Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Sale 199, May 2007, 72649-72651 [05-23657]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 233 / Tuesday, December 6, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Environmental Document Prepared for Proposed Mineral Exploration on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of the availability of environmental document prepared for Outer Continental Shelf mineral exploration. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), in accordance with Federal regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), announces the availability of a NEPArelated Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by MMS for proposed oil and gas exploration on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This listing includes the only proposal for which a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was prepared by the Alaska OCS Office in the 3-month period preceding this Notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Persons interested in reviewing environmental documents for the proposal listed above, or in obtaining information about EAs and FONSIs prepared for activities on the Alaska OCS, are encouraged to contact the Alaska OCS Regional office of MMS. The FONSI and associated EA are available for public inspection between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, AK 99503–5823, phone: (907) 334–5200 or contact akwebmaster@mms.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposal. The proposal is for a geophysical (seismic) survey of the Cosmopolitan Unit on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in Lower Cook Inlet. During November 2003, MMS filed with the Environmental Protection Agency a multiple-sale EIS assessing the general effects of leasing and exploration activities including seismic surveys in Lower Cook Inlet. This EA tiers from the multiple-sale EIS, incorporating it by reference. The EA examines the potential environmental effects of the specific proposed survey of the Cosmopolitan Unit and of alternatives with additional mitigation. Location: Lower Cook Inlet. EA Number: OCS EIS/EA MMS 2005– 045. FONSI Date: July 20, 2005. The MMS prepares EAs and FONSIs on proposed seismic exploration VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Dec 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 programs. The documents examine the potential environmental effects of the proposed exploration and present MMS conclusions regarding the significance of those effects. The EAs are used for determining whether or not approvals would significantly affect the quality of the human environment in the sense of NEPA 102(2)(C). A FONSI is prepared in those instances where MMS finds that approval would not cause significant effects. The FONSI briefly presents the basis for that finding and includes a summary of the EA. This Notice constitutes the public Notice of Availability of environmental documents required under the NEPA regulations. Dated: November 10, 2005. John Goll, Regional Director, Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E5–6867 Filed 12–5–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Sale 199, May 2007 Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Request for information (RFI). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Secretary’s approved 5Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2002–2007 provides for two sales, Sales 191 and 199, to be held in the Cook Inlet planning area. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that covered both sales was prepared. The RFI and a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2001, at 66 FR 67543. The Cook Inlet final EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was released in November 2003 (OCS EIS/EA, MMS 2003–055). The first sale, Sale 191, was held on May 19, 2004; however, the sale received no bids. The RFI/NOI for Sale 199 was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, with a proposed date of sale in May 2006. Since neither comments nor interest were received from the oil and gas industry, the MMS decided to delay the sale until May 2007. The MMS is now asking if industry or others have interest in holding Cook Inlet Sale 199 in May 2007. If bona fide interest from companies is received, we will proceed with the planning for the sale. If no PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72649 interest is shown, Sale 199 will not be held. Comment Period: Comments on the RFI must be received no later than 30 days following publication of this document in the Federal Register. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of the following methods: • You may mail comments to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, in envelopes labeled ‘‘Attn: Comments on Request for Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199.’’ • You may also comment via e-mail to akrfi@mms.gov. Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include ‘‘Attn: Comments on Request for Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199’’ and your name and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet message, contact us via e-mail to: akwebmaster@mms.gov. • You may fax your comments to MMS at (907) 334–5242. • Finally, you may hand-deliver comments weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Steve Flippen at (907) 334–5268 in MMS’s Alaska OCS Region regarding questions on the RFI. Purpose of Request The purpose of this additional RFI is to gather information for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 199 in the Cook Inlet, scheduled for May 2007. Information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development and production within the Cook Inlet are sought from all interested parties. This early planning and consultation step is important for ensuring that all interests and concerns are communicated to the Department of the Interior for decisions in the leasing process. The Call for Information and Nominations published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2001, requested information and nominations from industry for Sales 191 and 199 in the Cook Inlet Planning Area. The RFI/ NOI for Sale 199 was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, with a proposed date of sale in May 2006. Because no comments or interest were received from the oil and gas industry, the MMS decided to delay the sale until May 2007. Unless E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 72650 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 233 / Tuesday, December 6, 2005 / Notices the MMS receives indications of industry interest in response to this RFI, Sale 199 will not be held. Areas of Interest to the Oil and Gas Industry The MMS requests industry to submit any new information, including nomination of blocks that are of significant interest for exploration and development and production. Information and nominations submitted in response to the multiple-sale Call for Sales 191 and 199, published on December 31, 2001 (66 FR 67543), and the RFI/NOI for Sale 199 published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, will also be considered as information and nominations for the Sale 199 area identification process. Nominations must be depicted on the RFI map by outlining the area(s) of interest along block lines. Nominators are asked to submit a list of whole and partial blocks nominated (by OPD and block number) to facilitate correct interpretation of their nominations on VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Dec 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 the Request for Information map. Although the identities of those submitting nominations become a matter of public record, the individual nominations are proprietary information. Nominators also are requested to rank blocks nominated according to priority of interest [e.g., priority 1 (high), or 2 (medium)]. Blocks nominated that do not indicate priorities will be considered priority 3 (low). Nominators must be specific in indicating blocks by priority and be prepared to discuss their range of interest and activity regarding the nominated area(s). The telephone number and name of a person to contact in the nominator’s organization for additional information should be included in the response. This person will be contacted to set up a mutually agreeable time and place for a meeting with the Alaska OCS Regional Office to present their views regarding the company’s nominations. For questions concerning the sale process SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and required NEPA documents, please refer to the RFI/NOI for Sale 199 published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265 or on the MMS Web site: http:// www.mms.gov/alaska. Tentative Schedule The following is a list of tentative milestone dates applicable to Cook Inlet Sale 199 covered by this RFI: Request for Information published: November 2005. Area Identification: February 2006. National Environmental Policy Act/ Environmental Assessment Review (or Supplemental EIS) published: August 2006. Proposed Notice and Consistency Determination: December 2006. Final Notice of Sale: April 2007. Tentative Sale Date: May 2007. Dated: November 16, 2005. Johnnie Burton, Director, Minerals Management Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 233 (Tuesday, December 6, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72649-72651]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, Cook Inlet Oil 
and Gas Sale 199, May 2007

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Request for information (RFI).

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SUMMARY: The Secretary's approved 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing 
Program for 2002-2007 provides for two sales, Sales 191 and 199, to be 
held in the Cook Inlet planning area. An Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) that covered both sales was prepared. The RFI and a Notice of 
Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was published in 
the Federal Register on December 31, 2001, at 66 FR 67543. The Cook 
Inlet final EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was released in November 2003 
(OCS EIS/EA, MMS 2003-055). The first sale, Sale 191, was held on May 
19, 2004; however, the sale received no bids.
    The RFI/NOI for Sale 199 was published in the Federal Register on 
December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, with a proposed date of sale in May 
2006. Since neither comments nor interest were received from the oil 
and gas industry, the MMS decided to delay the sale until May 2007. The 
MMS is now asking if industry or others have interest in holding Cook 
Inlet Sale 199 in May 2007. If bona fide interest from companies is 
received, we will proceed with the planning for the sale. If no 
interest is shown, Sale 199 will not be held.
    Comment Period: Comments on the RFI must be received no later than 
30 days following publication of this document in the Federal Register. 
If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of the 
following methods:
     You may mail comments to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals 
Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, 
Alaska 99503, in envelopes labeled ``Attn: Comments on Request for 
Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199.''
     You may also comment via e-mail to akrfi@mms.gov. Please 
submit Internet comments as an ASCII file, avoiding the use of special 
characters and any form of encryption. Please also include ``Attn: 
Comments on Request for Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199'' and your 
name and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive 
a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet 
message, contact us via e-mail to: akwebmaster@mms.gov.
     You may fax your comments to MMS at (907) 334-5242.
     Finally, you may hand-deliver comments weekdays between 8 
a.m. and 5 p.m. to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 
3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Steve Flippen at (907) 
334-5268 in MMS's Alaska OCS Region regarding questions on the RFI.

Purpose of Request

    The purpose of this additional RFI is to gather information for Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 199 in the Cook Inlet, scheduled for May 2007. 
Information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development and 
production within the Cook Inlet are sought from all interested 
parties. This early planning and consultation step is important for 
ensuring that all interests and concerns are communicated to the 
Department of the Interior for decisions in the leasing process.
    The Call for Information and Nominations published in the Federal 
Register on December 31, 2001, requested information and nominations 
from industry for Sales 191 and 199 in the Cook Inlet Planning Area. 
The RFI/NOI for Sale 199 was published in the Federal Register on 
December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, with a proposed date of sale in May 
2006. Because no comments or interest were received from the oil and 
gas industry, the MMS decided to delay the sale until May 2007. Unless

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the MMS receives indications of industry interest in response to this 
RFI, Sale 199 will not be held.

Areas of Interest to the Oil and Gas Industry

    The MMS requests industry to submit any new information, including 
nomination of blocks that are of significant interest for exploration 
and development and production. Information and nominations submitted 
in response to the multiple-sale Call for Sales 191 and 199, published 
on December 31, 2001 (66 FR 67543), and the RFI/NOI for Sale 199 
published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, 
will also be considered as information and nominations for the Sale 199 
area identification process.
    Nominations must be depicted on the RFI map by outlining the 
area(s) of interest along block lines. Nominators are asked to submit a 
list of whole and partial blocks nominated (by OPD and block number) to 
facilitate correct interpretation of their nominations on the Request 
for Information map. Although the identities of those submitting 
nominations become a matter of public record, the individual 
nominations are proprietary information.
    Nominators also are requested to rank blocks nominated according to 
priority of interest [e.g., priority 1 (high), or 2 (medium)]. Blocks 
nominated that do not indicate priorities will be considered priority 3 
(low). Nominators must be specific in indicating blocks by priority and 
be prepared to discuss their range of interest and activity regarding 
the nominated area(s). The telephone number and name of a person to 
contact in the nominator's organization for additional information 
should be included in the response. This person will be contacted to 
set up a mutually agreeable time and place for a meeting with the 
Alaska OCS Regional Office to present their views regarding the 
company's nominations.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For questions concerning the sale process 
and required NEPA documents, please refer to the RFI/NOI for Sale 199 
published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265 
or on the MMS Web site: http://www.mms.gov/alaska.

Tentative Schedule

    The following is a list of tentative milestone dates applicable to 
Cook Inlet Sale 199 covered by this RFI:
    Request for Information published: November 2005.
    Area Identification: February 2006.
    National Environmental Policy Act/Environmental Assessment Review 
(or Supplemental EIS) published: August 2006.
    Proposed Notice and Consistency Determination: December 2006.
    Final Notice of Sale: April 2007.
    Tentative Sale Date: May 2007.

    Dated: November 16, 2005.
Johnnie Burton,
Director, Minerals Management Service.
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