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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 199 / Monday, October 16, 2006 / Notices the public are welcome on field tours, but they must provide their own transportation and lunch. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation and other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM as provided above. Dated: October 6, 2006. Joseph J. Fontana, Public Affairs Officer. [FR Doc. 06–8712 Filed 10–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–M allocated for public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to speak, and the time available, the time for individual comments may be limited. Members of the public are welcome on field tours, but they must provide their own transportation and lunch. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation and other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM as provided above. Dated: October 6, 2006. Joseph J. Fontana, Public Affairs Officer. [FR Doc. E6–17049 Filed 10–13–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management BILLING CODE 4310–40–P [CA–310–0777–XX] Notice of Public Meeting: Northeast California Resource Advisory Council AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Interior. Notice of public meeting. [NV–952–07–1420–BJ] ACTION: Filing of Plats of Survey; Nevada In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northeast California Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting will be held Thursday and Friday, February 8–9, 2007, in the Conference Room of the Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office, Susanville, CA. The meeting runs from 1 to 5 p.m. February 8 and from 8 a.m. to noon on February 9. Time for public comment is reserved at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 9. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Burke, BLM Alturas Field Office Manager, (530) 233–4666; or BLM Public Affairs Officer Joseph J. Fontana, (530) 252–5332. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Northeast California and the northwest corner of Nevada. At this meeting, agenda topics will include discussion and review of wild horse herd management, a five-year strategy for the BLM Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, and updates on Resource Management Plans for the Eagle Lake, Alturas and Surprise field offices. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public may present written comments to the council. Each formal council meeting will have time AGENCY: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Oct 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 ACTION: Bureau of Land Management. Notice. SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada. EFFECTIVE DATES: Filing is effective at 10 a.m. on the date indicated below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David D. Morlan, Chief, Branch of Geographic Sciences, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nevada 89520, 775–861– 6541. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The Supplemental Plat of the following described lands was officially filed at the Nevada State Office, Reno, Nevada, on July 10, 2006: The supplemental plat, showing amended lottings of lots 21 and 22, section 19, Township 19 North, Range 44 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada, was accepted July 7, 2006. This supplemental plat was prepared to meet certain administrative needs of the Bureau of Land Management. 2. The plat of Survey of the following described lands was officially filed at the Nevada State Office, Reno, Nevada, on July 24, 2006. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the south and west boundaries and a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the subdivision of section 32, Township 19 North, Range 19 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada, under Group No. 768, was accepted July 21, 2006. This survey was PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60751 executed to meet certain administrative needs of the U.S. Forest Service. 3. The plat of Survey of the following described lands was officially filed at the Nevada State Office, Reno, Nevada, on August 24, 2006. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the subdivision of sections 16 and 17, Township 30 North, Range 19 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada, under Group No. 819, was accepted August 22, 2006. This survey was executed to meet certain administrative needs of the Bureau of Land Management. 4. The plat of Survey of the following described lands was officially filed at the Nevada State Office, Reno, Nevada, on September 13, 2006. The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and a portion of the subdivision of section 29, the further subdivision of section 29, and a metesand-bounds survey in section 29, Township 19 South, Range 60 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada, under Group No. 825, was accepted September 13, 2006. This survey was executed to meet certain administrative needs of the Bureau of Land Management. 5. The above-listed surveys are now the basic record for describing the lands for all authorized purposes. These surveys have been placed in the open files in the BLM Nevada State Office and are available to the public as a matter of information. Copies of the surveys may be furnished to the public upon payment of the appropriate fees. Dated: October 6, 2006. David D. Morlan, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Nevada. [FR Doc. E6–17085 Filed 10–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Seismic Surveying Activities in the Chukchi Sea Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and associated Public Hearings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The purpose of the proposed Federal action addressed in this DEIS (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2006–060) is to offer for lease areas in the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that might E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 60752 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 199 / Monday, October 16, 2006 / Notices contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources. This lease sale would provide qualified bidders the opportunity to bid on certain blocks in the Chukchi Sea OCS to gain conditional rights to explore, develop, and produce oil and natural gas. This DEIS is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to enable the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to make informed decisions on the configuration of the lease sale and the applicable mitigation measures. In the DEIS, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of the sale, including estimated exploration and development and production activities related to the sale, on the physical, biological, and human environments in the Chukchi Sea area are analyzed. The DEIS also provides NEPA evaluation for exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea, including seismic survey geophysical permitting (30 CFR 251), ancillary activities (30 CFR 250.207), and exploration plans (30 CFR 250.214). In addition, the DEIS will provide NEPA documentation for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) possible issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorizations to the seismic-survey industry to take marine mammals by harassment, incidental to conducting prelease and ancillary on-lease oil and gas seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea. To address its NEPA responsibilities, the NMFS agreed to become a cooperating agency (as that term is defined in 40 CFR 1501.6) and proposes to adopt the DEIS as authorized by 40 CFR 1506.3 as its own NEPA statement. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In this DEIS, the MMS has examined the potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action and its alternatives. The Proposed Action (Alternative I) is to conduct Chukchi Sea OCS Lease Sale 193 in 2007. The resource estimates and scenario information included in this DEIS analysis are presented as a range of activities that could be associated with the sale, including exploration seismic surveying, on-lease ancillary activities, exploration and delineation drilling, development and production of OCS oil and gas resources, and lease abandonment. The Proposed Action would offer for lease approximately 6,155 whole and partial blocks (about 34 million acres) identified as the program area in the 2002–2007 5-Year Program. The proposed Sale 193 area excludes a 15- to 50-mile (mi)-wide corridor along the coast, the polynya or spring lead system. Water depths in the sale area VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Oct 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 vary from about 95 feet (ft) to approximately 262 ft. A small portion of the northeast corner of the area deepens to approximately 9,800 ft. Alternative II (No Lease Sale) is equivalent to cancellation of the Proposed Action as scheduled in the approved 5-Year Program. The opportunity for development of the estimated oil and gas resources that could have resulted from the Proposed Action would be precluded or postponed, and any potential environmental impacts resulting from the Proposed Action would not occur or would be postponed. Alternative III (Corridor I Deferral) is the Proposed Action excluding an area comprising approximately 1,649 whole or partial blocks along the coastward edge of the sale area. This alternative would attempt to reduce potential impacts to subsistence hunting as well as various wildlife species and associated habitats. Alternative IV (Corridor II Deferral) is the Proposed Action excluding an area comprising approximately 795 whole or partial blocks along the coastward edge of the sale area. This alternative was developed as a result of the 1987 Biological Opinion for the Chukchi Sea as recommended by the NMFS. The MMS also examines potential environmental effects of prelease seismic survey geophysical permitting. The DEIS includes an analysis of a range of mitigation alternatives for seismic surveys which were previously considered in the Programmatic Environmental Assessment Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf Seismic Surveys—2006. Commenters are invited to identify additional alternatives for MMS’s consideration. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning Spectacled and Steller’s eiders is ongoing. The NMFS concluded in its Arctic Region Biological Opinion, dated June 2006, that leasing and exploration activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the threatened, endangered, or candidate species under their jurisdiction; however, the potential additive effects of oil and gas activities associated with exploration, production, and transportation throughout the Chukchi Sea and neighboring Beaufort Sea is of concern. The NMFS concluded further that activities associated with seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea may adversely affect but not jeopardize the continued existence of any species listed under the ESA that are under the jurisdiction of the NMFS. DEIS Availability: To obtain a copy of the DEIS, you may contact the Minerals PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5820, telephone (907) 334–5200. You may also view the DEIS on the MMS Web site at http://www.mms.gov/alaska or at the following locations: Alaska Pacific University, Academic Support Center Library, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Resources Library and Information Service (ARLIS), 3211 Providence Drive, Suite 111, Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska State Library, Government Publications, State Office Building, 333 Willoughby, Juneau, Alaska; City of Point Hope, P.O. Box 169, Point Hope, Alaska; City of Wainwright, P.O. Box 9, Wainwright, Alaska; Fairbanks North Star Borough, Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, Alaska; Northern Alaska Environmental Center Library, 218 Driveway, Fairbanks, Alaska; Point Lay Tribal Council, P.O. Box 59031 Point Lay, Alaska; Tuzzy Consortium Library, P.O. Box 749, Barrow, Alaska; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Library, 1200 6th Avenue, OMP–104, Seattle, Washington; University of Alaska Anchorage, Consortium Library, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Government Documents, 310 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Government Documents, Fairbanks, Alaska; Z. J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, Alaska. Written Comments: Interested parties may submit their written comments on this DEIS until December 15, 2006 to the Regional Director, Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5820, or online at http://ocsconnect.mms.gov. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents available for public review. Individual commenters may ask that we withhold their name, home address, or both from the public record, and we will honor such a request to the extent allowable by law. If you submit comments and wish us to withhold such information, you must state so prominently at the beginning of your submission. We will not consider anonymous comments, and we will make available for inspection in their E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 199 / Monday, October 16, 2006 / Notices entirety all comments submitted by organizations or businesses or by individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses. Public Hearings: Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the DEIS. The hearings will provide the MMS with additional information that will help in evaluating potential effects of the leasing program in the Chukchi Sea. The locations and dates of the public hearings are as follows: • Wainwright, Alaska. November 13, 2006, at the Robert James Community Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334–5209. • Point Lay, Alaska. November 14, 2006, at the Point Lay Community Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334–5209. • Point Hope, Alaska. November 15, 2006, at the Kalgi Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334– 5209. • Barrow, Alaska. November 16, 2006, at the Inupiat Heritage Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334–5209. • Anchorage, Alaska. December 6, 2006, at the Centerpoint Building, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334–5209. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503– 5820, Ms. Deborah Cranswick, telephone (907) 334–5267. Dated: September 29, 2006. Robert P. LaBelle, Acting Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E6–17242 Filed 10–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES [Inv. No. 337–TA–559] In the Matter of Certain Digital Processors and Digital Processing Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of Commission Decision To Review-InPart the Presiding Administrative Law Judge’s Initial Determination Granting Respondents’ Motion for Summary Determination of Non-Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,021,945 U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Oct 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to review in part the initial determination (‘‘ID’’) of the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) issued on September 6, 2006, in the above-captioned investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337. Specifically, the Commission has determined to review the issues of (1) claim construction of the limitations ‘‘logical processor number’’ and ‘‘added to each instruction,’’ (2) whether there are genuine issues of material fact precluding summary determination, and (3) the ALJ’s interpretation of the law concerning the doctrine of equivalents. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christal A. Sheppard, Esq., telephone 202–708–2301, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. Copies of all non-confidential 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. 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–ON–LINE) at http://dockets.usitc.gov/eol.public. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on the matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This investigation was instituted on January 17, 2006, based on a complaint filed on behalf of Biax Corporation (‘‘Biax’’) of Boulder, Colorado. 71 FR 2565 (January 17, 2006). The complaint asserts a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in the importation into the United States, sale for importation, or sale within the United States after importation of certain digital processors and digital processing systems, components thereof, and products containing the same by reason of infringement of one or more claims of three U.S. patents including U.S. Patent No. 5,021,945 (‘‘the ‘945 patent’’). 71 FR 2565 (January 17, 2006). The notice of investigation named five respondents but was subsequently amended first to remove and then to add respondents. Currently, the named respondents are: Philips Semiconductor, Inc.; Philips Electronics PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60753 North America Corp.; Philips Consumer Electronics B.V.; Philips Semiconductors B.V. (collectively, ‘‘Philips’’); and 2Wire, Inc. of San Jose, California. On August 7, 2006, Philips moved for summary determination of noninfringement of the three patents at issue. On August 11, 2006, respondent 2Wire filed a motion to join Philips’ motion for summary determination. The Commission investigative attorney (‘‘IA’’) and Biax opposed the motion for summary determination. On September 6, 2006, the ALJ issued the subject ID granting Philips’ motion as to only one of the three asserted patents, the ‘945 patent. Philips filed a petition for review on September 13, 2006. On September 14, 2006, the IA filed a request to file his petition for review one day past the due date. Neither Biax nor Philips opposes this request. On September 20, 2006, Philips filed combined oppositions to Biax’s and the IA’s petitions. On September 21, 2006, Biax filed a supplement to its petition for review. On September 28, 2006, respondents opposed the supplement. The Commission’s rules do not provide for additional filings unless requested by the Commission. 19 CFR 210.43(d)(2). Therefore, we have not considered the supplement or the response. Whether the additional filings should be admitted into the record is an evidentiary matter that we leave, in the first instance, to the ALJ. The Commission, having examined the petitions for review, the responses thereto, and the relevant portions of the record has determined to review the following issues: (1) Claim construction of the limitations ‘‘logical processor number’’ and ‘‘added to each instruction,’’ (2) whether there are genuine issues of material fact precluding summary determination, and (3) the ALJ’s interpretation of the law concerning the doctrine of equivalents. The Commission has also granted the IA’s request to file his petition out of time. This action is taken under the authority of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and sections 210.43 and 210.45(c) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.43 and 210.45(c)). Issued: October 10, 2006. By order of the Commission. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. E6–17131 Filed 10–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Seismic 
Surveying Activities in the Chukchi Sea

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) and associated Public Hearings.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of the proposed Federal action addressed in this 
DEIS (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2006-060) is to offer for lease areas in the 
Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that might

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contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources. This lease sale 
would provide qualified bidders the opportunity to bid on certain 
blocks in the Chukchi Sea OCS to gain conditional rights to explore, 
develop, and produce oil and natural gas. This DEIS is the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to enable the Minerals 
Management Service (MMS) to make informed decisions on the 
configuration of the lease sale and the applicable mitigation measures. 
In the DEIS, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative 
environmental impacts of the sale, including estimated exploration and 
development and production activities related to the sale, on the 
physical, biological, and human environments in the Chukchi Sea area 
are analyzed. The DEIS also provides NEPA evaluation for exploration 
activities in the Chukchi Sea, including seismic survey geophysical 
permitting (30 CFR 251), ancillary activities (30 CFR 250.207), and 
exploration plans (30 CFR 250.214). In addition, the DEIS will provide 
NEPA documentation for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries 
Service's (NMFS) possible issuance of Incidental Harassment 
Authorizations to the seismic-survey industry to take marine mammals by 
harassment, incidental to conducting prelease and ancillary on-lease 
oil and gas seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea. To address its NEPA 
responsibilities, the NMFS agreed to become a cooperating agency (as 
that term is defined in 40 CFR 1501.6) and proposes to adopt the DEIS 
as authorized by 40 CFR 1506.3 as its own NEPA statement.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In this DEIS, the MMS has examined the 
potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action and its 
alternatives. The Proposed Action (Alternative I) is to conduct Chukchi 
Sea OCS Lease Sale 193 in 2007. The resource estimates and scenario 
information included in this DEIS analysis are presented as a range of 
activities that could be associated with the sale, including 
exploration seismic surveying, on-lease ancillary activities, 
exploration and delineation drilling, development and production of OCS 
oil and gas resources, and lease abandonment. The Proposed Action would 
offer for lease approximately 6,155 whole and partial blocks (about 34 
million acres) identified as the program area in the 2002-2007 5-Year 
Program. The proposed Sale 193 area excludes a 15- to 50-mile (mi)-wide 
corridor along the coast, the polynya or spring lead system. Water 
depths in the sale area vary from about 95 feet (ft) to approximately 
262 ft. A small portion of the northeast corner of the area deepens to 
approximately 9,800 ft.
    Alternative II (No Lease Sale) is equivalent to cancellation of the 
Proposed Action as scheduled in the approved 5-Year Program. The 
opportunity for development of the estimated oil and gas resources that 
could have resulted from the Proposed Action would be precluded or 
postponed, and any potential environmental impacts resulting from the 
Proposed Action would not occur or would be postponed.
    Alternative III (Corridor I Deferral) is the Proposed Action 
excluding an area comprising approximately 1,649 whole or partial 
blocks along the coastward edge of the sale area. This alternative 
would attempt to reduce potential impacts to subsistence hunting as 
well as various wildlife species and associated habitats.
    Alternative IV (Corridor II Deferral) is the Proposed Action 
excluding an area comprising approximately 795 whole or partial blocks 
along the coastward edge of the sale area. This alternative was 
developed as a result of the 1987 Biological Opinion for the Chukchi 
Sea as recommended by the NMFS.
    The MMS also examines potential environmental effects of prelease 
seismic survey geophysical permitting. The DEIS includes an analysis of 
a range of mitigation alternatives for seismic surveys which were 
previously considered in the Programmatic Environmental Assessment 
Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf Seismic Surveys--2006. Commenters 
are invited to identify additional alternatives for MMS's 
consideration. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning Spectacled and Steller's 
eiders is ongoing. The NMFS concluded in its Arctic Region Biological 
Opinion, dated June 2006, that leasing and exploration activities are 
not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the threatened, 
endangered, or candidate species under their jurisdiction; however, the 
potential additive effects of oil and gas activities associated with 
exploration, production, and transportation throughout the Chukchi Sea 
and neighboring Beaufort Sea is of concern. The NMFS concluded further 
that activities associated with seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea may 
adversely affect but not jeopardize the continued existence of any 
species listed under the ESA that are under the jurisdiction of the 
NMFS.
    DEIS Availability: To obtain a copy of the DEIS, you may contact 
the Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint 
Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5820, telephone (907) 334-
5200. You may also view the DEIS on the MMS Web site at http://
www.mms.gov/alaska or at the following locations:

Alaska Pacific University, Academic Support Center Library, 4101 
University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska;
Alaska Resources Library and Information Service (ARLIS), 3211 
Providence Drive, Suite 111, Anchorage, Alaska;
Alaska State Library, Government Publications, State Office Building, 
333 Willoughby, Juneau, Alaska;
City of Point Hope, P.O. Box 169, Point Hope, Alaska;
City of Wainwright, P.O. Box 9, Wainwright, Alaska;
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles Street, 
Fairbanks, Alaska;
Northern Alaska Environmental Center Library, 218 Driveway, Fairbanks, 
Alaska;
Point Lay Tribal Council, P.O. Box 59031 Point Lay, Alaska;
Tuzzy Consortium Library, P.O. Box 749, Barrow, Alaska;
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Library, 1200 6th 
Avenue, OMP-104, Seattle, Washington;
University of Alaska Anchorage, Consortium Library, 3211 Providence 
Drive, Anchorage, Alaska;
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Government 
Documents, 310 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska;
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Government 
Documents, Fairbanks, Alaska;
Z. J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, Alaska.

    Written Comments: Interested parties may submit their written 
comments on this DEIS until December 15, 2006 to the Regional Director, 
Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 
Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5820, or online at http://
ocsconnect.mms.gov. Our practice is to make comments, including names 
and home addresses of respondents available for public review. 
Individual commenters may ask that we withhold their name, home 
address, or both from the public record, and we will honor such a 
request to the extent allowable by law. If you submit comments and wish 
us to withhold such information, you must state so prominently at the 
beginning of your submission. We will not consider anonymous comments, 
and we will make available for inspection in their

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entirety all comments submitted by organizations or businesses or by 
individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations 
or businesses.
    Public Hearings: Public hearings will be held to receive comments 
on the DEIS. The hearings will provide the MMS with additional 
information that will help in evaluating potential effects of the 
leasing program in the Chukchi Sea. The locations and dates of the 
public hearings are as follows:
     Wainwright, Alaska. November 13, 2006, at the Robert James 
Community Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334-5209.
     Point Lay, Alaska. November 14, 2006, at the Point Lay 
Community Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334-5209.
     Point Hope, Alaska. November 15, 2006, at the Kalgi 
Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334-5209.
     Barrow, Alaska. November 16, 2006, at the Inupiat Heritage 
Center, 7 p.m., contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334-5209.
     Anchorage, Alaska. December 6, 2006, at the Centerpoint 
Building, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room, 7 p.m., 
contact: Mr. Albert Barros, (907) 334-5209.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Minerals Management Service, Alaska 
OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-
5820, Ms. Deborah Cranswick, telephone (907) 334-5267.

    Dated: September 29, 2006.
Robert P. LaBelle,
Acting Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management.
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