Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, Alaska; Correction, 18343-18344 [2018-08806]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 81 / Thursday, April 26, 2018 / Notices subject to appeal under Departmental regulations. Any challenge to this decision, including the BLM Authorized Officer’s issuance of the right-of-way (ROW) as directed by this decision, must be brought in Federal district court within the timeframe allowed under Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST–41). DATES: The ASLM signed the DR on March 30, 2018. ADDRESSES: Copies of the DR are available online at https://www.blm.gov/ gatewaywest and at the BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Stobaugh, BLM Gateway West National Project Manager, telephone 775–861– 6478; email jstobaug@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to leave a message or question for Mr. Stobaugh. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 7, 2007, PacificCorp (doing business as Rocky Mountain Power) and Idaho Power Company (Proponents) applied to the BLM for a ROW grant to build and operate portions of the Project on public lands in Wyoming and Idaho. The original project comprised 10 transmission line segments originating at the Windstar Substation near Glenrock, Wyoming, and terminating at the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho, with a total length of approximately 1,000 miles. The BLM published a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project on April 26, 2013 and a Record of Decision (ROD) on November 14, 2013. In the ROD, the BLM deferred a decision on Segments 8 and 9 to allow additional time for Federal, state, and local permitting agencies to examine additional routing options, as well as potential mitigation and enhancement measures for these segments, in part, because Segments 8 and 9 involved resources in and near the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). In August 2014, the Proponents submitted a revised ROW application for Segments 8 and 9 and a revised Plan of Development for the Project, which the BLM determined required additional environmental analysis through a Supplemental EIS (SEIS). On October 7, 2016, the BLM published a Final SEIS that analyzed 7 alternative ROW routes for Segments 8 and 9 and the Land Use Plan Amendments needed to accommodate each alternative route pair. The BLM issued a ROD on January VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Apr 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 19, 2017, selecting the route described as Alternative 5 in the Final SEIS. The State of Idaho, Owyhee County, Idaho, and three environmental organizations appealed the BLM’s ROW decision to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). In a letter to the Secretary of the Interior, the Governor of Idaho requested that the BLM reconsider the January 19, 2017 decision and select an alternative with fewer impacts to State and county resources and communities. The Proponents also requested that the BLM reconsider the January 2017 decision and select the alternative proposed in their revised application, as more cost-effective and providing greater system reliability. On April 18, 2017, the IBLA granted the BLM’s motion to remand the January 19, 2017, ROW decision for reconsideration. On May 5, 2017, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Boundary Modification Act (Modification Act) was enacted, which directed the BLM to issue a ROW grant to use public lands within the NCA as described in Sec. (b)(2) representing portions of the Project ‘‘in alignment with the revised proposed routes for Segments 8 and 9 identified as Alternative 1 in the Supplementary Final Environmental Impact Analysis released October 5, 2016.’’ The Modification Act also removed the lands affected by this ROW from NCA status and stipulated that the mitigation framework presented in the Final SEIS would apply to the authorized segments. The BLM offered this statutory ROW grant to the Proponents on July 26, 2017. The BLM has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) (DOI– BLM–ID–0000–0002–EA) to analyze and document the environmental effects of an application from the Proponents for a ROW grant to use public lands for Segments 8 and 9 of the Project. The EA also analyzed the effects of amending three current BLM land use plans needed to ensure the ROW grant conformed to the plans: Kuna Management Framework Plan (MFP); Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills MFP; and 1987 Jarbidge Resource Management Plan (for areas not covered by the 2015 Jarbidge RMP). The BLM tiered to and incorporated by reference the analyses in the 2013 Final EIS and 2016 Final SEIS. The BLM prepared the EA in consultation with Cooperating Agencies and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, implementing regulations, the BLM Land Use Planning PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18343 Handbook (H–1601–1), the BLM National Environmental Policy Act Handbook (H–1790–1), and other applicable law and policy. Following the publication of a Notice of Intent to prepare an EA in the Federal Register, an opportunity for the public to comment on a Draft EA, and an opportunity for interested parties and the State of Idaho to protest a decision to amend land use plans as reflected in the EA and Finding of No New Significant Impact, the ASLM issued a Decision selecting Alternative 1 from the EA. The selected alternative authorizes a ROW grant to the Proponents for the portions of Segments 8 and 9 of the project that physically connect with the portions of those segments authorized by the Boundary Modification Act. It also includes the Toana Road Variation 1 as analyzed in the Final SEIS and amends the 1987 Jarbidge RMP and the Kuna and Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills MFPs for BLMmanaged public lands in the Jarbidge, Four Rivers and Shoshone Field Offices. The ASLM’s DR also incorporated, as terms and conditions of the ROW grant, environmental protection measures described in the EA, monitoring requirements, and measures to mitigate effects. In addition, the BLM has worked with the Proponents to develop the Mitigation Framework for the NCA (Final SEIS EIS Appendix K), which the Boundary Modification Act also stipulates will apply to the authorized segments. My approval of this decision as the ASLM is not subject to administrative appeal under Departmental regulations at 43 CFR part 4 pursuant to 43 CFR 4.410(a)(3). Any challenge to this decision must be brought in Federal District Court and is subject to 42 U.S.C. 4370m–6(a)(1). Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 42 U.S.C. 4370m–6(a)(1) Joseph R. Balash, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2018–08808 Filed 4–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–AK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [18X.LLAK930100.L16100000.PN0000] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, Alaska; Correction AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 18344 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 81 / Thursday, April 26, 2018 / Notices Notice; correction. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a document in the Federal Register on April 20, 2018, concerning a request for scoping comments on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to implement an oil and gas leasing program in Alaska within the area defined as the ‘‘Coastal Plain.’’ The document omitted a website address for the public to submit comments. This notice corrects the omission to include the website address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Noe, by telephone, 202–912– 7442, or by email, jnoe@blm.gov. SUMMARY: Correction In the Federal Register of April 20, 2018, in FR Doc. 2018–08302, on page 17562, in the second column, correct the ADDRESSES caption to read: ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Website: www.blm.gov/alaska/ coastal-plain-eis. • Email: blm_ak_coastalplain_EIS@ blm.gov. • Mail: BLM, Alaska State Office, Attention—Coastal Plain EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513–7599. Jeff Krauss, Acting Assistant Director, Communications. [FR Doc. 2018–08806 Filed 4–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY921000 L14400000.ET0000, 18X; WYW 141567] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting for the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter Range, Wyoming AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed withdrawal. The Assistant Secretary— Land and Minerals Management has approved a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) petition/application to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 7434 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 7434 withdrew 1,430.92 acres of public lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws to protect the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter Range and capital investments in Fremont County, Wyoming. This Notice advises the amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Apr 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 public of an opportunity to comment on the application for the proposed withdrawal extension and to request a public meeting. DATES: Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by July 25, 2018. ADDRESSES: All comments and meeting requests should be sent to the BLM Wyoming State Director, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009. Comments, including name and street address of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming, during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Hogan, Realty Officer, BLM Wyoming State Office, address listed above, telephone: 307–775–6257, email: mthogan@blm.gov; or Leta Rinker, Realty Specialist, BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming 82520, telephone: 307–332– 8405, email: lrinker@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact either of the above individuals during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The withdrawal established by PLO No. 7434 (65 FR 15920) will expire March 23, 2020, and is incorporated herein by reference. The BLM has filed a petition/ application to extend PLO No. 7434 for an additional 20-year term. The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to continue the withdrawal established by PLO No. 7434 to protect the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter Range and capital investments in the area. The use of a right-of-way, interagency, or cooperative agreement would not constrain nondiscretionary uses. There are no suitable alternative sites since the lands described in PLO No. 7334 identify the area that has historically been used as bighorn sheep winter range due to the physical characteristics and because of the local weather conditions. No water rights would be needed to fulfill the purpose of this withdrawal extension. Comments, including name and street address of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Wyoming, during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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 personally identifying information— may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public meeting is afforded in connection with the proposed withdrawal extension. All interested persons who desire a public meeting for the purpose of being heard on the proposed withdrawal extension must submit a written request to the State Director, BLM Wyoming State Office at the address in the ADDRESSES section, within 90 days from the date of publication of this Notice. If the authorized officer determines that a public meeting will be held, a Notice of the date, time, and place will be published in the Federal Register and local newspapers and also posted on the BLM website at: www.blm.gov at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting. This withdrawal extension proposal will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310.4. Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3–1 Dated: April 18, 2018. Joseph R. Balash, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2018–08812 Filed 4–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNV952000 L14400000.BJ0000.LXSSF2210000.241A; 13–08807; MO #4500120434; TAS: 14X1109] Filing of Plats of Survey; NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada. APPLICABLE DATES: Unless otherwise stated filing is effective at 10:00 a.m. on the dates indicated below. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 81 (Thursday, April 26, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18343-18344]
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

[18X.LLAK930100.L16100000.PN0000]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, Alaska; Correction

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

[[Page 18344]]


ACTION: Notice; correction.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a document in 
the Federal Register on April 20, 2018, concerning a request for 
scoping comments on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to 
implement an oil and gas leasing program in Alaska within the area 
defined as the ``Coastal Plain.'' The document omitted a website 
address for the public to submit comments. This notice corrects the 
omission to include the website address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Noe, by telephone, 202-912-
7442, or by email, [email protected].

Correction

    In the Federal Register of April 20, 2018, in FR Doc. 2018-08302, 
on page 17562, in the second column, correct the ADDRESSES caption to 
read:

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Website: www.blm.gov/alaska/coastal-plain-eis.
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: BLM, Alaska State Office, Attention--Coastal Plain 
EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599.

Jeff Krauss,
Acting Assistant Director, Communications.
[FR Doc. 2018-08806 Filed 4-25-18; 8:45 am]
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