Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease, Utah, 4141 [05-1593]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 18 / Friday, January 28, 2005 / Notices the Secretary of the Interior to consider additional environmentally responsible oil and gas development, based on sound science and the best available technology, through further lease sales in the National Petroleum ReserveAlaska and that such consideration should include areas not currently leased within the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. In addition, Public Law 96–514 of December 12, 1980, amended the NPRPA authorizing oil and gas leasing in the reserve and as codified in 42 U.S.C. 6508 stated, ‘‘There shall be conducted, not withstanding any other provision of law and pursuant to such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; provided, that: (1) Activities undertaken pursuant to this section shall include or provide for such conditions, restrictions, and prohibitions as the Secretary deems necessary or appropriate to mitigate reasonably foreseeable and significantly adverse effects on the surface resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska * * *.’’ In exercising this authority a revised Preferred Alternative which incorporates additional surface protection measures has been developed to safeguard important resources and subsistence activities. This Final IAP/ EIS amendment contains four alternatives for a land management plan for the 4.6 million-acre planning area and assessments of each plan’s impacts on the surface resources present there, as well as the cumulative effects of each alternative. A Draft Amended IAP/EIS was made available for a 76-day comment period on June 9, 2004. Scoping and comment meetings on the Draft IAP/EIS were held in Bethel, Nuiqsut, Atqasuk, Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Washington, DC. The Northeast Planning Area provides particularly important habitat for caribou, waterfowl, subsistence species, and other waterfowl. Many of the local residents of the area rely on harvesting these resources for subsistence purposes. Ensuring adequate protection of these resources has been one of the main focuses of public comment. The BLM held public hearings on subsistence as well as public hearings on the Draft IAP/EIS. The first set of subsistence hearings was held in conjunction with the public hearings on the Draft IAP/EIS during the weeks of June 28, August 9 and 16 in Bethel, Nuiqsut, Atqasuk, Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, Fairbanks, Anchorage (all in VerDate jul<14>2003 15:43 Jan 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 Alaska) and Washington, DC. An additional set of subsistence hearings was held in the effected Alaska North Slope communities of Nuiqsut, Ataqasuk, Barrow and Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, as well as the community of Bethel, Alaska, in the Yukon Delta, during the weeks of October 25 and November 29. Under the final Preferred Alternative, approximately 4,389,000 acres of BLM administered subsurface estate within the Planning Area would be available for oil and gas leasing. Teshekpuk Lake would be deferred from oil and gas leasing under this alternative. In addition, there would be no recommended Wilderness Study Areas or Wild and Scenic Rivers. Lease stipulations and required operating procedures under the final Preferred Alternative, would establish setbacks prohibiting permanent facilities within 1⁄4 to 1 mile along major rivers and 1 to 3 miles along Fish Creek; 1⁄4 mile shoreward from deep water lakes and 3⁄4 mile along coastal areas, to protect subsistence resources/activities and other important surface resources. No Surface Occupancy for permanent oil and gas development stipulations were included which would protect goose molting areas, caribou movement corridors, and the southern caribou calving grounds. Multi-year studies would be required prior to development to protect spectacled and Steller’s eiders, yellow-billed loons, and caribou. Other stipulations and required operating procedures would establish restrictions and guidance that apply to waste prevention and spills, water use, winter overland moves and seismic activity, exploratory drilling, aircraft use and subsistence consultation. The no action alternative calls for continuation of current management, which does provide for continued leasing in the area previously made available for oil and gas leasing through the 1998 Northeast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska IAP/EIS and Record of Decision. Alternatives A through C make progressively more land, available for oil and gas leasing. The final Proposed Action, Altnerative D, would make a more land available Alternatives A, but less land available than Alternatives B or C. Alternative A, makes available 87% of the planning area available for oil and gas leasing; Alternative B makes 96% percent of the planning area available for oil and gas leasing; Alternative C makes 100% of the planning area available for oil and gas leasing; and the final Proposed Action, Alternative D, makes approximately 95% available for oil and gas leasing. Performance-based PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4141 stipulations and (ROPs) would provide protection for natural and cultural resources under all alternatives: B, C, and D, but their nature, number and scope varies between the alternatives. Alternative A, the No Action Alternative, would continue to protect the planning area with stipulations implemented throughout the 1998 Northeast Record of Decision. Dated: December 6, 2004. Henri R. Bisson, State Director, Alaska. [FR Doc. 05–1730 Filed 1–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [UTU76532] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease, Utah December 22, 2004. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with Title IV of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (Public Law 97–451), a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease UTU76532 for lands in San Juan County, Utah, was timely filed and required rentals accruing from July 1, 2004, the date of termination, have been paid. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Catlin, Acting Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals at (801) 539–4122. The lessee has agreed to new lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $5 per acre and 16–2⁄3 percent, respectively. The $500 administrative fee for the lease has been paid and the lessee has reimbursed the Bureau of Land Management for the cost of publishing this notice. Having met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as set out in Section 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188), the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate lease UTU76532, effective July 1, 2004, subject to the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Robert Henricks, Acting Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals. [FR Doc. 05–1593 Filed 1–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 18 (Friday, January 28, 2005)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 05-1593]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[UTU76532]


Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease, 
Utah

December 22, 2004.
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with Title IV of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty 
Management Act (Public Law 97-451), a petition for reinstatement of oil 
and gas lease UTU76532 for lands in San Juan County, Utah, was timely 
filed and required rentals accruing from July 1, 2004, the date of 
termination, have been paid.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Catlin, Acting Chief, Branch of 
Fluid Minerals at (801) 539-4122.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessee has agreed to new lease terms for 
rentals and royalties at rates of $5 per acre and 16-\2/3\ percent, 
respectively. The $500 administrative fee for the lease has been paid 
and the lessee has reimbursed the Bureau of Land Management for the 
cost of publishing this notice.
    Having met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as 
set out in Section 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 
U.S.C. 188), the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate 
lease UTU76532, effective July 1, 2004, subject to the original terms 
and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates 
cited above.

Robert Henricks,
Acting Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals.
[FR Doc. 05-1593 Filed 1-27-05; 8:45 am]
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