Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process, 61302 [05-21042]

Download as PDF 61302 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 203 / Friday, October 21, 2005 / Notices water supply pump station with the water filtration/injection plants. The BLM consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about potential effects on listed threatened and endangered species from project construction and operation. The Service reviewed the DEIS and provided comments. In March 2005, the BLM submitted a Biological Assessment to the Service, concluding that the project may adversely affect the Uintah Basin hookless cactus; may adversely affect the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, bonytail and razorback sucker; and may adversely modify designated Critical Habitat for the four fish species through depletions from the Upper Colorado River System. In its Biological Opinion, the Service concurred with the BLM’s conclusions for these species. The Biological Opinion contains recommended conservation measures to protect and recover the Uinta Basin hookless cactus and the four Colorado River native fish. The BLM has adopted nearly all these conservation measures (with minor modifications), and has included these measures in the conditions of approval. One exception is the Service’s recommendation that no further surface occupancy by oil and gas facilities be approved in the Pariette ACEC. Due to valid existing lease rights, the BLM cannot stipulate a blanket ‘‘no surface occupancy’’ requirement for oil and gas development within this ACEC. However, BLM has decided to defer authorization of new wells and access roads within the ACEC boundaries until the needed inventories are completed. The FEIS is a complete document. It includes the Biological Opinion received from the Service, plus a presentation of substantive public comments received on the DEIS. The FEIS also includes BLM’s responses to these comments. The FEIS includes changes to the text in response to public comments on the DEIS. These changes were made to clarify, correct and/or expand information to aid the public’s understanding of the proposed project, reasonable alternatives and their effects on the environment. Dated: August 31, 2005. William Stringer, Field Manager, Vernal Field Office. [FR Doc. 05–21043 Filed 10–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:13 Oct 20, 2005 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Challis Field Office, will be directing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze the mining impacts resulting from L&W Stone’s Amended Plan of Operations in Custer County, Idaho. DATES: The scoping comment period will commence with the publication of this notice and will end 45 days after publication of this notice. Two public meetings will be held during the scoping comment period. Comments on the scope of the EIS, including concerns, issues, or proposed alternatives that should be considered in the EIS should be submitted in writing to the address below. The dates of public meetings to be held in Challis and Boise, Idaho will be announced through the local media, newsletters, and BLM’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) mailing list. The draft EIS is expected to be available for public review and comment in June 2006 and the final EIS is expected to be available in August 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Chuck Horsburgh, Project Leader, Idaho Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401. Faxes should be sent to 208– 524–7505. Comments received on this proposal, including names and addresses, will be considered part of the public record and will be available for public inspection during regular office hours, Monday–Friday, 8–4:30 p.m. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and 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 law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials for organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chuck Horsburgh, Project Leader, Idaho Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401; or phone at (208) 524–7530. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: L&W Stone Corporation mines locatable flagstone on public lands administered by the BLM’s Challis Field Office in Custer County, Idaho. L&W Stone submitted an Amended Plan of Operations for their quarry under the 43 CFR 3809 Regulations in December 2002. The BLM completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the Amended Plan of Operations, signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and approved the project. As a result of a lawsuit that was filed objecting to that approval, the BLM was ordered by a Federal District Court judge to prepare an EIS for the Amended Plan of Operations. The Amended Plan of Operations will serve as the basis for the EIS project description. The BLM will analyze a range of alternatives in the EIS. As proposed in the Amended Plan of Operations, the quarry would operate for up to 40 years. The main product that is mined is large-diameter sheets of rock called flagstone which is used in both indoor and outdoor decorative construction. Dated: August 30, 2005. David Rosenkrance, Challis Field Manager, BLM. [FR Doc. 05–21042 Filed 10–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–100–05–1310–DB] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas and Exploration and Development Project, Sublette County, Wyoming, and Possible Amendment to the Pinedale Resource Management Plan Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct public scoping and prepare an SEIS to the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas, and Exploration and Development Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD), July 2000. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 203 (Friday, October 21, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) and Initiate the Public Scoping Process

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 
Challis Field Office, will be directing the preparation of an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze the mining 
impacts resulting from L&W Stone's Amended Plan of Operations in Custer 
County, Idaho.

DATES: The scoping comment period will commence with the publication of 
this notice and will end 45 days after publication of this notice. Two 
public meetings will be held during the scoping comment period. 
Comments on the scope of the EIS, including concerns, issues, or 
proposed alternatives that should be considered in the EIS should be 
submitted in writing to the address below. The dates of public meetings 
to be held in Challis and Boise, Idaho will be announced through the 
local media, newsletters, and BLM's National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) mailing list. The draft EIS is expected to be available for 
public review and comment in June 2006 and the final EIS is expected to 
be available in August 2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Chuck Horsburgh, Project 
Leader, Idaho Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, 
Idaho 83401. Faxes should be sent to 208-524-7505. Comments received on 
this proposal, including names and addresses, will be considered part 
of the public record and will be available for public inspection during 
regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 p.m. Individual respondents 
may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and 
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 law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and 
from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials 
for organizations or businesses, will be available for public 
inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chuck Horsburgh, Project Leader, Idaho 
Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401; 
or phone at (208) 524-7530.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: L&W Stone Corporation mines locatable 
flagstone on public lands administered by the BLM's Challis Field 
Office in Custer County, Idaho. L&W Stone submitted an Amended Plan of 
Operations for their quarry under the 43 CFR 3809 Regulations in 
December 2002. The BLM completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) 
regarding the Amended Plan of Operations, signed a Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI), and approved the project. As a result of a 
lawsuit that was filed objecting to that approval, the BLM was ordered 
by a Federal District Court judge to prepare an EIS for the Amended 
Plan of Operations. The Amended Plan of Operations will serve as the 
basis for the EIS project description. The BLM will analyze a range of 
alternatives in the EIS. As proposed in the Amended Plan of Operations, 
the quarry would operate for up to 40 years. The main product that is 
mined is large-diameter sheets of rock called flagstone which is used 
in both indoor and outdoor decorative construction.

    Dated: August 30, 2005.
David Rosenkrance,
Challis Field Manager, BLM.
[FR Doc. 05-21042 Filed 10-20-05; 8:45 am]
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