Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area, Imperial Valley, California, and the Draft California Desert Conservation Plan Amendment, 38680-38681 [2011-16556]

Download as PDF 38680 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 127 / Friday, July 1, 2011 / Notices Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Office, Attn: National Monument Manager, Advisory Committee Nomination Application Request, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262; or through an e-mail request at jfoote@ca.blm.gov. Each application package must include forms from the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture. All submitted nomination applications become the property of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and will not be returned. Nomination applications are good only for the current open public call for nominations. John R. Kalish, Field Manager, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, California Desert District, Bureau of Land Management. Laurie Rosenthal, District Ranger, San Jacinto Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest, Forest Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16520 Filed 6–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCO921000–L13200000–EL0000, COC– 74817] Notice of Invitation—Coal Exploration License Application COC–74817 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES6 AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Members of the public are hereby invited to participate with Blue Mountain Energy, Inc. on a pro rata cost-sharing basis in a program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in lands located in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado. DATES: Any party electing to participate in this exploration program must send written notice to both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., as provided in the ADDRESSES section below no later than August 1, 2011 or 10 calendar days after the last publication of this Notice in the Rangely Times newspaper, whichever is later. This Notice will be published once a week for 2 consecutive weeks in the Rangely Times, Rangely Colorado. Such written notice must refer to serial number COC 74817. ADDRESSES: The proposed exploration license and plan is available for review VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jun 30, 2011 Jkt 223001 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday in the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado, and the BLM White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, Colorado. A written notice to participate in the exploration license should be sent to the State Director, BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215 and Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., Attn: Jeffrey Dubbert, 3607 County Rd. #65, Rangley, Colorado 81648. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt M. Barton by telephone at 303–239– 3714 or by e-mail at kbarton@blm.gov; or Paul Daggett by telephone at 970– 878–3819, or by e-mail at pdaggett@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The exploration activities will be performed pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 201(b), and to the regulations at 43 CFR part 3410. The purpose of the exploration program is to gain additional geologic knowledge of the coal underlying the exploration area for the purpose of assessing the coal resources. The exploration program is fully described and will be conducted pursuant to an exploration license and plan approved by the BLM. The exploration plan may be modified to accommodate the legitimate exploration needs of persons seeking to participate. The lands to be explored for coal deposits in exploration license COC 74817 are described as follows: Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado T. 3 N., R. 101 W., Sec. 17, S1⁄2;SW1⁄4; Sec. 18, SE1⁄4, and E1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 19, NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4, and NW1⁄4SE1⁄4. T. 3 N., R. 102 W., Sec. 24, SE1⁄4, S1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4NW1⁄4; Sec. 25, NE1⁄4, and E1⁄2NW1⁄4. These lands contain 1,375 acres, more or less. The proposed exploration program will be conducted pursuant to an exploration plan to be approved by the BLM. The plan may be modified to accommodate the legitimate exploration needs of persons seeking to participate. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The foregoing is published in the Federal Register pursuant to 43 CFR 3410.2–1(c)(1). Helen M. Hankins, State Director. [FR Doc. 2011–16521 Filed 6–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD070000, L91310000, EI0000] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area, Imperial Valley, California, and the Draft California Desert Conservation Plan Amendment AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area. By this notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the comment period. DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft CDCA Plan Amendment and Draft EIS within 90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area by any of the following methods: • E-mail: wcm_comments@blm.gov. • Fax: (951) 697–5299. • Mail: Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92533–9046, Attn: Peter Godfrey. Copies of the Draft EIS and Draft CDCA Plan Amendment for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area are available in the E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES6 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 127 / Friday, July 1, 2011 / Notices California Desert District Office at the above address; at the El Centro Field Office at 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, California; and the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Vieira, BLM Project Manager, telephone (719) 852–6213; or e-mail jvieira@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with amending the CDCA Plan to make available approximately 20,762 acres of BLM-managed surface lands (acquired lands included) for solar, wind and geothermal testing and development in a renewable energy evaluation area located near Niland, California. The Draft EIS also analyzes the potential environmental impacts of approving a pending geothermal lease application within the renewable energy evaluation area. This CDCA Draft Plan Amendment/ Draft EIS analyzes 6 alternatives, including (1) No Action Alternative (the CDCA Plan would not be amended, and existing plan decisions, stipulations, and allocations would not change as a direct result of this planning process), (2) No Development Alternative, (3) Renewable Energy Development Emphasis, (4) Geothermal Development Only, (5) Solar Development Emphasis with Moderate Geothermal Development and No Wind Development, and (6) Geothermal Development Emphasis with Moderate Solar Development and No Wind Development. If an alternative is selected that establishes the evaluation area as available for solar energy development, it will be identified as a solar energy zone. The principal issues identified thus far include Native American concerns; potential land use conflicts including recreation; cumulative impacts considering existing, proposed, and potential geothermal projects in the area; and potential impacts on cultural resources, wildlife, visual resources, and surface and groundwater resources. The Draft EIS also addresses geology, mining, geothermal resources, vegetation, threatened or endangered species, air quality, noise, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jun 30, 2011 Jkt 223001 transportation, human health and safety, and social and economic issues, as well as other issues raised during the scoping process. The Draft EIS identifies stipulations and mitigation measures that could be applied to future energy projects. This document will not authorize any specific energy developments at this time. Additional project-specific environmental analyses would need to be conducted before on-the-ground development activities could occur. The BLM, in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant Federal laws, Executive orders, and management policies of the BLM, used an interdisciplinary approach in developing the EIS, working collaboratively in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Please note that public comments and information submitted including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 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. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 1506.10, and 43 CFR 1610.2. Teresa Raml, California Desert District Manager. [FR Doc. 2011–16556 Filed 6–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAZ956000.L14200000.BJ0000.241A] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona. SUMMARY: The plats of survey of the described lands were officially filed in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38681 Management, Phoenix, Arizona, on dates indicated. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of partially surveyed Township 30 North, Range 6 East, accepted April 5, 2011, and officially filed April 8, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of partially surveyed Township 31 North, Range 6 East, accepted April 5, 2011, and officially filed April 8, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of partially surveyed Township 32 North, Range 6 East, accepted April 7, 2011, and officially filed April 8, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of Township 321⁄2 North, Range 6 East, accepted April 11, 2011, and officially filed April 13, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of Township 33 North, Range 6 East, accepted April 11, 2011, and officially filed April 13, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of Township 30 North, Range 7 East, accepted April 5, 2011, and officially filed April 8, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office. The plat representing the amended protraction diagram of Township 31 North, Range 7 East, accepted April 7, 2011, and officially filed April 8, 2011, for Group 1059, Arizona. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 127 (Friday, July 1, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38680-38681]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-16556]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLCAD070000, L91310000, EI0000]


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation 
Area, Imperial Valley, California, and the Draft California Desert 
Conservation Plan Amendment

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, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 
prepared a Draft California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan 
Amendment, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area. By this 
notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the comment period.

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive 
written comments on the Draft CDCA Plan Amendment and Draft EIS within 
90 days following the date the Environmental Protection Agency 
publishes its Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS in the Federal 
Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any 
other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through 
public notices, media releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the West Chocolate 
Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area by any of the following 
methods:
     E-mail: wcm_comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: (951) 697-5299.
     Mail: Bureau of Land Management, California Desert 
District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, 
California 92533-9046, Attn: Peter Godfrey.
    Copies of the Draft EIS and Draft CDCA Plan Amendment for the West 
Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area are available in 
the

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California Desert District Office at the above address; at the El 
Centro Field Office at 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, California; and 
the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at 1201 Bird Center Drive, 
Palm Springs, California.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Vieira, BLM Project Manager, 
telephone (719) 852-6213; or e-mail jvieira@blm.gov. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above 
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours 
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above 
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft EIS analyzes the potential 
environmental impacts associated with amending the CDCA Plan to make 
available approximately 20,762 acres of BLM-managed surface lands 
(acquired lands included) for solar, wind and geothermal testing and 
development in a renewable energy evaluation area located near Niland, 
California. The Draft EIS also analyzes the potential environmental 
impacts of approving a pending geothermal lease application within the 
renewable energy evaluation area.
    This CDCA Draft Plan Amendment/Draft EIS analyzes 6 alternatives, 
including (1) No Action Alternative (the CDCA Plan would not be 
amended, and existing plan decisions, stipulations, and allocations 
would not change as a direct result of this planning process), (2) No 
Development Alternative, (3) Renewable Energy Development Emphasis, (4) 
Geothermal Development Only, (5) Solar Development Emphasis with 
Moderate Geothermal Development and No Wind Development, and (6) 
Geothermal Development Emphasis with Moderate Solar Development and No 
Wind Development. If an alternative is selected that establishes the 
evaluation area as available for solar energy development, it will be 
identified as a solar energy zone.
    The principal issues identified thus far include Native American 
concerns; potential land use conflicts including recreation; cumulative 
impacts considering existing, proposed, and potential geothermal 
projects in the area; and potential impacts on cultural resources, 
wildlife, visual resources, and surface and groundwater resources. The 
Draft EIS also addresses geology, mining, geothermal resources, 
vegetation, threatened or endangered species, air quality, noise, 
transportation, human health and safety, and social and economic 
issues, as well as other issues raised during the scoping process.
    The Draft EIS identifies stipulations and mitigation measures that 
could be applied to future energy projects. This document will not 
authorize any specific energy developments at this time. Additional 
project-specific environmental analyses would need to be conducted 
before on-the-ground development activities could occur.
    The BLM, in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA, and all other relevant 
Federal laws, Executive orders, and management policies of the BLM, 
used an interdisciplinary approach in developing the EIS, working 
collaboratively in order to consider the variety of resource issues and 
concerns identified.
    Please note that public comments and information submitted 
including names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses of persons who 
submit comments will be available for public review and disclosure at 
the above address during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 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.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6, 1506.10, and 43 CFR 1610.2.

Teresa Raml,
California Desert District Manager.
[FR Doc. 2011-16556 Filed 6-30-11; 8:45 am]
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