Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Plan Amendments for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, 73791-73792 [05-23976]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–300–1310–PP–OSHL] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Plan Amendments for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with section 369(d)(1) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to prepare a Programmatic EIS for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and by this notice is announcing public scoping meetings. The Programmatic EIS will amend existing applicable Resource Management Plans to open lands for oil shale and tar sands resources leasing in these three states. The Programmatic EIS will also inform the development of the regulations required by section 369(d)(2) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DATES: The BLM will accept written comments on the scope of the Programmatic EIS that are postmarked or delivered by January 31, 2006, and electronic comments that are received by January 31, 2006. The BLM will hold public scoping meetings to obtain comments at the following locations on the dates specified below: Salt Lake City, Utah: Tuesday, January 10, 2006; Price, Utah: Wednesday, January 11, 2006; Vernal, Utah: Thursday, January 12, 2006; Rock Springs, Wyoming: Friday, January 13, 2006; Rifle, Colorado: Wednesday, January 18, 2006; Denver, Colorado: Thursday, January 19, 2006; Cheyenne, Wyoming: Friday, January 20, 2006; The BLM will announce exact times and locations for all public meetings through the local media, newsletters, and the project Web site (http:// ostseis.anl.gov) at least 15 days prior to the meeting. We will provide formal opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft Programmatic EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by the following methods: VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:22 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 Written: Mail or deliver to BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing Programmatic EIS Scoping, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439. Electronic: Through the Web site at http://ostseis.anl.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Sherri Thompson, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215, (303) 239–3758 or visit the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing Programmatic EIS Web site at http:// ostseis.anl.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice Of Intent provides public notice that the BLM intends to prepare the Programmatic EIS to amend applicable resource management plans to open BLM lands for oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. It also announces opportunities for the public to provide comments relating to the preparation, scope, and content of the Programmatic EIS. The Programmatic EIS will also inform the development of the regulations required by section 369(d)(2) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The planning area for the oil shale resources is the Piceance and Washakie Basins in Colorado, the Uintah Basin in Utah, and the Green River and Washakie Basins in Wyoming. For the tar sands resources, the planning area is certain sedimentary provinces in the Colorado Plateau in Utah. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM policies. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the leasing decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The Programmatic EIS will analyze the no action alternative and leasing under stipulations to protect other resource values and other alternatives identified during scoping. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis and the alternatives. These issues also guide the planning process. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or by using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting should participants wish to clarify their views. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73791 Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or address from public review or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. The BLM will honor such requests to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety. Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and user groups. They represent the BLM’s knowledge to date regarding the issues and concerns with current land management. The major issues that will be addressed in this planning effort include: Management of the oil shale and tar sands resources; surface and groundwater protection; air quality protection; wildlife and wildlife habitat quality and fragmentation; protection of wilderness, riparian, and scenic values; cultural resource protection; threatened and endangered species and habitat protection; transportation corridors; multiple mineral development; and socio-economic impacts on local economies. After BLM has gathered public input on issues the plan should address, we will categorize comments as follows: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy, regulation, or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Programmatic EIS as to why we placed an issue in category two or three. In addition to these major issues, a number of management questions and concerns will be addressed in the Programmatic EIS. The public is encouraged to help identify these questions and concerns during the scoping phase. Planning criteria are the standards, rules, and other factors used in formulating judgments about data collection, analysis and decisionmaking associated with preparation of the Programmatic EIS. These criteria establish parameters and help focus preparation of the EIS. We welcome public comment on the following preliminary planning criteria, which will be utilized in the preparation of the Programmatic EIS: A. The Programmatic EIS and plan amendments will be completed in E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 73792 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and all other applicable laws. B. BLM will work collaboratively with the States of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, tribal governments, county and municipal governments, other Federal agencies, and all other interested groups, agencies and individuals. Public participation will be encouraged throughout the process. C. The Programmatic EIS will amend the appropriate individual land use plans to address leasing of oil shale and tar sands resources on BLMadministered lands. D. A strategy to mitigate socioeconomic impacts including the infrastructure to accommodate the required workforce will be addressed in the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments. E. Preparation of the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments will involve coordination with Native American Tribal governments and will provide strategies for the protection of recognized traditional uses. F. BLM will coordinate with local, State, and Federal agencies in the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments to strive for consistency with their existing plans and Policies, to the extent practicable. G. The Programmatic EIS will comply with the legislative directives set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the Programmatic EIS in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Minerals and geology, wildlife and fisheries, air quality, outdoor recreation, archeology, paleontology, hydrology, soils, sociology and economics. Thomas P. Lonnie, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty, and Resource Protection. [FR Doc. 05–23976 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–920–1430–ET; WYW 162499] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:22 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an application requesting the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw from mining 1278.09 acres of National Forest System lands for 20 years to protect the unique natural, archaeological, and historical values in the Inyan Kara area of the Black Hills National Forest. This notice segregates the lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws for up to 2 years. The land will remain open to mineral leasing and to all other forms of disposition which may by law be made of National Forest System lands. DATES: Comments and requests for a public meeting should be received on or before March 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments and meeting requests should be sent to the State Director, Wyoming State Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Booth, BLM Wyoming State Office, 307–775–6124. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting through the Forest Service, filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw the following described National Forest System lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights: Black Hills National Forest, Sixth Principal Meridian T. 49 N., R. 62 W., sec. 19, lots 1 to 4, inclusive, E1⁄2, and E1⁄2W1⁄2; sec. 30, lots 1 and 2, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, and N1⁄2NE1⁄4. T. 49 N., R. 63 W., sec. 24, E1⁄2E1⁄2; sec. 25, NE1⁄4, and N1⁄2SE1⁄4. The area described contains 1278.09 acres, more or less, in Crook County, Wyoming. The purpose of this proposed withdrawal is to protect an important natural, historical and cultural resource. As proposed, the withdrawal would be for a period of 20 years. The use of a right-of-way or cooperative agreement instead of a withdrawal would not provide adequate protection for this area. Because of the broad scope and nondiscretionary nature of the general mining laws, the area would remain open and vulnerable to prospecting, location, and mining. There are no alternative sites since the lands described contain the resources that need protection. Water will not be needed to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal. For a period of 90 days from the date of publication of this notice, all persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with this proposed withdrawal may present their views in writing to the Wyoming State Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming, during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public meeting is afforded in connection with the proposed withdrawal. All interested persons who desire a public meeting for the purpose of being heard on the proposed withdrawal must submit a written request to the Wyoming State Director within 90 days from the date of publication of this notice. Upon determination by the authorized officer that a public meeting will be held, a notice of time and place will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting. The application will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR Part 2300. For a period of 2 years from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, the lands will be segregated from location and entry under the United States mining laws as specified above unless the application is denied or cancelled or the withdrawal is approved prior to that date. During this period, the Forest Service will continue to permit uses within the statutory authorities pertinent to National Forest System lands and subject to discretionary approval. Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3 Michael Madrid, Chief, Branch of Fluid Mineral Operations, Lands and Appraisal. [FR Doc. E5–7240 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 238 (Tuesday, December 13, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WO-300-1310-PP-OSHL]


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and Plan Amendments for Oil Shale and Tar Sands 
Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land 
Management in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 369(d)(1) of the Energy Policy Act 
of 2005, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to prepare a 
Programmatic EIS for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands 
Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and by this 
notice is announcing public scoping meetings. The Programmatic EIS will 
amend existing applicable Resource Management Plans to open lands for 
oil shale and tar sands resources leasing in these three states. The 
Programmatic EIS will also inform the development of the regulations 
required by section 369(d)(2) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

DATES: The BLM will accept written comments on the scope of the 
Programmatic EIS that are postmarked or delivered by January 31, 2006, 
and electronic comments that are received by January 31, 2006. The BLM 
will hold public scoping meetings to obtain comments at the following 
locations on the dates specified below:

Salt Lake City, Utah: Tuesday, January 10, 2006;
Price, Utah: Wednesday, January 11, 2006;
Vernal, Utah: Thursday, January 12, 2006;
Rock Springs, Wyoming: Friday, January 13, 2006;
Rifle, Colorado: Wednesday, January 18, 2006;
Denver, Colorado: Thursday, January 19, 2006;
Cheyenne, Wyoming: Friday, January 20, 2006;

    The BLM will announce exact times and locations for all public 
meetings through the local media, newsletters, and the project Web site 
(http://ostseis.anl.gov) at least 15 days prior to the meeting. We will 
provide formal opportunities for public participation upon publication 
of the Draft Programmatic EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by the following methods:
    Written: Mail or deliver to BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources 
Leasing Programmatic EIS Scoping, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. 
Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439.
    Electronic: Through the Web site at http://ostseis.anl.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Sherri Thompson, Bureau of 
Land Management, Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, 
Lakewood, CO 80215, (303) 239-3758 or visit the Oil Shale and Tar Sands 
Resources Leasing Programmatic EIS Web site at http://ostseis.anl.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice Of Intent provides public notice 
that the BLM intends to prepare the Programmatic EIS to amend 
applicable resource management plans to open BLM lands for oil shale 
and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. It also announces 
opportunities for the public to provide comments relating to the 
preparation, scope, and content of the Programmatic EIS. The 
Programmatic EIS will also inform the development of the regulations 
required by section 369(d)(2) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
    The planning area for the oil shale resources is the Piceance and 
Washakie Basins in Colorado, the Uintah Basin in Utah, and the Green 
River and Washakie Basins in Wyoming. For the tar sands resources, the 
planning area is certain sedimentary provinces in the Colorado Plateau 
in Utah. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy 
and Management Act (FLPMA), and BLM policies. The BLM will work 
collaboratively with interested parties to identify the leasing 
decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs 
and concerns. The Programmatic EIS will analyze the no action 
alternative and leasing under stipulations to protect other resource 
values and other alternatives identified during scoping. The purpose of 
the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will 
influence the scope of the environmental analysis and the alternatives. 
These issues also guide the planning process. You may submit comments 
on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public 
scoping meeting, or by using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES 
section above. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping 
meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the 
meeting should participants wish to clarify their views. Individual 
respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your 
name and/or address from public review or disclosure under the Freedom 
of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of 
your written comment. The BLM will honor such requests to the extent 
allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and 
from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials 
of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in 
their entirety.
    Preliminary issues and management concerns have been identified by 
BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and 
user groups. They represent the BLM's knowledge to date regarding the 
issues and concerns with current land management. The major issues that 
will be addressed in this planning effort include: Management of the 
oil shale and tar sands resources; surface and groundwater protection; 
air quality protection; wildlife and wildlife habitat quality and 
fragmentation; protection of wilderness, riparian, and scenic values; 
cultural resource protection; threatened and endangered species and 
habitat protection; transportation corridors; multiple mineral 
development; and socio-economic impacts on local economies.
    After BLM has gathered public input on issues the plan should 
address, we will categorize comments as follows:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy, regulation, or 
administrative action; or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Programmatic EIS as to 
why we placed an issue in category two or three. In addition to these 
major issues, a number of management questions and concerns will be 
addressed in the Programmatic EIS. The public is encouraged to help 
identify these questions and concerns during the scoping phase.
    Planning criteria are the standards, rules, and other factors used 
in formulating judgments about data collection, analysis and 
decisionmaking associated with preparation of the Programmatic EIS. 
These criteria establish parameters and help focus preparation of the 
EIS. We welcome public comment on the following preliminary planning 
criteria, which will be utilized in the preparation of the Programmatic 
EIS:
    A. The Programmatic EIS and plan amendments will be completed in

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compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and all 
other applicable laws.
    B. BLM will work collaboratively with the States of Colorado, Utah, 
and Wyoming, tribal governments, county and municipal governments, 
other Federal agencies, and all other interested groups, agencies and 
individuals. Public participation will be encouraged throughout the 
process.
    C. The Programmatic EIS will amend the appropriate individual land 
use plans to address leasing of oil shale and tar sands resources on 
BLM-administered lands.
    D. A strategy to mitigate socio-economic impacts including the 
infrastructure to accommodate the required workforce will be addressed 
in the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments.
    E. Preparation of the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments will 
involve coordination with Native American Tribal governments and will 
provide strategies for the protection of recognized traditional uses.
    F. BLM will coordinate with local, State, and Federal agencies in 
the Programmatic EIS and plan amendments to strive for consistency with 
their existing plans and Policies, to the extent practicable.
    G. The Programmatic EIS will comply with the legislative directives 
set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the 
Programmatic EIS in order to consider the variety of resource issues 
and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following 
disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Minerals and 
geology, wildlife and fisheries, air quality, outdoor recreation, 
archeology, paleontology, hydrology, soils, sociology and economics.

Thomas P. Lonnie,
Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty, and Resource Protection.
[FR Doc. 05-23976 Filed 12-12-05; 8:45 am]
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