Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Meeting on a Federal Coal Lease-by-Application (LBA) in the Decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming, 72750-72751 [E7-24428]

Download as PDF 72750 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management [WY–060–1320–EL, WYW172684] [AA–12436, AA–11074, AA–16678, AA– 11142, AA–11143, AA–11038, AA–10750, AA–12592, AA–11034, AA–12463, AA– 11033, AA–10723, AA–12558, AA–12462, AA–12563, AA–12562, AA–12591, AA– 11008, AA–10964; AK–962–1410–HY–P] Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Meeting on a Federal Coal Lease-by-Application (LBA) in the Decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming Alaska Native Claims Selection AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and notice of public meeting. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. ACTION: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Chugach Alaska Corporation for lands located in the Prince William Sound, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News. The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until January 22, 2008 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. DATES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. ADDRESSES: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dina L. Torres, Resolution Specialist, Resolution Branch. [FR Doc. E7–24825 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–$$–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 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 an EIS on the potential impacts of the application to lease a tract of Federal coal. The EIS will be called the Hay Creek II Coal EIS. Under the provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, the BLM received the following application to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal in Campbell County, Wyoming: • Kiewit Mining Properties Inc. applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1448.873 acres (approximately 148 million tons of recoverable coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Buckskin Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the Hay Creek II Tract, has been assigned case number WYW172684. 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 January 31, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Gillette College Presentation Hall, Room 120, 300 West Sinclair, 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 LBA process. The BLM can best use public input if comments and resource information are submitted by March 29, 2008. 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://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/ leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log= linklog&to=http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/ en/field_offices/Casper.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Johnson or Mike Karbs, BLM PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Teresa Johnson 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: Teresa Johnson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Written comments or resource information may also be handdelivered to the BLM Casper Field Office or sent by facsimile to the attention of Teresa Johnson at (307) 261–7510. Comments may be sent electronically to casper_wymail@blm.gov. Please include ‘‘Buckskin Mine, Hay Creek II Coal EIS/ Teresa Johnson’’ 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. Kiewit Mining Properties, Inc. submitted an application on March 24, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s Buckskin Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming, which is operated by Buckskin Mining Company. A maintenance tract is a parcel of land containing Federal coal reserves that can be leased to maintain production at an existing mine. This tract is known as the Hay Creek II Tract. Consistent with Federal regulations under NEPA and the Minerals 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 reviewed this LBA at a public meeting held on April 19, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming, and recommended that the BLM process it. The Hay Creek II Tract application includes approximately 148 million tons of recoverable Federal coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: T. 52 N., R. 72 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming Section 7: Lots 18 through 20; Section 8: Lots 13 through 16; Section 17: Lots 1 through 4, 5 (N1⁄2), 6 (N1⁄2), 7 (N1⁄2), and 8 (N1⁄2) Section 18: Lots 5 through 7, 10, 11, 12 (N1⁄2, SW1⁄4), 13 (W1⁄2), 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20 (W1⁄2); Section 19: Lots 5 (W1⁄2), 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 (W1⁄2), 13 (W1⁄2), 14, 15, 17 through 19, and 20 (W1⁄2). Containing 1448.873 acres, more or less. Buckskin Mining Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the Buckskin Mine. At the mining rate of 25 million tons per year, the coal included in the Hay Creek II Tract would extend E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices the life of the Buckskin Mine by as many as 6 years. Lands in the application contain private surface estate overlying the Federal coal. The Buckskin Mine is operating under approved mining permits from the Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will be a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. If the tract is leased to the applicant, the new lease must be incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plan for the mine. Before the Federal coal in the tract can be mined the Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan for Buckskin Mine. 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 Hay Creek II 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 tract 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 mine 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 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. Dated: November 5, 2007. Alan Rabinoff, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–24428 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WO–320–1310–DS–OSHL] Notice of Availability of Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resource Management Plan Amendments To Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared the Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resource Management Plan Amendments To Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of a 90day public review and comment period for the PEIS. The planning area lies within the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. DATES: Please submit written comments on the PEIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings and/or hearings and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance on the internet and through public notices, media news releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: Copies of the PEIS will be sent to affected Federal, state, and local government agencies and other interested parties. Copies of the PEIS are available for public inspection via the internet at http://ostseis.anl.gov, electronic media (on CD–ROM), and paper. Paper and electronic (CD–ROM) copies of the PEIS are available at BLM PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72751 locations listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY section of this notice. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Web Site: http://ostseis.anl.gov. • Mail: BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Draft Programmatic EIS Comments, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherri Thompson, BLM Project Manager, at (303) 239–3758, (sherri_thompson@blm.gov), Bureau of Land Management, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215 or Mitchell Leverette, BLM Acting Division Chief, Solid Minerals, at (202) 452– 0351, (mitchell_leverette@blm.gov), Bureau of Land Management, 1620 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20036. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources PEIS is being prepared to meet the requirements established by Congress in Section 369 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. It will evaluate the amendment of 12 resource management plans to designate public lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), BLM as available for application for commercial leasing for oil shale and tar sands development. The PEIS evaluates the amendment of nine land use plans to designate lands as available for commercial oil shale leasing and amendment of six land use plans to designate lands as available for commercial tar sands leasing. Three of the plans that could be amended contain both oil shale and tar sands resources, so a total of 12 plans will be amended. The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Plan Amendments for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming was published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2005 (70 Fed. Reg. 73791–73792). As originally stated in the NOI, this PEIS is to evaluate the potential impacts associated with commercial leasing of oil shale and tar sands resources that are located on public lands in the three states. The scope of the analysis was to include an assessment of the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental, cultural, and socio-economic impacts associated with commercial leasing of these resources under a range of alternatives. Since the NOI was published, however, initial environmental analysis and input from cooperating agencies has led BLM to INFORMATION E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-060-1320-EL, WYW172684]


Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Meeting on a Federal Coal Lease-
by-Application (LBA) in the Decertified Powder River Federal Coal 
Production Region, Wyoming

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 an EIS on 
the potential impacts of the application to lease a tract of Federal 
coal. The EIS will be called the Hay Creek II Coal EIS. Under the 
provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, the BLM 
received the following application to lease a maintenance tract of 
Federal coal in Campbell County, Wyoming:
     Kiewit Mining Properties Inc. applied for a maintenance 
coal lease for approximately 1448.873 acres (approximately 148 million 
tons of recoverable coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal 
adjacent to the Buckskin Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the 
Hay Creek II Tract, has been assigned case number WYW172684.

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 January 31, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Gillette College Presentation 
Hall, Room 120, 300 West Sinclair, 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 LBA process. 
The BLM can best use public input if comments and resource information 
are submitted by March 29, 2008. 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://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/
leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.blm.gov/wy/
st/en/field_offices/Casper.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Johnson or Mike Karbs, BLM 
Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. 
Teresa Johnson 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: Teresa Johnson, 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 Teresa Johnson at (307) 261-7510. Comments may be sent 
electronically to casper_wymail@blm.gov. Please include ``Buckskin 
Mine, Hay Creek II Coal EIS/Teresa Johnson'' 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: Kiewit Mining Properties, Inc. submitted an 
application on March 24, 2006, to lease a maintenance tract of Federal 
coal adjacent to the company's Buckskin Mine in Campbell County, 
Wyoming, which is operated by Buckskin Mining Company. A maintenance 
tract is a parcel of land containing Federal coal reserves that can be 
leased to maintain production at an existing mine. This tract is known 
as the Hay Creek II Tract. Consistent with Federal regulations under 
NEPA and the Minerals 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 reviewed 
this LBA at a public meeting held on April 19, 2006, in Casper, 
Wyoming, and recommended that the BLM process it.
    The Hay Creek II Tract application includes approximately 148 
million tons of recoverable Federal coal underlying the following lands 
in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 52 N., R. 72 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming
    Section 7: Lots 18 through 20;
    Section 8: Lots 13 through 16;
    Section 17: Lots 1 through 4, 5 (N\1/2\), 6 (N\1/2\), 7 (N\1/
2\), and 8 (N\1/2\)
    Section 18: Lots 5 through 7, 10, 11, 12 (N\1/2\, SW\1/4\), 13 
(W\1/2\), 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20 (W\1/2\);
    Section 19: Lots 5 (W\1/2\), 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 (W\1/2\), 13 (W\1/
2\), 14, 15, 17 through 19, and 20 (W\1/2\).

    Containing 1448.873 acres, more or less.

    Buckskin Mining Company proposes to mine the tract as a part of the 
Buckskin Mine. At the mining rate of 25 million tons per year, the coal 
included in the Hay Creek II Tract would extend

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the life of the Buckskin Mine by as many as 6 years.
    Lands in the application contain private surface estate overlying 
the Federal coal.
    The Buckskin Mine is operating under approved mining permits from 
the Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions of the Wyoming Department of 
Environmental Quality.
    The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will 
be a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. If the tract is 
leased to the applicant, the new lease must be incorporated into the 
existing mining and reclamation plan for the mine. Before the Federal 
coal in the tract can be mined the Secretary of the Interior must 
approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan for Buckskin 
Mine. 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 Hay Creek II 
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 tract 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 mine 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.

    Dated: November 5, 2007.
Alan Rabinoff,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. E7-24428 Filed 12-20-07; 8:45 am]
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