Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Normally Pressured Lance (NPL) Natural Gas Development Project, 29135-29136 [2018-13273]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2018 / Notices agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis 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 personally identifying information— may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally-identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. The BLM will evaluate all identified issues, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the RMP amendment; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this RMP amendment. An explanation will be provided in FERC’s Draft EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any issues that should be addressed in the RMP. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the RMP amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified, as well as to develop alternatives to the proposed RMP amendment. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Archaeology and cultural resources, tribal issues, wildlife, visual resources, lands, realty, and special area designations. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2. Lorraine M. Christian, Arizona Strip Field Manager. [FR Doc. 2018–13432 Filed 6–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jun 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWYD0100000 L13140000.NB0000 18X] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Normally Pressured Lance (NPL) Natural Gas Development Project Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared the NPL Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the NPL project in the BLM Pinedale and Rock Springs Field Offices. DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 30 days after the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: The NPL Final EIS is available for public review at the BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming; the BLM High Desert District Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming; and the BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The document may also be reviewed online at http:// tinyurl.com/hloulms. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kellie Roadifer, NPL EIS Project Manager, BLM Pinedale Field Office, PO Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941, (307) 367–5309, kroadife@blm.gov. Persons who use telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual 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 individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPL project is located immediately south and west of the existing Jonah Gas Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. The project area lies within the BLM Wyoming High Desert District (HDD) and spans the Pinedale Field Office (PFO) in the north and Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) to the south. The project encompasses approximately 141,000 acres of public, State, and private lands. Approximately 96% of the project area is on BLMSUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29135 administered public lands. Within the NPL project area, there are both unitized and non-unitized development areas. Jonah Energy LLC, the current operator after purchasing Encana Oil and Gas Inc.’s leasehold interest in the project, is proposing up to 3,500 directionally drilled wells (depth range from 6,500 to 13,500 feet) over a 10-year period. Under Jonah Energy’s proposal, most wells would be co-located on multi-well pads, with no more than four well pads per 640 acres in areas outside of Greater Sage-grouse Priority Habitat Management Areas (PHMA). There would be only one disturbance per 640 acres inside PHMA. On average, each well pad would be 18 acres in size. Regional gathering facilities would be utilized instead of placing compressors at each well pad. Associated access roads, pipelines, and other ancillary facilities would be co-located where possible to further minimize surface disturbance. There are approximately 48,036 acres of PHMA, 27,292 acres of Greater Sagegrouse Winter Concentration Area (WCA), and 1,259 acres of Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFAs) within the NPL project area. All of the SFA is within the Rock Springs Field Office. Cooperating agencies for this EIS include the State of Wyoming, with active participation from many state agencies including the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, State Historic Preservation Office, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Local cooperating agencies include Sweetwater, Lincoln and Sublette Counties, and the Sublette County Conservation District. The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published on April 12, 2011 (70 FR 20370), initiating a 30-day formal public scoping period. Public scoping meetings were held in Pinedale, Rock Springs, and Marbleton, WY. Public scoping comments were used to identify issues that informed the formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of analysis for the NPL EIS. A total of 1,238 scoping comments were received, with 29 resource issues identified. Key issues identified during scoping informed the formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of analysis for the NPL Final EIS. The issues include: D Air Quality: Potential project and cumulative impacts on air quality, including air quality-related values. D Regulatory Setting: Permits, authorization, conformance with other plans, laws, policies and guidance. E:\FR\FM\22JNN1.SGM 22JNN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 29136 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2018 / Notices D Social and Economic impacts: Jobs, housing, Federal mineral royalties, and quality of life. D Mitigation (including Compensatory Mitigation): When and how it applies to individual resource protection measures. D Reclamation and Monitoring: The effect of currently used practices including seed mixes, revegetation, use of reference sites including ecological site descriptions. D Wildlife Habitat, particularly Greater sage-grouse and pronghorn antelope: The project’s potential to further fragment wildlife habitats and diminish the value of those habitats for many species. In response to the scoping comments received, the BLM developed three alternatives to the Proposed Action: The No Action Alternative, utilizing existing standard stipulations and examining the project area under the historical rate of development of around three wells per year; Alternative A, utilizing a phased approach moving through existing leased oil and gas units and responding to identified wildlife issues; and Alternative B, which addressed a broad range of resource concerns in response to issues identified during scoping. Alternatives A and B each analyzed the same rate of development as the Proposed Action, as well as the use of regional gathering facilities. However, in addition to varying resource protection measures, each alternative analyzed differing densities of development between one to four well pads per 640 acres, depending on the resource considerations of the project area. Additionally, Alternative A analyzed the merits of developing the project area in three geographically defined phases, occurring sequentially, and taking into consideration existing oil and gas units. Interim and final reclamation activities would be implemented under all alternatives to return the landscape to its previous condition in conformance with the NPL Reclamation Plan and the relevant Resource Management Plans (RMP). All alternatives conform to the Pinedale Field Office Resource Management Plan Record of Decision (2008) and the Rock Springs Field Office Green River Resource Management Plan Record of Decision (1997), as amended by the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region, Including the Greater SageGrouse Sub-Region of Wyoming (2015). The Draft EIS Notice of Availability was published on July 7, 2017 (129 FR 31628), opening a 45-day public comment period. Public meetings were VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jun 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 held on July 25, 2017 in Pinedale, and July 26, 2017 in Rock Springs. Over 1,000 individual comment letters were received. Comments included identified issues associated with each alternative, including feasibility and sufficiency of the analysis and impacts to specific resources as a result of each alternative. Comments were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the Final EIS; however, the analysis of the alternatives and the identified impacts did not significantly change. The Final EIS is consistent with the BLM’s obligations under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 and 40 CFR 1506.10. Mary Jo Rugwell, BLM Wyoming State Director. [FR Doc. 2018–13273 Filed 6–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [USITC SE–18–029] Government in the Sunshine Act Meeting Notice United States International Trade Commission. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 121 (Friday, June 22, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13273]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLWYD0100000 L13140000.NB0000 18X]


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Normally Pressured Lance (NPL) Natural Gas 
Development Project

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared the 
NPL Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the NPL 
project in the BLM Pinedale and Rock Springs Field Offices.

DATES: The BLM will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a 
minimum of 30 days after the date that the Environmental Protection 
Agency publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal 
Register.

ADDRESSES: The NPL Final EIS is available for public review at the BLM 
Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, Pinedale, Wyoming; the 
BLM High Desert District Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, 
Wyoming; and the BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, 
Cheyenne, Wyoming. The document may also be reviewed online at http://tinyurl.com/hloulms.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kellie Roadifer, NPL EIS Project 
Manager, BLM Pinedale Field Office, PO Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941, 
(307) 367-5309, [email protected]. Persons who use telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual 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 individual. You will receive a reply 
during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPL project is located immediately south 
and west of the existing Jonah Gas Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. 
The project area lies within the BLM Wyoming High Desert District (HDD) 
and spans the Pinedale Field Office (PFO) in the north and Rock Springs 
Field Office (RSFO) to the south.
    The project encompasses approximately 141,000 acres of public, 
State, and private lands. Approximately 96% of the project area is on 
BLM-administered public lands. Within the NPL project area, there are 
both unitized and non-unitized development areas.
    Jonah Energy LLC, the current operator after purchasing Encana Oil 
and Gas Inc.'s leasehold interest in the project, is proposing up to 
3,500 directionally drilled wells (depth range from 6,500 to 13,500 
feet) over a 10-year period. Under Jonah Energy's proposal, most wells 
would be co-located on multi-well pads, with no more than four well 
pads per 640 acres in areas outside of Greater Sage-grouse Priority 
Habitat Management Areas (PHMA). There would be only one disturbance 
per 640 acres inside PHMA. On average, each well pad would be 18 acres 
in size. Regional gathering facilities would be utilized instead of 
placing compressors at each well pad. Associated access roads, 
pipelines, and other ancillary facilities would be co-located where 
possible to further minimize surface disturbance.
    There are approximately 48,036 acres of PHMA, 27,292 acres of 
Greater Sage-grouse Winter Concentration Area (WCA), and 1,259 acres of 
Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFAs) within the NPL project area. All of the 
SFA is within the Rock Springs Field Office.
    Cooperating agencies for this EIS include the State of Wyoming, 
with active participation from many state agencies including the 
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, State Historic Preservation Office, 
the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming 
Department of Agriculture. Local cooperating agencies include 
Sweetwater, Lincoln and Sublette Counties, and the Sublette County 
Conservation District.
    The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published on April 12, 
2011 (70 FR 20370), initiating a 30-day formal public scoping period. 
Public scoping meetings were held in Pinedale, Rock Springs, and 
Marbleton, WY. Public scoping comments were used to identify issues 
that informed the formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of 
analysis for the NPL EIS.
    A total of 1,238 scoping comments were received, with 29 resource 
issues identified. Key issues identified during scoping informed the 
formulation of alternatives and framed the scope of analysis for the 
NPL Final EIS. The issues include:
    [ssquf] Air Quality: Potential project and cumulative impacts on 
air quality, including air quality-related values.
    [ssquf] Regulatory Setting: Permits, authorization, conformance 
with other plans, laws, policies and guidance.

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    [ssquf] Social and Economic impacts: Jobs, housing, Federal mineral 
royalties, and quality of life.
    [ssquf] Mitigation (including Compensatory Mitigation): When and 
how it applies to individual resource protection measures.
    [ssquf] Reclamation and Monitoring: The effect of currently used 
practices including seed mixes, revegetation, use of reference sites 
including ecological site descriptions.
    [ssquf] Wildlife Habitat, particularly Greater sage-grouse and 
pronghorn antelope: The project's potential to further fragment 
wildlife habitats and diminish the value of those habitats for many 
species.
    In response to the scoping comments received, the BLM developed 
three alternatives to the Proposed Action: The No Action Alternative, 
utilizing existing standard stipulations and examining the project area 
under the historical rate of development of around three wells per 
year; Alternative A, utilizing a phased approach moving through 
existing leased oil and gas units and responding to identified wildlife 
issues; and Alternative B, which addressed a broad range of resource 
concerns in response to issues identified during scoping.
    Alternatives A and B each analyzed the same rate of development as 
the Proposed Action, as well as the use of regional gathering 
facilities. However, in addition to varying resource protection 
measures, each alternative analyzed differing densities of development 
between one to four well pads per 640 acres, depending on the resource 
considerations of the project area. Additionally, Alternative A 
analyzed the merits of developing the project area in three 
geographically defined phases, occurring sequentially, and taking into 
consideration existing oil and gas units.
    Interim and final reclamation activities would be implemented under 
all alternatives to return the landscape to its previous condition in 
conformance with the NPL Reclamation Plan and the relevant Resource 
Management Plans (RMP).
    All alternatives conform to the Pinedale Field Office Resource 
Management Plan Record of Decision (2008) and the Rock Springs Field 
Office Green River Resource Management Plan Record of Decision (1997), 
as amended by the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management 
Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region, Including the Greater 
Sage-Grouse Sub-Region of Wyoming (2015).
    The Draft EIS Notice of Availability was published on July 7, 2017 
(129 FR 31628), opening a 45-day public comment period. Public meetings 
were held on July 25, 2017 in Pinedale, and July 26, 2017 in Rock 
Springs. Over 1,000 individual comment letters were received. Comments 
included identified issues associated with each alternative, including 
feasibility and sufficiency of the analysis and impacts to specific 
resources as a result of each alternative. Comments were considered and 
incorporated as appropriate into the Final EIS; however, the analysis 
of the alternatives and the identified impacts did not significantly 
change.
    The Final EIS is consistent with the BLM's obligations under the 
Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 and 40 CFR 1506.10.

Mary Jo Rugwell,
BLM Wyoming State Director.
[FR Doc. 2018-13273 Filed 6-21-18; 8:45 am]
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