Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lincoln County Land Act Groundwater Development and Utility Right-of-Way Project, 30148-30149 [E8-11480]

Download as PDF 30148 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices formally responded to a TA review letter or when a petitioner requests to be placed on the ‘‘Ready’’ list or states in writing in a document certified by the petitioner’s governing body that the petition is complete or that the Assistant Secretary should proceed with the active consideration of the petition. VII. Decision Against Acknowledgment Based on Failure To Meet Fewer Than Seven Criteria If during the evaluation of a petition on active consideration it becomes apparent that the petitioner fails on one criterion, or more, under the reasonable likelihood of the validity of the facts standard, OFA may prepare a proposed finding or final determination not to acknowledge the group on the failed criterion or criteria alone, setting forth the evidence, reasoning, and analyses that form the basis for the proposed decision. 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The ‘‘register of letters of intent or incomplete petitions’’ maintained under § 83.10(d) should be maintained separately and include a category of ‘‘Inactive Petitioners.’’ This inactive category should include those petitioners that have not responded in two years to a TA review, have missed suggested deadlines for responding to VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 the TA review, or have missed deadlines in its approved research plan of action. It should also include those petitioners that have submitted only a letter of intent, or are not otherwise ready for the initial TA review. Dated: May 16, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–11603 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–G1–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AA–16169; AK–964–1410–HY–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving the surface and subsurface estates in certain lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to The Aleut Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Sand Point, Alaska, and are located in: 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. ADDRESSES: 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: 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. Hillary Woods, Land Law Examiner, Land Transfer Adjudication I. [FR Doc. E8–11586 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P SUMMARY: Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 53 S., R. 72 W., Secs. 5 to 8, inclusive. Containing 641.97 acres. T. 53 S., R. 73 W., Secs. 1 to 8, inclusive; Secs. 10 to 14, inclusive; Secs. 17, 18, and 23. Containing 9,044.20 acres. T. 54 S., R. 73 W., Secs. 8, 9, 10, and 15; Sec. 16. Containing 1,807.77 acres. T. 53 S., R. 74 W., Secs. 13, 24, and 25. Containing 1,920 acres. T. 56 S., R. 74 W., Secs. 28, 33, and 34. Containing 1,920 acres. Aggregating 15,333.94 acres. Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management [NV–040–5101–ER–F852; N–79734] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lincoln County Land Act Groundwater Development and Utility Right-of-Way Project Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News. DATES: 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 June 23, 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. PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to analyze a proposed grant of rights-of-way for groundwater development and utility facilities in Lincoln County, Nevada, and by this notice invites public comments. DATES: To assure that they will be considered, BLM must receive written comments on the DEIS within 60 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The BLM intends to hold four public meetings in Nevada during the 60-day comment period, one each in Mesquite, Caliente, Carson City and Las Vegas. BLM will announce all public meeting times and locations at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news releases, and mailings. In addition, information on public meetings may be posted on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en.html. E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices Submit written comments on the DEIS using any of the following methods: • Mail: Penny Woods, BLM Project Manager, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520. • Fax: 775–861–6689 (Attention: Penny Woods, Project Manager). • E-mail: nvgwprojects@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Penny Woods, BLM Project Manager, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520, by fax 775–861–6466 (Attention: Penny Woods), or by e-mail: nvgwprojects@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS describes and analyzes a proposal for groundwater development in the Clover Valley and Tule Desert hydrographic basins as submitted by the Lincoln County Water District (LCWD). The DEIS addresses the proposal as submitted by LCWD; an alternative alignment of pipelines, power lines and facilities; and a no action alternative. Under the proposed action, LCWD would develop and convey groundwater in Tule Desert and Clover Valley hydrographic basins to private land for community development in the Toquop Township (Lincoln County Land Act) tract just north of Mesquite, Nevada. The volume of water to be transported through the proposed facilities could be up to 24,000 acre-feet per year. The proposed project would be located in unincorporated portions of southeastern Lincoln County, Nevada, and consists of approximately 47 miles of a main transmission pipeline; approximately 54 miles of lateral pipelines; up to 30 production wells; water storage tanks, booster stations, and access roads; 138 kV, 22.8 kV and 4.16 kV power lines and a power substation; a natural gas pipeline; underground telephone lines; and a telemetry system utilizing a fiber optic line. The water wells and associated facilities would be located primarily within or adjacent to a utility corridor established by the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004—Public Act 108–424 (LCCRDA). A portion of the pipeline would be constructed outside of the LCCRDA corridor to follow existing roads, which would reduce disturbance by following gentler gradients. Lateral pipelines (up to 12inch diameter) would connect the transmission pipeline (up to 54-inch diameter) to the production wells. Associated facilities would include overhead power lines, buried fiber optic lines for telemetry, telephone lines, natural gas lines, access roads, and dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 temporary storage areas. The power lines and communication lines would be placed in a permanent right-of-way to provide power and communication for project facilities. Depending on final well sitings, access roads approximately 12 feet wide may be needed from existing public roads to each well site. Temporary work areas up to 1 acre in size would be spaced approximately every mile along the right-of-way. Up to 20, five-acre sites, may also be needed for temporary storage, parking, or construction activities along the rightof-way. All temporary work spaces and ancillary storage sites would be reclaimed following completion of project consultation. The proposed width of the permanent right-of-way for the main transmission pipeline and connected lateral pipelines is 60 feet. A temporary adjacent right-ofway would also be established to accommodate construction activities and would be 40-feet wide. Where power lines are routed, an additional 100-foot permanent right-of-way would be placed adjacent to the 60-foot pipeline right-of-way. Scoping of the project occurred from March 31 through May 1, 2006. Comments were received in the following broad categories: NEPA development (38 percent), social impacts (22 percent) and physical resources (40 percent). The DEIS addresses the following issues identified during scoping: NEPA process (consultation/coordination, the proposed action, alternatives, connected actions, cumulative impacts, and data needs/validity); social impacts (aesthetics, cultural resources, competing land uses, recreation, and socioeconomic resources); and physical resources (air quality, biological resources, geology and water resources). Key issues identified by individuals, groups and governmental entities include water supply and use, competing or conflicting land uses, and cumulative impacts and connected actions. A map of the proposed project is available for viewing at the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., in Reno and at the BLM Ely Field Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada. Copies of the DEIS or the executive summary are available on request from the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520, 775–861–6681 or e-mail to nvgwprojects@blm.gov. The DEIS is available both in hard copy and on compact disc (CD). The DEIS and summary will be available electronically on the Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/ st/en.html. Copies of the DEIS will be PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30149 available for public inspection at the following locations: • Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, Nevada. • Bureau of Land Management, Ely Field Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada. All public comments, including names and mailing addresses, will be available for public review at the Nevada State Office in Reno during public room hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and may be published as part of the Final EIS. 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. Ron Wenker, State Director. [FR Doc. E8–11480 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–930–07–1310–DS] Notice of Availability for the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska Supplemental Final Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 101 (Friday, May 23, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30148-30149]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-11480]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[NV-040-5101-ER-F852; N-79734]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Lincoln County Land Act Groundwater Development and 
Utility Right-of-Way Project

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to 
analyze a proposed grant of rights-of-way for groundwater development 
and utility facilities in Lincoln County, Nevada, and by this notice 
invites public comments.

DATES: To assure that they will be considered, BLM must receive written 
comments on the DEIS within 60 days following the date the 
Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of Availability 
in the Federal Register. The BLM intends to hold four public meetings 
in Nevada during the 60-day comment period, one each in Mesquite, 
Caliente, Carson City and Las Vegas. BLM will announce all public 
meeting times and locations at least 15 days in advance through public 
notices, media news releases, and mailings. In addition, information on 
public meetings may be posted on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/nv/
st/en.html.

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ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the DEIS using any of the 
following methods:
     Mail: Penny Woods, BLM Project Manager, P.O. Box 12000, 
Reno, NV 89520.
     Fax: 775-861-6689 (Attention: Penny Woods, Project 
Manager).
     E-mail: nvgwprojects@blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Penny Woods, BLM Project Manager, P.O. 
Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520, by fax 775-861-6466 (Attention: Penny 
Woods), or by e-mail: nvgwprojects@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEIS describes and analyzes a proposal 
for groundwater development in the Clover Valley and Tule Desert 
hydrographic basins as submitted by the Lincoln County Water District 
(LCWD). The DEIS addresses the proposal as submitted by LCWD; an 
alternative alignment of pipelines, power lines and facilities; and a 
no action alternative. Under the proposed action, LCWD would develop 
and convey groundwater in Tule Desert and Clover Valley hydrographic 
basins to private land for community development in the Toquop Township 
(Lincoln County Land Act) tract just north of Mesquite, Nevada. The 
volume of water to be transported through the proposed facilities could 
be up to 24,000 acre-feet per year.
    The proposed project would be located in unincorporated portions of 
southeastern Lincoln County, Nevada, and consists of approximately 47 
miles of a main transmission pipeline; approximately 54 miles of 
lateral pipelines; up to 30 production wells; water storage tanks, 
booster stations, and access roads; 138 kV, 22.8 kV and 4.16 kV power 
lines and a power substation; a natural gas pipeline; underground 
telephone lines; and a telemetry system utilizing a fiber optic line.
    The water wells and associated facilities would be located 
primarily within or adjacent to a utility corridor established by the 
Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004--
Public Act 108-424 (LCCRDA). A portion of the pipeline would be 
constructed outside of the LCCRDA corridor to follow existing roads, 
which would reduce disturbance by following gentler gradients. Lateral 
pipelines (up to 12-inch diameter) would connect the transmission 
pipeline (up to 54-inch diameter) to the production wells. Associated 
facilities would include overhead power lines, buried fiber optic lines 
for telemetry, telephone lines, natural gas lines, access roads, and 
temporary storage areas. The power lines and communication lines would 
be placed in a permanent right-of-way to provide power and 
communication for project facilities. Depending on final well sitings, 
access roads approximately 12 feet wide may be needed from existing 
public roads to each well site. Temporary work areas up to 1 acre in 
size would be spaced approximately every mile along the right-of-way. 
Up to 20, five-acre sites, may also be needed for temporary storage, 
parking, or construction activities along the right-of-way. All 
temporary work spaces and ancillary storage sites would be reclaimed 
following completion of project consultation.
    The proposed width of the permanent right-of-way for the main 
transmission pipeline and connected lateral pipelines is 60 feet. A 
temporary adjacent right-of-way would also be established to 
accommodate construction activities and would be 40-feet wide. Where 
power lines are routed, an additional 100-foot permanent right-of-way 
would be placed adjacent to the 60-foot pipeline right-of-way.
    Scoping of the project occurred from March 31 through May 1, 2006. 
Comments were received in the following broad categories: NEPA 
development (38 percent), social impacts (22 percent) and physical 
resources (40 percent). The DEIS addresses the following issues 
identified during scoping: NEPA process (consultation/coordination, the 
proposed action, alternatives, connected actions, cumulative impacts, 
and data needs/validity); social impacts (aesthetics, cultural 
resources, competing land uses, recreation, and socioeconomic 
resources); and physical resources (air quality, biological resources, 
geology and water resources). Key issues identified by individuals, 
groups and governmental entities include water supply and use, 
competing or conflicting land uses, and cumulative impacts and 
connected actions.
    A map of the proposed project is available for viewing at the BLM 
Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., in Reno and at the BLM Ely 
Field Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada. Copies of the DEIS 
or the executive summary are available on request from the BLM Nevada 
State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520, 
775-861-6681 or e-mail to nvgwprojects@blm.gov. The DEIS is available 
both in hard copy and on compact disc (CD). The DEIS and summary will 
be available electronically on the Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/
en.html. Copies of the DEIS will be available for public inspection at 
the following locations:
     Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, 1340 
Financial Blvd., Reno, Nevada.
     Bureau of Land Management, Ely Field Office, 702 North 
Industrial Way, Ely, Nevada.

All public comments, including names and mailing addresses, will be 
available for public review at the Nevada State Office in Reno during 
public room hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays, and may be published as part of the Final EIS.
    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.

Ron Wenker,
State Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-11480 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]
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