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Download as PDF 36476 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 3, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES occurred or terminated. Form HUD– 903.1 was developed in order to promote consistency in the documents that, by statute, must be provided to persons against whom complaints are filed, and for the convenience of the general public. Section 103.25 of HUD’s Fair Housing Act regulation describes the information that must be included in each complaint filed with HUD. For purposes of meeting the Act’s one-year time limitation for filing complaints with HUD, complaints need not be initially submitted on the Form that HUD provides. 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Lynn Grosso, Director, Office of Enforcement, FHEO. [FR Doc. E7–12892 Filed 7–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–060–1320–EL, WYW164812, WYW172388, WYW172685, WYW173408] Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Meeting on Four Federal Coal Lease Applications in the Decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, WY Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Casper Field Office announces its intent to prepare one EIS on the potential impacts of leasing four tracts of Federal coal. The EIS will be called the Wright Area Coal EIS. Under the provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, the BLM received the following applications to lease maintenance tracts (a maintenance tract is a parcel of land containing Federal coal reserves that can be leased to maintain production at an existing mine) in Campbell County, Wyoming: • Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 4,590.19 acres (approximately 588.2 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the Hilight Field Tract, has been assigned case number WYW164812. • Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 2,370.52 acres (approximately 428 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the West Hilight Field Tract, has been assigned case number WYW172388. E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 3, 2007 / Notices • Jacobs Ranch Coal Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 5,944.37 acres (approximately 956 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Jacobs Ranch Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the West Jacobs Ranch Tract, has been assigned case number WYW172685. • BTU Western Resources, Inc. applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 5,116.65 acres (approximately 598 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the Porcupine Tract, has been assigned case number WYW173408. Consistent with Federal regulations under NEPA and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the BLM must prepare an environmental analysis prior to holding a competitive Federal coal lease sale. The Powder River Regional Coal Team recommended that BLM process these four coal lease applications after they reviewed the Hilight Field, West Hilight Field, and West Jacobs Ranch Tracts at a public meeting held on April 19, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming, and the Porcupine Tract at a public meeting held on January 18, 2007, in Casper, Wyoming. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and gain understanding of the coal leasing process, the BLM will host a meeting on July 24, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, 2009 South Douglas Highway, in Gillette, Wyoming. At the meeting, the public is invited to submit comments and resource information, plus identify issues or concerns to be considered in the coal leasing process. The BLM can best use public input if comments and resource information are submitted by August 31, 2007. The BLM will announce future public meetings and other opportunities to submit comments on this project at least 15 days prior to the events. Announcements will be made through local news media and the Casper Field Office’s Web site, which is: http://www.wy.blm.gov/cfo/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Bucklin or Mike Karbs, BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Ms. Bucklin or Mr. Karbs may also be reached at (307) 261–7600. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments or concerns to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Written comments or resource information may also be hand- VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Jul 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 delivered to the BLM Casper Field Office or sent by facsimile to the attention of Sarah Bucklin at (307) 261– 7587. Comments may be sent electronically to casper_wymail@blm.gov. Please include ‘‘Wright Area Coal EIS/Sarah Bucklin’’ in the subject line. Members of the public may examine documents pertinent to this proposal by visiting the Casper Field Office during its business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Ark Land Company submitted an application on October 7, 2005, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which is operated by Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract is known as the Hilight Field Tract. The Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 588.2 million tons of Federal coal reserves underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: T. 44 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 19: Lots 5 through 20; T. 43 N., R.71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 26: Lots 1 through 16; Section 35: Lots 1 through 16; T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 24: Lots 1 through 16; Section 26: Lots 1 through 16. Containing 4,590.19 acres, more or less. Ark Land Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the Black Thunder Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 92.2 million tons per year, the coal included in the Hilight Field Tract would extend the life of the Black Thunder Mine by as many as six years. Ark Land Company submitted an application on January 17, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which is operated by Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract is known as the West Hilight Field Tract. The West Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 428 million tons of Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 8: Lots 1, 2, 7 through 16; Section 9: Lots 1 through 16; Section 10: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14; Section 17: Lots 1 through 16; Section 20: Lots 1 through 4 Section 21: Lots 3, 4. Containing 2,370.52 acres, more or less. Thunder Basin Coal Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the Black Thunder Mine. At the 2006 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36477 mining rate of 92.2 million tons per year, the coal included in the West Hilight Field Tract would extend the life of the Black Thunder Mine by as many as four years. Jacobs Ranch Coal Company submitted an application on March 24, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s Jacobs Ranch Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. The tract is known as the West Jacobs Ranch Tract. The West Jacobs Ranch Tract includes approximately 956 million tons of Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 3: Lots 2, 5 through 19; Section 4: Lots 5 through 20; Section 5: Lots 5 through 20; T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 22: Lots 9 through 16; Section 27: Lot 1 through 16; Section 28: Lots 1 through 3, 5 through 16; Section 29: Lots 5 through 15, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Section 32: Lots 1 through 15, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Section 33: Lots 1 through 15, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Section 34: Lots 1 through 16. Containing 5,944.37 acres, more or less. Jacobs Ranch Coal Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the Jacobs Ranch Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 39.9 million tons per year, the coal included in the West Jacobs Ranch Tract would extend the life of the Jacobs Ranch Mine by as many as 23 years. BTU Western Resources, Inc. submitted an application on September 29, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which is operated by Powder River Coal, LLC. The tract is known as the Porcupine Tract. The Porcupine Tract includes approximately 598 million tons of Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 41 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 7: Lots 17, 18; Section 18: Lots 6 through 11, 14 through 19; T. 42 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 19: Lots 17 through 20; Section 20: Lots 13 through 16; Section 26: Lots 9 through 16; Section 27: Lots 9 through 16; Section 29: Lots 1 through 4; Section 30: Lots 5 through 8 T. 41 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 12: Lots 13 through 16; Section 13: Lots 1 through 16; Section 14: Lots 1, 8, 9, 16; Section 23: Lots 1, 8(N1⁄2); Section 24: Lots 2 through 4, 5(N1⁄2), 6(N1⁄2), 7(N1⁄2); T. 42 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 22: Lots 13 through 16; Section 23: Lots 13 through 16; Section 24: Lots 13 through 16; Section 25: Lots 1 through 4; Section 26: Lots 1 through 6, 11 through 14; Section 27: Lots 1 through 16; E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 36478 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 3, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Section 35: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14. Containing 5,116.65 acres, more or less. BTU Western Resources, Inc. proposes to mine the tract as a part of the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 89.7 million tons per year, the coal included in the Porcupine Tract would extend the life of the North Antelope Rochelle by as many as six years. Lands in the Hilight Field, West Hilight Field, and Porcupine Tracts contain Federal surface administered by the Forest Service and private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. Lands in the West Jacobs Ranch Tract contain private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. The Black Thunder Mine, Jacobs Ranch Mine, and North Antelope Rochelle Mine are operating under approved mining permits from the Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The USDA Forest Service and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will be cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Before the tracts can be leased, the Forest Service must consent to leasing the portions of the tracts that are part of the Thunder Basin National Grassland. If the four tracts are leased to the applicants, the new leases must be incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plans for the adjacent mines. Before the Federal coal in each tract can be mined, the Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan for the mine in which each tract will be included. The OSM is the Federal agency that is responsible for recommending approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the revised MLA mining plan to the Office of the Secretary of the Interior. Other cooperating agencies may be identified during the scoping process. The BLM will provide interested parties the opportunity to submit comments or relevant information or both. This information will help the BLM identify issues to be considered in preparing the Wright Area Coal EIS. Issues that have been identified in analyzing the impacts of previous Federal coal leasing actions in the Wyoming Powder River Basin (PRB) include the need for resolution of conflicts between existing and proposed oil and gas development and coal mining on the tracts proposed for coal leasing; potential impacts to big game herds and hunting; potential impacts to Greater sage-grouse; potential impacts to listed threatened and endangered VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Jul 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 species; potential health impacts related to blasting operations conducted by the mines to remove overburden and coal; the need to consider the cumulative impacts of coal leasing decisions combined with other existing and proposed development in the Wyoming PRB; and potential site-specific and cumulative impacts on air and water quality. Your response is important and will be considered in the EIS process. If you do respond, we will keep you informed of the availability of environmental documents that address impacts that might occur from this proposal. Before including your address, phone 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Reno, Nevada, 89502–7147. Submit written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting no later than close of business, July 25, 2007. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access and filing address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775– 861–6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Alan Rabinoff, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–12889 Filed 7–2–07; 8:45 am] Monday, July 30, 2007 (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) 8 a.m. Call to Order & Introductions. 8:15 a.m. Old Business: Approval of February 2006 Minutes. Update Pending Litigation. 8:45 a.m. Program Updates: Gathers. Adoptions. Facilities. Forest Service Update. Break (9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.) 9:45 a.m. Program Updates (continued): Program Accomplishments. BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations. Lunch (11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.) 1 p.m. New Business. Break (2:45 p.m.–3 p.m.) 3 p.m. Public Comments. 4 p.m. Board Recommendations. 4:45 p.m. Recap/Summary/Next Meeting/ Date/Site. 5 p.m. Adjourn. BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–260–09–1060–00–24 1A] Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Meeting Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands. DATES: The Advisory Board will meet Monday, July 30, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time. This will be a one day meeting. ADDRESSES: The Advisory Board will meet at The Grove Hotel, 245 South Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho, 83702. The Grove’s phone number is 208–333– 8000. Written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO–260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Public Meeting Under the authority of 43 CFR part 1784, the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the BLM, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Chief of the Forest Service, on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands. The tentative agenda for the meeting is: The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An individual with a disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, such as an interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format, must notify the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although the BLM will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-060-1320-EL, WYW164812, WYW172388, WYW172685, WYW173408]


Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Meeting on Four Federal Coal Lease 
Applications in the Decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production 
Region, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent and notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), Casper Field Office announces its intent to prepare one EIS on 
the potential impacts of leasing four tracts of Federal coal. The EIS 
will be called the Wright Area Coal EIS. Under the provisions of 43 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, the BLM received the 
following applications to lease maintenance tracts (a maintenance tract 
is a parcel of land containing Federal coal reserves that can be leased 
to maintain production at an existing mine) in Campbell County, 
Wyoming:
     Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for 
approximately 4,590.19 acres (approximately 588.2 million tons of coal) 
in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder 
Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the Hilight Field Tract, has 
been assigned case number WYW164812.
     Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for 
approximately 2,370.52 acres (approximately 428 million tons of coal) 
in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder 
Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the West Hilight Field Tract, 
has been assigned case number WYW172388.

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     Jacobs Ranch Coal Company applied for a maintenance coal 
lease for approximately 5,944.37 acres (approximately 956 million tons 
of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Jacobs 
Ranch Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the West Jacobs Ranch 
Tract, has been assigned case number WYW172685.
     BTU Western Resources, Inc. applied for a maintenance coal 
lease for approximately 5,116.65 acres (approximately 598 million tons 
of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the North 
Antelope Rochelle Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the 
Porcupine Tract, has been assigned case number WYW173408.
    Consistent with Federal regulations under NEPA and the Mineral 
Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the BLM must prepare an environmental 
analysis prior to holding a competitive Federal coal lease sale. The 
Powder River Regional Coal Team recommended that BLM process these four 
coal lease applications after they reviewed the Hilight Field, West 
Hilight Field, and West Jacobs Ranch Tracts at a public meeting held on 
April 19, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming, and the Porcupine Tract at a public 
meeting held on January 18, 2007, in Casper, Wyoming.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. To provide the 
public with an opportunity to review the proposal and gain 
understanding of the coal leasing process, the BLM will host a meeting 
on July 24, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, 
2009 South Douglas Highway, in Gillette, Wyoming. At the meeting, the 
public is invited to submit comments and resource information, plus 
identify issues or concerns to be considered in the coal leasing 
process. The BLM can best use public input if comments and resource 
information are submitted by August 31, 2007. The BLM will announce 
future public meetings and other opportunities to submit comments on 
this project at least 15 days prior to the events. Announcements will 
be made through local news media and the Casper Field Office's Web 
site, which is: http://www.wy.blm.gov/cfo/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Bucklin or Mike Karbs, BLM 
Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Ms. 
Bucklin or Mr. Karbs may also be reached at (307) 261-7600.

ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments or concerns to the BLM Casper 
Field Office, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, 
Wyoming 82604. Written comments or resource information may also be 
hand-delivered to the BLM Casper Field Office or sent by facsimile to 
the attention of Sarah Bucklin at (307) 261-7587. Comments may be sent 
electronically to casper_wymail@blm.gov. Please include ``Wright Area 
Coal EIS/Sarah Bucklin'' in the subject line.
    Members of the public may examine documents pertinent to this 
proposal by visiting the Casper Field Office during its business hours 
(7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Ark Land Company submitted an application on 
October 7, 2005, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent 
to the company's Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which 
is operated by Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract is known as the 
Hilight Field Tract. The Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 
588.2 million tons of Federal coal reserves underlying the following 
lands in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 44 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 19: Lots 5 through 20;
T. 43 N., R.71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 26: Lots 1 through 16; 
Section 35: Lots 1 through 16;
T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 24: Lots 1 through 16; 
Section 26: Lots 1 through 16.

    Containing 4,590.19 acres, more or less.

    Ark Land Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the Black 
Thunder Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 92.2 million tons per year, 
the coal included in the Hilight Field Tract would extend the life of 
the Black Thunder Mine by as many as six years.
    Ark Land Company submitted an application on January 17, 2006, to 
lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company's 
Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which is operated by 
Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract is known as the West Hilight 
Field Tract.
    The West Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 428 million 
tons of Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, 
Wyoming:

T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 8: Lots 1, 2, 7 through 
16; Section 9: Lots 1 through 16; Section 10: Lots 3 through 6, 11 
through 14; Section 17: Lots 1 through 16; Section 20: Lots 1 
through 4 Section 21: Lots 3, 4.
    Containing 2,370.52 acres, more or less.

    Thunder Basin Coal Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of 
the Black Thunder Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 92.2 million tons 
per year, the coal included in the West Hilight Field Tract would 
extend the life of the Black Thunder Mine by as many as four years.
    Jacobs Ranch Coal Company submitted an application on March 24, 
2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the 
company's Jacobs Ranch Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. The tract is 
known as the West Jacobs Ranch Tract. The West Jacobs Ranch Tract 
includes approximately 956 million tons of Federal coal underlying the 
following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 3: Lots 2, 5 through 19; Section 4: Lots 5 through 20; 
Section 5: Lots 5 through 20;
T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 22: Lots 9 through 16; Section 27: Lot 1 through 16; 
Section 28: Lots 1 through 3, 5 through 16; Section 29: Lots 5 
through 15, SE\1/4\SE\1/4\; Section 32: Lots 1 through 15, SW\1/
4\SE\1/4\; Section 33: Lots 1 through 15, NE\1/4\SE\1/4\; Section 
34: Lots 1 through 16.

    Containing 5,944.37 acres, more or less.

    Jacobs Ranch Coal Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of 
the Jacobs Ranch Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 39.9 million tons per 
year, the coal included in the West Jacobs Ranch Tract would extend the 
life of the Jacobs Ranch Mine by as many as 23 years.
    BTU Western Resources, Inc. submitted an application on September 
29, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the 
company's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, 
which is operated by Powder River Coal, LLC. The tract is known as the 
Porcupine Tract.
    The Porcupine Tract includes approximately 598 million tons of 
Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, 
Wyoming:

T. 41 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 7: Lots 17, 18; Section 18: Lots 6 through 11, 14 
through 19;
T. 42 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 19: Lots 17 through 20; Section 20: Lots 13 through 16; 
Section 26: Lots 9 through 16; Section 27: Lots 9 through 16; 
Section 29: Lots 1 through 4; Section 30: Lots 5 through 8
T. 41 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 12: Lots 13 through 16; Section 13: Lots 1 through 16; 
Section 14: Lots 1, 8, 9, 16; Section 23: Lots 1, 8(N\1/2\); Section 
24: Lots 2 through 4, 5(N\1/2\), 6(N\1/2\), 7(N\1/2\);
T. 42 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 22: Lots 13 through 16; Section 23: Lots 13 through 16; 
Section 24: Lots 13 through 16; Section 25: Lots 1 through 4; 
Section 26: Lots 1 through 6, 11 through 14; Section 27: Lots 1 
through 16;

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Section 35: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14.

    Containing 5,116.65 acres, more or less.

    BTU Western Resources, Inc. proposes to mine the tract as a part of 
the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. At the 2006 mining rate of 89.7 
million tons per year, the coal included in the Porcupine Tract would 
extend the life of the North Antelope Rochelle by as many as six years.
    Lands in the Hilight Field, West Hilight Field, and Porcupine 
Tracts contain Federal surface administered by the Forest Service and 
private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. Lands in the 
West Jacobs Ranch Tract contain private surface estate which overlies 
the Federal coal.
    The Black Thunder Mine, Jacobs Ranch Mine, and North Antelope 
Rochelle Mine are operating under approved mining permits from the Land 
Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of 
Environmental Quality. The USDA Forest Service and the Office of 
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will be cooperating 
agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Before the tracts can be 
leased, the Forest Service must consent to leasing the portions of the 
tracts that are part of the Thunder Basin National Grassland. If the 
four tracts are leased to the applicants, the new leases must be 
incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plans for the 
adjacent mines. Before the Federal coal in each tract can be mined, the 
Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act 
(MLA) mining plan for the mine in which each tract will be included. 
The OSM is the Federal agency that is responsible for recommending 
approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the revised MLA 
mining plan to the Office of the Secretary of the Interior. Other 
cooperating agencies may be identified during the scoping process.
    The BLM will provide interested parties the opportunity to submit 
comments or relevant information or both. This information will help 
the BLM identify issues to be considered in preparing the Wright Area 
Coal EIS. Issues that have been identified in analyzing the impacts of 
previous Federal coal leasing actions in the Wyoming Powder River Basin 
(PRB) include the need for resolution of conflicts between existing and 
proposed oil and gas development and coal mining on the tracts proposed 
for coal leasing; potential impacts to big game herds and hunting; 
potential impacts to Greater sage-grouse; potential impacts to listed 
threatened and endangered species; potential health impacts related to 
blasting operations conducted by the mines to remove overburden and 
coal; the need to consider the cumulative impacts of coal leasing 
decisions combined with other existing and proposed development in the 
Wyoming PRB; and potential site-specific and cumulative impacts on air 
and water quality.
    Your response is important and will be considered in the EIS 
process. If you do respond, we will keep you informed of the 
availability of environmental documents that address impacts that might 
occur from this proposal.
    Before including your address, phone 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 your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Alan Rabinoff,
Acting State Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-12889 Filed 7-2-07; 8:45 am]
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