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, 18241-18243 [2011-7736]

Download as PDF 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 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 18242 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 63 / Friday, April 1, 2011 / Notices • House Range RMP, 1987 • Warm Springs RMP, 1987 • Price RMP, 2008 • Ashley National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP), 1986 • Manti-La Sal National Forest LRMP, 1986 • Uinta National Forest LRMP, 2003 • Medicine Bow National Forest Revised LRMP, 2003 • Wasatch-Cache National Forest LRMP, 2003 • Routt National Forest Revised LRMP, 1997 • White River National Forest Revised LRMP, 2002 The applicant PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power, has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, and maintain a 500-kV overhead transmission line that would extend approximately 400 miles, depending on the route selected, from south-central Wyoming to central Utah, potentially crossing northwestern Colorado. The Project would include a single-circuit 500-kV AC transmission line beginning near Medicine Bow, in Carbon County, Wyoming, at the planned Aeolus Substation, and would extend south and west to the planned Clover Substation, near Mona, in Juab County, Utah. The Project also would include two series compensation stations, about 200 acres in size, at two separate points between the planned Aeolus and Clover Substations to improve transport capacity and efficiency of the transmission line. When completed, the Project would transmit about 1,500 megawatts of electricity generated from renewable and thermal sources at planned facilities in Wyoming. Possible alternative routes identified to date cross Federal, State, tribal, and private lands. The requested ROW width on Federal lands for construction and operation of the Project is 250 feet. The Project proponent proposes to predominantly use self-supporting steel lattice single-circuit towers from 140 to 190 feet in height with average spans between towers of 1,000 to 1,500 feet (4 to 5 structures per mile). Permanent and temporary access roads a minimum of 14 feet wide would be needed for the Project. Temporary access roads would be needed for construction only. Temporary work space would be needed during construction for material storage, fly-yards, conductor tensioning sites, and to accommodate vehicles and equipment. Alternative routes currently identified would use portions of utility corridors on Federal lands, parallel portions of existing overhead and VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:09 Mar 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 underground utilities and roadways, or cross undisturbed land areas. The BLM will respond to applications for ROWs on BLM-administered lands, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will respond to applications for ROW on lands it administers. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the following offices: • BLM, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009 • BLM, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, Wyoming 82301 • BLM, Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901 • BLM, Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 • BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market Street, Meeker, Colorado 81641 • BLM, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506 • BLM, Fillmore Field Office, 35 East, 500 North, Fillmore, Utah 84631 • BLM, Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532 • BLM, Price Field Office, 125 South, 600 West, Price, Utah 84501 • BLM, Vernal Field Office, 170 South, 500 East, Vernal, Utah 84078 • BLM, Richfield Field Office, 150 East, 900 North, Richfield, Utah 84701 • U.S. Forest Service (Lead Forest Office), Dixie National Forest Office, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah 84721 Pursuant to Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15926), a Programmatic EIS was prepared by the Department of Energy for energy corridors in the 11 western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico), and notice of its availability was published on November 28, 2008 (73 FR 72521). Records of Decision (ROD) signed January 14, 2009, designated energy corridors and provided guidance, best management practices, and mitigation measures to be used where linear facilities are proposed crossing Federal lands. Designation of corridors does not require their use, nor does such designation exempt the Federal agencies from conducting an environmental review on each project therin. The Final RODs are available at the following Web site: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/eis/guide/ index.cfm. The Project EIS will take into consideration the use of the corridors described in the Final Programmatic EIS. The BLM is the designated lead Federal agency for preparation of the EIS as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5. Agencies with legal jurisdiction or PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 special expertise have been invited to participate as cooperating agencies in preparation of the EIS. The following agencies have agreed to participate as cooperating agencies: USFS; Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Department of Defense, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the States of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah; Mesa, Moffat, and Rio Blanco counties, Colorado; Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Juab, Sanpete, and Uintah counties, Utah; and Carbon County, Little Snake River Conservation District, Medicine Bow Conservation District, SaratogaEncampment-Rawlins Conservation District, and Sweetwater County Conservation District, Wyoming. During the public scoping period, the BLM will solicit public comments on behalf of all cooperating agencies regarding issues, concerns, and opportunities that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. Comments on issues and potential impacts, or suggestions for additional or different alternatives may be submitted to the addresses listed in the ADDRESSES section above. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM and cooperating agencies have identified the following preliminary issues: • Socioeconomic impacts; • Public health and safety; • Air quality; • Soil disturbances and erosion; • Wildlife and vegetation, including threatened and endangered and sensitive species; • Cultural resources and historical sites; • Paleontological resources; • Changes in visual quality and settings; • National Scenic and Historic Trails; and • Conflicts with other land uses and management prescriptions on various areas of critical environmental concern, scenic byways, inventoried roadless areas on National Forests, wilderness study areas, and wilderness characteristic lands that occur within the Project area. Authorization of this proposal may require amendment(s) of the BLM and USFS land use plans listed above. By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use plans, predicated on the findings of the EIS. Approval of this proposal may also result in the amendment(s) of USFS E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 63 / Friday, April 1, 2011 / Notices LRMPs. Pursuant to 36 CFR 219.9, the USFS notifies the public of potential amendments to LRMPs. If a land use plan amendment is necessary, the BLM and USFS would integrate the land use planning process as described in 43 CFR subpart 1610 and 36 CFR 219.8, concurrently, into the NEPA process for this Project. The plan amendments would comply with all applicable Federal law, regulations, and agency policies. The plan amendments would apply only to public lands managed by the BLM or USFS and would recognize all valid existing rights. Native American tribes will be consulted to identify areas, sites, and objects important to their cultural and religious heritage. Plan amendment decisions would comply with the Endangered Species Act and follow interagency agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Section 7 consultation process. Because the proposed Project may involve action in floodplains or wetlands, this Notice of Intent also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action, in accordance with Department of Energy regulations for Compliance with Floodplain and Wetlands Environmental Review Requirements at 10 CFR 1022.12(a). The EIS will include a floodplain/wetland assessment and, if required, a floodplain/wetland statement of findings will be issued with the Final EIS or ROD. The BLM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public involvement process for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3)). Native American tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and tribal concerns will be given due consideration, including impacts on Indian trust assets. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any 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 may request in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Donald A. Simpson, Wyoming State Director, Bureau of Land Management. [FR Doc. 2011–7736 Filed 3–31–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:09 Mar 31, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW0300. L5110000. GN0000. LVEMF1000880 241A; 11–08807; MO#4500019124; TAS: 14X5017] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hycroft Mine Expansion Project, Humboldt and Pershing Counties, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: 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) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, Winnemucca, Nevada intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. 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, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ wfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all 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 related to the Hycroft Mine Expansion Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/ en/fo/wfo.html; • E-mail: wfoweb@blm.gov; • Fax: (775) 623–1503; or • Mail: BLM Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, Nevada 89445. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Black Rock Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Kathleen Rehberg, project lead, telephone: (775) 623–1500; e-mail: Kathleen_Rehberg@blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hycroft Resources and Development, Inc. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18243 (Hycroft) proposes to expand its existing open pit operation and associated disturbance of 1,371 acres by including an additional 2,041 acres in its operation. This would lead to operations on 3,412 acres of public land managed by the BLM Winnemucca District. The proposal would also add 1,812 acres of new disturbance on private land controlled by Hycroft. The proposed operations would extend the mine life by 12 years. The BLM regulates this operation through 43 CFR part 3809. Current mining was analyzed in four previous environmental assessments: NV–020–4–25–EA, Lewis Mine Project, Decision Record (DR)/Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) dated 4/4/ 1984; NV–020–07–31–EA, Crofoot Project, DR/FONSI dated 8/3/1987; NV020–05–19–EA Brimstone Pit Expansion Project, DR/FONSI dated 5/5/1995; NV–020–06–30–EA, Hycroft Crofoot/Lewis Mine, DR/FONSI dated 10/2/1996. A range of alternatives will be developed, including the no-action alternative, to address the issues identified during scoping. Mitigation measures will be considered to minimize environmental impacts and to assure the proposed action does not result in unnecessary or undue degradation of public lands. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: (a) Waste rock dumps, heap leach pads, or pit walls may potentially produce acid rock drainage or heavy metals. These features need to be analyzed to ensure that the proposed action does not degrade the waters of the State or cause undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands; (b) Potential effects to the viewshed posed by the close proximity of the project to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon-Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) and the Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area. While the project is outside of the NCA and the wilderness area, it is within the viewshed of both areas; (c) An updated inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics will be utilized in order to comply with Secretarial Order 3310 and should lands with wilderness characteristics be identified they will be considered in the NEPA process; (d) Wildlife issues include potential impacts to sage-grouse winter habitat, potential bighorn sheep habitat, and E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1

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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

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: 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.

DATES: 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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

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     House Range RMP, 1987
     Warm Springs RMP, 1987
     Price RMP, 2008
     Ashley National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan 
(LRMP), 1986
     Manti-La Sal National Forest LRMP, 1986
     Uinta National Forest LRMP, 2003
     Medicine Bow National Forest Revised LRMP, 2003
     Wasatch-Cache National Forest LRMP, 2003
     Routt National Forest Revised LRMP, 1997
     White River National Forest Revised LRMP, 2002
    The applicant PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power, 
has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, 
and maintain a 500-kV overhead transmission line that would extend 
approximately 400 miles, depending on the route selected, from south-
central Wyoming to central Utah, potentially crossing northwestern 
Colorado. The Project would include a single-circuit 500-kV AC 
transmission line beginning near Medicine Bow, in Carbon County, 
Wyoming, at the planned Aeolus Substation, and would extend south and 
west to the planned Clover Substation, near Mona, in Juab County, Utah. 
The Project also would include two series compensation stations, about 
200 acres in size, at two separate points between the planned Aeolus 
and Clover Substations to improve transport capacity and efficiency of 
the transmission line. When completed, the Project would transmit about 
1,500 megawatts of electricity generated from renewable and thermal 
sources at planned facilities in Wyoming. Possible alternative routes 
identified to date cross Federal, State, tribal, and private lands. The 
requested ROW width on Federal lands for construction and operation of 
the Project is 250 feet. The Project proponent proposes to 
predominantly use self-supporting steel lattice single-circuit towers 
from 140 to 190 feet in height with average spans between towers of 
1,000 to 1,500 feet (4 to 5 structures per mile). Permanent and 
temporary access roads a minimum of 14 feet wide would be needed for 
the Project. Temporary access roads would be needed for construction 
only. Temporary work space would be needed during construction for 
material storage, fly-yards, conductor tensioning sites, and to 
accommodate vehicles and equipment. Alternative routes currently 
identified would use portions of utility corridors on Federal lands, 
parallel portions of existing overhead and underground utilities and 
roadways, or cross undisturbed land areas.
    The BLM will respond to applications for ROWs on BLM-administered 
lands, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will respond to applications 
for ROW on lands it administers. Documents pertinent to this proposal 
may be examined at the following offices:
     BLM, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, 
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
     BLM, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, 
Wyoming 82301
     BLM, Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock 
Springs, Wyoming 82901
     BLM, Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, 
Colorado 81625
     BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market Street, 
Meeker, Colorado 81641
     BLM, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand 
Junction, Colorado 81506
     BLM, Fillmore Field Office, 35 East, 500 North, Fillmore, 
Utah 84631
     BLM, Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532
     BLM, Price Field Office, 125 South, 600 West, Price, Utah 
84501
     BLM, Vernal Field Office, 170 South, 500 East, Vernal, 
Utah 84078
     BLM, Richfield Field Office, 150 East, 900 North, 
Richfield, Utah 84701
     U.S. Forest Service (Lead Forest Office), Dixie National 
Forest Office, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah 84721
    Pursuant to Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 
15926), a Programmatic EIS was prepared by the Department of Energy for 
energy corridors in the 11 western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, 
Montana, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New 
Mexico), and notice of its availability was published on November 28, 
2008 (73 FR 72521). Records of Decision (ROD) signed January 14, 2009, 
designated energy corridors and provided guidance, best management 
practices, and mitigation measures to be used where linear facilities 
are proposed crossing Federal lands. Designation of corridors does not 
require their use, nor does such designation exempt the Federal 
agencies from conducting an environmental review on each project 
therin. The Final RODs are available at the following Web site: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/eis/guide/index.cfm. The Project EIS will take into 
consideration the use of the corridors described in the Final 
Programmatic EIS. The BLM is the designated lead Federal agency for 
preparation of the EIS as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5. Agencies with legal 
jurisdiction or special expertise have been invited to participate as 
cooperating agencies in preparation of the EIS. The following agencies 
have agreed to participate as cooperating agencies: USFS; Bureau of 
Indian Affairs; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Department of Defense, 
and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the States of Wyoming, Colorado, 
and Utah; Mesa, Moffat, and Rio Blanco counties, Colorado; Carbon, 
Duchesne, Emery, Juab, Sanpete, and Uintah counties, Utah; and Carbon 
County, Little Snake River Conservation District, Medicine Bow 
Conservation District, Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation 
District, and Sweetwater County Conservation District, Wyoming.
    During the public scoping period, the BLM will solicit public 
comments on behalf of all cooperating agencies regarding issues, 
concerns, and opportunities that should be considered in the analysis 
of the proposed action. Comments on issues and potential impacts, or 
suggestions for additional or different alternatives may be submitted 
to the addresses listed in the ADDRESSES section above. The purpose of 
the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will 
influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including 
alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, 
the BLM and cooperating agencies have identified the following 
preliminary issues:
     Socioeconomic impacts;
     Public health and safety;
     Air quality;
     Soil disturbances and erosion;
     Wildlife and vegetation, including threatened and 
endangered and sensitive species;
     Cultural resources and historical sites;
     Paleontological resources;
     Changes in visual quality and settings;
     National Scenic and Historic Trails; and
     Conflicts with other land uses and management 
prescriptions on various areas of critical environmental concern, 
scenic byways, inventoried roadless areas on National Forests, 
wilderness study areas, and wilderness characteristic lands that occur 
within the Project area.
    Authorization of this proposal may require amendment(s) of the BLM 
and USFS land use plans listed above.
    By this notice, the BLM is complying with requirements in 43 CFR 
1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use 
plans, predicated on the findings of the EIS. Approval of this proposal 
may also result in the amendment(s) of USFS

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LRMPs. Pursuant to 36 CFR 219.9, the USFS notifies the public of 
potential amendments to LRMPs. If a land use plan amendment is 
necessary, the BLM and USFS would integrate the land use planning 
process as described in 43 CFR subpart 1610 and 36 CFR 219.8, 
concurrently, into the NEPA process for this Project. The plan 
amendments would comply with all applicable Federal law, regulations, 
and agency policies. The plan amendments would apply only to public 
lands managed by the BLM or USFS and would recognize all valid existing 
rights.
    Native American tribes will be consulted to identify areas, sites, 
and objects important to their cultural and religious heritage. Plan 
amendment decisions would comply with the Endangered Species Act and 
follow interagency agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
regarding the Section 7 consultation process. Because the proposed 
Project may involve action in floodplains or wetlands, this Notice of 
Intent also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland 
action, in accordance with Department of Energy regulations for 
Compliance with Floodplain and Wetlands Environmental Review 
Requirements at 10 CFR 1022.12(a). The EIS will include a floodplain/
wetland assessment and, if required, a floodplain/wetland statement of 
findings will be issued with the Final EIS or ROD.
    The BLM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to 
satisfy the public involvement process for Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) as provided for in 36 CFR 
800.2(d)(3)). Native American tribal consultations will be conducted in 
accordance with policy, and tribal concerns will be given due 
consideration, including impacts on Indian trust assets.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any 
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 may 
request in your comment that your personal identifying information be 
withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so.

Donald A. Simpson,
Wyoming State Director, Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. 2011-7736 Filed 3-31-11; 8:45 am]
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