Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Possible Amendment to the Casper Resource Management Plan, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Natrona Counties, WY, 3911-3913 [2013-00853]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. Additional Information The final CCP may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ hamdenslough/index.html. The final CCP includes detailed information about the planning process, refuge, issues, and management alternative selected. The Web site also includes an EA and FONSI, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The EA/FONSI includes discussion of three alternative refuge management options. The Service’s selected alternative is reflected in the final CCP. The selected alternative focuses on increasing the quantity and quality of habitat for wetland and grassland birds. Acquisition and full restoration of Pierce Lake will be emphasized over the next 15 years. The hydrologic regime will better emulate natural seasonal and long-term variability. More diverse, sustainable vegetation patterns will be restored on refuge wetlands and prairies. A detailed description of objectives and actions included in this selected alternative is found in chapter 4 of the final CCP. Christopher P. Jensen, Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–00896 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–R–2012–N259; FXRS1265030000– 134–FF03R06000] Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, Big Stone and Lac Qui Parle Counties, MN; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. Notice of availability. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA) for Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge, NWR). In this final CCP, we describe how we intend to manage the refuge for the next 15 years. ADDRESSES: You will find the final CCP, a summary of the final CCP, and the EA/ pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 FONSI on the planning Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ BigStoneNWR/index.html. A limited number of hard copies and CD–ROMs are available. You may request one by any of the following methods: • Email: r3planning@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Big Stone Final CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. • U.S. Mail: Big Stone NWR, 44843 County Road 19, Odessa, MN 56276. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alice Hanley, 320–273–2191. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we continue the CCP process for Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, which we began by publishing a notice of intent in the Federal Register (73 FR 76677) on December 17, 2008. For more about the initial process and the history of this refuge, see that notice. We released the draft CCP and EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability (77 FR 27245) on May 9, 2012. The 30-day comment period ended on June 8, 2012. A summary of public comments and the agency responses is included in the final CCP. Background The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Administration Act), requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose in developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year strategy for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and Service policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Administration Act. Each unit of the NWRS was established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the NWRS mission, and to determine how the public can PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3911 use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the NWRS. Additional Information The final CCP may be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/ BigStoneNWR/index.html. The final CCP includes detailed information about the planning process, refuge, issues, and management alternative selected. The Web site also includes an EA and FONSI, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (43 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The EA/FONSI includes discussion of six alternative refuge management options. The Service’s selected alternative is reflected in the final CCP. The selected alternative includes 5 miles of river channel restoration, a focus on water quality improvement, water management improvements to help increase the amount of submerged vegetation in refuge wetlands, increased restoration and management of grasslands, and opportunities for wildlife dependent recreation. A detailed description of objectives and actions included in this selected alternative is found in chapter 4 of the final CCP. Christopher P. Jensen, Acting Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2013–00898 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–050–1310–DB] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Possible Amendment to the Casper Resource Management Plan, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Natrona Counties, WY Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office, Rawlins Field Office, and Casper Field Office intend to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1 3912 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project, which may include a land use plan amendment to the Casper Resource Management Plan (RMP), and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS and possible land use plan amendment. You may submit written comments on issues until March 4, 2013. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meeting will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at www.blm.gov/wy/en/info/NEPA/ documents/lfo/moneta-divide.html. In order to be addressed 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 written comments by any of the following methods: • Web site: www.blm.gov/wy/en/info/ NEPA/documents/lfo/monetadivide.html. • Email: BLM_WY_LD_Moneta_ Divide_EIS@blm.gov. • Fax: 307–332–8444. • Mail: Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project, Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Lander Field Office. DATES: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Chris Krassin, Project Coordinator, telephone: 307–332–8400; address: 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520; email: BLM_WY_LD_Moneta_Divide_EIS@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: This document provides notice that the Lander Field Office, Rawlins Field Office, and Casper Field Office intend to prepare an EIS to support decision- pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 making regarding the proposed Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project, begin the public scoping period, and seek input on the preliminary issues identified with respect to this Project. In addition, BLM authorization of this proposed project may require amendment of the 2007 Casper RMP. 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, and to seek public input on preliminary planning issues. If a land use plan amendment is necessary, the BLM will integrate the land use planning process with the NEPA process for this project. Proponent energy development companies (the companies) propose to develop up to 4,250 natural gas and oil wells within the proposed Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project area. The proposed development project area is located in Fremont and Natrona counties and encompasses approximately 265,000 acres of land, of which 138,000 acres are public land administered by the Lander Field Office. Approximately 31,500 acres of the project area are public lands administered by the Casper Field Office. The southern portion of a proposed pipeline associated with the project is located in Sweetwater County on lands administered by the Rawlins Field Office. The balance of the development project area consists of State and private lands. The Lander Field Office will serve as the lead for this Project. The companies propose to develop using downhole well spacing of up to 20 acres in select areas within the proposed project area using directional, vertical, and other drilling techniques, and propose to develop infrastructure to support oil and gas production in the project area, including: Well pads; gathering, treating, processing and compression production facilities; water wells, water treatment, water injection and evaporation facilities; electric power lines, roads, gas flow lines, and pipelines. The companies propose to transport gas through pipelines to approximately five field compression and treatment facilities. The companies propose to reinject produced water in some instances, evaporate it in some instances, and treat and dispose of it through the use of surface and subsurface facilities in other instances. The companies also propose to construct gas processing facilities in the project area to separate natural gas liquids from the natural gas stream as well as to construct a new pipeline to transport and deliver natural gas and natural gas liquids to market pipelines PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 located near Wamsutter, Wyoming (approximately 100 miles south of the project area). The southern portion of the pipeline (approximately 42 miles in length) is proposed in Sweetwater County, Wyoming and public lands included within this segment are administered by the Rawlins Field Office. Anticipated surface disturbance associated with the Moneta Divide Project proposal will include approximately 13,500 acres of initial surface disturbance for the construction of new roads, well pads, pipelines and associated facilities, of which approximately 5,500 acres could remain for the life of the project. The BLM will evaluate any authorizations and actions within the Casper Field Office administrative area that are proposed for approval in the EIS to determine if they conform to the decisions in the 2007 Casper RMP. At this time, some management actions particularly for surface disturbing activities and wildlife stipulations in the Casper RMP do not match the Lander RMP (1987). In an effort to have consistency in management actions within the Moneta Divide project area and across the Lander and Casper Field Office administrative boundaries, it is anticipated that some management actions may result in a change in terms and conditions or decisions of the Casper RMP, which in turn may require amendment of the RMP. Prior to approval, any proposed actions that would result in a change in the scope of resource uses, terms and conditions, and decisions of the Casper RMP would require amendment of the RMP. If the BLM determines that a plan amendment is necessary, the analysis necessary for the RMP amendment would occur simultaneously with preparation of the Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project EIS. The preliminary planning criteria would include: • The RMP amendment will comply with NEPA, FLPMA, and other applicable laws, executive orders, regulations and policy; • The RMP amendment will recognize valid existing rights; • The BLM would limit the scope of the RMP amendment to the BLMadministered public lands and mineral estate within the project area proposed for the Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project EIS; and • A collaborative and multijurisdictional approach will be used, where possible, to jointly determine the desired future condition and management direction for the public lands. To the extent possible and within E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices legal and regulatory parameters, the BLM planning and management decisions will complement the planning and management decisions of other agencies, State and local governments, and Native American tribes, with jurisdictions intermingled with, and adjacent to, the planning area. To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed project and the project information, as well as the possible proposed plan amendment, the BLM will host meetings in Riverton and Casper within 45 days of the publication of this notice. The BLM will notify the public of meetings and any other opportunities for the public to be involved in the environmental review for this proposal at least 15 days prior to the event. Meeting dates, locations and times will be announced by a news release to the media, individual mailings and postings on the project Web site. 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: Potential impacts to air quality, disposal of produced water, and potential effects of development and production on surface resources including vegetation and wildlife habitat. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to help fulfill the public involvement process under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. 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. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the BLM’s decision on this project, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 While you may 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 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2) Donald A. Simpson, State Director, Wyoming. [FR Doc. 2013–00853 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] 3913 the BLM is proposing to reinstate the leases effective March 1, 2012 under the original terms and conditions of the leases and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. The BLM has not issued a lease affecting the lands encumbered by these leases to any other interest in the interim. Authority: 43 CFR 3108.2–3(a). Gary Johnson, Deputy State Director, Minerals Management. BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FR Doc. 2013–00927 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P Bureau of Land Management [LLNV9230000 L13100000.FI0000 241A; NVN–81212; NVN–81213; 13–08807; MO# 4500044423; TAS: 14x1109] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases NVN– 81212 and NVN–81213; Nevada [CACA 43949, LLCA930000, 3810–FF–P] Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, and existing BLM regulations, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Lonewolf Exploration & Production Company, for competitive oil and gas leases NVN– 81212 and NVN–81213 on land in Elko County, Nevada. The petition was timely filed and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the leases terminated under the law. No valid leases have been issued affecting the lands. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia M. LaFramboise, BLM Nevada State Office, 775–861–6632, or email: plaframboise@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 lessee has agreed to the amended lease terms for rental and royalties at rates of $10 per acre or fraction thereof per year and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee for each lease and has reimbursed the Department $159 for the cost of this Federal Register notice. The lessee has met all of the requirements for reinstatement of the leases as set out in Section 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, 30 U.S.C. 188, and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management Public Land Order No. 7807: Withdrawal of Public Lands for the Camp Michael Monsoor Mountain Warfare and Training Facility, California Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public Land Order. AGENCY: This order withdraws 3,385.89 acres, more or less, of public lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws, for a period of 20 years for use by the Department of the Navy for the Camp Michael Monsoor Mountain Warfare and Training Facility. This withdrawal also transfers administrative jurisdiction of the lands to the Department of the Navy. DATES: Effective Date: January 17, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Fullerton, address: Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite–W– 1834, Sacramento, CA 95825–1886; telephone: 916–978–4634. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to reach the Bureau of Land Management contact. 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 order withdraws 3,385.89 acres of lands, more or less, from public use for the Department of the Navy. The area, known as Camp Michael Monsoor Mountain Warfare Training Facility, is being developed to maintain the operational readiness of Naval Special Warfare Forces. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-050-1310-DB]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
Possible Amendment to the Casper Resource Management Plan, Fremont, 
Sweetwater, and Natrona Counties, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander 
Field Office, Rawlins Field Office, and Casper Field Office intend to

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prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Moneta 
Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project, which may include a 
land use plan amendment to the Casper Resource Management Plan (RMP), 
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 and 
possible land use plan amendment. You may submit written comments on 
issues until March 4, 2013. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping 
meeting will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the local 
news media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at www.blm.gov/wy/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/moneta-divide.html. In order to be addressed 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 written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Web site: www.blm.gov/wy/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/moneta-divide.html.
     Email: BLM_WY_LD_Moneta_Divide_EIS@blm.gov.
     Fax: 307-332-8444.
     Mail: Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development 
Project, Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Lander 
Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to our mailing list, contact Chris Krassin, Project 
Coordinator, telephone: 307-332-8400; address: 1335 Main Street, 
Lander, WY 82520; email: BLM_WY_LD_Moneta_Divide_EIS@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: This document provides notice that the 
Lander Field Office, Rawlins Field Office, and Casper Field Office 
intend to prepare an EIS to support decision-making regarding the 
proposed Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project, begin 
the public scoping period, and seek input on the preliminary issues 
identified with respect to this Project. In addition, BLM authorization 
of this proposed project may require amendment of the 2007 Casper RMP. 
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, and to seek public input 
on preliminary planning issues. If a land use plan amendment is 
necessary, the BLM will integrate the land use planning process with 
the NEPA process for this project.
    Proponent energy development companies (the companies) propose to 
develop up to 4,250 natural gas and oil wells within the proposed 
Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project area. The 
proposed development project area is located in Fremont and Natrona 
counties and encompasses approximately 265,000 acres of land, of which 
138,000 acres are public land administered by the Lander Field Office. 
Approximately 31,500 acres of the project area are public lands 
administered by the Casper Field Office. The southern portion of a 
proposed pipeline associated with the project is located in Sweetwater 
County on lands administered by the Rawlins Field Office. The balance 
of the development project area consists of State and private lands. 
The Lander Field Office will serve as the lead for this Project.
    The companies propose to develop using downhole well spacing of up 
to 20 acres in select areas within the proposed project area using 
directional, vertical, and other drilling techniques, and propose to 
develop infrastructure to support oil and gas production in the project 
area, including: Well pads; gathering, treating, processing and 
compression production facilities; water wells, water treatment, water 
injection and evaporation facilities; electric power lines, roads, gas 
flow lines, and pipelines. The companies propose to transport gas 
through pipelines to approximately five field compression and treatment 
facilities. The companies propose to reinject produced water in some 
instances, evaporate it in some instances, and treat and dispose of it 
through the use of surface and subsurface facilities in other 
instances. The companies also propose to construct gas processing 
facilities in the project area to separate natural gas liquids from the 
natural gas stream as well as to construct a new pipeline to transport 
and deliver natural gas and natural gas liquids to market pipelines 
located near Wamsutter, Wyoming (approximately 100 miles south of the 
project area). The southern portion of the pipeline (approximately 42 
miles in length) is proposed in Sweetwater County, Wyoming and public 
lands included within this segment are administered by the Rawlins 
Field Office.
    Anticipated surface disturbance associated with the Moneta Divide 
Project proposal will include approximately 13,500 acres of initial 
surface disturbance for the construction of new roads, well pads, 
pipelines and associated facilities, of which approximately 5,500 acres 
could remain for the life of the project.
    The BLM will evaluate any authorizations and actions within the 
Casper Field Office administrative area that are proposed for approval 
in the EIS to determine if they conform to the decisions in the 2007 
Casper RMP. At this time, some management actions particularly for 
surface disturbing activities and wildlife stipulations in the Casper 
RMP do not match the Lander RMP (1987). In an effort to have 
consistency in management actions within the Moneta Divide project area 
and across the Lander and Casper Field Office administrative 
boundaries, it is anticipated that some management actions may result 
in a change in terms and conditions or decisions of the Casper RMP, 
which in turn may require amendment of the RMP. Prior to approval, any 
proposed actions that would result in a change in the scope of resource 
uses, terms and conditions, and decisions of the Casper RMP would 
require amendment of the RMP. If the BLM determines that a plan 
amendment is necessary, the analysis necessary for the RMP amendment 
would occur simultaneously with preparation of the Moneta Divide 
Natural Gas and Oil Development Project EIS. The preliminary planning 
criteria would include:
     The RMP amendment will comply with NEPA, FLPMA, and other 
applicable laws, executive orders, regulations and policy;
     The RMP amendment will recognize valid existing rights;
     The BLM would limit the scope of the RMP amendment to the 
BLM-administered public lands and mineral estate within the project 
area proposed for the Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development 
Project EIS; and
     A collaborative and multi-jurisdictional approach will be 
used, where possible, to jointly determine the desired future condition 
and management direction for the public lands. To the extent possible 
and within

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legal and regulatory parameters, the BLM planning and management 
decisions will complement the planning and management decisions of 
other agencies, State and local governments, and Native American 
tribes, with jurisdictions intermingled with, and adjacent to, the 
planning area.
    To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed 
project and the project information, as well as the possible proposed 
plan amendment, the BLM will host meetings in Riverton and Casper 
within 45 days of the publication of this notice. The BLM will notify 
the public of meetings and any other opportunities for the public to be 
involved in the environmental review for this proposal at least 15 days 
prior to the event. Meeting dates, locations and times will be 
announced by a news release to the media, individual mailings and 
postings on the project Web site.
    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: 
Potential impacts to air quality, disposal of produced water, and 
potential effects of development and production on surface resources 
including vegetation and wildlife habitat.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to 
help fulfill the public involvement process under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) as provided for in 
36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural 
resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action 
will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such 
resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. 
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. Federal, State, and local 
agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or 
affected by the BLM's decision on this project, are invited to 
participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be 
requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.
    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 may 
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 1501.7, 43 CFR 1610.2)

Donald A. Simpson,
State Director, Wyoming.
[FR Doc. 2013-00853 Filed 1-16-13; 8:45 am]
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