Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Utah, 2424-2425 [2013-00459]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 2424 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices be a wind energy project with one alternative that may include some solar energy generation. The approval of the lease would allow Invenergy, LLC to develop and operate a wind power generation facility capable of generating up to 250 MW of electricity, and would consist of up to 85 turbines, depending on which alternative is selected. Each of the four alternatives, with the exception of the No Action Alternative, would achieve the generation of electricity from wind turbines installed by Invenergy. The manufacturer and model of the wind turbines have not yet been selected for the Shu’luuk Wind Project as the advancement in technology continues throughout the project site approval process. The turbines for the proposed project would have a tower hub height of up to 309 feet, a rotor diameter up to 414 feet, and a total height (to tip) of up to 515 feet. Each turbine would be set on a concrete foundation, and turbines would be connected by underground electrical cable to a project substation. The substation would be sited on a two-acre area and would consist of a graveled, fenced area containing transformer and switching equipment and an area for vehicle parking. Up to five miles of new three-phase 138 kV overhead interconnection transmission circuit would be constructed within the Campo Indian Reservation from the project collector substation to a San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) pole located on private land. Other required facilities, all located within the Campo Indian Reservation, would include: up to three permanent meteorological towers; temporary material laydown areas during construction; temporary office areas; an operations and maintenance facility; approximately 25 miles of new access roads; approximately 22 miles of improved existing roads; an electrical collection and communications system; and a temporary concrete batch plant. The wind power generation facility would operate year-round for a minimum of 25 years. Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to take between 11 and 24 months depending on the alternative selected. In addition to the No Action Alternative, three alternatives are evaluated in the DEIS. Alternative 1 consists of 250 MW generated from up to 85 3–MW wind turbines. Each turbine would have a hub height up to 309 feet, rotor diameter up to 414 feet, and tip height up to 515 feet. Alternative 2 consists of 200 MW generated primarily from up to 80 2– MW wind turbines (totaling 160 MW from wind) in combination with up to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 40 1–MW solar photovoltaic (PV) panels (totaling 40 MW from solar). Each turbine would generate 2 MW, have a hub height up to 305 feet, a rotor diameter up to 375 feet, and a tip height up to 493 feet. Alternative 3 consists of 160 MW generated from up to 71 3–MW to 2.3– MW wind turbines. Each turbine would have a hub height of up to 308 feet, rotor diameter of up to 407 feet, and tip height of up to 515 feet. Environmental issues addressed in this DEIS include effects on land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, climate change, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, resource use patterns, traffic, noise, visual and aesthetic resources, public health and safety, and cumulative effects. Directions for Submitting Comments: Please include your name, return address, and ‘‘EIS Comments, Shu’luuk Wind Project, San Diego County, CA,’’ on the first page of your written comments. Locations Where the DEIS is Available for Review: The DEIS is available for review at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern California office, 1451 Research Park Drive, Riverside, CA 92507; at the offices of Campo EPA, Suite 4, 36190 Church Rd, Campo, CA 91906; and at the Campo-Morena Village Branch Library, San Diego County Library System, 31356 Hwy 94, Campo, CA 91906. Comments can be submitted electronically to shuluukcomments@aecom.com. The DEIS is also available online at http:// www.shuluukwind.com/. To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS please provide your name and address in writing or by voicemail to Lenore Lamb. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS will be provided upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Before including your address, phone number, email 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 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the CEQ Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of Interior regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: October 12, 2012. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–00439 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUT–92000–12XL5017AR–L51100000– GA0000–LVEMJ12CJ610, UTU89060] Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Utah Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of competitive coal lease sale. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah State Office will reoffer certain coal resources described below as the Dry Canyon B Tract (UTU–89060) in Carbon County, Utah, for competitive sale by sealed bid, in accordance with the Federal regulations for competitive lease sale notices and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended. The initial application (UTU–85539) for the lands contained in the Dry Canyon Tract were offered for lease on November 15, 2011, as originally applied for on March 28, 2007. No bids were received at the original offering of this lease. DATES: The lease sale will be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 6, 2013. The sealed bid must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be hand delivered to the address indicated below, and must be received by or before 10:00 a.m. on March 6, 2013. The BLM cashier will issue a receipt for each hand delivered sealed bid. Any bid received after the time specified will not be considered and will be returned. The outside of the sealed envelope containing the bid must clearly state the envelope contains a bid for Coal Lease Sale UTU–89060, and that it is not to be opened before the date and hour of the sale. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices The lease sale will be held in the BLM’s Utah State Office, Monument Conference Room, Fifth Floor, 440 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Sealed bids can be hand delivered to the cashier, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, during normal business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Sealed bids may also be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Cashier, BLM Utah State Office, P. O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145–0155. ADDRESSES: surfaces with federally-administered minerals. They are described as follows: Salt Lake Meridian FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: T. 12 S., R.10 E., Sec. 25, N1⁄2; Sec. 26, N1⁄2; Sec. 27, N1⁄2; Sec. 28, NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, S1⁄2; Sec. 29, E1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 33, all. T. 13 S., R.10 E., Sec. 3, all; Sec. 4, lots 1–4, S1⁄2N1⁄2, N1⁄2S1⁄2; Sec. 8, lot 4; Sec. 10, N1⁄2, W1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 11, N1⁄2, SE1⁄4. Containing approximately 4,325.01 acres. This coal lease sale is being held in response to a lease by application (LBA) submitted by Wasatch Natural Resources, LLC, to the BLM on April 27, 2012. All coal LBAs submitted to the BLM for processing on or after November 7, 2005, are subject to processing costs on a case by case basis (43 CFR 3000.10(d)(1), (70 FR 58872, October 7, 2005). The processing cost rules implemented for coal LBAs at 43 CFR 3473.2(f) (70 FR 58876, October 7, 2005) require the applicant who nominates a tract for a competitive lease sale to pay the processing fee (43 CFR 3000.11) prior to publication of the sale notice. Wasatch Natural Resources, LLC, paid the BLM a processing fee in the amount of $6,600. The successful bidder must pay to the BLM the cost recovery amount of all costs the BLM incurs processing the coal lease sale and all processing costs that BLM incurs after the date of the sale notice leading to lease issuance (43 CFR 3473.2(f)). If the successful bidder is someone other than the applicant, the BLM will refund to the applicant the processing fee specified in this sale notice. If there is no successful bidder, the applicant remains responsible for all processing fees. The coal resources to be offered consist of all recoverable reserves available in the following described lands located in Carbon County, Utah, approximately 3 miles northeast of Helper, Utah, on both private and BLM Wasatch Natural Resources, LLC, submitted the application for the coal lease. The application indicates that the company plans to mine the coal through new or rehabilitated entries if it obtains the lease. The coal in the Dry Canyon B tract has three minable coal beds; the Aberdeen, the Kenilworth; and, the D seam bed. The minable portions of the coal beds in this area are approximately ten feet in thickness for the Aberdeen; approximately 8 feet in thickness for the Kenilworth and approximately 6 feet in thickness for the D seam. The tract contains approximately 42.2 million tons of recoverable high-volatile A/B bituminous coal. The coal quality in the coal beds on an ‘‘as received basis’’ is as follows: (1) Aberdeen: 13,414 Btu/lb., 2.35 percent moisture, 5.57 percent ash, 41.86 percent volatile matter, 49.83 percent fixed carbon and 0.49 percent sulfur; (2) Kenilworth: 13,287 Btu/lb., 2.06 percent moisture, 6.91 percent ash, 42.88 percent volatile matter, 48.26 percent fixed carbon and 0.72 percent sulfur; and, (3) D: 12,470 Btu/lb., 6.00 percent moisture, 8.00 percent ash, 39.00 percent volatile matter, 47.00 percent fixed carbon and 0.50 percent sulfur. The Dry Canyon B Tract may be leased to the qualified bidder of the highest cash amount, provided that the high bid meets or exceeds the fair market value (FMV) for the tract. The Department of the Interior has established a minimum bid of $100 per acre or fraction thereof. The minimum bid is not intended to represent the FMV. The FMV of the tract will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. The lease that may be issued as a result of this offering will provide for payment of an annual rental of $3 per acre, a royalty rate of 12.5 percent of the value of coal mined by surface methods, and a royalty of 8 percent of the value of the coal produced by underground mining methods. The value of the coal will be Jeff McKenzie, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101–1345 or telephone 801–539–4038. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2425 determined in accordance with 30 CFR 1206.257. The BLM signed a Determination of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Adequacy (DNA) on February 18, 2009. The DNA was the result of analyzing numerous previously prepared NEPA documents. On February 20, 2009, a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)/Decision Record (DR) was signed based on the DNA. No appeals of the BLM decision to lease were filed during the appeal period that ended on March 24, 2009. The BLM held a public hearing and requested comments on the NEPA review and the FMV of the Dry Canyon Tract on August 13, 2009. No comments were received and the FONSI/DR remains in effect. The required Detailed Statement for the offered tract, including bidding instructions and sales procedures under 43 CFR 3422.3–2, and the terms and conditions of the proposed coal lease, is available from the BLM, Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145–0155 or in the Public Room (Room 500), 440 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. All case file documents and written comments submitted by the public on FMV or royalty rates except those portions identified as proprietary by the commentor and meeting exemptions stated in the Freedom of Information Act, are available for public inspection during normal business hours in the BLM Public Room (Suite 500). Approved. Juan Palma, State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–00459 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLAKF02000.16100000.DP0000.LXSS09 4L0000] Notice of Availability of a Supplement to the Eastern Interior Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Leasing of Hardrock Minerals in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, AK Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 8 (Friday, January 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2424-2425]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00459]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLUT-92000-12XL5017AR-L51100000-GA0000-LVEMJ12CJ610, UTU89060]


Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, Utah

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of competitive coal lease sale.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of 
the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah State Office will 
reoffer certain coal resources described below as the Dry Canyon B 
Tract (UTU-89060) in Carbon County, Utah, for competitive sale by 
sealed bid, in accordance with the Federal regulations for competitive 
lease sale notices and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended. The 
initial application (UTU-85539) for the lands contained in the Dry 
Canyon Tract were offered for lease on November 15, 2011, as originally 
applied for on March 28, 2007. No bids were received at the original 
offering of this lease.

DATES: The lease sale will be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 6, 2013. The 
sealed bid must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or 
be hand delivered to the address indicated below, and must be received 
by or before 10:00 a.m. on March 6, 2013.
    The BLM cashier will issue a receipt for each hand delivered sealed 
bid. Any bid received after the time specified will not be considered 
and will be returned. The outside of the sealed envelope containing the 
bid must clearly state the envelope contains a bid for Coal Lease Sale 
UTU-89060, and that it is not to be opened before the date and hour of 
the sale.

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ADDRESSES: The lease sale will be held in the BLM's Utah State Office, 
Monument Conference Room, Fifth Floor, 440 West 200 South, Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Sealed bids can be hand delivered to the cashier, Utah 
State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 
during normal business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Sealed bids may also be sent by certified 
mail, return receipt requested to the Cashier, BLM Utah State Office, 
P. O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0155.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff McKenzie, 440 West 200 South, 
Suite 500 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1345 or telephone 801-539-4038. 
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: This coal lease sale is being held in 
response to a lease by application (LBA) submitted by Wasatch Natural 
Resources, LLC, to the BLM on April 27, 2012. All coal LBAs submitted 
to the BLM for processing on or after November 7, 2005, are subject to 
processing costs on a case by case basis (43 CFR 3000.10(d)(1), (70 FR 
58872, October 7, 2005). The processing cost rules implemented for coal 
LBAs at 43 CFR 3473.2(f) (70 FR 58876, October 7, 2005) require the 
applicant who nominates a tract for a competitive lease sale to pay the 
processing fee (43 CFR 3000.11) prior to publication of the sale 
notice. Wasatch Natural Resources, LLC, paid the BLM a processing fee 
in the amount of $6,600. The successful bidder must pay to the BLM the 
cost recovery amount of all costs the BLM incurs processing the coal 
lease sale and all processing costs that BLM incurs after the date of 
the sale notice leading to lease issuance (43 CFR 3473.2(f)). If the 
successful bidder is someone other than the applicant, the BLM will 
refund to the applicant the processing fee specified in this sale 
notice. If there is no successful bidder, the applicant remains 
responsible for all processing fees. The coal resources to be offered 
consist of all recoverable reserves available in the following 
described lands located in Carbon County, Utah, approximately 3 miles 
northeast of Helper, Utah, on both private and BLM surfaces with 
federally-administered minerals. They are described as follows:

Salt Lake Meridian

T. 12 S., R.10 E.,
    Sec. 25, N\1/2\;
    Sec. 26, N\1/2\;
    Sec. 27, N\1/2\;
    Sec. 28, NE\1/4\, E\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\NW\1/4\, S\1/2\;
    Sec. 29, E\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 33, all.

T. 13 S., R.10 E.,
    Sec. 3, all;
    Sec. 4, lots 1-4, S\1/2\N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\;
    Sec. 8, lot 4;
    Sec. 10, N\1/2\, W\1/2\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 11, N\1/2\, SE\1/4\.

    Containing approximately 4,325.01 acres.

    Wasatch Natural Resources, LLC, submitted the application for the 
coal lease. The application indicates that the company plans to mine 
the coal through new or rehabilitated entries if it obtains the lease. 
The coal in the Dry Canyon B tract has three minable coal beds; the 
Aberdeen, the Kenilworth; and, the D seam bed. The minable portions of 
the coal beds in this area are approximately ten feet in thickness for 
the Aberdeen; approximately 8 feet in thickness for the Kenilworth and 
approximately 6 feet in thickness for the D seam. The tract contains 
approximately 42.2 million tons of recoverable high-volatile A/B 
bituminous coal. The coal quality in the coal beds on an ``as received 
basis'' is as follows: (1) Aberdeen: 13,414 Btu/lb., 2.35 percent 
moisture, 5.57 percent ash, 41.86 percent volatile matter, 49.83 
percent fixed carbon and 0.49 percent sulfur; (2) Kenilworth: 13,287 
Btu/lb., 2.06 percent moisture, 6.91 percent ash, 42.88 percent 
volatile matter, 48.26 percent fixed carbon and 0.72 percent sulfur; 
and, (3) D: 12,470 Btu/lb., 6.00 percent moisture, 8.00 percent ash, 
39.00 percent volatile matter, 47.00 percent fixed carbon and 0.50 
percent sulfur.
    The Dry Canyon B Tract may be leased to the qualified bidder of the 
highest cash amount, provided that the high bid meets or exceeds the 
fair market value (FMV) for the tract. The Department of the Interior 
has established a minimum bid of $100 per acre or fraction thereof. The 
minimum bid is not intended to represent the FMV. The FMV of the tract 
will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. The lease 
that may be issued as a result of this offering will provide for 
payment of an annual rental of $3 per acre, a royalty rate of 12.5 
percent of the value of coal mined by surface methods, and a royalty of 
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 1206.257.
    The BLM signed a Determination of National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) Adequacy (DNA) on February 18, 2009. The DNA was the result of 
analyzing numerous previously prepared NEPA documents. On February 20, 
2009, a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)/Decision Record (DR) 
was signed based on the DNA. No appeals of the BLM decision to lease 
were filed during the appeal period that ended on March 24, 2009. The 
BLM held a public hearing and requested comments on the NEPA review and 
the FMV of the Dry Canyon Tract on August 13, 2009. No comments were 
received and the FONSI/DR remains in effect.
    The required Detailed Statement for the offered tract, including 
bidding instructions and sales procedures under 43 CFR 3422.3-2, and 
the terms and conditions of the proposed coal lease, is available from 
the BLM, Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-
0155 or in the Public Room (Room 500), 440 West 200 South, Salt Lake 
City, Utah 84101. All case file documents and written comments 
submitted by the public on FMV or royalty rates except those portions 
identified as proprietary by the commentor and meeting exemptions 
stated in the Freedom of Information Act, are available for public 
inspection during normal business hours in the BLM Public Room (Suite 
500).

    Approved.

Juan Palma,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-00459 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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