Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198 in the Central Gulf of Mexico (2006), 32651-32652 [05-11064]

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[FR Doc. 05–11098 Filed 6–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P VerDate jul<14>2003 18:03 Jun 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198 in the Central Gulf of Mexico (2006) Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Preparation of an environmental assessment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 198 in the Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) (Lease Sale 198) scheduled for March 2006. The MMS is issuing this notice to facilitate public involvement. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 198. The proposal and alternatives for Lease Sale 198 were identified by the MMS Director in January 2002 following the Call for Information and Nominations/Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and were analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2003–2007; Central Planning Area Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201; Western Planning Area Sales 187, 192, 196, and 200—Final Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2002–052). This EA will reexamine the potential environmental effects of the proposed action (the offering of all available unleased acreage in the Central Planning Area (CPA)) and its alternatives (the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks near biologically sensitive topographic features; the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks within 15 miles of the Baldwin County, Alabama, coast; and no action) based on any new information regarding potential impacts and issues that were not available at the time the Multisale EIS was prepared. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dennis Chew, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 5410, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123– 2394. You may also contact Mr. Chew by telephone at (504) 736–2793. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In November 2002, MMS prepared a Multisale EIS that addressed nine PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32651 proposed Federal actions that offer for lease areas on the GOM OCS that may contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources. Federal regulations allow for several related or similar proposals to be analyzed in one EIS (40 CFR 1502.4). Since each proposed lease sale and its projected activities are very similar each year for each planning area, a single EIS was prepared for the nine CPA and Western Planning Area (WPA) lease sales scheduled in the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2002–2007 (5Year Program, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2002– 006). Under the 5-Year Program, five annual areawide lease sales are scheduled for the CPA (Lease Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201) and five annual areawide lease sales are scheduled for the WPA (Lease Sales 184, 187, 192, 196, and 200). Lease Sale 184 was not addressed in the Multisale EIS; a separate EA was prepared for that proposal. The Multisale EIS addressed CPA Lease Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201 scheduled for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, respectively, and WPA Lease Sales 187, 192, 196, and 200 scheduled for 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. Although the Multisale EIS addresses nine proposed lease sales, at the completion of the EIS process, decisions were made only for proposed CPA Lease Sale 185 and proposed WPA Lease Sale 187. In the year prior to each subsequent proposed lease sale, an additional NEPA review (an EA) will be conducted to address any new information relevant to that proposed action. After completion of the EA, MMS will determine whether to prepare a Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) or a Supplemental EIS. The MMS will then prepare and send Consistency Determinations (CD’s) to the affected States to determine whether the lease sale is consistent with their federally-approved State coastal zone management programs. Finally, MMS will solicit comments via the Proposed Notice of Sale (PNOS) from the governors of the affected States on the size, timing, and location of the lease sale. The tentative schedule for the prelease decision process for Lease Sale 198 is as follows: EA/FONNSI or Supplemental EIS decision, October 2005; CD’s sent to affected States, October 2005; PNOS sent to governors of the affected States, October 2005; Final Notice of Sale published in the Federal Register, February 2006; and Lease Sale 198, March 2006. Public Comments: Interested parties are requested to send within 30 days of this Notice’s publication comments regarding any new information or issues that should be addressed in the EA. E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1 32652 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 106 / Friday, June 3, 2005 / Notices Comments may be submitted in one of the following three ways: 1. Electronically using MMS’s new Public Connect on-line commenting system at https://ocsconnect.mms.gov. This is the preferred method for commenting. From the Public Connect ‘‘Welcome’’ screen, search for ‘‘CPA Lease Sale 198 EA’’ or select it from the ‘‘Projects Open for Comment’’ menu. 2. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on CPA Lease Sale 198 EA’’ and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional Supervisor, Leasing and Environment (MS 5410), Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. 3. Electronically to the MMS e-mail address: environment@mms.gov. To obtain single copies of the Multisale EIS, you may contact the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Attention: Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 114, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 (1– 800–200–GULF). You may also view the Multisale EIS or check the list of libraries that have copies of the Multisale EIS on the MMS Web site at http://www.gomr.mms.gov. Dated: May 5, 2005. Chris C. Oynes, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region. [FR Doc. 05–11064 Filed 6–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P Minerals Management Service Interior. ACTION: Availability of revised North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) Outer Continental Shelf official protraction diagrams. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that effective with this publication, the following NAD 83-based Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams last revised on the date indicated are the latest documents available. These diagrams are on file and available for information only, in the Alaska OCS Regional Office, Anchorage, Alaska. In accordance with Title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, these diagrams are the basic record of the marine cadastre in the geographic area they represent. Jkt 205001 01–NOV–2004 (New). NO04–04 (Naknek) ... NO04–03 (Hagemeister Island). NO03–04 (Cape Newenham). NO04–01 (Good News). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (Revised). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). 01–NOV–2004 (New). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of Official Protraction Diagrams may be purchased for $2.00 each from the Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, Attention: Library, Telephone: 1–800–762–2627 or (907) 334–5206. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Official Protraction Diagrams may be obtained in two digital formats: .gra files for use in ARC/INFO and .pdf files for viewing and printing in Acrobat. Copies are also available for download at http:// www.mms.gov/ld/alaska.htm. Dated: May 12, 2005. Thomas A. Readinger, Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 05–11070 Filed 6–2–05; 8:45 am] [Investigation No. 337–TA–516] Minerals Management Service, 19:51 Jun 02, 2005 NN03–04 (False Pass). NN03–02 (Cold Bay) NN04–01 (Stepovak Bay). NO04–07 (Chignik) ... NO04–08 (Sutwik Island). NO04–06 (Ugashik) .. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams VerDate jul<14>2003 Date BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AGENCY: Description In the Matter of Certain Disc Drives, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of a Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation on the Basis of a Settlement Agreement U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge’s (‘‘ALJ’s’’) initial determination (‘‘ID’’) granting a joint motion to terminate the above-captioned investigation on the basis of a settlement agreement. PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy P. Monaghan, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202– 205–3152. Copies of the ID and all nonconfidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202–205–2000. Hearingimpaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on August 5, 2004, based on a complaint filed on behalf of Seagate Technology, LLC (‘‘Seagate’’). 69 FR 47460 (Aug. 5, 2004). The complaint, as supplemented, alleged violations of section 337 in the importation into the United States, sale for importation, and sale within the United States after importation of certain disc drives, components thereof, and products containing same by reason of infringement of certain claims of seven U.S. patents, including U.S. Patent Nos. 6,744,606 (‘‘the ‘606 patent’’); 5,596,461 (‘‘the ‘461 patent’’); and 5,600,506 (‘‘the ’506 patent’’). The notice of investigation named Cornice, Inc. (‘‘Cornice’’) of Longmont, Colorado as the sole respondent. On December 28, 2004, the ALJ issued Order No. 6, an ID granting in part a motion for summary determination of invalidity of the asserted claims of the ‘606 patent. On January 28, 2005, the Commission determined to review and reverse Order No. 6. On March 7, 2005, the ALJ issued Order No. 8 granting Cornice’s motion for summary determination of noninfringement of the ’461 patent, and denying Seagate’s cross-motion for summary determination of infringement of the ’461 patent. No petitions for review of Order No. 8 were filed. On March 29, 2005, the Commission determined not to review Order No. 8. On February 24, 2005, complainant Seagate moved to amend the notice of investigation. Seagate requested that the notice of investigation be amended to add claims 2–4 and 23–26 of the ’506 patent, and to remove claims 5–7 and E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for Proposed Outer 
Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198 in the Central Gulf of 
Mexico (2006)

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION: Preparation of an environmental assessment.

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SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice 
to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS intends to 
prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer Continental 
Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 198 in the Central Gulf of Mexico 
(GOM) (Lease Sale 198) scheduled for March 2006. The MMS is issuing 
this notice to facilitate public involvement. The preparation of this 
EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 198. The 
proposal and alternatives for Lease Sale 198 were identified by the MMS 
Director in January 2002 following the Call for Information and 
Nominations/Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and were analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas 
Lease Sales: 2003-2007; Central Planning Area Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, 
and 201; Western Planning Area Sales 187, 192, 196, and 200--Final 
Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS 
EIS/EA MMS 2002-052). This EA will reexamine the potential 
environmental effects of the proposed action (the offering of all 
available unleased acreage in the Central Planning Area (CPA)) and its 
alternatives (the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks near 
biologically sensitive topographic features; the proposed action 
excluding the unleased blocks within 15 miles of the Baldwin County, 
Alabama, coast; and no action) based on any new information regarding 
potential impacts and issues that were not available at the time the 
Multisale EIS was prepared.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dennis Chew, Minerals Management 
Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 
5410, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394. You may also contact Mr. Chew 
by telephone at (504) 736-2793.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In November 2002, MMS prepared a Multisale 
EIS that addressed nine proposed Federal actions that offer for lease 
areas on the GOM OCS that may contain economically recoverable oil and 
gas resources. Federal regulations allow for several related or similar 
proposals to be analyzed in one EIS (40 CFR 1502.4). Since each 
proposed lease sale and its projected activities are very similar each 
year for each planning area, a single EIS was prepared for the nine CPA 
and Western Planning Area (WPA) lease sales scheduled in the OCS Oil 
and Gas Leasing Program: 2002-2007 (5-Year Program, OCS EIS/EA MMS 
2002-006). Under the 5-Year Program, five annual areawide lease sales 
are scheduled for the CPA (Lease Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201) and 
five annual areawide lease sales are scheduled for the WPA (Lease Sales 
184, 187, 192, 196, and 200). Lease Sale 184 was not addressed in the 
Multisale EIS; a separate EA was prepared for that proposal. The 
Multisale EIS addressed CPA Lease Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201 
scheduled for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, respectively, and WPA 
Lease Sales 187, 192, 196, and 200 scheduled for 2003, 2004, 2005, and 
2006, respectively. Although the Multisale EIS addresses nine proposed 
lease sales, at the completion of the EIS process, decisions were made 
only for proposed CPA Lease Sale 185 and proposed WPA Lease Sale 187. 
In the year prior to each subsequent proposed lease sale, an additional 
NEPA review (an EA) will be conducted to address any new information 
relevant to that proposed action. After completion of the EA, MMS will 
determine whether to prepare a Finding of No New Significant Impact 
(FONNSI) or a Supplemental EIS. The MMS will then prepare and send 
Consistency Determinations (CD's) to the affected States to determine 
whether the lease sale is consistent with their federally-approved 
State coastal zone management programs. Finally, MMS will solicit 
comments via the Proposed Notice of Sale (PNOS) from the governors of 
the affected States on the size, timing, and location of the lease 
sale. The tentative schedule for the prelease decision process for 
Lease Sale 198 is as follows: EA/FONNSI or Supplemental EIS decision, 
October 2005; CD's sent to affected States, October 2005; PNOS sent to 
governors of the affected States, October 2005; Final Notice of Sale 
published in the Federal Register, February 2006; and Lease Sale 198, 
March 2006. Public Comments: Interested parties are requested to send 
within 30 days of this Notice's publication comments regarding any new 
information or issues that should be addressed in the EA.

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Comments may be submitted in one of the following three ways:
    1. Electronically using MMS's new Public Connect on-line commenting 
system at https://ocsconnect.mms.gov. This is the preferred method for 
commenting. From the Public Connect ``Welcome'' screen, search for 
``CPA Lease Sale 198 EA'' or select it from the ``Projects Open for 
Comment'' menu.
    2. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ``Comments on 
CPA Lease Sale 198 EA'' and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional 
Supervisor, Leasing and Environment (MS 5410), Minerals Management 
Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394.
    3. Electronically to the MMS e-mail address: environment@mms.gov.
    To obtain single copies of the Multisale EIS, you may contact the 
Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Attention: 
Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 
114, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394 (1-800-200-GULF). You may also 
view the Multisale EIS or check the list of libraries that have copies 
of the Multisale EIS on the MMS Web site at http://www.gomr.mms.gov.

    Dated: May 5, 2005.
Chris C. Oynes,
Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region.
[FR Doc. 05-11064 Filed 6-2-05; 8:45 am]
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