Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project and Possible Amendments to the Casper Resource Management Plan, Wyoming, 65242-65243 [2015-27191]

Download as PDF 65242 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 206 / Monday, October 26, 2015 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Dollar Cost: $0. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2015–27135 Filed 10–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 16X.LLAZ956000.L14400000.BJ0000. LXSSA225000.241A Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Arizona. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the described lands were officially filed in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix, Arizona, on dates indicated. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona The plat representing the dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 4, Township 22 North, Range 6 East, accepted September 28, 2015, and officially filed September 30, 2015, for Group 1123, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat, in seven sheets, representing the dependent resurvey, subdivision of certain sections, metes-and-bounds surveys in section 27 and 35, and recovery of certain corners, Township 23 North, Range 6 East, accepted September 28, 2015, and officially filed September 30, 2015, for Group 1123, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 18, Township 23 North, Range 7 East, accepted September 28, 2015, and officially filed September 30, 2015, for Group 1123, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the United States Forest Service. The plat representing the dependent resurvey, corrective resurvey, independent resurvey and subdivision of certain sections, Township 21 North, Range 30 East, accepted September 29, 2015, and officially filed September 30, 2015, for Group 957, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Oct 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 The plat representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the exterior boundary of the Gila River Indian Reservation in section 5, Township 5 South, Range 8 East, accepted April 7, 2015, and officially filed April 8, 2015, for Group 1135, Arizona. This plat was prepared at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A person or party who wishes to protest against any of these surveys must file a written protest with the Arizona State Director, Bureau of Land Management, stating that they wish to protest. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest to the State Director, or the statement of reasons must be filed with the State Director within thirty (30) days after the protest is filed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: These plats will be available for inspection in the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004–4427. 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. Gerald T. Davis, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Arizona. [FR Doc. 2015–27125 Filed 10–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWYP07000.LL13100000.DB0000] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project and Possible Amendments to the Casper Resource Management Plan, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as lead agency, through the Buffalo Field Office, Buffalo, Wyoming, intends to prepare an SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EOG Resources Inc.’s (EOG’s) proposed Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project (Project). The proposal area includes Federal lands administered by the BLM’s Buffalo and Casper Field Offices and the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Thunder Basin National Grasslands. This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS and potential land use plan amendments. The purpose of the public scoping process is to seek input and identify issues regarding the Project. DATES: Comments may be submitted in writing until December 10, 2015. In order to be considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 45-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. The dates and locations of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/ field_offices/Buffalo.html. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/ st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/ GC.html. • Email: BLM_WY_BuffaloGCEIS@blm.gov. • Fax: 307–684–1122. • Mail: Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project, BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming 82834. Documents pertinent to this proposal are available for public review at the BLM Buffalo Field Office or the USFS Douglas Ranger District Office, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, Wyoming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Bills, NEPA Coordinator, telephone: 307–684–1133; address: 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming 82834; email: BLM_WY_BuffaloGCEIS@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. Bills 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. You may call either of these numbers to have your name added to our mailing list. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EOG proposes to develop 1,500 oil and natural gas wells on 100 multi-well E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 206 / Monday, October 26, 2015 / Notices pads over a 10-year period. As part of this development, EOG proposes to: • Use directional, vertical, horizontal, and other drilling techniques; • Develop area infrastructure to support oil and gas production, including well pads, roads, pipelines, power lines, compressor and electrical substations, and support facilities, such as water supply wells and water disposal facilities; • Conduct year-round drilling where seasonal raptor restrictions may otherwise apply. Surface disturbance associated with the proposal is estimated to include 7,000 acres of initial surface disturbance for the construction of new roads, well pads, pipelines, and support facilities, of which approximately 3,700 acres of surface distrubance may remain for the life of the project. The proposal area lies between the towns of Wright and Bill, primarily west of Wyoming Highway 59, and includes approximately 120,000 acres. The USFS manages about 5,700 surface acres, or 5 percent of the Project area surface. The remainder of surface area affected by the proposal is privately owned (88 percent) or held by the State of Wyoming (7 percent). The BLM does not manage any of the surface area potentially affected by the Project. The proposal area includes about 74,000 acres (62 percent of the area) of BLM-administered Federal mineral estate. The remainder of the mineral estate in the Project area is privately owned (30 percent) or held by the State of Wyoming (8 percent). The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: Greater sage-grouse and raptor conservation, especially ferruginous hawks; year-round drilling where seasonal raptor restrictions may otherwise apply; potential conflicts with coal mining and other area resource uses; air quality; ground and surface waters and water injection sites affected by the proposal; area transportation; the level of anticipated development of oil and gas resources in the planning area; and, the identification of opportunities to apply mitigation hierarchy strategies for on-site, regional, and compensatory mitigation, and, as appropriate, landscape-level conservation and management actions to achieve resource objectives. Authorization of this proposal may require amendment of the Casper Field Office, Casper Resource Management Plan (RMP). Similarly, the USFS, as cooperating agency, may use the EIS analysis to support preparation of a land use plan amendment for the Thunder Basin National Grassland, Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP), if appropriate. By this notice, the BLM is VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Oct 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 complying with the requirements in 43 CFR 1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use plans, based on the findings of the EIS for the Project. If land use plan amendments are necessary or appropriate, the BLM will integrate the land-use planning processes with the NEPA process for this project. The BLM is announcing the beginning of a scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues associated with the Public. The BLM seeks resource information and data for public land values (e.g., air quality, cultural and historic resources, fire/fuels, fisheries, forestry, lands and realty, nonenergy minerals and geology, oil and gas including coalbed natural gas, paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soil, water, and wildlife) in the Project area. The purpose of this process is to ensure that the BLM’s analysis of the Project has sufficient information and data to consider a reasonable range of resource uses, management options, and alternatives for managing public lands. The EIS for the Project will incorporate elements of the Wyoming Core Population Strategy and the BLM’s Greater Sage-Grouse planning effort and decisions (76 FR 77008, December 9, 2011). In connection with its evaluation of any authorizations and actions proposed in the EIS, the BLM will determine if those actions conform to the decisions in the current and proposed land use plans for the Project area. Any proposed actions that would change the scope of resource uses, terms and conditions, and decisions of these plans may require amendment of the affected plan(s). If the BLM determines that a plan amendment is necessary, it would conduct the appropriate analysis simultaneously with preparation of the EIS for the Project. The planning criteria for any necessary plan amendment will follow that found in the affected plan(s). To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and associated information, as well as any proposed plan amendments, the BLM will host public meetings on or before November 25, 2015. The BLM will notify the public of the precise date of such meetings and any other opportunities for the public to be involved in the process at least 15 days prior to the event via news release to the media, individual mailings, and postings on the BLM’s Project Web site. The BLM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to help fulfill the public involvement process under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470f), as provided for in 36 CFR PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65243 800.2(d)(3). Information about historic and cultural resources in the area potentially affected by the Project 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 applicable policy, and tribal concerns will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the BLM’s decisions on this proposal, 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. Mary Jo Rugwell, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 2015–27191 Filed 10–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES962000 L14200000.B0000 15X] Eastern States: Filing of Plats of Survey Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of filing of plats of survey; Minnesota. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM-Eastern States Office, Washington, DC, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office, 20 M Street SE., Washington DC, 20003. Attn: Cadastral Survey. 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, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26OCN1.SGM 26OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLWYP07000.LL13100000.DB0000]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project and Possible Amendments to the 
Casper Resource Management Plan, Wyoming

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, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended (FLPMA), and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as 
amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as lead agency, through 
the Buffalo Field Office, Buffalo, Wyoming, intends to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EOG Resources Inc.'s (EOG's) 
proposed Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project (Project). The proposal 
area includes Federal lands administered by the BLM's Buffalo and 
Casper Field Offices and the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Thunder Basin 
National Grasslands. This notice initiates the public scoping process 
for the EIS and potential land use plan amendments. The purpose of the 
public scoping process is to seek input and identify issues regarding 
the Project.

DATES: Comments may be submitted in writing until December 10, 2015. In 
order to be considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received 
prior to the close of the 45-day scoping period or 15 days after the 
last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide 
additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. The 
dates and locations of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 
15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers, and the 
BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Buffalo.html.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/GC.html.
     Email: BLM_WY_BuffaloGCEIS@blm.gov.
     Fax: 307-684-1122.
     Mail: Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project, BLM Buffalo 
Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming 82834.

Documents pertinent to this proposal are available for public review at 
the BLM Buffalo Field Office or the USFS Douglas Ranger District 
Office, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, Wyoming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Bills, NEPA Coordinator, 
telephone: 307-684-1133; address: 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming 
82834; email: BLM_WY_BuffaloGCEIS@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. Bills 
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. You may call 
either of these numbers to have your name added to our mailing list.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    EOG proposes to develop 1,500 oil and natural gas wells on 100 
multi-well

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pads over a 10-year period. As part of this development, EOG proposes 
to:
     Use directional, vertical, horizontal, and other drilling 
techniques;
     Develop area infrastructure to support oil and gas 
production, including well pads, roads, pipelines, power lines, 
compressor and electrical substations, and support facilities, such as 
water supply wells and water disposal facilities;
     Conduct year-round drilling where seasonal raptor 
restrictions may otherwise apply.
    Surface disturbance associated with the proposal is estimated to 
include 7,000 acres of initial surface disturbance for the construction 
of new roads, well pads, pipelines, and support facilities, of which 
approximately 3,700 acres of surface distrubance may remain for the 
life of the project.
    The proposal area lies between the towns of Wright and Bill, 
primarily west of Wyoming Highway 59, and includes approximately 
120,000 acres. The USFS manages about 5,700 surface acres, or 5 percent 
of the Project area surface. The remainder of surface area affected by 
the proposal is privately owned (88 percent) or held by the State of 
Wyoming (7 percent). The BLM does not manage any of the surface area 
potentially affected by the Project. The proposal area includes about 
74,000 acres (62 percent of the area) of BLM-administered Federal 
mineral estate. The remainder of the mineral estate in the Project area 
is privately owned (30 percent) or held by the State of Wyoming (8 
percent). The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: 
Greater sage-grouse and raptor conservation, especially ferruginous 
hawks; year-round drilling where seasonal raptor restrictions may 
otherwise apply; potential conflicts with coal mining and other area 
resource uses; air quality; ground and surface waters and water 
injection sites affected by the proposal; area transportation; the 
level of anticipated development of oil and gas resources in the 
planning area; and, the identification of opportunities to apply 
mitigation hierarchy strategies for on-site, regional, and compensatory 
mitigation, and, as appropriate, landscape-level conservation and 
management actions to achieve resource objectives.
    Authorization of this proposal may require amendment of the Casper 
Field Office, Casper Resource Management Plan (RMP). Similarly, the 
USFS, as cooperating agency, may use the EIS analysis to support 
preparation of a land use plan amendment for the Thunder Basin National 
Grassland, Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP), if appropriate. By 
this notice, the BLM is complying with the requirements in 43 CFR 
1610.2(c) to notify the public of potential amendments to land use 
plans, based on the findings of the EIS for the Project. If land use 
plan amendments are necessary or appropriate, the BLM will integrate 
the land-use planning processes with the NEPA process for this project.
    The BLM is announcing the beginning of a scoping process to solicit 
public comments and identify issues associated with the Public. The BLM 
seeks resource information and data for public land values (e.g., air 
quality, cultural and historic resources, fire/fuels, fisheries, 
forestry, lands and realty, non-energy minerals and geology, oil and 
gas including coalbed natural gas, paleontology, rangeland management, 
recreation, soil, water, and wildlife) in the Project area. The purpose 
of this process is to ensure that the BLM's analysis of the Project has 
sufficient information and data to consider a reasonable range of 
resource uses, management options, and alternatives for managing public 
lands. The EIS for the Project will incorporate elements of the Wyoming 
Core Population Strategy and the BLM's Greater Sage-Grouse planning 
effort and decisions (76 FR 77008, December 9, 2011).
    In connection with its evaluation of any authorizations and actions 
proposed in the EIS, the BLM will determine if those actions conform to 
the decisions in the current and proposed land use plans for the 
Project area. Any proposed actions that would change the scope of 
resource uses, terms and conditions, and decisions of these plans may 
require amendment of the affected plan(s). If the BLM determines that a 
plan amendment is necessary, it would conduct the appropriate analysis 
simultaneously with preparation of the EIS for the Project. The 
planning criteria for any necessary plan amendment will follow that 
found in the affected plan(s).
    To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal 
and associated information, as well as any proposed plan amendments, 
the BLM will host public meetings on or before November 25, 2015. The 
BLM will notify the public of the precise date of such meetings and any 
other opportunities for the public to be involved in the process at 
least 15 days prior to the event via news release to the media, 
individual mailings, and postings on the BLM's Project Web site.
    The BLM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to help 
fulfill the public involvement process under section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470f), as provided 
for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Information about historic and cultural 
resources in the area potentially affected by the Project 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 applicable 
policy, and tribal concerns will be given due consideration. Federal, 
State, and local agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be 
interested or affected by the BLM's decisions on this proposal, 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.

Mary Jo Rugwell,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. 2015-27191 Filed 10-23-15; 8:45 am]
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