Notice of Availability of the Eagle Butte West Federal Coal Lease by Application Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Hearing, Wyoming, 62007-62008 [E6-17142]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 203 / Friday, October 20, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [UT–030–06–1610–PH–241A] Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee: Call for Nominations Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of call for nominations for members of the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument Advisory Committee (GSENMAC). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for seven members of the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument Advisory Committee (GSENM–MAC). The GSENM–MAC provides advice and recommendations to GSENM on science issues and the achievement of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Management Plan objectives. GSENM will receive public nominations for 30 days from the date this notice is posted. DATES: A completed nomination form and accompanying nomination letters must be received at the address listed below no later than 30 days from the date this notice is posted. ADDRESSES: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Headquarters Office, 190 East Center, Kanab, Utah 84741. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Larry Crutchfield, Public Affairs Officer, GSENM Headquarters Office, 190 East Center, Kanab, Utah 84741; phone (435) 644–4310, or e-mail larry_crutchfield@blm.gov. The Secretary of the Interior established the GSENM–MAC pursuant to section 309 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1739) and in conformity with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). The 17 appointed members of the GSENM–MAC perform several primary tasks: (1) Review evaluation reports produced by the Management Science Team and make recommendations on protocols and projects to meet overall objectives. (2) Review appropriate research proposals and make recommendations on project necessity and validity. (3) Make recommendations regarding allocation of research funds through review of research and project proposals as well as needs identified through the evaluation process above. (4) Could be consulted on issues such as protocols for specific projects. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:52 Oct 19, 2006 Jkt 211001 The Secretary appoints persons to the GSENM–MAC who are representatives of the various major citizen interests pertaining to land use planning and management of the lands under BLM management in GSENM. This notice, published pursuant to 43 CFR 1784.4– 1 and in accordance with the Approved Management Plan for Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument (February 2000), requests the public to submit nominations to fill seven vacant positions on the committee. Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the GSENM–MAC. Individuals may nominate themselves for GSENM–MAC membership. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Headquarters Office, (address listed above). To make a nomination, submit to the Headquarters Office a letter of nomination, a completed nomination form, letters of reference from the represented interests or organizations associated with the interest represented by the candidate, and any other information that speaks to the candidate’s qualifications. Nominations may be made for the following categories of interest: • A member with expertise in archaeology; • A member with expertise in paleontology; • A member with expertise in systems ecology; • A livestock grazing permittee operating within the Monument to represent grazing permittees; • An outfitter and guide operating within the Monument to represent commercial recreational users; • A representative of the motorized recreational community; and • A representative of the nonmotorized recreational community. The specific category the nominee would be representing should be identified in the letter of nomination and in the nomination form. The Utah BLM State Director and Monument Manger will review the nomination forms and letters of reference. The State Director shall confer with the Governor of the State of Utah on potential nominations. The BLM State Director will then forward recommended nominations to the Secretary of the Interior who has responsibility for making the appointments. Each GSENM–MAC member will be a person who, as a result of training and experience, has knowledge or special expertise which qualifies him or her to provide advice from among the categories of interest listed above. As PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62007 appropriate, certain committee members may be appointed as Special Government Employees. Special Government Employees serve on the committee without compensation, and are subject to financial disclosure requirements in the Ethics in Government Act and 5 CFR part 2634. All members of the GSNEM–MAC are appointed for terms of 3 years. The new appointments to these seven positions will begin no earlier than March 1, 2007, and will end February 28, 2010. Members will serve without monetary compensation, but will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses at current rates for Government employees. The Committee will meet at least twice a year. Additional meetings may be called by the Designated Federal Officer. Dated: October 16, 2006. Brad Exton, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Manager. [FR Doc. 06–8820 Filed 10–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [(WY–060–1320-EL), WYW155132] Notice of Availability of the Eagle Butte West Federal Coal Lease by Application Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Hearing, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) of Federal Coal Lease By Application (LBA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Public Hearing to Request Comments on the DEIS, Maximum Economic Recovery (MER), and Fair Market Value (FMV). AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the implementing regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is providing this NOA regarding the availability of the Eagle Butte West LBA DEIS and notice of a public hearing requesting comments on the DEIS, MER, and FMV pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.4. The DEIS analyzes the potential impacts for coal LBA WYW155132, referred to as the Eagle Butte West tract, in the decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming. DATES: Written comments on the DEIS, MER, and FMR will be accepted for 60 days following the date that the E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 62008 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 203 / Friday, October 20, 2006 / Notices Environmental Protection Agency publishes their NOA of the DEIS in the Federal Register. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. MST, on November 14, 2006, at the Clarion Hotel in Gillette, Wyoming. ADDRESSES: Please address questions, comments, or concerns to the Casper Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Nancy Doelger, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604, by facsimile (fax) to 307–261– 7587, or send e-mail comments to the attention of Nancy Doelger at casper_wymail@blm.gov. Copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection at the following BLM office locations: BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Lane, Casper, Wyoming 82604. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at the above address, or telephone: 307–261– 7600. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is considering issuing a coal lease as a result of a December 28, 2001, application made by RAG Coal West, Inc. (RAG Coal) to lease the Federal coal in the Eagle Butte West Coal tract. This tract is near the Eagle Butte Mine and approximately 3 miles north of Gillette, Wyoming, in Campbell County, Wyoming. In August 2004 Foundation Coal West, Inc. (Foundation) purchased the Eagle Butte Mine from RAG Coal. The DEIS analyzes and discloses to the public direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing a Federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. A copy of the DEIS has been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies; persons and entities identified as potentially being affected by a decision to lease the Federal coal in this tract; and persons who indicated to the BLM that they wished to receive a copy of the DEIS. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit comments on the DEIS, on the proposed competitive sale of Eagle Butte West Coal tract, and comments on the FMV and MER of the Federal coal. RAG Coal originally applied for the tract to extend the life of the existing Eagle Butte Mine in accordance with 43 CFR part 3425. On October 16, 2003, Foundation, the new owner of RAG Coal, filed a request to modify the tract and estimated that the tract includes approximately 231 million tons of recoverable Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 51 N., R. 72 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:52 Oct 19, 2006 Jkt 211001 Section 19: Lots 13, 14, 19, and 20; Section 20: Lots 10 (S1⁄2), 11 (S1⁄2), and 12 through 15; Section 29: Lot 1 W1⁄2 of lots, 2 through 7, W1⁄2 and SE1⁄4 of lot 8, and lots 9 through 16; Section 30: Lots 5, 6, 11 through 14, 19 and 20. Total Acres: 1,397.64 acres more or less. The Eagle Butte Mine is adjacent to the LBA and has an approved mining and reclamation plan from the Land Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and an approved air quality permit from the Air Quality Division of the Wyoming DEQ that allows them to mine up to 35 million tons of coal per year. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Land Quality Division of the Wyoming DEQ, the Air Quality Division of the Wyoming DEQ, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming State Planning Office, and the Board of Commissioners of Campbell County, Wyoming are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the DEIS. The DEIS analyzes leasing the Eagle Butte West Coal tract as the Proposed Action and it is the agency’s Preferred Action. Under the Proposed Action, a competitive sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal in the tract as applied for by Foundation. As part of the coal leasing process, the BLM is evaluating adding Federal coal to the tract to avoid bypassing coal or to prompt competitive interest in the unleased Federal coal for this area. The alternate tract configuration that BLM is evaluating is described and analyzed as a separate alternative in the DEIS. Under this alternative, a competitive sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal lands included in a tract modified by the BLM. The DEIS also analyzes the alternative of rejecting the application to lease Federal coal as the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action and Alternatives being considered in the DEIS are in conformance with the ‘‘Approved Resource Management Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office’’ (April 2001). Requests to be included on the mailing list for this project and to request copies of the DEIS or notification of the comment period or hearing date, or both, may be sent in writing, by facsimile, or electronically to the addresses previously stated at the beginning of this notice. The BLM asks that those submitting comments on the DEIS make them as specific as possible with reference to page numbers and PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 chapters of the document. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response; however, they will be considered and included as part of the BLM decision-making process. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the Casper Field Office, at the address listed above, during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or 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 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. Dated: September 1, 2006. Robert A. Bennett, State Director. [FR Doc. E6–17142 Filed 10–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NM–510–1610-DS–025G] Notice of Availability (NOA) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Special Status Species Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment/ Environmental Impact Statement (DRMPA/EIS), New Mexico. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the BLM has prepared a Special Status Species DRMPA/EIS for the Pecos District and by this Notice is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To assure that they will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the DRMPA/EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their NOA in the Federal Register. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[(WY-060-1320-EL), WYW155132]


Notice of Availability of the Eagle Butte West Federal Coal Lease 
by Application Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of 
Hearing, Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) of Federal Coal Lease By 
Application (LBA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and 
Public Hearing to Request Comments on the DEIS, Maximum Economic 
Recovery (MER), and Fair Market Value (FMV).

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and 
the implementing regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is 
providing this NOA regarding the availability of the Eagle Butte West 
LBA DEIS and notice of a public hearing requesting comments on the 
DEIS, MER, and FMV pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
3425.4. The DEIS analyzes the potential impacts for coal LBA WYW155132, 
referred to as the Eagle Butte West tract, in the decertified Powder 
River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming.

DATES: Written comments on the DEIS, MER, and FMR will be accepted for 
60 days following the date that the

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Environmental Protection Agency publishes their NOA of the DEIS in the 
Federal Register. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. MST, on 
November 14, 2006, at the Clarion Hotel in Gillette, Wyoming.

ADDRESSES: Please address questions, comments, or concerns to the 
Casper Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Nancy Doelger, 
2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604, by facsimile (fax) to 
307-261-7587, or send e-mail comments to the attention of Nancy Doelger 
at casper_wymail@blm.gov. Copies of the DEIS are available for public 
inspection at the following BLM office locations: BLM Wyoming State 
Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and BLM Casper 
Field Office, 2987 Prospector Lane, Casper, Wyoming 82604.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at the 
above address, or telephone: 307-261-7600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is considering issuing a coal lease 
as a result of a December 28, 2001, application made by RAG Coal West, 
Inc. (RAG Coal) to lease the Federal coal in the Eagle Butte West Coal 
tract. This tract is near the Eagle Butte Mine and approximately 3 
miles north of Gillette, Wyoming, in Campbell County, Wyoming. In 
August 2004 Foundation Coal West, Inc. (Foundation) purchased the Eagle 
Butte Mine from RAG Coal. The DEIS analyzes and discloses to the public 
direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing a 
Federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. A 
copy of the DEIS has been sent to affected Federal, State, and local 
government agencies; persons and entities identified as potentially 
being affected by a decision to lease the Federal coal in this tract; 
and persons who indicated to the BLM that they wished to receive a copy 
of the DEIS. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit comments 
on the DEIS, on the proposed competitive sale of Eagle Butte West Coal 
tract, and comments on the FMV and MER of the Federal coal.
    RAG Coal originally applied for the tract to extend the life of the 
existing Eagle Butte Mine in accordance with 43 CFR part 3425. On 
October 16, 2003, Foundation, the new owner of RAG Coal, filed a 
request to modify the tract and estimated that the tract includes 
approximately 231 million tons of recoverable Federal coal underlying 
the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 51 N., R. 72 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming
    Section 19: Lots 13, 14, 19, and 20;
    Section 20: Lots 10 (S\1/2\), 11 (S\1/2\), and 12 through 15;
    Section 29: Lot 1 W\1/2\ of lots, 2 through 7, W\1/2\ and SE\1/
4\ of lot 8, and lots 9 through 16;
    Section 30: Lots 5, 6, 11 through 14, 19 and 20.
    Total Acres: 1,397.64 acres more or less.

    The Eagle Butte Mine is adjacent to the LBA and has an approved 
mining and reclamation plan from the Land Quality Division of the 
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and an approved air 
quality permit from the Air Quality Division of the Wyoming DEQ that 
allows them to mine up to 35 million tons of coal per year.
    The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Land 
Quality Division of the Wyoming DEQ, the Air Quality Division of the 
Wyoming DEQ, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming 
State Planning Office, and the Board of Commissioners of Campbell 
County, Wyoming are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the 
DEIS.
    The DEIS analyzes leasing the Eagle Butte West Coal tract as the 
Proposed Action and it is the agency's Preferred Action. Under the 
Proposed Action, a competitive sale would be held and a lease issued 
for Federal coal in the tract as applied for by Foundation. As part of 
the coal leasing process, the BLM is evaluating adding Federal coal to 
the tract to avoid bypassing coal or to prompt competitive interest in 
the unleased Federal coal for this area. The alternate tract 
configuration that BLM is evaluating is described and analyzed as a 
separate alternative in the DEIS. Under this alternative, a competitive 
sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal lands included 
in a tract modified by the BLM. The DEIS also analyzes the alternative 
of rejecting the application to lease Federal coal as the No Action 
Alternative. The Proposed Action and Alternatives being considered in 
the DEIS are in conformance with the ``Approved Resource Management 
Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management 
Buffalo Field Office'' (April 2001).
    Requests to be included on the mailing list for this project and to 
request copies of the DEIS or notification of the comment period or 
hearing date, or both, may be sent in writing, by facsimile, or 
electronically to the addresses previously stated at the beginning of 
this notice. The BLM asks that those submitting comments on the DEIS 
make them as specific as possible with reference to page numbers and 
chapters of the document. Comments that contain only opinions or 
preferences will not receive a formal response; however, they will be 
considered and included as part of the BLM decision-making process.
    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the Casper Field Office, at the 
address listed above, during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. through 
4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual 
respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your 
name or 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 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.

    Dated: September 1, 2006.
Robert A. Bennett,
State Director.
 [FR Doc. E6-17142 Filed 10-19-06; 8:45 am]
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