Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Eagle Butte West Coal Lease-by-Application Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Wyoming, 50380-50381 [E7-17332]

Download as PDF 50380 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Federal Emergency Management Agency [WY–060–1320–EL, WYW155132] [FEMA–1709–DR] Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Eagle Butte West Coal Lease-byApplication Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Wyoming Bureau of Land Management Texas; Amendment No. 10 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas (FEMA–1709–DR), dated June 29, 2007, and related determinations. EFFECTIVE DATE: August 21, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Miller, Disaster Assistance Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas is hereby amended to include the following areas among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the catastrophe declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of June 29, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Atascosa, Liberty, Refugio, San Patricio, Taylor, and Upshur Counties for Individual Assistance. Atascosa, Delta, Edwards, Ellis, Jim Hogg, Real, Refugio, Shackelford, Upshur, and Uvalde Counties for Public Assistance, including direct Federal assistance. Henderson, Hood, and Zavala Counties for Public Assistance, including direct Federal assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance). (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund Program; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services Program; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance; 97.048, Individuals and Households Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050, Individuals and Households Program—Other Needs; 97.036, Public Assistance Grants; 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.) R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. E7–17318 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability (NOA) of a final environmental impact statement. (FEIS) for coal lease by application (LBA) WYW155132 in the decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Eagle Butte West Coal Lease Application FEIS. The tract is being considered for sale as a result of a coal lease application received from the operator of the adjacent Eagle Butte Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. DATES: The FEIS will be available for a 30 calendar-day review period effective the date that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes their NOA of the FEIS in the Federal Register. The FEIS is available on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/ en/info/NEPA/cfodocs/Eagle Butte West.html. Copies are available at the following BLM offices: • BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009. • BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Written comments may be submitted to: Bureau of Land Management, Casper Field Office, Attn: Nancy Doelger at the address listed above. The public may submit comments electronically to the attention of Nancy Doelger at casper_wymail@blm.gov or fax comments to (307) 261–7587. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at the ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BLM Casper Field Office address above or telephone (307) 361–7600. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS 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. The BLM is considering a coal lease issuance as a result of a December 28, 2001, application submitted by RAG Coal West, Inc. (RAG) to lease Federal coal near the Eagle Butte Mine, approximately 3 miles north of Gillette, Wyoming. RAG sold the Eagle Butte Mine to Foundation Coal West, Inc. in August 2004. The applicant proposes to lease the tract as a maintenance tract to extend the life of their existing mining operations at the Eagle Butte Mine under the provisions of the Leasing on Application regulations at 43 CFR 3425. This tract, case number WYW155132, is referred to as the Eagle Butte West Coal Tract. The following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming are included in the tract as applied for: T. 51 N., R. 72 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming. Section 19: lots 13, 14, 19, and 20; Section 20: lots 10 (S1⁄2), 11 (S1⁄2), and 12 through 15; Section 29: lots 1 (W1⁄2), 2 through 7, 8 (W1⁄2 and SE1⁄4), and 9 through 16; Section 30: lots 5, 6, 11 through 14, 19 and 20. Containing 1,397.64 acres more or less. Foundation estimates that approximately 238 million tons of Federal coal are included in the tract as applied for. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), the Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WDOT), the Wyoming State Planning Office (WSPO), and the Campbell County Board of Commissioners are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the FEIS. If the tract is leased as a maintenance tract, the new lease will be incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plan for the adjacent mine. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) must approve the revision to the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan before the Federal coal can be mined. If the tract is leased, OSM is the Federal agency that would be responsible for recommending approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the revised MLA mining plan to the Office of the Secretary. WDEQ has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary to regulate E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices surface coal mining operations on Federal and non-Federal lands within the State of Wyoming. WSPO coordinates planning within state agencies and facilitates collaboration among the agencies, the Federal government, other states, the private sector, and the general public. On May 2, 2005, the BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for the Eagle Butte West coal lease application in the Federal Register. A notice announcing the availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register by the EPA on October 20, 2006. A 60-day comment period on the Draft EIS commenced with publication of the EPA’s notice of availability and ended on December 19, 2006. The BLM published a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing in the Federal Register on October 20, 2006. The BLM’s Federal Register notice announced the date and time of a public hearing, which was held on November 14, 2006, in Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing was to solicit comments on the DEIS, fair market value, and the maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal. During the DEIS comment period, the BLM received eight written comments, which are included, with BLM’s responses, in an appendix to the FEIS. The FEIS analyzes leasing the abovedescribed tract as applied for as a separate Proposed Action. Under this alternative, a competitive sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal in the tract as it was applied for. As part of the coal leasing process, the BLM identified a different tract configuration that would potentially avoid bypassing coal or prompt competitive interest in the unleased Federal coal in this area. The tract configuration that the BLM has identified is described and analyzed as a separate alternative in the FEIS. 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 FEIS 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 FEIS are in conformance with the ‘‘Approved Resource Management Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office.’’ (April 2001). A Record of Decision (ROD) will be prepared after the close of the 30-day review period for the FEIS. Comments VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 received on the FEIS will be considered during preparation of the ROD. Robert A. Bennett, State Director. [FR Doc. E7–17332 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [OR–130–1430–HN; GP7–0188] Notice of Public Meeting, Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council Meeting Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below. DATES: Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Express, 1620 Canyon Rd., Ellensburg, WA 98926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m., end at approximately 3 p.m., and be open to the public. Discussion will focus on the potential development of wind energy facilities on public lands. There will be an opportunity for public comments at 2:30 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Pavey or Sandie Gourdin, BLM, Spokane District, 1103 N. Fancher Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99212, or call (509) 536–1200. 50381 Holiday Inn, 838 Westwood Blvd., Price, Utah. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator, Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145–0155; phone (801) 539–4195. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Five fee proposal business plans (focus of meeting) were to be presented to the RAC. They will not be ready for presentation by the proposed September 14 meeting date. Therefore, the meeting is being cancelled. ADDRESSES: Dated: August 27, 2007. Selma Sierra, State Director. [FR Doc. E7–17300 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P SUMMARY: Dated: August 27, 2007. Richard Bailey, Acting District Manager. [FR Doc. E7–17291 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [UT–910–07–1150–PH–24–1A] Cancellation of Utah Resource Advisory Council Meeting Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Cancellation of Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) Meeting. AGENCY: DATES: September 14, 2007, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA–310–1820 XZ] Notice of Public Meeting: Northeast California Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: 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, Oct. 4 and 5, 2007, at the BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, Calif. On Oct. 4, members will convene at 9 a.m. and depart for a field tour to lands within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. On Oct. 5, the council will convene a business meeting at 8 a.m. in the meeting room at Bruno’s, 445 Main St., Gerlach, Nevada. Public comments will be taken at 11 a.m. 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 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-060-1320-EL, WYW155132]


Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Eagle Butte West Coal Lease-
by-Application Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability (NOA) of a final environmental impact 
statement. (FEIS) for coal lease by application (LBA) WYW155132 in the 
decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Eagle Butte West Coal Lease Application FEIS. The tract is being 
considered for sale as a result of a coal lease application received 
from the operator of the adjacent Eagle Butte Mine in Campbell County, 
Wyoming.

DATES: The FEIS will be available for a 30 calendar-day review period 
effective the date that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
publishes their NOA of the FEIS in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The FEIS is available on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/
wy/st/en/info/NEPA/cfodocs/Eagle Butte West.html. Copies are available 
at the following BLM offices:
     BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, 
Wyoming 82009.
     BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, 
Wyoming 82604.
    Written comments may be submitted to: Bureau of Land Management, 
Casper Field Office, Attn: Nancy Doelger at the address listed above. 
The public may submit comments electronically to the attention of Nancy 
Doelger at casper_wymail@blm.gov or fax comments to (307) 261-7587. 
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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at the BLM 
Casper Field Office address above or telephone (307) 361-7600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FEIS 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. The BLM is considering a coal lease issuance as a result of a 
December 28, 2001, application submitted by RAG Coal West, Inc. (RAG) 
to lease Federal coal near the Eagle Butte Mine, approximately 3 miles 
north of Gillette, Wyoming. RAG sold the Eagle Butte Mine to Foundation 
Coal West, Inc. in August 2004.
    The applicant proposes to lease the tract as a maintenance tract to 
extend the life of their existing mining operations at the Eagle Butte 
Mine under the provisions of the Leasing on Application regulations at 
43 CFR 3425. This tract, case number WYW155132, is referred to as the 
Eagle Butte West Coal Tract.
    The following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming are included in the 
tract as applied for:

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: lots 1 (W\1/2\), 2 through 7, 8 (W\1/2\ and SE\1/
4\), and 9 through 16;
    Section 30: lots 5, 6, 11 through 14, 19 and 20.

    Containing 1,397.64 acres more or less.

    Foundation estimates that approximately 238 million tons of Federal 
coal are included in the tract as applied for.
    The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), the 
Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of 
Environmental Quality (WDEQ), the Wyoming Department of Transportation 
(WDOT), the Wyoming State Planning Office (WSPO), and the Campbell 
County Board of Commissioners are cooperating agencies in the 
preparation of the FEIS. If the tract is leased as a maintenance tract, 
the new lease will be incorporated into the existing mining and 
reclamation plan for the adjacent mine. The Secretary of the Interior 
(Secretary) must approve the revision to the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) 
mining plan before the Federal coal can be mined. If the tract is 
leased, OSM is the Federal agency that would be responsible for 
recommending approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the 
revised MLA mining plan to the Office of the Secretary. WDEQ has 
entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary to regulate

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surface coal mining operations on Federal and non-Federal lands within 
the State of Wyoming. WSPO coordinates planning within state agencies 
and facilitates collaboration among the agencies, the Federal 
government, other states, the private sector, and the general public.
    On May 2, 2005, the BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to 
prepare an EIS for the Eagle Butte West coal lease application in the 
Federal Register. A notice announcing the availability of the Draft EIS 
was published in the Federal Register by the EPA on October 20, 2006. A 
60-day comment period on the Draft EIS commenced with publication of 
the EPA's notice of availability and ended on December 19, 2006. The 
BLM published a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing in 
the Federal Register on October 20, 2006. The BLM's Federal Register 
notice announced the date and time of a public hearing, which was held 
on November 14, 2006, in Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing 
was to solicit comments on the DEIS, fair market value, and the maximum 
economic recovery of the Federal coal. During the DEIS comment period, 
the BLM received eight written comments, which are included, with BLM's 
responses, in an appendix to the FEIS.
    The FEIS analyzes leasing the above-described tract as applied for 
as a separate Proposed Action. Under this alternative, a competitive 
sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal in the tract as 
it was applied for. As part of the coal leasing process, the BLM 
identified a different tract configuration that would potentially avoid 
bypassing coal or prompt competitive interest in the unleased Federal 
coal in this area. The tract configuration that the BLM has identified 
is described and analyzed as a separate alternative in the FEIS. 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 
FEIS 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 FEIS are in conformance with 
the ``Approved Resource Management Plan for Public Lands Administered 
by the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office.'' (April 2001).
    A Record of Decision (ROD) will be prepared after the close of the 
30-day review period for the FEIS. Comments received on the FEIS will 
be considered during preparation of the ROD.

Robert A. Bennett,
State Director.
[FR Doc. E7-17332 Filed 8-30-07; 8:45 am]
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