Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Wyoming, 18240-18241 [2011-7596]

Download as PDF 18240 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 63 / Friday, April 1, 2011 / Notices Act. 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. II. Background To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, section 10(a)(1)(A), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and our regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)] at 50 CFR part 18 require that we invite public comment before final action on these permit applications. Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director. III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Applicant: Louisiana State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Baton Rouge, LA; PRT– 36826A The applicant requests a permit to import biological specimens from broadsnouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) from ranched animals in Argentina for the purpose of scientific research. Applicant: Museum of Zoology and Herbarium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; PRT–693112 The applicant requests a permit to export and re-import non-living museum/herbarium specimens of endangered and threatened species (excluding bald eagles) previously legally accessioned into the permittee’s collection for scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Applicant: Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, VA; PRT–37443A The applicant requests a permit to import two captive-bred Diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana) from the Port Lympne Wildlife Park, UK, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:09 Mar 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 Applicant: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN; PRT–37786A The applicant requests a permit to import seven captive-bred Asian dhole (Cuon alpinus) from the European Association of Zoos, EU, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Multiple Applicants The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. Applicant: Daniel Fore, Austin, TX; PRT–37816A; Applicant: Robert Cooker, Wilsonville, AL; PRT–33960A; Applicant: Terry Prisk, Highland, MI; PRT–37689A; Applicant: Robert Breuder, Barrington, IL; PRT–36734A; Applicant: Samuel Monarch, Hardinsburg, KY; PRT–37370A; Applicant: Roger Jones, Memphis, TN; PRT–36490A. B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals Applicant: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL; PRT–100361 The applicant requests renewal of the permit to authorize take and import of West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Florida and from the Caribbean region for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review. Dated: March 25, 2011. Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. [FR Doc. 2011–7806 Filed 3–31–11; 8:45 am] Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management [LLWY922000–L13200000–EL0000; WYW177903] Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of competitive coal lease sale. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that certain coal resources in the West Antelope II South Coal Tract described below in Converse County, Wyoming, will be offered for competitive lease by sealed bid in accordance with the provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended. DATES: The lease sale will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Sealed bids must be submitted on or before 4 p.m., on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. SUMMARY: The lease sale will be held in the First Floor Conference Room (Room 107), of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003. Sealed bids must be submitted to the Cashier, BLM Wyoming State Office, at the address given above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mavis Love, Land Law Examiner, or Tyson Sackett, Acting Coal Coordinator, at 307–775–6258, and 307–775–6487, respectively. ADDRESSES: This coal lease sale is being held in response to a lease by application (LBA) filed by Antelope Coal LLC, Gillette, Wyoming. The coal resource to be offered consists of all reserves recoverable by surface mining methods in the following described lands located 2–4 miles south of the Campbell/Converse County line and 1–3 miles east of State Highway 59. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: T. 40 N., R. 71 W., 6th Principal Meridian Sec. 5, lot 18; Sec. 8, lots 1 through 3 inclusive, lots 6 through 11 inclusive, and lots 14 through 16 inclusive; Sec. 9, lots 2 through 16 inclusive; Sec. 10, lots 5, 6, and lots 11 through 14 inclusive; Sec. 14, lot 13; and Sec. 15, lots 2 through 7 inclusive, and lots 10 through 16 inclusive. Containing 1,908.60 acres, more or less in Campbell and Converse Counties, Wyoming. The LBA tract is adjacent to the western and southern lease boundary of the Antelope Mine and to Federal leases to the east and north as well as a State BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 63 / Friday, April 1, 2011 / Notices of Wyoming lease, all controlled by the Antelope Mine. It is adjacent to additional unleased Federal coal to the west and south. All of the acreage offered has been determined to be suitable for mining except for the county road and right-ofway in the far southeast portion of the LBA tract. However, the county road as well as pipelines and utilities can be moved to permit coal recovery. Antelope Creek crosses a small corner in the far northwest portion of the LBA tract, and no mining will take place on the creek or a 100 foot buffer on either side of it. No producing oil and/or gas wells have been drilled on the LBA tract. The surface estate of the LBA tract is largely owned by Antelope Coal Company except for six lots in the southeast part of the tract managed by the United States Forest Service. The tract contains surface mineable coal reserves in the Wyodak-Anderson coal zone currently being recovered in the adjacent existing mine. Although two primary coal seams occur on the LBA tract (the Anderson and the Canyon), only the Anderson is considered to be mineable due to thickness and incremental stripping ratio. The Canyon splits into several seams and, at various locations on the LBA tract, individual splits are either absent completely, are too thin, or are too deep to be included based on current market conditions and production costs. The Anderson seam varies from about 17 to 25 feet thick. Overburden to the Anderson seam ranges from approximately 80 to 160 feet thick on the LBA. The tract contains an estimated 56,356,000 tons of mineable coal. This estimate of mineable reserves includes the main Anderson seam mentioned above but does not include any tonnage from localized seams or splits containing less than 5 feet of coal. It does not include coal in the deeper Canyon seam splits. In addition, it does not include the adjacent State of Wyoming coal, although these reserves may be recovered in conjunction with the LBA tract. It also excludes coal within and along Antelope Creek. The total mineable stripping ratio of the coal in bank cubic yards per ton is approximately 5.0:1. Potential bidders for the LBA should consider the recovery rate expected from single seam mining. The West Antelope II South LBA coal is ranked as subbituminous C. The overall average quality for the Anderson seam on an as-received basis is 8,807 British Thermal Units per pound containing approximately 0.28 percent sulfur. The average quality of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:09 Mar 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 Anderson seam make the coal reserves equal to some of the best quality coal currently being mined in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. The tract will be leased to the qualified bidder offering the highest cash amount provided that the high bid meets or exceeds the BLM estimate of the fair market value of the tract. The minimum bid for the tract is $100 per acre or fraction thereof. No bid that is less than $100 per acre, or fraction thereof, will be considered. The bids should be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be hand delivered. The BLM Wyoming State Office Cashier will issue a receipt for each handdelivered bid. Bids received after 4 p.m. local time, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, will not be considered. The minimum bid is not intended to represent fair market value. The fair market value of the tract will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. The lease issued as a result of this offering will provide for payment of an annual rental of $3 per acre, or fraction thereof, and a royalty payment to the United States of 12.5 percent of the value of coal produced by surface mining methods and 8 percent of the value of the coal produced by underground mining methods. The value of the coal will be determined in accordance with 30 CFR 206.250. Bidding instructions for the tract offered and the terms and conditions of the proposed coal lease are available from the BLM Wyoming State Office at the address above. Case file documents, WYW177903, are available for inspection at the BLM Wyoming State Office. Donald A. Simpson, State Director. [FR Doc. 2011–7596 Filed 3–31–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY920000.51010000.ER0000. LVRWK09K1000; WYW174597; COC72909; UTU87237] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Energy Gateway South 500-Kilovolt (kV) Alternating Current Transmission Line Project in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18241 In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). By this notice the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. SUMMARY: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS and possible plan amendments. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until June 30, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/ info/NEPA/documents/hdd/ gateway_south.html. In order to be considered in the Draft EIS, comments must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to any of the plans identified in this notice by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/ st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/ gateway_south.html. • E-mail: GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov. • Mail: BLM Wyoming State Office, Energy Gateway South Transmission Project, P.O. Box 21550, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003, Attention: Tamara Gertsch. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To have your name added to our mailing list, contact Tamara Gertsch, National Project Manager; telephone (307) 775– 6115; address: BLM Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 21550, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003; e-mail: GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov. DATES: The EIS for the Proposed Energy Gateway South 500-kV Alternating Current (AC) Transmission Line Project in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah may address amendments to the following land use plans: • Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan (RMP), 2004* • Rawlins RMP, 2008 • Green River RMP, 1997 • Grand Junction RMP, 1987 • Little Snake RMP, 1989 • White River RMP, 1997 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLWY922000-L13200000-EL0000; WYW177903]


Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of competitive coal lease sale.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that certain coal resources in the West 
Antelope II South Coal Tract described below in Converse County, 
Wyoming, will be offered for competitive lease by sealed bid in 
accordance with the provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as 
amended.

DATES: The lease sale will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 15, 
2011. Sealed bids must be submitted on or before 4 p.m., on Tuesday, 
June 14, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The lease sale will be held in the First Floor Conference 
Room (Room 107), of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State 
Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003. 
Sealed bids must be submitted to the Cashier, BLM Wyoming State Office, 
at the address given above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mavis Love, Land Law Examiner, or 
Tyson Sackett, Acting Coal Coordinator, at 307-775-6258, and 307-775-
6487, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This coal lease sale is being held in 
response to a lease by application (LBA) filed by Antelope Coal LLC, 
Gillette, Wyoming. The coal resource to be offered consists of all 
reserves recoverable by surface mining methods in the following 
described lands located 2-4 miles south of the Campbell/Converse County 
line and 1-3 miles east of State Highway 59.

T. 40 N., R. 71 W., 6th Principal Meridian
    Sec. 5, lot 18;
    Sec. 8, lots 1 through 3 inclusive, lots 6 through 11 inclusive, 
and lots 14 through 16 inclusive;
    Sec. 9, lots 2 through 16 inclusive;
    Sec. 10, lots 5, 6, and lots 11 through 14 inclusive;
    Sec. 14, lot 13; and
    Sec. 15, lots 2 through 7 inclusive, and lots 10 through 16 
inclusive.

    Containing 1,908.60 acres, more or less in Campbell and Converse 
Counties, Wyoming.

    The LBA tract is adjacent to the western and southern lease 
boundary of the Antelope Mine and to Federal leases to the east and 
north as well as a State

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of Wyoming lease, all controlled by the Antelope Mine. It is adjacent 
to additional unleased Federal coal to the west and south.
    All of the acreage offered has been determined to be suitable for 
mining except for the county road and right-of-way in the far southeast 
portion of the LBA tract. However, the county road as well as pipelines 
and utilities can be moved to permit coal recovery. Antelope Creek 
crosses a small corner in the far northwest portion of the LBA tract, 
and no mining will take place on the creek or a 100 foot buffer on 
either side of it. No producing oil and/or gas wells have been drilled 
on the LBA tract. The surface estate of the LBA tract is largely owned 
by Antelope Coal Company except for six lots in the southeast part of 
the tract managed by the United States Forest Service.
    The tract contains surface mineable coal reserves in the Wyodak-
Anderson coal zone currently being recovered in the adjacent existing 
mine. Although two primary coal seams occur on the LBA tract (the 
Anderson and the Canyon), only the Anderson is considered to be 
mineable due to thickness and incremental stripping ratio. The Canyon 
splits into several seams and, at various locations on the LBA tract, 
individual splits are either absent completely, are too thin, or are 
too deep to be included based on current market conditions and 
production costs. The Anderson seam varies from about 17 to 25 feet 
thick. Overburden to the Anderson seam ranges from approximately 80 to 
160 feet thick on the LBA.
    The tract contains an estimated 56,356,000 tons of mineable coal. 
This estimate of mineable reserves includes the main Anderson seam 
mentioned above but does not include any tonnage from localized seams 
or splits containing less than 5 feet of coal. It does not include coal 
in the deeper Canyon seam splits. In addition, it does not include the 
adjacent State of Wyoming coal, although these reserves may be 
recovered in conjunction with the LBA tract. It also excludes coal 
within and along Antelope Creek. The total mineable stripping ratio of 
the coal in bank cubic yards per ton is approximately 5.0:1. Potential 
bidders for the LBA should consider the recovery rate expected from 
single seam mining.
    The West Antelope II South LBA coal is ranked as subbituminous C. 
The overall average quality for the Anderson seam on an as-received 
basis is 8,807 British Thermal Units per pound containing approximately 
0.28 percent sulfur. The average quality of the Anderson seam make the 
coal reserves equal to some of the best quality coal currently being 
mined in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin.
    The tract will be leased to the qualified bidder offering the 
highest cash amount provided that the high bid meets or exceeds the BLM 
estimate of the fair market value of the tract. The minimum bid for the 
tract is $100 per acre or fraction thereof. No bid that is less than 
$100 per acre, or fraction thereof, will be considered. The bids should 
be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be hand 
delivered. The BLM Wyoming State Office Cashier will issue a receipt 
for each hand-delivered bid. Bids received after 4 p.m. local time, on 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011, will not be considered. The minimum bid is not 
intended to represent fair market value. The fair market value of the 
tract will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. The 
lease issued as a result of this offering will provide for payment of 
an annual rental of $3 per acre, or fraction thereof, and a royalty 
payment to the United States of 12.5 percent of the value of coal 
produced by surface mining methods and 8 percent of the value of the 
coal produced by underground mining methods. The value of the coal will 
be determined in accordance with 30 CFR 206.250.
    Bidding instructions for the tract offered and the terms and 
conditions of the proposed coal lease are available from the BLM 
Wyoming State Office at the address above. Case file documents, 
WYW177903, are available for inspection at the BLM Wyoming State 
Office.

Donald A. Simpson,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-7596 Filed 3-31-11; 8:45 am]
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