Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, WVES 50556 and WVES 50560, Wayne County, WV, 62666-62667 [2014-24920]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 62666 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 202 / Monday, October 20, 2014 / Notices have no adverse effect on Rockwood’s current or reasonably anticipated operations and would need to resolve the issue of Rockwood’s ownership of any economic quantities of lithium remaining in the stockpiles. We encourage potentially interested parties to carefully review the terms of the settlement agreement before initiating a notice of interest to the BLM. If the BLM determines there is competitive interest in the stockpiles, and that a competitive sale is warranted, Rockwood would first need to waive a provision in the settlement agreement that currently prevents BLM from disposing of the potassium and sodium salts in the stockpiles so long as the stockpiles contain marketable lithium. Subsequently, the BLM and Rockwood would need to agree on stipulations to ensure that Rockwood’s operations would not be adversely impacted by a third party sale. The BLM would include notice of these stipulations in any sale notice for these materials. In addition, these stipulations would be attached to any contract with a third party. Parties expressing interest in participating in a competitive sale of the stockpiles must be authorized to transact business in Nevada. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the addressee in the ADDRESSES section. The BLM will review submissions from interested parties in response to this notice seeking expressions of competitive interest and determine whether competitive interest exists in the Federal Mineral Salt Stockpiles described above. If the BLM determines sufficient competitive interest exists, and issues related to the settlement agreement are resolved, the BLM may use a competitive-bidding process, consistent with the regulations, to conduct the competitive sale. This notice is a request for expressions of interest only. Even if competitive interest is expressed, it is possible that no competitive sale will take place due to the need for a waiver and for negotiated stipulations, discussed above. If a competitive sale takes place, it will be conducted in accordance with the Materials Act of 1947 (30 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the regulations at 43 CFR part 3600, in accordance with the nature of the stockpiled materials, which were removed from the ground and stockpiled on the surface for future use. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Oct 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 Authority: 43 CFR 3602.40. Marci L. Todd, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 2014–24922 Filed 10–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES 930 000 L13200000.EL0000; WVES 50556, WVES 50560] Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, WVES 50556 and WVES 50560, Wayne County, WV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that certain coal resources in Wayne County, West Virginia, known as East Lynn Lake (ELL) Argus (WVES 50556) and ELL Rockspring (WVES 50560) described below will be offered for competitive lease by sealed bid in accordance with the provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended. DATES: The lease sale will be held at 1 p.m. on December 4, 2014. Sealed bids must be received on or before 10 a.m. on December 4, 2014. ADDRESSES: The lease sale will be held at the Bureau of Land Management office, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003, 2nd floor Conference Room. Sealed bids must be mailed or delivered to: BLM Eastern States Office, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003 Attn: Davida Carnahan, WS 9204. Each bid should be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope that it is a sealed bid and clearly identify the LBA serial number (WVES 50560 or WVES 50556) for which it is intended. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael W Glasson, Solid Minerals Program Lead, at 202–912–7723; email mglasson@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 Mr. Glasson during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Mr. Glasson. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This coal lease sale is being held in response to two leases by application (LBAs) received by the BLM Eastern States Office. The coal resources in the ELL Argus tract, Serial Number WVES 50556, are being offered in response to the LBA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filed by Argus Energy WV, LLC, and consist of all reserves recoverable by underground room and pillar mining methods, with first extraction only, in lands located in southeastern Wayne County, West Virginia. These lands lie approximately 1 mile south of East Lynn, West Virginia, on United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)administered surface with BLMadministered minerals. The sub-tracts listed below (A, B and C) are so named by the USACE, in dividing the lands following their acquisition: Sub-tract A: 177M–1, 177M–14, 177M– 11, 1717M, 1813M, 2321M, containing 838.80 acres Sub-tract B: 177M–1, 745M, 746M, 808, 840M, 843M, 846M, 1140M, 1140, 1301, 1313M, 1330M, 1718M, 1810M, 1811M, 1813M, 2020M, 2737, containing 5,372.20 acres Sub-tract C: 177M–12, 177M–1, 2321M, 2430M, 2431M, containing 1,430.63 acres The areas described aggregate 7,641.63 acres. The land in sub-tracts A, B, and C constitutes less than the entire tract acquired by the United States (of nearly 25,000 acres) and is described in accordance with 43 CFR 3471.1–1. Further detailed definition of the tract can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/es/ st/en/prog/east_lynn_lake_coal/ documents.html. It should be noted that prior to entering onto the lease tract for any reason, the successful bidder and/ or eventual lessee will be responsible for a survey of the boundaries of this tract, to be used as the final legal boundary certificate for this tract. The ELL Argus tract (WVES 50556) has one minable coal bed known as Coalburg/ Winifrede (C/W). The minable portions of the C/W coal bed in this area are from 3.0 feet up to 8.7 feet in thickness. First mining only will leave coal pillars, structural barriers and gas well barriers behind. The ELL Argus tract reserve contains 15 million tons of recoverable high-volatile A and B bituminous coal. The estimated average coal quality range in the bed on an ‘‘as received basis’’ is as follows: 12,500–13,200 Btu/lb. 7.00 Percent moisture * 4.5–8.5 Percent ash 28.0–32.0 Percent volatile matter 50.0–53.0 Percent fixed carbon 0.4–0.9 Percent sulfur * Estimated as received moisture; also used for calculating as received from dry basis. The resources in the ELL Rockspring tract, Serial Number WVES 50560, are being offered in response to the LBA filed by Rockspring Development, Inc., E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 202 / Monday, October 20, 2014 / Notices and consist of all coal recoverable by underground room and pillar, first mining only, mining methods in lands located in Wayne County, West Virginia. These lands lie approximately 20 miles south of Huntington, West Virginia, on USACE-administered surface with BLM-administered minerals. The sub-tracts listed below (A–E) are so named by the USACE, in dividing the lands following their purchase: Sub-tract A: 174M, 184M, 177M–1, 375M, 377M, 376ME–1, 376ME–2, 382M, 545M, 554M, 390ME–1, 395M, 378M, 380M, 381M, 384M, 386M, 177M–2, 430M, 556M, containing 1,517.00 acres Sub-tract B: 177M–1, containing 320.00 acres Sub-tract C: 430M, 177M–1, 177M–2, 382M, 545M, 553M, 554M, 550M, 547M, 548M, 745M, 1450M, 1451M, 1452M, 1453M, 517A, 517B, containing 1,912.00 acres Sub-tract D: 177M–1, containing 72.00 acres Sub-tract E: 177M–1, 1718M, 1717M–1, containing 1,274.00 acres Sub-tract F: 177M–1, containing 358.00 acres The areas described aggregate 5,453.00 acres. The land in sub-tracts A, B, C, D, E and F constitutes less than the entire tract acquired by the United States (of nearly 25,000 acres) and is described in accordance with 43 CFR 3471.1–1. Further detailed definition of the tract can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/es/ st/en/prog/east_lynn_lake_coal/ documents.html. It should be noted that prior to entering onto the lease tract for any reason, the successful bidder and/or eventual lessee will be responsible for a survey of the boundaries of this tract, to be used as the final legal boundary certificate for this tract. The ELL Rockspring tract (WVES 50560) has one minable coal bed, the C/W seam. The minable portions of the coal bed in this area are approximately 6 to 10 feet in thickness. First mining only will leave coal pillars, structural barriers, and gas well barriers behind. The ELL Rockspring tract contains approximately 11 million tons of recoverable highvolatile A and B bituminous coal. The coal quality in the coal bed on an ‘‘as received basis’’ is as follows: 12,500–13,200 Btu/lb. 7.00 Percent moisture * 4.5–8.5 Percent ash 28.0–32.0 Percent volatile matter 50.0–53.0 Percent fixed carbon 0.4–0.9 Percent sulfur Totals do not equal 100 percent due to rounding. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Oct 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 * Estimated as received moisture; also used for calculating as received from dry basis The Argus and Rockspring tracts will be leased to the qualified bidders with the highest cash amount, provided that the high bid meets or exceeds the BLM’s estimate of the value for each tract. The minimum bid for each tract is $100 per acre or fraction thereof. No bid that is less than $100 per acre, or fraction thereof, will be considered. The bids should be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be hand-delivered. The BLM Eastern States Office Cashier will mail a receipt for each hand-delivered bid; each hand delivered bid will be ‘‘date-stamped’’ by the BLM. Bids received after 10 a.m. local time on December 4, 2014, will not be considered. The minimum bid is not intended to represent fair market value (FMV). The FMV of the tract will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. The leases that may be issued as a result of this offering will provide for payment of an annual rental of $3 per acre, or fraction thereof, and a royalty payment to the United States of 8 percent of the value of the coal produced by underground room and pillar mining methods (the only mining method considered on these tracts). The value of the coal will be determined in accordance with 30 CFR 1206.250. Bidding instructions for the LBA tracts offered and the terms and conditions of the proposed lease sale are available from the BLM Eastern States Office. Any company or individual intending to bid on either tract must understand that the successful bidder is subject to the requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding between the BLM and the USACE signed March 15, 2012 (see detailed leasing statement). Case file documents, WVES 50556 and WVES 50560, and written comments submitted by the public on FMV or royalty rates, except those portions identified as proprietary by the commentator and meeting exemptions stated in the Freedom of Information Act, are available for inspection at the BLM Eastern States Office. John F. Ruhs, State Director, Eastern States. [FR Doc. 2014–24920 Filed 10–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62667 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORB00000.L17110000.PH0000. LXSS020H0000.15XL1109AF; HAG 15–0020] Notice of Public Meeting for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Southeast Oregon RAC will hold a public meeting Monday, November 3, 2014, from 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 W, Hines, Oregon 97738. A public comment period will be available each day of the session. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Martinak, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 W, Hines, Oregon 97738, 541–573–4519, or email tmartina@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 Southeast Oregon RAC consists of 15 members chartered and appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Their diverse perspectives are represented in commodity, conservation, and general interests. They provide advice to BLM and Forest Service resource managers regarding management plans and proposed resource actions on public land in southeast Oregon. Tentative agenda items include: Lands with wilderness characteristics; Vale District RMP update; Malhur fuels contract; discussion of Sage Grouse EIS, and planning future meeting agendas, dates, and locations. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the Southeast Oregon RAC may also be addressed. This meeting is open to the public. Information to be distributed to the Southeast Oregon RAC is requested SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 202 (Monday, October 20, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62666-62667]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-24920]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLES 930 000 L13200000.EL0000; WVES 50556, WVES 50560]


Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Sale, WVES 50556 and WVES 50560, 
Wayne County, WV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that certain coal resources in Wayne 
County, West Virginia, known as East Lynn Lake (ELL) Argus (WVES 50556) 
and ELL Rockspring (WVES 50560) described below will be offered for 
competitive lease by sealed bid in accordance with the provisions of 
the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended.

DATES: The lease sale will be held at 1 p.m. on December 4, 2014. 
Sealed bids must be received on or before 10 a.m. on December 4, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The lease sale will be held at the Bureau of Land Management 
office, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003, 2nd floor Conference 
Room. Sealed bids must be mailed or delivered to: BLM Eastern States 
Office, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003 Attn: Davida Carnahan, WS 
9204. Each bid should be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope 
that it is a sealed bid and clearly identify the LBA serial number 
(WVES 50560 or WVES 50556) for which it is intended.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael W Glasson, Solid Minerals 
Program Lead, at 202-912-7723; email mglasson@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 Mr. 
Glasson during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a 
day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Mr. Glasson. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This coal lease sale is being held in 
response to two leases by application (LBAs) received by the BLM 
Eastern States Office.
    The coal resources in the ELL Argus tract, Serial Number WVES 
50556, are being offered in response to the LBA filed by Argus Energy 
WV, LLC, and consist of all reserves recoverable by underground room 
and pillar mining methods, with first extraction only, in lands located 
in southeastern Wayne County, West Virginia. These lands lie 
approximately 1 mile south of East Lynn, West Virginia, on United 
States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)-administered surface with BLM-
administered minerals. The sub-tracts listed below (A, B and C) are so 
named by the USACE, in dividing the lands following their acquisition:

Sub-tract A: 177M-1, 177M-14, 177M-11, 1717M, 1813M, 2321M, containing 
838.80 acres
Sub-tract B: 177M-1, 745M, 746M, 808, 840M, 843M, 846M, 1140M, 1140, 
1301, 1313M, 1330M, 1718M, 1810M, 1811M, 1813M, 2020M, 2737, containing 
5,372.20 acres
Sub-tract C: 177M-12, 177M-1, 2321M, 2430M, 2431M, containing 1,430.63 
acres

    The areas described aggregate 7,641.63 acres.
    The land in sub-tracts A, B, and C constitutes less than the entire 
tract acquired by the United States (of nearly 25,000 acres) and is 
described in accordance with 43 CFR 3471.1-1.
    Further detailed definition of the tract can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/east_lynn_lake_coal/documents.html. It should 
be noted that prior to entering onto the lease tract for any reason, 
the successful bidder and/or eventual lessee will be responsible for a 
survey of the boundaries of this tract, to be used as the final legal 
boundary certificate for this tract. The ELL Argus tract (WVES 50556) 
has one minable coal bed known as Coalburg/Winifrede (C/W). The minable 
portions of the C/W coal bed in this area are from 3.0 feet up to 8.7 
feet in thickness. First mining only will leave coal pillars, 
structural barriers and gas well barriers behind. The ELL Argus tract 
reserve contains 15 million tons of recoverable high-volatile A and B 
bituminous coal. The estimated average coal quality range in the bed on 
an ``as received basis'' is as follows:

12,500-13,200 Btu/lb.
7.00 Percent moisture *
4.5-8.5 Percent ash
28.0-32.0 Percent volatile matter
50.0-53.0 Percent fixed carbon
0.4-0.9 Percent sulfur

    * Estimated as received moisture; also used for calculating as 
received from dry basis.
    The resources in the ELL Rockspring tract, Serial Number WVES 
50560, are being offered in response to the LBA filed by Rockspring 
Development, Inc.,

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and consist of all coal recoverable by underground room and pillar, 
first mining only, mining methods in lands located in Wayne County, 
West Virginia. These lands lie approximately 20 miles south of 
Huntington, West Virginia, on USACE-administered surface with BLM-
administered minerals. The sub-tracts listed below (A-E) are so named 
by the USACE, in dividing the lands following their purchase:

Sub-tract A: 174M, 184M, 177M-1, 375M, 377M, 376ME-1, 376ME-2, 382M, 
545M, 554M, 390ME-1, 395M, 378M, 380M, 381M, 384M, 386M, 177M-2, 430M, 
556M, containing 1,517.00 acres
Sub-tract B: 177M-1, containing 320.00 acres
Sub-tract C: 430M, 177M-1, 177M-2, 382M, 545M, 553M, 554M, 550M, 547M, 
548M, 745M, 1450M, 1451M, 1452M, 1453M, 517A, 517B, containing 1,912.00 
acres
Sub-tract D: 177M-1, containing 72.00 acres
Sub-tract E: 177M-1, 1718M, 1717M-1, containing 1,274.00 acres
Sub-tract F: 177M-1, containing 358.00 acres
The areas described aggregate 5,453.00 acres.

    The land in sub-tracts A, B, C, D, E and F constitutes less than 
the entire tract acquired by the United States (of nearly 25,000 acres) 
and is described in accordance with 43 CFR 3471.1-1.
    Further detailed definition of the tract can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/east_lynn_lake_coal/documents.html.
    It should be noted that prior to entering onto the lease tract for 
any reason, the successful bidder and/or eventual lessee will be 
responsible for a survey of the boundaries of this tract, to be used as 
the final legal boundary certificate for this tract. The ELL Rockspring 
tract (WVES 50560) has one minable coal bed, the C/W seam. The minable 
portions of the coal bed in this area are approximately 6 to 10 feet in 
thickness. First mining only will leave coal pillars, structural 
barriers, and gas well barriers behind. The ELL Rockspring tract 
contains approximately 11 million tons of recoverable high-volatile A 
and B bituminous coal. The coal quality in the coal bed on an ``as 
received basis'' is as follows:

12,500-13,200 Btu/lb.
7.00 Percent moisture *
4.5-8.5 Percent ash
28.0-32.0 Percent volatile matter
50.0-53.0 Percent fixed carbon
0.4-0.9 Percent sulfur

Totals do not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

    * Estimated as received moisture; also used for calculating as 
received from dry basis
    The Argus and Rockspring tracts will be leased to the qualified 
bidders with the highest cash amount, provided that the high bid meets 
or exceeds the BLM's estimate of the value for each tract. The minimum 
bid for each tract is $100 per acre or fraction thereof. No bid that is 
less than $100 per acre, or fraction thereof, will be considered. The 
bids should be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be 
hand-delivered.
    The BLM Eastern States Office Cashier will mail a receipt for each 
hand-delivered bid; each hand delivered bid will be ``date-stamped'' by 
the BLM. Bids received after 10 a.m. local time on December 4, 2014, 
will not be considered. The minimum bid is not intended to represent 
fair market value (FMV). The FMV of the tract will be determined by the 
Authorized Officer after the sale. The leases that may be issued as a 
result of this offering will provide for payment of an annual rental of 
$3 per acre, or fraction thereof, and a royalty payment to the United 
States of 8 percent of the value of the coal produced by underground 
room and pillar mining methods (the only mining method considered on 
these tracts). The value of the coal will be determined in accordance 
with 30 CFR 1206.250.
    Bidding instructions for the LBA tracts offered and the terms and 
conditions of the proposed lease sale are available from the BLM 
Eastern States Office. Any company or individual intending to bid on 
either tract must understand that the successful bidder is subject to 
the requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding between the BLM and 
the USACE signed March 15, 2012 (see detailed leasing statement). Case 
file documents, WVES 50556 and WVES 50560, and written comments 
submitted by the public on FMV or royalty rates, except those portions 
identified as proprietary by the commentator and meeting exemptions 
stated in the Freedom of Information Act, are available for inspection 
at the BLM Eastern States Office.

John F. Ruhs,
State Director, Eastern States.
[FR Doc. 2014-24920 Filed 10-17-14; 8:45 am]
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