Supplemental Notice of Intent To Revise the Osage County Oil and Gas Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Osage County, Oklahoma, 21376-21377 [2016-08260]

Download as PDF 21376 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215). However, we may revise our determination based upon review of public comments received in response to this notice. Dated: April 4, 2016. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2016–08238 Filed 4–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P Next Steps We will evaluate the permit application, including the draft HCP and comments we receive, to determine whether it meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the ITP would comply with section 7of the Act by conducting an intra-Service consultation pursuant to section 7(a)(2). Public Review Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods provided in ADDRESSES. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Availability of Comments 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the Act and the NEPA public involvement regulations (40 CFR 1500.1(b), 1500.2(d), and 1506.6). 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Supplemental Notice of Intent To Revise the Osage County Oil and Gas Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Osage County, Oklahoma Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We request comments from the public regarding our preliminary determination that the applicant’s proposal will have a minor or negligible effect on the Morro shoulderband snail and that the HCP qualifies for processing as a low-effect. We will evaluate comments received and make a final determination regarding whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. We will incorporate the results of our intra-Service consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether to issue the ITP. If all of our requirements are met, we will issue the ITP to the applicant. Permit issuance would not occur less than 30 days from the date of this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Jkt 238001 This Supplemental Notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as Lead Agency will be revising the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Osage County Oil and Gas program. The BIA will work with cooperating agencies and others to gather additional information and work to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This Supplemental Notice announces an additional public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and content for inclusion in the EIS. The BIA solicits written comments and oral comments at the public meeting on the range of reasonable alternatives for implementing the proposed action and issues to be addressed in the revised Draft EIS, such as information regarding the level of oil and gas development in Osage County or possible mitigation measures for environmental and socioeconomic impacts of that development. DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of the proposal must arrive by Friday, May 8, 2016. A public scoping meeting will be held at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 28, 2016. The date and location of the public meeting, including any changes, will be announced at least 15 days in advance through notices in the following local newspapers: Hominy News Progress, Pawhuska Journal Capital, Skiatook, and Tulsa World and will be posted on the following Internet location: http:// www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/ RegionalOffices/EasternOklahoma/ WeAre/Osage/OSAGEOilGasEIS/ index.htm. SUMMARY: You may mail, email, hand deliver, or fax written comments to Ms. Jeannine Hale, BIA Eastern Oklahoma ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Regional Office, P.O. Box 8002, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402–8002; fax (918) 781–4667; email: osagecountyoilandgaseis@bia.gov. The April 28, 2016, public scoping meeting will be held at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 Main Street, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jeannine Hale, Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources, BIA Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office, P.O. Box 8002, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402–8002, (918) 781–4660. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BIA previously released a programmatic Osage County Oil and Gas DEIS in November 2015. After the public comment period, the BIA determined that the Osage DEIS should be revised in order to address comments received and take into consideration additional information. This Supplemental Notice advises interested parties that the proposed Federal action(s) is the BIA approval of leases and permits for oil and gas mining activities located in the Osage Mineral Estate. The Osage Mineral Estate is held in trust, and the BIA approves oil and gas leases, applications for permits to drill, and other site-specific permit applications under the authority of the 1906 Osage Allotment Act, as amended and 25 CFR part 226. The BIA, under delegation of the Secretary of the Interior, is responsible for administering the development of oil and gas resources in Osage County for the benefit of the Osage. The Federal actions, including approvals of leases and issuance of permits, are needed for the BIA to fulfill a portion of its trust responsibility to the Osage and to facilitate the development of the mineral estate. The BIA may use the EIS to support a decision under the National Environmental Policy Act. Directions for Submitting Public Comments: Please include your name, return address, and the caption ‘‘Osage County Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Statement’’ on the first page of any written comments you submit. You may also submit comments at the public scoping meeting. Public Comment Availability: Written comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA, 813 Grandview, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices 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. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with Section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR part 1500 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and in accordance with the authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs in Part 209 of the Department Manual. Dated: April 5, 2016. Michael S. Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–08260 Filed 4–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Mojave Solar Project on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, Mohave County, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency in cooperation with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (Tribe), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other agencies, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will evaluate a photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation project on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Mohave County, Arizona. Associated transmission lines and substations located on Tribal trust lands, Federal lands administered and managed by BLM and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), State-administered lands, and county and private lands in Clark County, Nevada, will also be evaluated. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comment and identify potential issues related to the EIS. It also announces that two public scoping meetings will be held to identify potential issues, alternatives, and mitigation to be considered in the EIS. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 In order to be fully considered, written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal must arrive by May 11, 2016. The dates and locations of the public scoping meetings will be published in local papers (Mohave Valley Daily News, Needles Desert Star, and Laughlin Nevada Times) 15 days before the scoping meetings and will also be available on the EIS Web site at FortMojaveSolarProjectEIS.com. ADDRESSES: You may mail, email, or hand carry written comments to Mr. Chip Lewis, Regional Environmental Compliance Officer, BIA Western Regional Office, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; telephone: (602) 379– 6782; email: chip.lewis@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Federal action, taken under 25 U.S.C. 415, is BIA’s approval of a solar energy ground lease and associated agreements entered into by the Tribe with Tribal Solar, LLC (Tribal Solar), a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Solar. If approved, these documents would allow the construction and operation of an up-to 332 megawatt (MW) alternating current solar PV electricity generation facility located entirely on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation and specifically on lands held in trust by the United States for the Tribe. The proposed generation-tie transmission lines and substations required for interconnection would be located on Tribal trust lands, Federal lands administered and managed by BLM and BOR, State-administered lands, and county and private lands in Clark County, Nevada. The BIA and BLM would additionally approve right-ofways (ROWs) authorizing the construction and operation of the transmission line and other supporting facilities, as needed. Together, the proposed solar energy facility, transmission lines, and other associated facilities will make up the proposed solar project (Project). The proposed solar energy facility would be located on approximately 2,800 acres of Tribal trust lands leased from the Tribe out of a total of approximately 3,600 acres available under an option for lease. These lands are currently used for agriculture. The solar energy facility would include PV panels, power inverters and transformers, a 34.5 kV collection system either overhead or underground, a substation, an operations and maintenance building with parking, meteorology towers, security fencing and lighting, and other on-site facilities as required. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21377 The Project would interconnect into the existing Mohave 500 kV Switchyard located near the town of Laughlin, Nevada. As proposed, an approximately 18-mile 230 kilovolt (kV) single or multiple circuit line would be built to a new 230/500 kV substation, which would be located next to/near the Mohave 500 kV Switchyard. Here, the voltage would be stepped up to 500 kV and then a short single or multiple circuit 500 kV line would be built from the 230/500 kV substation to connect to the Mohave 500 kV Switchyard. The solar facility would be located on Tribal lands in Township 18 North, Range 22 West, Sections 3, 4, 9, and 10 and Township 19 North, Range 22 West, Sections 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, and 34 in Arizona. Access to the solar facility site would be provided by existing roads crossing through and next to the proposed solar facility site. Construction of the Project is expected to take approximately 18 to 32 months. Tribal Solar is expected to operate the energy facility for up to 35 years subsequent to the Project’s Commercial Operations Date. No water would be used to generate electricity during operations. Water would be needed during construction for dust control and other construction activities and a minimal amount would be needed during operations. The water supply required for portions of the Project on the Reservation would be obtained from the Tribe. The purposes of the proposed actions and the Project are, among other things, to: use the Tribe’s solar energy resources; provide a long-term, diverse, and viable economic revenue base, job opportunities and other benefits for the Tribe; generate clean, renewable electricity to help Southwestern states to meet their State renewable energy needs and reduce demand for generation facilities that might result in cross-border air pollution; and allow the Tribe, in partnership with Tribal Solar, to optimize the use of the lease site while maximizing the potential economic benefit to the Tribe. BIA will prepare the EIS in cooperation with the Tribe, BLM, and possibly BOR, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Nevada, and Clark County, Nevada. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will provide input on the analysis and may also serve as a cooperating agency. The resulting EIS will aim to: (1) Provide agency decision makers, the Tribe, and the general public with a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of the proposed Project and alternatives on and off the Reservation; E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900]


Supplemental Notice of Intent To Revise the Osage County Oil and 
Gas Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Osage County, Oklahoma

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Supplemental Notice advises the public that the Bureau of 
Indian Affairs (BIA) as Lead Agency will be revising the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Osage County Oil and Gas 
program. The BIA will work with cooperating agencies and others to 
gather additional information and work to prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS). This Supplemental Notice announces an 
additional public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and 
content for inclusion in the EIS. The BIA solicits written comments and 
oral comments at the public meeting on the range of reasonable 
alternatives for implementing the proposed action and issues to be 
addressed in the revised Draft EIS, such as information regarding the 
level of oil and gas development in Osage County or possible mitigation 
measures for environmental and socioeconomic impacts of that 
development.

DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of the proposal 
must arrive by Friday, May 8, 2016. A public scoping meeting will be 
held at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 
28, 2016. The date and location of the public meeting, including any 
changes, will be announced at least 15 days in advance through notices 
in the following local newspapers: Hominy News Progress, Pawhuska 
Journal Capital, Skiatook, and Tulsa World and will be posted on the 
following Internet location: http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/RegionalOffices/EasternOklahoma/WeAre/Osage/OSAGEOilGasEIS/index.htm.

ADDRESSES: You may mail, email, hand deliver, or fax written comments 
to Ms. Jeannine Hale, BIA Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office, P.O. Box 
8002, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-8002; fax (918) 781-4667; email: 
osagecountyoilandgaseis@bia.gov.
    The April 28, 2016, public scoping meeting will be held at the Wah 
Zha Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 Main Street, Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jeannine Hale, Division of 
Environmental and Cultural Resources, BIA Eastern Oklahoma Regional 
Office, P.O. Box 8002, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-8002, (918) 781-4660.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BIA previously released a programmatic 
Osage County Oil and Gas DEIS in November 2015. After the public 
comment period, the BIA determined that the Osage DEIS should be 
revised in order to address comments received and take into 
consideration additional information. This Supplemental Notice advises 
interested parties that the proposed Federal action(s) is the BIA 
approval of leases and permits for oil and gas mining activities 
located in the Osage Mineral Estate. The Osage Mineral Estate is held 
in trust, and the BIA approves oil and gas leases, applications for 
permits to drill, and other site-specific permit applications under the 
authority of the 1906 Osage Allotment Act, as amended and 25 CFR part 
226.
    The BIA, under delegation of the Secretary of the Interior, is 
responsible for administering the development of oil and gas resources 
in Osage County for the benefit of the Osage. The Federal actions, 
including approvals of leases and issuance of permits, are needed for 
the BIA to fulfill a portion of its trust responsibility to the Osage 
and to facilitate the development of the mineral estate. The BIA may 
use the EIS to support a decision under the National Environmental 
Policy Act.
    Directions for Submitting Public Comments: Please include your 
name, return address, and the caption ``Osage County Oil and Gas 
Environmental Impact Statement'' on the first page of any written 
comments you submit. You may also submit comments at the public scoping 
meeting.
    Public Comment Availability: Written comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA, 813 Grandview, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, during regular business hours, 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before 
including your address, telephone number, email address, or other 
personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 
that your entire

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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.

    Authority:  This notice is published in accordance with Section 
1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 
part 1500 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior Regulations 
(43 CFR part 46) implementing the procedural requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.), and in accordance with the authority delegated to the 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs in Part 209 of the Department 
Manual.

    Dated: April 5, 2016.
Michael S. Black,
Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2016-08260 Filed 4-8-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4337-15-P