Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Seismic Surveying Activities in the Chukchi Sea, 32860-32862 [E7-11517]

Download as PDF 32860 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 114 / Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES The lands described above contain 60 acres, more or less, identified as Clark County Assessor Parcel 160–33–801–001. Terms and Conditions of Sale The parcel is subject to the following: 1. When the remaining interest in the parcel of land is sold, the locatable mineral interests will be sold simultaneously as part of the land sale. The land identified for sale has no known mineral value for minerals located under the 1872 Mining Law, as amended. Acceptance of the offer to purchase will constitute an application for conveyance of these mineral interests. In conjunction with the final payment, the applicant will be required to pay a $50 non-refundable filing fee for processing the conveyance of this mineral interest. Minerals that fall within the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, and the Materials Act of 1947, as amended, are reserved under applicable law and any regulations that the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe, including all necessary access and exit rights. 2. A right-of-way is reserved for ditches and canals constructed by authority of the United States under the Act of August 30, 1890 (43 U.S.C. 945). 3. The parcel is subject to valid existing rights. Parcels may also be subject to applications received prior to publication of this Notice if processing the application would have no adverse affect on the federally approved Fair Market Value (FMV). 4. The parcel is subject to reservations for road, public utilities and flood control purposes, both existing and proposed, in accordance with the local governing entities’ Transportation Plans. 5. All purchasers/patentees, by accepting a patent, agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the United States harmless from any cost, damages, claims, causes of action, penalties, fines, liabilities, and judgments of any kind or nature arising from the past, present, and future acts or omissions of the patentee or their employees, agents, contractors, or lessees, or any thirdparty, arising out of or in connection with the patentee’s use, occupancy, or operations on the patented real property. This indemnification and hold harmless agreement includes, but is not limited to (1) Violations of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations that are now or may in the future become, applicable to the real property; (2) Judgments, claims or demands of any kind assessed against the United States; (3) Cost, expenses, or damages of any kind incurred by the United States; (4) Other releases or threatened releases of solid or hazardous waste(s) and/or VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Jun 13, 2007 Jkt 211001 hazardous substance(s), as defined by Federal or State environmental laws; off, on, into or under land, property and other interests of the United States; (5) Other activities by which solids or hazardous substances or wastes, as defined by Federal and State environmental laws are generated, released, stored, used or otherwise disposed of on the patented real property, and any cleanup response, remedial action or other actions related in any manner to said solid or hazardous substances or wastes; or (6) Natural resource damages as defined by Federal and State law. This covenant shall be construed as running with patented real property and may be enforced by the United States in a court of competent jurisdiction. Pursuant to the requirements established by Section 120(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), (42 U.S.C. 9620(h)), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1988, (100 Stat. 1670), notice is hereby given that the above-described lands have been examined and no evidence was found to indicate that any hazardous substances had been stored for one year or more, nor had any hazardous substances been disposed of or released on the subject property. No warranty of any kind, express or implied, is given by the United States as to the title, physical condition or potential uses of the parcel of land proposed for sale; and the conveyance of any such parcel will not be on a contingency basis. Maps delineating the subject interest in lands proposed for sale are available for public review at the BLM LVFO along with the appraisal. Upon acceptance of the offer to purchase, BEC will submit 20% of the FMV to BLM, Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130. Within 180 days following payment of the deposit, BEC will remit the balance of the FMV to the BLM in the form of a certified check, money order, bank draft or cashier’s check made payable to the Bureau of Land Management. If in the opinion of the authorized officer, consummation of the sale is not fully consistent with FLPMA or other applicable laws or determined not to be in the public interest, the BLM may accept or reject any or all offers, or withdraw any portion of or interest in land from sale. If not sold, the parcel described in this Notice identified for a partial interest sale may be suspended from any further proposed actions without further legal notice. It is the PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 buyer’s responsibility to be aware of all applicable Federal, State and local governmental policies, laws, regulations and the historical use of the proposed property and the affect these lands would have pertaining to any future use or development. Public Comments: The BLM Field Manager, Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, will receive written comments from the general public and interested parties up to 45 days after publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. Only written comments submitted by postal service or overnight mail to the Field Manager BLM LVFO, will be considered properly filed; e-mail, facsimile or telephone comments will not be considered as properly filed. Any adverse comments will be reviewed by the Nevada State Director, who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action in whole or in part. In the absence of any adverse comments this realty action will become the final determination of the Department of the Interior. Any comments received during this process, as well as the commentor’s name and address, will be available to the public in the administrative record and/or pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request. Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: May 18, 2007. Angie Lara, Acting Field Manager. [FR Doc. E7–11446 Filed 6–13–07; 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, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The proposed federal action addressed in this FEIS (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007–026) is to offer for lease E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 114 / Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Notices areas in the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that might contain 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 FEIS is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to enable the MMS to make informed decisions on the configuration of the lease sale and the applicable mitigation measures. In the FEIS, 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 FEIS also provides NEPA evaluation for exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea, including seismic survey geophysical permitting (30 CFR part 251), ancillary activities (30 CFR 250.207), and exploration plans (30 CFR 250.214). In addition, the FEIS provides information that the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) may possibly use for issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorizations to the seismic-survey industry to take marine mammals by harassment, incidental to conducting prelease and ancillary onlease oil and gas seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea. To address its NEPA responsibilities, the NMFS is a cooperating agency (as that term is defined in 40 CFR 1501.6). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, #500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5823, Ms. Deborah Cranswick, telephone (907) 334–5267. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In this FEIS, 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 2008. The resource estimates and scenario information included in this FEIS 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 6,156 whole and partial blocks (about 34 million acres) identified as the program VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Jun 13, 2007 Jkt 211001 area in the 2002–2007 5-Year Program. Although Sale 193 was scheduled under the 2002–2007 5-Year Program, it is being held under the 2007–2012 5-Year Program to accommodate the time required to complete the EIS analyses and process. The proposed Sale 193 area excludes up to a 50-mile-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 1,765 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 FEIS includes an analysis of two alternatives for exploration seismic surveys: Alternative A and Alternative B. All permitted seismic surveys would be subject to the standard stipulations for geological and geophysical (G&G) permit activities, additional measures to mitigate seismic-surveying effects, and the mitigation and monitoring requirements of the selected alternative (Alternative 6) from the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf Seismic Surveys— 2006, dated June 2006 (USDOI, MMS, 2006a). Alternative A would allow preSale 193 seismic surveying in the entire proposed Sale 193 area (the area under Alternative I). Alternative B would prohibit pre-Sale 193 exploration seismic surveys in the 795 whole or partial blocks in Corridor II Deferral area (Alternative IV) along the coastward PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32861 edge of the proposed Sale 193 area. The Corridor II Deferral area was developed from the recommended conservation measures in the 1987 Biological Opinion from NMFS. The southern end of the corridor was expanded to encompass a portion of the Ledyard Bay Critical Habitat Area that lies within the proposed Sale 193 area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in its March 28, 2007, Biological Opinion for Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Associated Seismic Surveys and Exploratory Drilling that, based on the information available at this time, the action would not jeopardize the continued existence of the spectacled or Steller’s eider, or destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat. 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 its 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. FEIS Availability: To obtain a copy of the final FEIS, you may contact the Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, Attention: Resource Center, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, #500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5823, telephone 1–800–764–2627, or by e-mail at akwebmaster@mms.gov. You may also view the FEIS on the MMS Web site at http://www.mms.gov/alaska. Written Comments: Interested parties may submit their written comments on this FEIS until 30 days after the publication of this notice, to the Regional Director, Alaska OCS Region, Attention: Sale 193 Coordinator, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, #500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503–5823, or by e-mail to akeis@mms.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire commentincluding your personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will not E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1 32862 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 114 / Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Notices consider anonymous comments, and we will make available for inspection in their entirety all comments submitted by organizations or businesses or by individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses. Dated: June 4, 2007. Walter D. Cruickshank, Acting Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E7–11517 Filed 6–13–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–447 and 731– TA–1116 (Preliminary)] Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From China United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations and scheduling of preliminary phase investigations. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the institution of investigations, commencement of preliminary phase countervailing duty investigation No. 701–TA–447 (Preliminary), and commencement of preliminary phase antidumping duty investigation No. 731–TA–1116 (Preliminary) under sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)) (the Act) to determine whether there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports from China of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe, provided for in subheadings 7306.30.10 and 7306.30.50, as well as 7306.50.10 and 7306.50.50, of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be subsidized by the Government of China and sold in the United States at less than fair value. Unless the Department of Commerce extends the time for initiation pursuant to sections 702(c)(1)(B) and 732(c)(1)(B) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671a(c)(1)(B) and 1673a(c)(1)(B)), the Commission must reach preliminary determinations in countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations in 45 days, or in this case by July 23, 2007. The Commission’s views are due at Commerce within five VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Jun 13, 2007 Jkt 211001 business days thereafter, or by July 30, 2007. For further information concerning the conduct of these investigations and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and B (19 CFR part 207). DATES: Effective Date: June 7, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Trainor (202–205–3354), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearingimpaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 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 these investigations may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.—These investigations are being instituted in response to a petition filed on June 7, 2007, by Allied Tube & Conduit, Harvey, IL; IPSCO Tubulars, Inc., Camanche, IA; Northwest Pipe Co., Portland OR; Sharon Tube Co., Sharon, PA; Western Tube & Conduit Corp., Long Beach, CA; Wheatland Tube Co., Collingswood, NJ; and the United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh, PA. Participation in the investigations and public service list.—Persons (other than petitioners) wishing to participate in the investigations as parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the Commission, as provided in sections 201.11 and 207.10 of the Commission’s rules, not later than seven days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Industrial users and (if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level) representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to these investigations upon the expiration of the period for filing entries of appearance. Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.—Pursuant to PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 section 207.7(a) of the Commission’s rules, the Secretary will make BPI gathered in these investigations available to authorized applicants representing interested parties (as defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(9)) who are parties to the investigations under the APO issued in the investigations, provided that the application is made not later than seven days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. A separate service list will be maintained by the Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO. Conference.—The Commission’s Director of Operations has scheduled a conference in connection with these investigations for 9:30 a.m. on June 28, 2007, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC. Parties wishing to participate in the conference should contact Cynthia Trainor (202–205–3354) not later than June 25, 2007, to arrange for their appearance. Parties in support of the imposition of countervailing duties and antidumping duties in these investigations and parties in opposition to the imposition of such duties will each be collectively allocated one hour within which to make an oral presentation at the conference. A nonparty who has testimony that may aid the Commission’s deliberations may request permission to present a short statement at the conference. Written submissions.—As provided in sections 201.8 and 207.15 of the Commission’s rules, any person may submit to the Commission on or before July 3, 2007, a written brief containing information and arguments pertinent to the subject matter of the investigations. Parties may file written testimony in connection with their presentation at the conference no later than three days before the conference. If briefs or written testimony contain BPI, they must conform with the requirements of sections 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the Commission’s rules. The Commission’s rules do not authorize filing of submissions with the Secretary by facsimile or electronic means, except to the extent permitted by section 201.8 of the Commission’s rules, as amended, 67 FR 68036 (November 8, 2002). Even where electronic filing of a document is permitted, certain documents must also be filed in paper form, as specified in II (C) of the Commission’s Handbook on Electronic Filing Procedures, 67 FR 68168, 68173 (November 8, 2002). In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the rules, each document filed by a party to the investigations must be served on all other parties to the investigation (as identified by either E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 114 (Thursday, June 14, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32860-32862]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-11517]


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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, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS).

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SUMMARY: The proposed federal action addressed in this FEIS (OCS EIS/EA 
MMS 2007-026) is to offer for lease

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areas in the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that might 
contain 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 FEIS is the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to enable the MMS to make informed decisions 
on the configuration of the lease sale and the applicable mitigation 
measures. In the FEIS, 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 FEIS also provides NEPA evaluation for exploration 
activities in the Chukchi Sea, including seismic survey geophysical 
permitting (30 CFR part 251), ancillary activities (30 CFR 250.207), 
and exploration plans (30 CFR 250.214). In addition, the FEIS provides 
information that the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 
may possibly use for 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 is a cooperating agency (as that term is 
defined in 40 CFR 1501.6).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Minerals Management Service, Alaska 
OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 500, Anchorage, Alaska 
99503-5823, Ms. Deborah Cranswick, telephone (907) 334-5267.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In this FEIS, 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 2008. The resource estimates and scenario 
information included in this FEIS 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 6,156 whole and partial blocks (about 34 
million acres) identified as the program area in the 2002-2007 5-Year 
Program. Although Sale 193 was scheduled under the 2002-2007 5-Year 
Program, it is being held under the 2007-2012 5-Year Program to 
accommodate the time required to complete the EIS analyses and process. 
The proposed Sale 193 area excludes up to a 50-mile-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 1,765 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 FEIS includes an analysis of 
two alternatives for exploration seismic surveys: Alternative A and 
Alternative B. All permitted seismic surveys would be subject to the 
standard stipulations for geological and geophysical (G&G) permit 
activities, additional measures to mitigate seismic-surveying effects, 
and the mitigation and monitoring requirements of the selected 
alternative (Alternative 6) from the Final Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment (PEA) Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf Seismic Surveys--
2006, dated June 2006 (USDOI, MMS, 2006a). Alternative A would allow 
pre-Sale 193 seismic surveying in the entire proposed Sale 193 area 
(the area under Alternative I). Alternative B would prohibit pre-Sale 
193 exploration seismic surveys in the 795 whole or partial blocks in 
Corridor II Deferral area (Alternative IV) along the coastward edge of 
the proposed Sale 193 area. The Corridor II Deferral area was developed 
from the recommended conservation measures in the 1987 Biological 
Opinion from NMFS. The southern end of the corridor was expanded to 
encompass a portion of the Ledyard Bay Critical Habitat Area that lies 
within the proposed Sale 193 area.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in its March 28, 2007, 
Biological Opinion for Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 
193 and Associated Seismic Surveys and Exploratory Drilling that, based 
on the information available at this time, the action would not 
jeopardize the continued existence of the spectacled or Steller's 
eider, or destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat. 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 its 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.
    FEIS Availability: To obtain a copy of the final FEIS, you may 
contact the Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, Attention: 
Resource Center, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 500, Anchorage, 
Alaska 99503-5823, telephone 1-800-764-2627, or by e-mail at 
akwebmaster@mms.gov. You may also view the FEIS on the MMS Web site at 
http://www.mms.gov/alaska.
    Written Comments: Interested parties may submit their written 
comments on this FEIS until 30 days after the publication of this 
notice, to the Regional Director, Alaska OCS Region, Attention: Sale 
193 Coordinator, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 
500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5823, or by e-mail to 
akeis@mms.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be 
advised that your entire comment-including your personal identifying 
information-may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal 
identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do 
so. We will not

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consider anonymous comments, and we will make available for inspection 
in their entirety all comments submitted by organizations or businesses 
or by individuals identifying themselves as representatives of 
organizations or businesses.

    Dated: June 4, 2007.
Walter D. Cruickshank,
Acting Director, Minerals Management Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-11517 Filed 6-13-07; 8:45 am]
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