Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Tri-County Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, New Mexico, 76852-76854 [2013-30226]

Download as PDF 76852 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices 60-day notice and request for comments; extension of an existing collection of information: 1651–0129. ACTION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on an information collection requirement concerning the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (‘‘Haiti HOPE Act’’). This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3507). DATES: Written comments should be received on or before February 18, 2014, to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn: Tracey Denning, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229– 1177, at 202–325–0265. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3507). The comments should address: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual costs burden to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (a total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection: Title: Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 Jkt 232001 Encouragement Act of 2006 (‘‘Haiti Hope Act’’). OMB Number: 1651–0129. Abstract: Title V of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 amended the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA 19 U.S.C. 2701–2707) and authorized the President to extend additional trade benefits to Haiti. This trade program, the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (‘‘Haiti HOPE Act’’), provides for duty-free treatment for certain apparel articles and certain wire harness automotive components from Haiti. Those wishing to claim duty-free treatment under this program must prepare a declaration of compliance which identifies and details the costs of the beneficiary components of production and non-beneficiary components of production to show that the 50% value content requirement was satisfied. The information collected under the Haiti Hope Act is provided for in 19 CFR 10.848. Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with no change to the burden hours. There is no change to the information being collected. Type of Review: Extension (without change). Affected Public: Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12. Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 17. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 204. Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 67. Dated: December 16, 2013. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2013–30221 Filed 12–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNML00000 L16100000.DS0000] Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Tri-County Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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) Las Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare a Supplement to the Tri-County Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues specific to oil and gas development and lands with wilderness characteristics. When completed, the Tri-County RMP will replace the White Sands RMP (1986) and portions of the Mimbres RMP (1993). DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS. Comments on issues specifically addressing oil and gas development and lands with wilderness characteristics may be submitted in writing until January 21, 2014. 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/nm/tricountyrmp In order to be included in the Supplemental Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day 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 Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nm/ tricountyrmp. • Email: BLM_NM_LCDO_ Comments@blm.gov. • Fax: 575–525–4412. • Mail: BLM, Las Cruces District Office, Attention: Tri-County Comments, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Las Cruces District Office at the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Montoya, RMP/EIS Team Lead, at 575–525–4300 or by email at BLM_ NM_LCDO_Comments@blm.gov. Please contact Ms. Montoya if you wish to have your name added to our mailing list. 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices 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 BLM New Mexico Las Cruces District Office intends to prepare a Supplement to the Draft RMP/EIS for the Tri-County Planning Area; announces the beginning of the scoping process; and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria. The planning area is located in Sierra, ˜ Otero, and Dona Ana Counties, New Mexico, and encompasses about 9.3 million acres of land which includes 2.82 million Federal surface acres and 3.98 million acres of Federal mineral estate (subsurface) managed by the BLM Las Cruces District Office. The scope of the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS is limited to oil and gas development and lands with wilderness characteristics. Other issues involved in managing this planning area have previously been addressed in the Tri-County Draft RMP/ EIS published in April 2013. 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 planning process. Preliminary issues for the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS have been identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and other stakeholders. The issues include: Oil and gas development within the TriCounty Planning Area, directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing applications, air quality impacts, impacts to water quality and quantity, habitat fragmentation, and determining how lands with wilderness characteristics will be managed. The Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will make allocations for fluid minerals as either open to oil and gas leasing, closed to leasing, or open to leasing with major or moderate constraints, as required by BLM land use planning policy; and will develop objectives, stipulations, and best management practices in areas open to leasing. The Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will also determine the potential for fluid mineral leasing in the planning area, and will analyze likely development scenarios and varying mitigation methods and levels for areas with moderate or high potential for fluid minerals. The Tri-County Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will consider a reasonable range of alternatives in fluid mineral leasing and may contain reevaluations of lands with wilderness characteristics inventory and management decisions in accordance VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 Jkt 232001 with regulations at 43 CFR part 1610 and 40 CFR part 1500. The preliminary planning criteria that have been identified state that the Tri-County Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS process will: 1. Comply with NEPA, FLPMA, the Transfer Act, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and policies; 2. Contain decisions that only apply to public land and the mineral estate managed by the BLM; 3. Follow the BLM Land Use Planning Handbook H–1601–1 and the BLM NEPA Handbook H–1790–1; 4. Include broad-based public participation; 5. Consider reasonable alternatives in accordance with regulations at 43 CFR part 1610 and 40 CFR part 1500; 6. Consider the identification and management of lands with wilderness characteristics; 7. Include coordination with State, local, and tribal governments to ensure that the BLM considers provisions of pertinent plans, seeks to resolve any inconsistencies among State, local and tribal plans, and provides ample opportunities for State, local and tribal governments to comment on the development of the Supplemental Draft; 8. Use Geographic Information Systems and incorporate geospatial data to the extent practicable and Federal Geographic Data Committee standards and other applicable BLM data standards will be followed; 9. Rely on available inventories of the lands and resources as well as data gathered during the planning process; 10. Incorporate and observe the principles of multiple-use and sustained yield; 11. Recognize valid existing rights; 12. Use analysis in the RMP Amendment/EIS for Fluid Minerals Leasing and Development in Sierra and Otero Counties EIS (BLM 2003) to the extent possible and practicable. Parties interested in leasing and developing Federal coal in the planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) of interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability criteria described in 43 CFR part 3461. This information will be used for any necessary updating of coal screening determinations in the planning area. The coal screening process is described in 43 CFR 3420.1– 4. Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in response to this call for coal information. Submit all proprietary information submissions to the address PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76853 listed above. The BLM will treat submissions marked as ‘‘Confidential’’ in accordance with applicable laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of such information. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. 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 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Supplement to the Draft RMP/EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use the NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 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. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 76854 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2013 / Notices agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Minerals and geology, wilderness, range management, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7, 40 CFR 1502.9, 43 CFR 1610.2. Aden L. Seidlitz, Associate State Director, New Mexico. [FR Doc. 2013–30226 Filed 12–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWYP070000; L14300000.EU0000; WYW– 168342] Notice of Realty Action: NonCompetitive (Direct) Sale of Public Land in Sheridan County, WY Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of realty action. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management proposes to sell eight parcels of public land totaling 208.12 acres in Sheridan County, Wyoming, to Farmland Reserve, Inc. (FRI) under the direct sale provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), for not less than the appraised fair market value of $88,450. DATES: Interested parties may submit comments regarding the proposed sale of the lands until February 3, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send written comments concerning this notice to Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834, or by email to buffalo_wymail@blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Claire Oliverius, Realty Specialist, BLM, Buffalo Field Office, at the above address or phone 307–684–1178. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 18, 2013 Jkt 232001 (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 following described public lands have been examined and found suitable for direct sale under the authority of Section 203 of FLPMA, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1713): Sixth Principal Meridian T. 56 N., R. 79 W., Tract 51 B; Sec. 17, lot 1; Sec. 23, lot 1; Sec. 26, lots 1 and 2; T. 55 N., R. 80 W., Sec. 23, NE1/4SE1/4; Sec. 24, SW1/4SW1/4; Sec. 26, NE1/4SW1/4. The areas described aggregate 208.12 acres in Sheridan County, Wyoming, according to the official plat of the survey of the said land on file with the BLM. The proposed direct sale is in conformance with the BLM Buffalo Resource Management Plan (RMP) approved on October 4, 1985. The parcels are identified for disposal in the RMP Record of Decision, pages 13 and 14 and Map 5. Additionally, Maintenance Plan Change #20120720 was added to comply with guidelines of the Department of the Interior and the BLM. The Maintenance Plan Change updated the land disposal map and included a text version of all legal descriptions of parcels identified for consideration for disposal. The BLM is offering the parcels by direct sale pursuant to 43 CFR 2711.3–3(a)(4) due to the adjoining land ownership by FRI. All of the parcels are surrounded by FRI lands, lie within its fenced boundaries, and lack public access. The parcels are not needed for any other Federal purpose and have become difficult and uneconomical to manage. The regulations at 43 CFR 2711.3–3(a) permit the BLM to make direct sales of public lands when a competitive sale is not appropriate and the public interest would be best served by a direct sale. Conveyance of the identified public lands will be subject to valid existing rights and encumbrances of record, including but not limited to, rights-ofway for roads and public utilities. All minerals will be reserved to the United States. In addition to this Notice of Realty Action (NORA), notice of this sale will also be published once a week for 3 weeks in the Sheridan Daily Press. Upon publication of this NORA, and until completion of the sale, the BLM is PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 no longer accepting land use applications affecting the identified public lands, except applications for the amendment of previously filed right-ofway applications or existing authorizations to increase the term of the grants in accordance with 43 CFR 2807.15 and 2886.15. The public lands will not be offered for sale until February 18, 2014, at the appraised fair market value. The patent, if issued, will be subject to the following reservations: 1. A right-of-way thereon for ditches or canals constructed by the authority of the United States, Act of August 30, 1890 (43 U.S.C. 945); and 2. All minerals, together with the right to prospect for, mine, and remove such deposits from the same under applicable law and such regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe. The patent will be subject to all valid existing rights documented on the official public land records at the time of patent issuance. Interested parties may submit written comments to the BLM, Buffalo Field Manager at the address above. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM, Buffalo Field Office during regular business hours. 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. Any comments will be reviewed by the Wyoming State Director who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action and issue a final determination. In the absence of any objections, this realty action will become the final determination of the Department of the Interior. Authority: 43 CFR 2711. Dated: September 26, 2013. Mary Jo Rugwell, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 2013–30223 Filed 12–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Tri-County Draft 
Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, New Mexico

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 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las 
Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare a 
Supplement to the Tri-County Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and by this notice is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues specific to oil and gas development and 
lands with wilderness characteristics. When completed, the Tri-County 
RMP will replace the White Sands RMP (1986) and portions of the Mimbres 
RMP (1993).

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the 
Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS. Comments on issues specifically addressing 
oil and gas development and lands with wilderness characteristics may 
be submitted in writing until January 21, 2014. 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/nm/tricountyrmp
    In order to be included in the Supplemental Draft EIS, all comments 
must be received prior to the close of the 30-day 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 Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS by any of the following 
methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nm/tricountyrmp.
     Email: BLM_NM_LCDO_Comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: 575-525-4412.
     Mail: BLM, Las Cruces District Office, Attention: Tri-
County Comments, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Las 
Cruces District Office at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Montoya, RMP/EIS Team Lead, 
at 575-525-4300 or by email at BLM_NM_LCDO_Comments@blm.gov. Please 
contact Ms. Montoya if you wish to have your name added to our mailing 
list. 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

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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 BLM 
New Mexico Las Cruces District Office intends to prepare a Supplement 
to the Draft RMP/EIS for the Tri-County Planning Area; announces the 
beginning of the scoping process; and seeks public input on issues and 
planning criteria. The planning area is located in Sierra, Otero, and 
Do[ntilde]a Ana Counties, New Mexico, and encompasses about 9.3 million 
acres of land which includes 2.82 million Federal surface acres and 
3.98 million acres of Federal mineral estate (subsurface) managed by 
the BLM Las Cruces District Office. The scope of the Supplemental Draft 
RMP/EIS is limited to oil and gas development and lands with wilderness 
characteristics. Other issues involved in managing this planning area 
have previously been addressed in the Tri-County Draft RMP/EIS 
published in April 2013. 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 planning 
process. Preliminary issues for the Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS have 
been identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; 
and other stakeholders. The issues include: Oil and gas development 
within the Tri-County Planning Area, directional drilling and hydraulic 
fracturing applications, air quality impacts, impacts to water quality 
and quantity, habitat fragmentation, and determining how lands with 
wilderness characteristics will be managed.
    The Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will make allocations for fluid 
minerals as either open to oil and gas leasing, closed to leasing, or 
open to leasing with major or moderate constraints, as required by BLM 
land use planning policy; and will develop objectives, stipulations, 
and best management practices in areas open to leasing. The 
Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will also determine the potential for fluid 
mineral leasing in the planning area, and will analyze likely 
development scenarios and varying mitigation methods and levels for 
areas with moderate or high potential for fluid minerals. The Tri-
County Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS will consider a reasonable range of 
alternatives in fluid mineral leasing and may contain re-evaluations of 
lands with wilderness characteristics inventory and management 
decisions in accordance with regulations at 43 CFR part 1610 and 40 CFR 
part 1500. The preliminary planning criteria that have been identified 
state that the Tri-County Supplemental Draft RMP/EIS process will:
    1. Comply with NEPA, FLPMA, the Transfer Act, and all other 
applicable laws, regulations, and policies;
    2. Contain decisions that only apply to public land and the mineral 
estate managed by the BLM;
    3. Follow the BLM Land Use Planning Handbook H-1601-1 and the BLM 
NEPA Handbook H-1790-1;
    4. Include broad-based public participation;
    5. Consider reasonable alternatives in accordance with regulations 
at 43 CFR part 1610 and 40 CFR part 1500;
    6. Consider the identification and management of lands with 
wilderness characteristics;
    7. Include coordination with State, local, and tribal governments 
to ensure that the BLM considers provisions of pertinent plans, seeks 
to resolve any inconsistencies among State, local and tribal plans, and 
provides ample opportunities for State, local and tribal governments to 
comment on the development of the Supplemental Draft;
    8. Use Geographic Information Systems and incorporate geospatial 
data to the extent practicable and Federal Geographic Data Committee 
standards and other applicable BLM data standards will be followed;
    9. Rely on available inventories of the lands and resources as well 
as data gathered during the planning process;
    10. Incorporate and observe the principles of multiple-use and 
sustained yield;
    11. Recognize valid existing rights;
    12. Use analysis in the RMP Amendment/EIS for Fluid Minerals 
Leasing and Development in Sierra and Otero Counties EIS (BLM 2003) to 
the extent possible and practicable.
    Parties interested in leasing and developing Federal coal in the 
planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) of 
interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, 
quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and 
on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability 
criteria described in 43 CFR part 3461. This information will be used 
for any necessary updating of coal screening determinations in the 
planning area. The coal screening process is described in 43 CFR 
3420.1-4. Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in 
response to this call for coal information. Submit all proprietary 
information submissions to the address listed above. The BLM will treat 
submissions marked as ``Confidential'' in accordance with applicable 
laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of such information.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the 
BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To 
be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day 
scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, 
whichever is later. 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 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be 
addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three 
categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Supplement to the Draft 
RMP/EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The 
public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and 
concerns that should be addressed in the plan.
    The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to 
identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, 
regional, and national needs and concerns.
    The BLM will use the NEPA public participation requirements to 
assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements 
under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 
U.S.C. 470(f)) pursuant to 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.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other 
policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets and 
potential impacts to cultural resources, will be given due 
consideration. Federal, State, and local

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agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be 
interested in or affected by the proposed action that the BLM is 
evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if 
eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the 
development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency.
    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines 
will be involved in the planning process: Minerals and geology, 
wilderness, range management, outdoor recreation, archaeology, 
paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, 
soils, sociology and economics.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7, 40 CFR 1502.9, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Aden L. Seidlitz,
Associate State Director, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 2013-30226 Filed 12-18-13; 8:45 am]
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