used to extend an existing mine. This tract, assigned case number WYW160394, is called the Pit 14 Tract and was applied for as a lease by application (LBA) under the provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations 3425. Consistent with regulations pertaining to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the BLM must prepare an environmental document prior to allowing the coal lease to be sold. Under the provisions of Section 102(2)(c) of NEPA, the BLM announces its intentions to prepare an EIS and to solicit public comments regarding issues and resource information. Consistent with regulations found at 43 CFR 3425, this NOI also serves to notify the public that a coal lease is under consideration. DATES: The scoping period for the Pit 14 LBA will begin with publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The BLM can best utilize public input if comments and resource information are submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. On January 26, 2005, an open house will be held between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and a scoping meeting at 7 p.m., at the Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments to the Rock Springs Field Office, Attn: Teri Deakins, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901. Fax comments to 307–352–0328, or e-mail them to teri_deakins@blm.gov. Please indicate Pit 14 LBA in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teri Deakins, Project Manager, may be reached at 307–352–0211. For information specific to coal or coal operations, Jeff Clawson may be contacted at 307–352–0323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 24, 2004, BBCC filed a coal lease application for a maintenance tract containing approximately 20 million tons of in-place Federal coal within a tract of approximately 1,399.48 acres. This tract, case number WYW160394, is called the Pit 14 Tract and affects the following lands in Sweetwater County: T. 17 N., R. 101 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming Sec. 2: Lots 3, 4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4; Sec. 4: Lots 1, 2, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, S1⁄2SW1⁄4, SE1⁄4; Sec. 10: NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SW1⁄4; T. 18 N., R. 101 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming Sec. 34: E1⁄2, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4. Containing 1,399.48 acres more or less. VerDate jul<14>2003 20:44 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 The Pit 14 Tract is located within ‘‘checkerboard,’’ or mixed Federal and private surface ownership. The Pit 14 project area is 33% Federal surface and mineral estate. As part of the coal leasing process, BLM will evaluate the tract configuration and may decide to add or subtract Federal coal to avoid bypassing coal, to facilitate maximum economic recovery, or to increase competition. The Black Butte Coal Mine is adjacent to the LBA area and BBCC proposes to mine the tract as a maintenance tract for the Black Butte Mine. BBCC has an approved mining and reclamation plan from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), Land Quality Division. The mine also has an approved air quality permit from the WDEQ, Air Quality Division to mine up to 7 million tons of coal per year. BBCC is currently mining from existing Federal, private, and state leases at a rate of 3 to 4 million tons per year. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) will be a cooperating agency during preparation of the EIS. If the Pit 14 LBA Tract is leased to the applicant, the new lease must be incorporated into the existing mining plan for the adjacent mine. Before the Federal coal can be mined, the Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised mining plan. The OSMRE is the Federal agency that would be responsible for recommending approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the revised mining plan to the Secretary should the tract be leased. Through BLM’s initial scoping of BBCC’s proposal, at least one key issue has been identified: The potential conflict between coal mining and oil and gas development within the lease tract. Other issues tentatively identified include air quality; biological issues, including potential impacts to big game crucial winter range and sage-grouse nesting habitat; vegetation, including plant species that BLM has identified as sensitive; nearby on-going shallow gas exploration and development projects; socio-economic impacts; cumulative impacts; and water quality. If you have specific issues or other concerns that BLM should consider during the NEPA process, please identify them in writing. You may send comments to the BLM by mail, facsimile, or electronic mail. Comments may also be hand-delivered to the Rock Springs Field Office or submitted at the public meeting. To receive full consideration, please submit comments on or before February 4, 2005. All comments, including the names and street addresses of respondents, will be PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1465 available for public review at the address listed above during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Your response is important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you do respond, we will keep you informed of the availability of environmental documents that address impacts that occur from this proposal. Please note that comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, e-mail address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Alan Rabinoff, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 05–330 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NM110–1430–ET; NMNM 94904] Public Land Order No. 7622; Partial Revocation of Public Land Order No. 7291; New Mexico Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This order partially revokes Public Land Order No. 7291 insofar as it affects 514.15 acres of public lands and 428.30 acres of federally reserved mineral interest underlying private surface estate withdrawn to protect an area having potential for the development of humate. EFFECTIVE DATE: February 7, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debby Lucero, BLM Albuquerque Field Office, 435 Montano NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, (505) 761–8700. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The partial revocation is needed to reinstate a E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 1466 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Notices mining claim located on the subject lands and settle ongoing litigation. Order disputes between rival locators over possessory rights since Congress has provided for such determinations in local courts. By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows: 1. Public Land Order No. 7291, is hereby revoked insofar as it affects the following described public lands withdrawn to protect an area having potential for development of humate: Dated: December 20, 2004. Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 05–326 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] New Mexico Principal Meridian T. 19 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 4, lots 1 and 3, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4. The areas described aggregate 514.30 acres in Sandoval County. Bureau of Land Management 2. Public Land Order No. 7291, is hereby revoked insofar as it affects the federally reserved mineral interests in the following described lands withdrawn to protect an area having potential for development of humate: New Mexico Principal Meridian T. 19 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 4, lot 2; Sec. 9, E1⁄2, and E1⁄2W1⁄2. The areas described aggregate 428.30 acres in Sandoval County. 3. At 10 a.m. on February 7, 2005, the lands described in paragraph 1 will be opened to the operation of the public land laws generally, subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law. All valid applications received at or prior to 10 a.m. on February 7, 2005, shall be considered as simultaneously filed at that time. Those received thereafter shall be considered in the order of filing. 4. At 10 a.m. on February 7, 2005, the lands described in paragraphs 1 and 2 will be opened to location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of applicable law. Appropriation of any of the lands described in this order under the general mining laws prior to the date and time of restoration is unauthorized. Any such attempted appropriation, including attempted adverse possession under 30 U.S.C. 38 (2000), shall vest no rights against the United States. Acts required to establish a location and to initiate a right of possession are governed by State law where not in conflict with Federal law. The Bureau of Land Management will not intervene in VerDate jul<14>2003 18:03 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [WY–920–1050–ET; WYW 87111] Public Land Order No. 7621; Extension of Public Land Order No. 6597; Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This order extends Public Land Order No. 6597 for an additional 20-year period. This extension is necessary to continue the protection of the White Mountain Petroglyphs Site in Sweetwater County. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 26, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Booth, BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 N. Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003, 307– 775–6124. Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows: 1. Public Land Order No. 6597 (50 FR 11865, March 26, 1985), which withdrew 20 acres of public land from surface entry and mining to protect the Bureau of Land Management White Mountain Petroglyphs Site, is hereby extended for an additional 20-year period. 2. Public Land Order No. 6597 will expire on March 25, 2025, unless, as a result of a review conducted prior to the expiration date pursuant to section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714(f) (2000), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be extended. Dated: December 20, 2004. Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 05–327 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–920–1430–ET; WYW 88021] Public Land Order No. 7623; Extension of Public Land Order No. 6581; Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public land order. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This order extends Public Land Order No. 6581 for an additional 20-year period. This extension is necessary to continue protection of the equity of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a public housing facility. EFFECTIVE DATE: January 9, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Booth, BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 N. Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003, 307– 775–6124. Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows: 1. Public Land Order No. 6581 (50 FR 1055, January 9, 1985), which withdrew 5.55 acres of land from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the public land laws, but not the mining laws, to protect the equity of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is hereby extended for an additional 20-year period. 2. Public Land Order No. 6581 will expire on January 8, 2025, unless, as a result of a review conducted prior to the expiration date pursuant to section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714(f) (2000), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be extended. Dated: December 20, 2004. Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 05–329 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NM110-1430-ET; NMNM 94904]


Public Land Order No. 7622; Partial Revocation of Public Land 
Order No. 7291; New Mexico

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Public land order.

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SUMMARY: This order partially revokes Public Land Order No. 7291 
insofar as it affects 514.15 acres of public lands and 428.30 acres of 
federally reserved mineral interest underlying private surface estate 
withdrawn to protect an area having potential for the development of 
humate.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 7, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debby Lucero, BLM Albuquerque Field 
Office, 435 Montano NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, (505) 761-8700.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The partial revocation is needed to reinstate 
a

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mining claim located on the subject lands and settle ongoing 
litigation.

Order

    By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior 
by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 
43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows:
    1. Public Land Order No. 7291, is hereby revoked insofar as it 
affects the following described public lands withdrawn to protect an 
area having potential for development of humate:

New Mexico Principal Meridian

T. 19 N., R. 1 W.,
    Sec. 4, lots 1 and 3, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, SE\1/4\NW\1/4\, E\1/2\SW\1/
4\, and SE\1/4\.

    The areas described aggregate 514.30 acres in Sandoval County.

    2. Public Land Order No. 7291, is hereby revoked insofar as it 
affects the federally reserved mineral interests in the following 
described lands withdrawn to protect an area having potential for 
development of humate:

New Mexico Principal Meridian

T. 19 N., R. 1 W.,
    Sec. 4, lot 2;
    Sec. 9, E\1/2\, and E\1/2\W\1/2\.

    The areas described aggregate 428.30 acres in Sandoval County.

    3. At 10 a.m. on February 7, 2005, the lands described in paragraph 
1 will be opened to the operation of the public land laws generally, 
subject to valid existing rights, the provisions of existing 
withdrawals, other segregations of record, and the requirements of 
applicable law. All valid applications received at or prior to 10 a.m. 
on February 7, 2005, shall be considered as simultaneously filed at 
that time. Those received thereafter shall be considered in the order 
of filing.
    4. At 10 a.m. on February 7, 2005, the lands described in 
paragraphs 1 and 2 will be opened to location and entry under the 
United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights, the 
provisions of existing withdrawals, other segregations of record, and 
the requirements of applicable law. Appropriation of any of the lands 
described in this order under the general mining laws prior to the date 
and time of restoration is unauthorized. Any such attempted 
appropriation, including attempted adverse possession under 30 U.S.C. 
38 (2000), shall vest no rights against the United States. Acts 
required to establish a location and to initiate a right of possession 
are governed by State law where not in conflict with Federal law. The 
Bureau of Land Management will not intervene in disputes between rival 
locators over possessory rights since Congress has provided for such 
determinations in local courts.

    Dated: December 20, 2004.
Rebecca W. Watson,
Assistant Secretary--Land and Minerals Management.
[FR Doc. 05-326 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]
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