Notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project, WY, 58113-58114 [E7-20114]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices approximately 21,500 individuals are residents on the Reservation, with approximately 98 percent of those individuals living in the Plan Area’s Valley Floor Conservation Area. An additional approximately 200 residents live within off-Reservation Target Acquisition Areas. Within the Plan Area and the surrounding incorporated areas of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Desert Hot Springs as well as the unincorporated County of Riverside, the Southern California Area Government (SCAG) anticipates the growth rate over the next 30-year period (between 2000 and 2030) to average 129 percent between these areas. The THCP Plan Area encompasses approximately 35,871 acres in the Coachella Valley within the vicinity of the following three incorporated cities: Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage. Specifically, the Plan Area encompasses sections of land in a checkerboard pattern with lands included in the Coachella Valley Area Government’s draft Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The THCP Plan Area encompasses both Reservation (i.e., Tribal Trust Land, Allotted Trust Land, and Fee Land) and other off-Reservation lands held by the applicant and is one of three large habitat planning efforts in Riverside County. As described in the Draft THCP and the Draft EIS, the proposed THCP would provide for the creation of a reserve system that protects and manages up to approximately 19,375 acres of habitat for the Covered Species. The proposed reserve system will be established from lands within the Plan Area as well as lands outside the current Plan Area (identified as the Action Area in the THCP) and within a priority system encompassing seven conservation areas that are either adjacent or linked by biological corridors. The acquisition program for the reserve system, involving conservation of a maximum of 19,375 acres, is anticipated to occur over the life of the permit. When completed, the reserve system will include core habitat for Covered Species, essential ecological processes, and biological corridors and linkages to provide for the conservation of the proposed Covered Species. The THCP includes measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate incidental take of the Covered Species, emphasizing project design modifications to protect both habitats and species’ individuals where appropriate. A monitoring and reporting plan would gauge the Plan’s success based on achievement of biological goals and objectives and would ensure VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 that conservation keeps pace with development. The THCP also includes a management program, including adaptive management, which allows for changes in the conservation program if the biological species objectives are not met, or new information becomes available to improve the efficacy of the THCP conservation strategy. Covered Activities would include public and private development conducted by the applicant, Tribal members, or nonFederal third parties within the Plan Area that requires certain ministerial and discretionary actions by the applicant subject to consistency with THCP policies. The Draft EIS analyzes three other alternatives in addition to the proposed THCP Preferred Project Alternative described above including: A No Action Alternative in which the applicant and Bureau of Indian Affairs would continue to seek incidental take authorizations on a project-by-project basis, as necessary, resulting in a piece-meal approach to habitat conservation; an alternative that includes implementing the 2002approved THCP without a section 10(a) permit resulting in less conservation; and, an expanded conservation alternative that includes additional Peninsular bighorn sheep habitat impact avoidance. Public Comments The Service and the applicant invite the public to comment on the Draft THCP, Draft Implementing Agreement, and Draft EIS during a 90-day public comment period beginning the date of this notice. 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 may 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. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(a) of the Act and Service regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Service will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments submitted thereon to prepare a Final to the draft EIS. A permit decision will be made no sooner than 30 days after the publication of the Final EIS and completion of the Record of Decision. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58113 Dated: October 2, 2007. Ken McDermond, Deputy Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. E7–19852 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–090–07–1310–DB] Notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project, WY Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project, Kemmerer, Wyoming. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project DEIS. The DEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed natural gas development and production operation on the 475,808 acre Moxa Arch project area. DATES: The DEIS will be available for public review and comment for 60 calendar days starting on the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes their Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM can best utilize your comments and resource information submissions within the 60day review period. ADDRESSES: A copy of the DEIS has been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies and to interested parties. The document will be available electronically on the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/ NEPA/kfodocs/moxa_arch.html. If you are interested in viewing material referenced or posted to the BLM Web site, please contact the Kemmerer Field Office as to its availability. Copies of the DEIS will be available for public inspection at the following locations: • Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and • Bureau of Land Management, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101. E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 58114 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices (For additional information on how to submit comments, refer to the Supplementary Information section below.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Easley, Project Lead, BLM Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101, or by telephone at (307) 828–4524. Requests for information also may be sent electronically to: kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov with ‘‘Attention: Moxa Arch DEIS Information Request’’ in the subject line. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The area is located within the administrative jurisdiction of the BLM Kemmerer Field Office, Townships 15 through 23 North (T15–23N), Ranges 111 through 113 West (R111–113W), 6th Principal Meridian, west of Green River, Wyoming, east of Lyman and Opal, Wyoming, and south of the Green River and Fontenelle Reservoir. Interstate 80 (I–80) bisects the southern third of the Project Area. EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) and other companies (Operators) propose to expand the existing natural gas drilling and field development operations on BLM-administered Federal, state, and private lands in the Moxa Arch Area of southwestern Wyoming. The Operators propose to drill up to 1,861 new wells from 1,861 new well pads over a 10-year period. Wells would be drilled to the Frontier and Dakota formations at depths of 11,000 to 12,000 feet. The Life-of-Project is expected to be 40 to 60 years and the wells would be drilled at densities ranging from 4–12 wells per square mile. Of the 1,861 wells, 695 would be drilled from lands administered by the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The remaining 1,166 wells would be drilled from private lands, or lands administered by the State of Wyoming. The BLM published its Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project in the Federal Register on October 7, 2005. Based upon issues and concerns identified during scoping and throughout the NEPA process, the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project DEIS focuses on potential impacts to air quality, biological and physical resources, transportation, socio-economics, and grazing. In compliance with Section 7(c) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended, the DEIS includes a biological assessment for the purpose of identifying endangered or threatened species, which may be affected by the Proposed Action. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 The current identified range of alternatives will allow the BLM to select a management strategy that will meet project objectives, while providing adequate environmental protection. During scoping and alternatives development, few public comments were received. The BLM is seeking additional public input, and has not identified a preferred alternative at this time. The DEIS analyzes four alternatives in detail: • The Proposed Action Alternative: The construction of well pads, access roads, pipelines, and other ancillary facilities (gas processing plant, compressor stations, etc.) for projected development of 1,861 natural gas wells; • Alternative A (No Action): Development of approximately 757 new wells would continue under the 1997 Record of Decision for the Expanded Moxa Arch Area Natural Gas Development Project EIS; • Alternative B: Development would occur as in the Proposed Action, but would apply additional Best Management Practices to reduce impacts on sensitive resources; and • Alternative C: Development of 5,165 new wells and well pads throughout the Moxa Arch gas field (densities ranging from 4–16 wells per square mile). Comments may be submitted as follows: 1. Electronically mailed to kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov. Please submit comments with ‘‘Attn: Moxa Arch Project Manager’’ in the subject line and do not use special characters or any form of encryption. Do not include attachments, as the BLM e-mail security system will not accept them. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt of your comment, contact Michele Easley at the same address or telephone number provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section. 2. Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the BLM at: Moxa Arch DEIS, Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, WY 83101. The BLM will only accept comments on the Moxa Arch DEIS if they are submitted using one of the methods described above. All comment submittals must include the commenter’s name and street address. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Alan Rabinoff, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–20114 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–930–08–1310–DQ] Notice of Extension of Comment Period for the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska Draft Supplemental Integrated Activity Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of extension of comment period for the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska Draft Supplemental Integrated Activity Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces an extension of the comment period on the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve— Alaska Draft Supplemental Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS). The original notice issued August 24, 2007, provided for a comment period to end on October 23, 2007. The BLM is extending the comment period to November 6, 2007. Jim Ducker, BLM Alaska State Office, 907– 271–3130. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2007 provided for comments on the Draft IAP/EIS to be received through October 23, 2007. The North Slope Borough, the local government for the plan area and a cooperating agency on this plan, has requested an extension of the comment period. The BLM has decided to accede to the borough’s request. Comments on the Draft IAP/EIS will now be accepted through November 6, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: October 1, 2007. Thomas P. Lonnie, State Director. [FR Doc. E7–20133 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-090-07-1310-DB]


Notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project, 
Kemmerer, Wyoming.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969 as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management 
Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the 
availability of the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project DEIS. 
The DEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed natural 
gas development and production operation on the 475,808 acre Moxa Arch 
project area.

DATES: The DEIS will be available for public review and comment for 60 
calendar days starting on the date the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) publishes their Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. 
The BLM can best utilize your comments and resource information 
submissions within the 60-day review period.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the DEIS has been sent to affected Federal, State, 
and local government agencies and to interested parties. The document 
will be available electronically on the following Web site: http://
www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/kfodocs/moxa_arch.html.
    If you are interested in viewing material referenced or posted to 
the BLM Web site, please contact the Kemmerer Field Office as to its 
availability. Copies of the DEIS will be available for public 
inspection at the following locations:
     Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 
Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and
     Bureau of Land Management, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 
Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101.

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(For additional information on how to submit comments, refer to the 
Supplementary Information section below.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Easley, Project Lead, BLM 
Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101, 
or by telephone at (307) 828-4524. Requests for information also may be 
sent electronically to: kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov with ``Attention: Moxa 
Arch DEIS Information Request'' in the subject line.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The area is located within the 
administrative jurisdiction of the BLM Kemmerer Field Office, Townships 
15 through 23 North (T15-23N), Ranges 111 through 113 West (R111-113W), 
6th Principal Meridian, west of Green River, Wyoming, east of Lyman and 
Opal, Wyoming, and south of the Green River and Fontenelle Reservoir. 
Interstate 80 (I-80) bisects the southern third of the Project Area.
    EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) and other companies (Operators) propose 
to expand the existing natural gas drilling and field development 
operations on BLM-administered Federal, state, and private lands in the 
Moxa Arch Area of southwestern Wyoming. The Operators propose to drill 
up to 1,861 new wells from 1,861 new well pads over a 10-year period. 
Wells would be drilled to the Frontier and Dakota formations at depths 
of 11,000 to 12,000 feet. The Life-of-Project is expected to be 40 to 
60 years and the wells would be drilled at densities ranging from 4-12 
wells per square mile. Of the 1,861 wells, 695 would be drilled from 
lands administered by the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service. The remaining 1,166 wells would be drilled from 
private lands, or lands administered by the State of Wyoming.
    The BLM published its Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the 
Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project in the Federal Register 
on October 7, 2005. Based upon issues and concerns identified during 
scoping and throughout the NEPA process, the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas 
Development Project DEIS focuses on potential impacts to air quality, 
biological and physical resources, transportation, socio-economics, and 
grazing. In compliance with Section 7(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 
as amended, the DEIS includes a biological assessment for the purpose 
of identifying endangered or threatened species, which may be affected 
by the Proposed Action.
    The current identified range of alternatives will allow the BLM to 
select a management strategy that will meet project objectives, while 
providing adequate environmental protection. During scoping and 
alternatives development, few public comments were received. The BLM is 
seeking additional public input, and has not identified a preferred 
alternative at this time. The DEIS analyzes four alternatives in 
detail:
     The Proposed Action Alternative: The construction of well 
pads, access roads, pipelines, and other ancillary facilities (gas 
processing plant, compressor stations, etc.) for projected development 
of 1,861 natural gas wells;
     Alternative A (No Action): Development of approximately 
757 new wells would continue under the 1997 Record of Decision for the 
Expanded Moxa Arch Area Natural Gas Development Project EIS;
     Alternative B: Development would occur as in the Proposed 
Action, but would apply additional Best Management Practices to reduce 
impacts on sensitive resources; and
     Alternative C: Development of 5,165 new wells and well 
pads throughout the Moxa Arch gas field (densities ranging from 4-16 
wells per square mile).
    Comments may be submitted as follows:
    1. Electronically mailed to kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov. Please submit 
comments with ``Attn: Moxa Arch Project Manager'' in the subject line 
and do not use special characters or any form of encryption. Do not 
include attachments, as the BLM e-mail security system will not accept 
them. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt of your comment, 
contact Michele Easley at the same address or telephone number provided 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section.
    2. Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the BLM at: Moxa 
Arch DEIS, Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management Kemmerer Field 
Office, 312 Highway 189 North, Kemmerer, WY 83101.
    The BLM will only accept comments on the Moxa Arch DEIS if they are 
submitted using one of the methods described above. All comment 
submittals must include the commenter's name and street address.
    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.

Alan Rabinoff,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. E7-20114 Filed 10-11-07; 8:45 am]
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