Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Ten West Link 500-Kilovolt Transmission Line Project and Potential Amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan in Maricopa and La Paz Counties, AZ, and Riverside County, CA, 15556-15557 [2016-06626]

Download as PDF 15556 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 56 / Wednesday, March 23, 2016 / Notices opportunity to make comments to the Board on the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Persons wishing to make comments during the meeting should register in person with the BLM by 3 p.m. on April 13, 2016, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of commenters, the Advisory Board may limit the length of comments. At previous meetings, comments have been limited to 3 minutes in length; however, this time may vary. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, email comments to whbadvisoryboard@ blm.gov, or bring a written copy to the meeting. There may be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded. Participation in the Advisory Board meeting is not a prerequisite for submission of written comments. The BLM invites written comments from all interested parties. Your written comments should be specific and explain the reason for any recommendation. The BLM appreciates any and all comments. The BLM considers comments that are either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to and analysis of applicable laws and regulations to be the most useful and likely to influence the BLM’s decisions on the management and protection of wild horses and burros. 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 in your comment that the BLM withhold your personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. (Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4–1) Kristin Bail, Acting Assistant Director, Resources and Planning. [FR Doc. 2016–06575 Filed 3–22–16; 8:45 am] jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management [LLWY920000. 16XL5017AR. L57000000.RB0000] [LLAZ920000 16X L51010000.ER0000 LVRWA16A3240] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease WYW179123, Wyoming Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Ten West Link 500Kilovolt Transmission Line Project and Potential Amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan in Maricopa and La Paz Counties, AZ, and Riverside County, CA AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior ACTION: Notice. Per the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, Douglas C. McLeod filed a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease WYW179123 for land in Crook County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time, and the lessee paid the required rentals accruing from the date of termination. No leases that affect these lands were issued before the petition was filed. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Hite, Chief of Fluid Minerals Adjudication, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82009; phone 307–775–6176; email chite@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Hite 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. The lessee agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $10 per acre, or fraction thereof, per year and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee also agreed to the amended lease stipulations described in the associated Reinstatement Certification. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee and the $159 cost for publishing this notice. The lessee met the requirements for reinstatement of the lease per Sec. 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. The BLM proposes to reinstate the lease effective July 1, 2012, under the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Chris Hite, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication. [FR Doc. 2016–06570 Filed 3–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:26 Mar 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona State Office, Phoenix, Arizona, with the possibility of Western Area Power Administration serving as a co-lead agency, intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Ten West Link 500kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project (Project) and potential amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan pursuant to the BLM’s land use planning regulations. By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues on the proposed transmission line and potential plan amendment. DATES: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until May 9, 2016. 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/az/st/ en.html. In order to be included 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. The BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Project by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/ en.html. • Email: TenWestLink@blm.gov. • Fax: 602–417–9452, • Mail: BLM, Arizona State Office, Attention: Eddie Arreola/Ten West Link Project, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 56 / Wednesday, March 23, 2016 / Notices Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Arizona State Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddie Arreola, Project Manager, at telephone 602–417–9505; address: BLM, Arizona State Office, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004; email: earreola@blm.gov. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339 during normal business hours to contact the BLM Project Manager listed above. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, DCR Transmission, LLC, has submitted an application to the BLM for a right-of-way (ROW) to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a single-circuit 500-kV transmission line. Authorization of the proposed transmission line may require an amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan (January 2010) to change visual resource management classifications and to possibly change or reclassify designated utility corridors. The proposed transmission line may require other land use plan amendments for the Project, including the Lower Sonoran, Bradshaw-Harquahala, Lake Havasu Resource Management Plans and the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, depending on newly proposed alternatives during scoping and during the analysis. The Project would provide a connection between the Arizona Public Service Company’s Delaney Substation in Tonopah, Arizona, and the Southern California Edison Company’s (SCE) Colorado River Substation in Blythe, California. The project purpose is to strengthen the electrical grid and improve reliability. The Project area involves approximately 83 miles of public lands along a route spanning roughly 114 miles. Approximately 97 miles is in Arizona and 17 miles is in California. The Project would largely follow the existing SCE Devers-Palo Verde 500-kV No.1 (DPV1) transmission line in an established utility corridor. The transmission line may be supported by a combination of self-supporting Hframe structures and steel lattice structures. Any final decision on a specific type of structure will be based on topography, structural requirements, economics, the environment, and other applicable considerations. The structures are anticipated to be VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:26 Mar 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 constructed of guyed galvanized steel with a height ranging from 100 to 190 feet, and a width of approximately 100 feet. The distance between each structure would depend on site-specific characteristics, but is expected to be 400 to 2,200 feet with an average span length of approximately 1,600 feet. The Project would involve additional facilities, including the construction of a series compensation substation parallel to the existing compensation substation located in Vicksburg, Arizona. To the extent possible, existing access roads for the DPV1 transmission line would be used for construction and maintenance. For a 2.8-mile segment of the proposed route, DCR Transmission would need an agreement with SCE to use the vacant circuit positions on SCE’s existing double-circuit towers in the Copper Bottom Pass area. The requested ROW width on public lands is 200 feet. The purpose of the public scoping process is to identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including potential alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: Visual resource management classifications that would not allow a 500kV transmission line, possible route changes outside the designated corridors, potential interference with the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground; cultural resources; Native American cultural concerns; social and economic effects; potential public health and safety; wildlife (including migratory birds); special status species; and recreation. The analysis will also consider mitigation at a regional scale for those resources that warrant mitigation offsite. 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) (54 U.S.C. 306108) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the Project will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both the 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. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15557 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. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the Project are invited to participate in the scoping process. If eligible, they may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7. Raymond Suazo, Arizona State Director. [FR Doc. 2016–06626 Filed 3–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCO922000–L13100000–FI0000–16X] Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease COC73441, Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As provided for under the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for the reinstatement of oil and gas lease COC73441 from Synergy Resources Corporation, for lands in Morgan County, Colorado. The lessee filed the petition on time, along with all the rentals due since the lease terminated under the law. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Hirschel, BLM Land Law Examiner, Fluid Minerals Adjudication, at (303) 239–3749. Persons who use a telecommunication 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 questions 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 additional stipulations and for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 23, 2016)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLAZ920000 16X L51010000.ER0000 LVRWA16A3240]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Ten West Link 500-Kilovolt Transmission Line Project and 
Potential Amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan 
in Maricopa and La Paz Counties, AZ, and Riverside County, CA

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, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona State 
Office, Phoenix, Arizona, with the possibility of Western Area Power 
Administration serving as a co-lead agency, intends to prepare an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Ten West Link 
500-kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project (Project) and potential 
amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan pursuant to 
the BLM's land use planning regulations. By this notice, the BLM is 
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public 
comments and identify issues on the proposed transmission line and 
potential plan amendment.

DATES: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until May 9, 
2016. 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/az/st/en.html. In order to 
be included 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. The BLM will provide additional 
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft 
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Project by any of the 
following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html.
     Email: TenWestLink@blm.gov.
     Fax: 602-417-9452,
     Mail: BLM, Arizona State Office, Attention: Eddie Arreola/
Ten West Link Project, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 
85004.

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    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Arizona 
State Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddie Arreola, Project Manager, at 
telephone 602-417-9505; address: BLM, Arizona State Office, One North 
Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004; email: earreola@blm.gov. 
People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339 during 
normal business hours to contact the BLM Project Manager listed above. 
The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message 
or question for the above individual. You will receive a reply during 
normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, DCR Transmission, LLC, has 
submitted an application to the BLM for a right-of-way (ROW) to 
construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a single-circuit 500-kV 
transmission line. Authorization of the proposed transmission line may 
require an amendment to the Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan 
(January 2010) to change visual resource management classifications and 
to possibly change or reclassify designated utility corridors. The 
proposed transmission line may require other land use plan amendments 
for the Project, including the Lower Sonoran, Bradshaw-Harquahala, Lake 
Havasu Resource Management Plans and the California Desert Conservation 
Area Plan, depending on newly proposed alternatives during scoping and 
during the analysis. The Project would provide a connection between the 
Arizona Public Service Company's Delaney Substation in Tonopah, 
Arizona, and the Southern California Edison Company's (SCE) Colorado 
River Substation in Blythe, California. The project purpose is to 
strengthen the electrical grid and improve reliability. The Project 
area involves approximately 83 miles of public lands along a route 
spanning roughly 114 miles. Approximately 97 miles is in Arizona and 17 
miles is in California. The Project would largely follow the existing 
SCE Devers-Palo Verde 500-kV No.1 (DPV1) transmission line in an 
established utility corridor. The transmission line may be supported by 
a combination of self-supporting H-frame structures and steel lattice 
structures. Any final decision on a specific type of structure will be 
based on topography, structural requirements, economics, the 
environment, and other applicable considerations. The structures are 
anticipated to be constructed of guyed galvanized steel with a height 
ranging from 100 to 190 feet, and a width of approximately 100 feet. 
The distance between each structure would depend on site-specific 
characteristics, but is expected to be 400 to 2,200 feet with an 
average span length of approximately 1,600 feet.
    The Project would involve additional facilities, including the 
construction of a series compensation substation parallel to the 
existing compensation substation located in Vicksburg, Arizona. To the 
extent possible, existing access roads for the DPV1 transmission line 
would be used for construction and maintenance. For a 2.8-mile segment 
of the proposed route, DCR Transmission would need an agreement with 
SCE to use the vacant circuit positions on SCE's existing double-
circuit towers in the Copper Bottom Pass area. The requested ROW width 
on public lands is 200 feet.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to identify relevant 
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, 
including potential alternatives, and guide the process for developing 
the EIS. At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary 
issues: Visual resource management classifications that would not allow 
a 500kV transmission line, possible route changes outside the 
designated corridors, potential interference with the U.S. Army's Yuma 
Proving Ground; cultural resources; Native American cultural concerns; 
social and economic effects; potential public health and safety; 
wildlife (including migratory birds); special status species; and 
recreation. The analysis will also consider mitigation at a regional 
scale for those resources that warrant mitigation offsite.
    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) (54 
U.S.C. 306108) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about 
historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by 
the Project will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts 
to such resources in the context of both the 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.
    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.
    Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other 
stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the Project are 
invited to participate in the scoping process. If eligible, they may 
request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of 
the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7.

Raymond Suazo,
Arizona State Director.
[FR Doc. 2016-06626 Filed 3-22-16; 8:45 am]
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