Notice of Availability of the Wright Area Coal Final Environmental Impact Statement That Includes Four Federal Coal Lease-by-Applications, Wyoming, 44978-44980 [2010-18641]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 44978 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 146 / Friday, July 30, 2010 / Notices Therefore, Action Alternative Two remains as the National Park Service Preferred Alternative. The public release of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS will be followed by a 30day no-action period, after which a Record of Decision will be prepared to document the selected alternative and set forth any stipulations for implementation of the GMP. The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS and the Draft GMP/EIS constitute the complete and final documentation upon which the Record of Decision will be based. DATES: The NPS will execute a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Notice of Availability of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS is available online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/rova). Hardcopies of the document are available for inspection at the Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, Phone: 845.229.9116, ext. 33, Sarah_Olson@nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft GMP/EIS addresses the three units of the national park system that compose Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (NHS); Eleanor Roosevelt NHS; and Vanderbilt Mansion NHS. The three national historic sites are combined into a single administrative unit, but each was established by separate legislation. The Draft GMP/EIS evaluates alternatives to guide the management of the national historic sites over the next 20 years. The No-Action Alternative continues the current management direction. Action Alternative One emphasizes restoring historic appearance of the properties and encouraging visitors to explore more of the estate buildings and landscape. Action Alternative Two seeks to make the parks relevant to more audiences by encouraging greater civic participation in park activities, while significantly enhancing the historic character of park resources. Action Alternative Two is the agency Preferred Alternative. The Draft GMP/EIS was available for public and agency review from December 24, 2009 through February 28, 2010. Copies of the document were sent to individuals, agencies, and organizations, and were made available at park visitor centers, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Jul 29, 2010 Jkt 220001 local library, and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/rova). Public open houses were held on January 28 and 29, 2010. Dennis R. Reidenbach, Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2010–18705 Filed 7–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWYP00000–L13200000–EL0000, LLWYP00000–L51100000–GA0000– LVEMK09CK320, LLWYP00000–L51100000– GA0000–LVEMK09CK340, LLWYP00000– L51100000–GA0000–LVEMK09CK370; WYW164812, WYW174596, WYW172388, WYW172685, WYW173408, WYW176095] Notice of Availability of the Wright Area Coal Final Environmental Impact Statement That Includes Four Federal Coal Lease-by-Applications, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Wright Area Coal project that contains four Federal coal Lease-byApplications (LBAs), and by this notice announces the availability of the Wright Area Coal Final EIS for review. DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Wright Area Coal Final EIS within 30 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: Wright_WY@blm.gov. Please include ‘‘Wright Area Coal FEIS—Sarah Bucklin’’ in the subject line. • FAX: 307–261–7587, Attn: Sarah Bucklin. • Mail: Wyoming High Plains District Office, Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. • Written comments may also be hand-delivered to the BLM Wyoming High Plains District Office in Casper. Copies of the Final EIS are available at the following BLM office locations: The BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and the BLM Wyoming High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. The Final EIS is available electronically at the following Web site: http:// www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/wy/en/ info/NEPA/HighPlains/WrightCoal.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Bucklin or Mike Karbs, BLM Wyoming High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Ms. Bucklin or Mr. Karbs may also be reached at (307) 261– 7600 or by e-mail at casper_wymail@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final EIS analyzes the potential impacts of issuing leases for six Federal coal maintenance tracts serialized as WYW164812 (North Hilight Field Tract), WYW174596 (South Hilight Field Tract), WYW172388 (West Hilight Field Tract), WYW172685 (West Jacobs Ranch Tract), WYW173408 (North Porcupine Tract), and WYW176095 (South Porcupine Tract) in the decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming. The BLM is considering issuing these six coal leases as a result of four applications filed in accordance with 43 CFR part 3425 between October 2005 and September 2006. Supplementary information by tract is as follows: North and South Hilight Field Tracts On October 7, 2005, Ark Land Company applied for Federal coal reserves in two maintenance tracts encompassing approximately 4,590.19 acres and 588.2 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The tracts are adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine operated by Thunder Basin Coal Company. The BLM determined that the application would be processed as two separate tracts. The tracts are referred to as the North Hilight Field Tract, case file number WYW164812, and the South Hilight Field Tract, case file number WYW174596. As applied for, the coal in the tracts would potentially extend the life of the mine by as many as four years. As applied for, the North Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 263.4 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 44 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 19: Lots 5 through 20. T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 24: Lots 1 through 16; Section 26: Lots 1 through 16. Containing 2,613.50 acres, more or less. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 146 / Friday, July 30, 2010 / Notices As applied for, the South Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 213.6 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 23: Lots 1 through 16; Section 26: Lots 1 through 16; Section 35: Lots 1 through 16. Containing 1,976.69 acres, more or less. West Hilight Field Tract On January 17, 2006, Ark Land Company applied for Federal coal reserves in a maintenance tract containing approximately 2,370.52 acres and approximately 428 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The tract is adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine operated by Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract, which is referred to as the West Hilight Field Tract, has been assigned case file number WYW172388. As applied for, the coal in the tract would potentially extend the life of the mine by as many as three years. As applied for, the West Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 377.9 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 8: Lots 1, 2, 7 through 16; Section 9: Lots 1 through 16; Section 10: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14; Section 17: Lots 1 through 16; Section 20: Lots 1 through 4; Section 21: Lots 3, 4. Containing 2,370.52 acres, more or less. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES West Jacobs Ranch Tract On March 24, 2006, Jacobs Ranch Coal Company applied for Federal coal reserves in a maintenance tract containing approximately 5,944.37 acres and approximately 956 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The tract is adjacent to the Jacobs Ranch Mine. The tract, which is referred to as the West Jacobs Ranch Tract, has been assigned case file number WYW172685. As applied for, the coal in the tract would potentially extend the life of the mine by as many as 17 years. As applied for, the West Jacobs Ranch Tract includes approximately 669.6 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 3: Lots 2, 5 through 19; Section 4: Lots 5 through 20; Section 5: Lots 5 through 20. T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 22: Lots 9 through 16; Section 27: Lots 1 through 16; Section 28: Lots 1 through 3, 5 through 16; Section 29: Lots 5 through 15, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Section 32: Lots 1 through 15, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Jul 29, 2010 Jkt 220001 Section 33: Lots 1 through 15, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Section 34: Lots 1 through 16. Containing 5,944.37 acres, more or less. North and South Porcupine Tracts On September 29, 2006, BTU Western Resources, Inc. applied for Federal coal reserves in three maintenance tracts encompassing approximately 5,116.65 acres and approximately 598 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The tracts are adjacent to the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. On October 12, 2007, BTU Western Resources, Inc. filed a request with the BLM to modify its application and increase the lease area and coal volume to approximately 8,981.74 acres and approximately 1,179.1 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The BLM determined that the modified application would be processed as two separate maintenance tracts. The tracts are referred to as the North Porcupine Tract, case file number WYW173408, and the South Porcupine Tract, case file number WYW176095. As applied for, the coal in the tracts would potentially extend the life of the mine by as many as 10 years. As applied for, the North Porcupine Tract includes approximately 601.2 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 42 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 19: Lots 13 through 20; Section 20: Lots 9 through 16; Section 21: Lots 9 through 16; Section 22: Lots 9 through 16; Section 26: Lots 3 through 6, 9 through 16; Section 27: Lots 1 through 16; Section 28: Lots 1 through 4; Section 29: Lots 1 through 4; Section 30: Lots 5 through 8. T. 42 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 22: Lots 10 through 15, 21 through 24; Section 23: Lots 9 through 16; Section 24: Lots 9 through 16; Section 25: Lots 1 through 4; Section 26: Lots 1 through 6, 11 through 14; Section 27: Lots 2 through 6, 9, 12, 15 through 30; Section 34: Lots 1 through 3, 6 through 11; Section 35: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14. Containing 5,795.78 acres, more or less. As applied for, the South Porcupine Tract includes approximately 309.7 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming: T. 41 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming Section 7: Lots 7 through 10, 15 through 18; Section 18: Lots 6 through 11, 14 through 19. T. 41 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44979 Section 1: Lots 5 through 20; Section 12: Lots 1 through 16; Section 13: Lots 1 through 16; Section 14: Lots 1, 8, 9, 16; Section 23: Lots 1, 8 (N1⁄2); Section 24: Lots 2 through 4, 5 (N1⁄2), 6 (N1⁄2), 7 (N1⁄2). Containing 3,185.96 acres, more or less. Consistent with Federal regulations under NEPA and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the BLM must prepare an environmental analysis prior to holding competitive Federal coal lease sales. The Powder River Regional Coal Team recommended that the BLM process these four coal lease applications after it reviewed the tracts that were applied for by Ark Land Company and Jacobs Ranch Coal Company at a public meeting held on April 19, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming, and the tracts that were applied for by BTU Western Resources, Inc., at a public meeting held on January 18, 2007, in Casper, Wyoming. Lands in the North Hilight Field, South Hilight Field, West Hilight Field, North Porcupine, and South Porcupine Tracts contain Federal surface estate administered by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. Lands in the West Jacobs Ranch Tract contain all private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. Cooperating agencies in the preparation of this EIS include: the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS), Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions, and the Converse County Board of Commissioners. Before the tracts can be leased, the USFS must consent to leasing the Federal coal that is located on USFS-administered lands. On July 3, 2007, the BLM published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the Wright Area coal lease applications in the Federal Register. A notice announcing the availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register by the EPA on June 26, 2009. A 60-day comment period on the Draft EIS commenced with publication of the EPA’s Notice of Availability and ended on August 24, 2009. The BLM published a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing in the Federal Register on July 8, 2009. The BLM’s Federal Register notice announced the date and time of a public hearing, which was held on July 29, 2009, in Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing was to solicit comments on the Draft EIS and on the fair market value and the E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 44980 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 146 / Friday, July 30, 2010 / Notices maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal. Comments received at this hearing and during the Draft EIS comment period will be available to the public for review in an appendix to the Final EIS. The BLM responses to substantive comments will also be available in the Final EIS. The Black Thunder Mine, Jacobs Ranch Mine, and North Antelope Rochelle Mine are operating under approved mining permits from the WDEQ Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions. If the tracts are leased to existing mines, the new leases must be incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plans for those mines. Before the Federal coal in each tract can be mined, the Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan for the mine in which each tract will be included. 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. The Final EIS analyzes and discloses to the public the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with leasing six Federal coal tracts in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. A copy of the Final EIS has been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies; persons and entities identified as potentially being affected by a decision to lease the Federal coal in each of the tracts; and persons who indicated to the BLM that they wished to receive a copy of the Final EIS. The Final EIS analyzes leasing the six Wright Area coal tracts as the Proposed Action. Under the Proposed Action, competitive sales would be held and leases issued for Federal coal contained in each of the tracts as applied for by each of the applicants. As part of the coal leasing process, the BLM is evaluating adding additional Federal coal to the tracts to avoid bypassing coal or to prompt competitive interest in unleased Federal coal in the area. The alternate tract configurations for each of the LBAs that the BLM is evaluating are described and analyzed as separate alternatives in the Final EIS. Under these alternatives, competitive sales would be held and leases would be issued for Federal coal lands included in tracts modified by the BLM. The Final EIS also analyzes the alternative of rejecting the application(s) to lease Federal coal as the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action and alternatives for each of the LBAs being considered in the Final EIS are in VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Jul 29, 2010 Jkt 220001 conformance with the approved Resource Management Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office (2001) and the USDA-Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plan for the Thunder Basin National Grassland (2002). A separate Record of Decision (ROD) will be prepared for each of the tracts after the close of the 30-day review period for the Final EIS. Comments received on the Final EIS will be considered during preparation of the ROD. Requests to be included on the mailing list for this project and requests for copies of the Final EIS may be sent in writing, by facsimile, or electronically to the addresses previously stated at the beginning of this notice. The BLM asks that those submitting comments on the Final EIS make them as specific as possible with reference to page numbers and sections of the document. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response; however, they will be considered as part of the BLM decision-making process. Please note that comments and information submitted including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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. Larry Claypool, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 2010–18641 Filed 7–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWYP00000–L13200000–EL0000; WYW161248] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement for the South Gillette Area Belle Ayr North Coal Lease-byApplication, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Belle Ayr North Coal Lease-by-Application (LBA) included in the South Gillette Area Coal Lease Applications Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). ADDRESSES: The document is available electronically on the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/ NEPA/HighPlains/SouthGillette.html. Paper copies of the ROD are also available at the following BLM office locations: • Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and • Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming. SUMMARY: Mr. Tyson Sackett, Acting Wyoming Coal Coordinator, at 307–775–6487, or Ms. Mavis Love, Land Law Examiner, at 307–775–6258. Both Mr. Sackett and Ms. Love are located at the BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ROD covered by this Notice of Availability (NOA) is for the Belle Ayr North Coal Tract and addresses leasing Federal coal in Campbell County, Wyoming, administered by the BLM Wyoming High Plains District Office. The BLM approves Alternative 2, which is the preferred alternative of the South Gillette Area Coal Lease Applications EIS. Under Alternative 2, the Belle Ayr North Coal LBA area, as modified by the BLM, includes 1,671.03 acres, more or less, and contains an estimated 221.7 million tons of mineable coal. The BLM will announce a competitive coal lease sale in the Federal Register at a later date. The Environmental Protection FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 146 (Friday, July 30, 2010)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-18641]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Wright Area Coal Final 
Environmental Impact Statement That Includes Four Federal Coal Lease-
by-Applications, Wyoming

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) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 
(FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Wright Area Coal project 
that contains four Federal coal Lease-by-Applications (LBAs), and by 
this notice announces the availability of the Wright Area Coal Final 
EIS for review.

DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Wright Area Coal Final EIS within 30 days 
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes 
its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: Wright_WY@blm.gov. Please include ``Wright Area 
Coal FEIS--Sarah Bucklin'' in the subject line.
     FAX: 307-261-7587, Attn: Sarah Bucklin.
     Mail: Wyoming High Plains District Office, Bureau of Land 
Management, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 
82604.
     Written comments may also be hand-delivered to the BLM 
Wyoming High Plains District Office in Casper.
    Copies of the Final EIS are available at the following BLM office 
locations: The BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, 
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; and the BLM Wyoming High Plains District 
Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. The Final EIS is 
available electronically at the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/wy/en/info/NEPA/HighPlains/Wright-Coal.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Bucklin or Mike Karbs, BLM 
Wyoming High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, 
Wyoming 82604. Ms. Bucklin or Mr. Karbs may also be reached at (307) 
261-7600 or by e-mail at casper_wymail@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final EIS analyzes the potential impacts 
of issuing leases for six Federal coal maintenance tracts serialized as 
WYW164812 (North Hilight Field Tract), WYW174596 (South Hilight Field 
Tract), WYW172388 (West Hilight Field Tract), WYW172685 (West Jacobs 
Ranch Tract), WYW173408 (North Porcupine Tract), and WYW176095 (South 
Porcupine Tract) in the decertified Powder River Federal Coal 
Production Region, Wyoming. The BLM is considering issuing these six 
coal leases as a result of four applications filed in accordance with 
43 CFR part 3425 between October 2005 and September 2006. Supplementary 
information by tract is as follows:

North and South Hilight Field Tracts

    On October 7, 2005, Ark Land Company applied for Federal coal 
reserves in two maintenance tracts encompassing approximately 4,590.19 
acres and 588.2 million tons of coal as estimated by the applicant. The 
tracts are adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine operated by Thunder Basin 
Coal Company. The BLM determined that the application would be 
processed as two separate tracts. The tracts are referred to as the 
North Hilight Field Tract, case file number WYW164812, and the South 
Hilight Field Tract, case file number WYW174596. As applied for, the 
coal in the tracts would potentially extend the life of the mine by as 
many as four years.
    As applied for, the North Hilight Field Tract includes 
approximately 263.4 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the 
following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 44 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 19: Lots 5 through 20.
T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 23: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 24: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 26: Lots 1 through 16.

    Containing 2,613.50 acres, more or less.


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    As applied for, the South Hilight Field Tract includes 
approximately 213.6 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the 
following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 23: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 26: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 35: Lots 1 through 16.

    Containing 1,976.69 acres, more or less.

West Hilight Field Tract

    On January 17, 2006, Ark Land Company applied for Federal coal 
reserves in a maintenance tract containing approximately 2,370.52 acres 
and approximately 428 million tons of coal as estimated by the 
applicant. The tract is adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine operated by 
Thunder Basin Coal Company. The tract, which is referred to as the West 
Hilight Field Tract, has been assigned case file number WYW172388. As 
applied for, the coal in the tract would potentially extend the life of 
the mine by as many as three years.
    As applied for, the West Hilight Field Tract includes approximately 
377.9 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands 
in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 8: Lots 1, 2, 7 through 16;
    Section 9: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 10: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14;
    Section 17: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 20: Lots 1 through 4;
    Section 21: Lots 3, 4.

    Containing 2,370.52 acres, more or less.

West Jacobs Ranch Tract

    On March 24, 2006, Jacobs Ranch Coal Company applied for Federal 
coal reserves in a maintenance tract containing approximately 5,944.37 
acres and approximately 956 million tons of coal as estimated by the 
applicant. The tract is adjacent to the Jacobs Ranch Mine. The tract, 
which is referred to as the West Jacobs Ranch Tract, has been assigned 
case file number WYW172685. As applied for, the coal in the tract would 
potentially extend the life of the mine by as many as 17 years.
    As applied for, the West Jacobs Ranch Tract includes approximately 
669.6 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands 
in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 43 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 3: Lots 2, 5 through 19;
    Section 4: Lots 5 through 20;
    Section 5: Lots 5 through 20.
T. 44 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 22: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 27: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 28: Lots 1 through 3, 5 through 16;
    Section 29: Lots 5 through 15, SE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Section 32: Lots 1 through 15, SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Section 33: Lots 1 through 15, NE\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Section 34: Lots 1 through 16.

    Containing 5,944.37 acres, more or less.

North and South Porcupine Tracts

    On September 29, 2006, BTU Western Resources, Inc. applied for 
Federal coal reserves in three maintenance tracts encompassing 
approximately 5,116.65 acres and approximately 598 million tons of coal 
as estimated by the applicant. The tracts are adjacent to the North 
Antelope Rochelle Mine. On October 12, 2007, BTU Western Resources, 
Inc. filed a request with the BLM to modify its application and 
increase the lease area and coal volume to approximately 8,981.74 acres 
and approximately 1,179.1 million tons of coal as estimated by the 
applicant. The BLM determined that the modified application would be 
processed as two separate maintenance tracts. The tracts are referred 
to as the North Porcupine Tract, case file number WYW173408, and the 
South Porcupine Tract, case file number WYW176095. As applied for, the 
coal in the tracts would potentially extend the life of the mine by as 
many as 10 years.
    As applied for, the North Porcupine Tract includes approximately 
601.2 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands 
in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 42 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 19: Lots 13 through 20;
    Section 20: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 21: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 22: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 26: Lots 3 through 6, 9 through 16;
    Section 27: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 28: Lots 1 through 4;
    Section 29: Lots 1 through 4;
    Section 30: Lots 5 through 8.
T. 42 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 22: Lots 10 through 15, 21 through 24;
    Section 23: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 24: Lots 9 through 16;
    Section 25: Lots 1 through 4;
    Section 26: Lots 1 through 6, 11 through 14;
    Section 27: Lots 2 through 6, 9, 12, 15 through 30;
    Section 34: Lots 1 through 3, 6 through 11;
    Section 35: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 14.

    Containing 5,795.78 acres, more or less.

    As applied for, the South Porcupine Tract includes approximately 
309.7 million tons of recoverable coal underlying the following lands 
in Campbell County, Wyoming:

T. 41 N., R. 70 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 7: Lots 7 through 10, 15 through 18;
    Section 18: Lots 6 through 11, 14 through 19.
T. 41 N., R. 71 W., 6th PM, Wyoming
    Section 1: Lots 5 through 20;
    Section 12: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 13: Lots 1 through 16;
    Section 14: Lots 1, 8, 9, 16;
    Section 23: Lots 1, 8 (N\1/2\);
    Section 24: Lots 2 through 4, 5 (N\1/2\), 6 (N\1/2\), 7 (N\1/
2\).

    Containing 3,185.96 acres, more or less.

    Consistent with Federal regulations under NEPA and the Mineral 
Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the BLM must prepare an environmental 
analysis prior to holding competitive Federal coal lease sales. The 
Powder River Regional Coal Team recommended that the BLM process these 
four coal lease applications after it reviewed the tracts that were 
applied for by Ark Land Company and Jacobs Ranch Coal Company at a 
public meeting held on April 19, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming, and the 
tracts that were applied for by BTU Western Resources, Inc., at a 
public meeting held on January 18, 2007, in Casper, Wyoming.
    Lands in the North Hilight Field, South Hilight Field, West Hilight 
Field, North Porcupine, and South Porcupine Tracts contain Federal 
surface estate administered by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and 
private surface estate which overlies the Federal coal. Lands in the 
West Jacobs Ranch Tract contain all private surface estate which 
overlies the Federal coal.
    Cooperating agencies in the preparation of this EIS include: the 
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS), Wyoming Department of 
Transportation, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) Land 
Quality and Air Quality Divisions, and the Converse County Board of 
Commissioners. Before the tracts can be leased, the USFS must consent 
to leasing the Federal coal that is located on USFS-administered lands.
    On July 3, 2007, the BLM published a Notice of Intent to prepare an 
EIS for the Wright Area coal lease applications in the Federal 
Register. A notice announcing the availability of the Draft EIS was 
published in the Federal Register by the EPA on June 26, 2009. A 60-day 
comment period on the Draft EIS commenced with publication of the EPA's 
Notice of Availability and ended on August 24, 2009. The BLM published 
a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing in the Federal 
Register on July 8, 2009. The BLM's Federal Register notice announced 
the date and time of a public hearing, which was held on July 29, 2009, 
in Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing was to solicit 
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maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal. Comments received at 
this hearing and during the Draft EIS comment period will be available 
to the public for review in an appendix to the Final EIS. The BLM 
responses to substantive comments will also be available in the Final 
EIS.
    The Black Thunder Mine, Jacobs Ranch Mine, and North Antelope 
Rochelle Mine are operating under approved mining permits from the WDEQ 
Land Quality and Air Quality Divisions.
    If the tracts are leased to existing mines, the new leases must be 
incorporated into the existing mining and reclamation plans for those 
mines. Before the Federal coal in each tract can be mined, the 
Secretary of the Interior must approve the revised Mineral Leasing Act 
(MLA) mining plan for the mine in which each tract will be included. 
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.
    The Final EIS analyzes and discloses to the public the direct, 
indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with leasing 
six Federal coal tracts in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River 
Basin. A copy of the Final EIS has been sent to affected Federal, 
State, and local government agencies; persons and entities identified 
as potentially being affected by a decision to lease the Federal coal 
in each of the tracts; and persons who indicated to the BLM that they 
wished to receive a copy of the Final EIS.
    The Final EIS analyzes leasing the six Wright Area coal tracts as 
the Proposed Action. Under the Proposed Action, competitive sales would 
be held and leases issued for Federal coal contained in each of the 
tracts as applied for by each of the applicants. As part of the coal 
leasing process, the BLM is evaluating adding additional Federal coal 
to the tracts to avoid bypassing coal or to prompt competitive interest 
in unleased Federal coal in the area. The alternate tract 
configurations for each of the LBAs that the BLM is evaluating are 
described and analyzed as separate alternatives in the Final EIS. Under 
these alternatives, competitive sales would be held and leases would be 
issued for Federal coal lands included in tracts modified by the BLM. 
The Final EIS also analyzes the alternative of rejecting the 
application(s) to lease Federal coal as the No Action Alternative. The 
Proposed Action and alternatives for each of the LBAs being considered 
in the Final EIS are in conformance with the approved Resource 
Management Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land 
Management Buffalo Field Office (2001) and the USDA-Forest Service Land 
and Resource Management Plan for the Thunder Basin National Grassland 
(2002). A separate Record of Decision (ROD) will be prepared for each 
of the tracts after the close of the 30-day review period for the Final 
EIS. Comments received on the Final EIS will be considered during 
preparation of the ROD.
    Requests to be included on the mailing list for this project and 
requests for copies of the Final EIS may be sent in writing, by 
facsimile, or electronically to the addresses previously stated at the 
beginning of this notice. The BLM asks that those submitting comments 
on the Final EIS make them as specific as possible with reference to 
page numbers and sections of the document. Comments that contain only 
opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response; however, 
they will be considered as part of the BLM decision-making process.
    Please note that comments and information submitted including 
names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of respondents will be 
available for public review and disclosure at the above address during 
regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, 
except holidays.
    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.

Larry Claypool,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-18641 Filed 7-29-10; 8:45 am]
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