Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Central Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 (2008) Environmental Assessment, 15774-15775 [E8-6008]

Download as PDF 15774 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 25, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management [ES–960–1430–ET; WIES–016527] [MTM 21943] Public Land Order No. 7696; Extension of Public Land Order No. 6669; Montana AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public Land Order. SUMMARY: This order extends the withdrawal created by Public Land Order No. 6669 for an additional 20-year period. This extension is necessary to continue protection of the United States Forest Service’s Lincoln Gulch Historic Site in Lewis and Clark County, Montana which would otherwise expire on March 23, 2008. DATES: Effective Date: March 24, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Bixler, U.S. Forest Service, Region 1, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, Montana 59807, 406–329–3655, or Sandra Ward, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101–4669, (406) 896–5052. The withdrawal extended by this order will expire on March 23, 2028, unless, as a result of a review conducted prior to the expiration date pursuant to section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714(f) (2000), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be further extended. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2006), it is ordered as follows: Public Land Order No. 6669 (53 FR 9628 (1988)), which withdrew 90 acres of National Forest System land from the United States mining laws to protect the Lincoln Gulch Historic Site, is hereby extended for an additional 20-year period until March 23, 2028. Public Land Order No. 7694; Revocation of Executive Order Dated April 7, 1868; Wisconsin Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public Land Order. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This order revokes in its entirety the withdrawal established by an Executive Order as to 9.06 acres of public land withdrawn from surface entry and reserved for use by the United States Coast Guard for lighthouse purposes. The reservation is no longer needed by the United States Coast Guard. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 25, 2008. Ida Doup, Bureau of Land ManagementEastern States, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153, 703–440– 1541. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This revocation is a record-clearing action only, since the 9.06 acres have been conveyed out of Federal ownership. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior, by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (2000), it is ordered as follows: The withdrawal established by Executive Order dated April 7, 1868, which reserved the following described public land for lighthouse purposes, is hereby revoked in its entirety: Fourth Principal Meridian T. 30 N., R. 28 E., Tract No. 37. The area described contains 9.06 acres in Door County. Dated: March 14, 2008. C. Stephen Allred, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E8–5997 Filed 3–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Authority: 43 CFR 2310.4. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Notice of availability of an environmental assessment. ACTION: Dated: March 13, 2008. C. Stephen Allred, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E8–6013 Filed 3–24–08; 8:45 am] Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Central Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 (2008) Environmental Assessment BILLING CODE 4310–11–P Interior. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:33 Mar 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 AGENCY: PO 00000 Minerals Management Service, Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area (WPA) (Lease Sale 207) scheduled for August 2008. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 207. The proposal for Lease Sale 207 was identified by the Call for Information and Nominations published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2007, and was analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2007–2012; Western Planning Area Sales 204, 207, 210, 215, and 218; Central Planning Area Sales 205, 206, 208, 213, 216, and 222—Final Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007–018). The proposal includes approximately 28.6 million acres offshore Texas and western Louisiana in water up to 10,978 ft (3,346 m) deep. This EA for proposed Lease Sale 207 reexamined the potential environmental effects of offering for lease all unleased blocks in the WPA (excluding unleased whole and partial blocks that are part of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and whole and partial blocks that lie within the 1.4-nautical mile buffer zone north of the outer continental shelf boundary between the U.S. and Mexico). Alternatives excluded additional blocks in biologically sensitive areas of the western GOM, use of a nomination and tract selection leasing system, and no action. The EA determined that no new information about environmental resources or potential impacts were identified that were not considered in the Multisale EIS. MMS determined that a Supplemental EIS is not required and prepared a Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dennis Chew, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 5410, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123– 2394. You may also contact Mr. Chew by telephone at (504) 736–2793. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In April 2007, MMS published a Multisale EIS that addressed 11 proposed Federal actions that would offer for lease areas on the GOM OCS that may contain economically recoverable oil and gas E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 58 / Tuesday, March 25, 2008 / Notices resources. Federal regulations allow for several related or similar proposals to be analyzed in one EIS (40 CFR 1502.4). Since each proposed lease sale and its projected activities are very similar each year for each planning area, a single EIS was prepared for the 11 WPA and Central Planning Area (CPA) lease sales scheduled in the proposed OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2007–2012 (5Year Program). The Multisale EIS addressed WPA Lease Sale 204 in 2007, Sale 207 in 2008, Sale 210 in 2009, Sale 215 in 2010, and Sale 218 in 2011; and CPA Lease Sale 205 in 2007, Sale 206 in 2008, Sale 208 in 2009, Sale 213 in 2010, Sale 216 in 2011, and Sale 222 in 2012. Although the Multisale EIS addresses 11 proposed lease sales, at the completion of the EIS process, Records of Decision were published in July and August 2007 for only proposed WPA Lease Sale 204 and proposed CPA Lease Sale 205, respectively. An additional NEPA review (an EA) was conducted for proposed Lease Sale 207 to address any new information relevant to the proposed lease sale. Additional NEPA reviews will also be conducted prior to decisions on each of the remaining proposed lease sales. The purpose of an EA for a lease sale is to determine whether to prepare a FONNSI or a Supplemental EIS. For each proposed lease sale, MMS prepares a Consistency Determination (CD) to determine whether the lease sale is consistent with each affected State’s federally-approved coastal zone management program. Finally, MMS solicits comments via the Proposed Notice of Sale (PNOS) from the governors of the affected States on the size, timing, and location of the lease sale. The tentative schedule for the prelease decision process for Lease Sale 207 is as follows: CDs sent to affected States, March 2008; PNOS sent to governors of the affected States, March 2008; Final Notice of Sale published in the Federal Register, July 2008; and Lease Sale 207, August 2008. Public Comments: Within 30 days of this Notice’s publication, interested parties are requested to send comments on this EA/FONNSI. Comments may be submitted in one of the following two ways: 1. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on WPA Lease Sale 207 EA’’ and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional Supervisor, Leasing and Environment (MS 5410), Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. 2. Electronically to the MMS e-mail address: environment@mms.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:33 Mar 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 All comments received will be considered in the decisionmaking process for proposed Lease Sale 207. EA Availablity: To obtain a copy of this EA for Lease Sale 207, you may contact the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Attention: Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 114, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 (1–800–200– GULF). You may also view this EA on the MMS Web site at http:// www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/regulate/ environ/nepa/nepaprocess.html. Dated: February 29, 2008. Chris C. Oynes, Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E8–6008 Filed 3–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P 15775 the Public Information Unit, Gulf of Mexico Region, Minerals Management Service, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. Telephone: (504) 736–2519. Dated: March 18, 2008. Randall B. Luthi, Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E8–6012 Filed 3–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Inv. No. 337–TA–640] In the Matter of: Certain ShortWavelength Light Emitting Diodes, Laser Diodes and Products Containing Same; Notice of Investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of investigation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Planning Area (WPA) in the Gulf of Mexico Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Proposed Sale 207. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 207 in the WPA. This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 256.29(c) as a matter of information to the public. With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides the affected states the opportunity to review the proposed Notice. The proposed Notice sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rentals. DATES: Comments on the size, timing, or location of proposed Sale 207 are due from the affected states within 60 days following their receipt of the proposed Notice. The final Notice of Sale will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the date of bid opening. Bid opening is currently scheduled for August 20, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Notice of Sale for Sale 207 and a ‘‘Proposed Sale Notice Package’’ containing information essential to potential bidders may be obtained from PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on February 20, 2008, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Gertrude Neumark Rothschild of Hartsdale, New York. Letters supplementing the complaint were filed on March 11 (two letters), 12, and 14, 2008. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain short-wavelength light emitting diodes, laser diodes and products containing same that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,252,499. The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337. The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue exclusion orders and cease and desist orders. The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202–205–2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202–205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Central Planning Area, 
Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 (2008) Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of an environmental assessment.

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SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice 
to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS has 
prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Gulf 
of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area (WPA) (Lease Sale 207) scheduled for 
August 2008. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the 
decision process for Lease Sale 207. The proposal for Lease Sale 207 
was identified by the Call for Information and Nominations published in 
the Federal Register on December 3, 2007, and was analyzed in the Gulf 
of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2007-2012; Western Planning Area 
Sales 204, 207, 210, 215, and 218; Central Planning Area Sales 205, 
206, 208, 213, 216, and 222--Final Environmental Impact Statement; 
Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007-018). The proposal 
includes approximately 28.6 million acres offshore Texas and western 
Louisiana in water up to 10,978 ft (3,346 m) deep. This EA for proposed 
Lease Sale 207 reexamined the potential environmental effects of 
offering for lease all unleased blocks in the WPA (excluding unleased 
whole and partial blocks that are part of Flower Garden Banks National 
Marine Sanctuary, and whole and partial blocks that lie within the 1.4-
nautical mile buffer zone north of the outer continental shelf boundary 
between the U.S. and Mexico). Alternatives excluded additional blocks 
in biologically sensitive areas of the western GOM, use of a nomination 
and tract selection leasing system, and no action. The EA determined 
that no new information about environmental resources or potential 
impacts were identified that were not considered in the Multisale EIS. 
MMS determined that a Supplemental EIS is not required and prepared a 
Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dennis Chew, Minerals Management 
Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 
5410, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394. You may also contact Mr. Chew 
by telephone at (504) 736-2793.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In April 2007, MMS published a Multisale EIS 
that addressed 11 proposed Federal actions that would offer for lease 
areas on the GOM OCS that may contain economically recoverable oil and 
gas

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resources. Federal regulations allow for several related or similar 
proposals to be analyzed in one EIS (40 CFR 1502.4). Since each 
proposed lease sale and its projected activities are very similar each 
year for each planning area, a single EIS was prepared for the 11 WPA 
and Central Planning Area (CPA) lease sales scheduled in the proposed 
OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2007-2012 (5-Year Program). The 
Multisale EIS addressed WPA Lease Sale 204 in 2007, Sale 207 in 2008, 
Sale 210 in 2009, Sale 215 in 2010, and Sale 218 in 2011; and CPA Lease 
Sale 205 in 2007, Sale 206 in 2008, Sale 208 in 2009, Sale 213 in 2010, 
Sale 216 in 2011, and Sale 222 in 2012. Although the Multisale EIS 
addresses 11 proposed lease sales, at the completion of the EIS 
process, Records of Decision were published in July and August 2007 for 
only proposed WPA Lease Sale 204 and proposed CPA Lease Sale 205, 
respectively. An additional NEPA review (an EA) was conducted for 
proposed Lease Sale 207 to address any new information relevant to the 
proposed lease sale. Additional NEPA reviews will also be conducted 
prior to decisions on each of the remaining proposed lease sales. The 
purpose of an EA for a lease sale is to determine whether to prepare a 
FONNSI or a Supplemental EIS. For each proposed lease sale, MMS 
prepares a Consistency Determination (CD) to determine whether the 
lease sale is consistent with each affected State's federally-approved 
coastal zone management program. Finally, MMS solicits comments via the 
Proposed Notice of Sale (PNOS) from the governors of the affected 
States on the size, timing, and location of the lease sale. The 
tentative schedule for the prelease decision process for Lease Sale 207 
is as follows: CDs sent to affected States, March 2008; PNOS sent to 
governors of the affected States, March 2008; Final Notice of Sale 
published in the Federal Register, July 2008; and Lease Sale 207, 
August 2008.
    Public Comments: Within 30 days of this Notice's publication, 
interested parties are requested to send comments on this EA/FONNSI. 
Comments may be submitted in one of the following two ways:
    1. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ``Comments on 
WPA Lease Sale 207 EA'' and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional 
Supervisor, Leasing and Environment (MS 5410), Minerals Management 
Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394.
    2. Electronically to the MMS e-mail address: environment@mms.gov.
    All comments received will be considered in the decisionmaking 
process for proposed Lease Sale 207.
    EA Availablity: To obtain a copy of this EA for Lease Sale 207, you 
may contact the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 
Attention: Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park 
Boulevard, Room 114, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394 (1-800-200-
GULF). You may also view this EA on the MMS Web site at http://
www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/regulate/environ/nepa/nepaprocess.html.

    Dated: February 29, 2008.
Chris C. Oynes,
Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management.
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