Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period To Affirm the Policy for the Standards To Establish the Potash Enclave as Used To Administer the Secretarial Order of 1986 Entitled “Oil and Gas and Potash Leasing and Development Within the Designated Potash Area of Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico”, 51364 [05-17176]

Download as PDF 51364 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 30, 2005 / Notices the EIS process, the Tribes’ current proposal for the new gaming facility, on acquired trust land, would have a 90,000-square-foot gaming floor connected to retail shops, dining venues, and a 250-room hotel and spa. The facility would provide parking for 3,600 vehicles, including a parking garage and spaces for oversized vehicles. The proposed action encompasses the various federal approvals required to implement the Tribes’ fee-to-trust application. Areas of environmental concern identified so far for analysis in the EIS include water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, traffic and transportation, land use, public utilities and services, noise, lighting, hazardous materials, environmental justice, and visual resources/aesthetics. 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[FR Doc. 05–17167 Filed 8–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–300–1330–EO] Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period To Affirm the Policy for the Standards To Establish the Potash Enclave as Used To Administer the Secretarial Order of 1986 Entitled ‘‘Oil and Gas and Potash Leasing and Development Within the Designated Potash Area of Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico’’ Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice solicits public comments on the report which affirms the existing policy on the criteria used to establish the potash enclave. DATES: Comments should be submitted to the address below no later than September 29, 2005. Written comments should be addressed to Group Manager, Solid Minerals, 1620 L. St. NW., Mail Stop 501 LS, Washington DC 20036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Stewart, Mining Engineer, 1620 L. St. NW., Mail Stop 501 LS, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 452–0310. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Background The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a long history of administering the concurrent development of the oil and gas and potash deposits owned by the United States in Eddy and Lea counties, New Mexico. The BLM is the agency within the DOI responsible for these activities. There is an interest in exploring for oil and gas in parts of the area containing the potash reserves (potash enclave). The Secretarial Order (SO), published in the Federal Register dated October 28, 1986 entitled, ‘‘Oil and Gas and Potash Development within the Designated Potash Area of Eddy and Lea Counties,’’ was developed to administer the development of these resources. The order, in Yates Petroleum Corp., et al., IBLA No. 92–612, was issued pursuant to an appeal filed by Yates Petroleum Corp., et al. concerning decisions to deny the approval to drill certain oil and gas wells by the BLM PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 pursuant to the SO. In her opinion, the Administrative Law Judge stated, ‘‘The record does not support a conclusion that the standards of four (4) feet of 10 percent K2O as sylvite and four (4) feet of 4 percent K2O as langbeinite, or a combination of the two, as defined by Van Sickle in 1974, continue to identify the thickness and quality of potash which is mineable under existing technology and economics’’ as required by the SO. The BLM has the same concerns and prepared the report referenced in this notice. II. Report, Entitled ‘‘Potash Enclave Mineral Report’’ The report may be viewed at the following site on the Internet, http:// www.blm.gov/nhp/300/wo320/ potash.pdf. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WO-300-1330-EO]


Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period To Affirm the Policy for 
the Standards To Establish the Potash Enclave as Used To Administer the 
Secretarial Order of 1986 Entitled ``Oil and Gas and Potash Leasing and 
Development Within the Designated Potash Area of Eddy and Lea Counties, 
New Mexico''

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice solicits public comments on the report which 
affirms the existing policy on the criteria used to establish the 
potash enclave.

DATES: Comments should be submitted to the address below no later than 
September 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to Group Manager, Solid 
Minerals, 1620 L. St. NW., Mail Stop 501 LS, Washington DC 20036.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Stewart, Mining Engineer, 1620 
L. St. NW., Mail Stop 501 LS, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 
452-0310.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a long history of 
administering the concurrent development of the oil and gas and potash 
deposits owned by the United States in Eddy and Lea counties, New 
Mexico. The BLM is the agency within the DOI responsible for these 
activities. There is an interest in exploring for oil and gas in parts 
of the area containing the potash reserves (potash enclave). The 
Secretarial Order (SO), published in the Federal Register dated October 
28, 1986 entitled, ``Oil and Gas and Potash Development within the 
Designated Potash Area of Eddy and Lea Counties,'' was developed to 
administer the development of these resources.

    The order, in Yates Petroleum Corp., et al., IBLA No. 92-612, 
was issued pursuant to an appeal filed by Yates Petroleum Corp., et 
al. concerning decisions to deny the approval to drill certain oil 
and gas wells by the BLM pursuant to the SO. In her opinion, the 
Administrative Law Judge stated, ``The record does not support a 
conclusion that the standards of four (4) feet of 10 percent 
K2O as sylvite and four (4) feet of 4 percent 
K2O as langbeinite, or a combination of the two, as 
defined by Van Sickle in 1974, continue to identify the thickness 
and quality of potash which is mineable under existing technology 
and economics'' as required by the SO. The BLM has the same concerns 
and prepared the report referenced in this notice.

II. Report, Entitled ``Potash Enclave Mineral Report''

    The report may be viewed at the following site on the Internet, 
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/300/wo320/potash.pdf. A hard copy may be 
requested from the contact for further information above.

Thomas Lonnie,
Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection.
[FR Doc. 05-17176 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]
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