Notice of Intent for Potential Amendment to the Resource Management Plan for the Bakersfield Field Office, California, and To Prepare an Associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, 39116-39117 [2018-16957]

Download as PDF 39116 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 153 / Wednesday, August 8, 2018 / Notices Project Officer within 90 days of the end of the project period and a final report on or before 90 working days after the expiration of the agreement. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 120 hours per year. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain a Benefit. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: There are no ‘‘non-hourcost’’ burdens associated with this IC. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.). Timothy Newman, Program Coordinator, National Land Imaging Program, U.S. Geological Survey. [FR Doc. 2018–16986 Filed 8–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [(LLCAC06000.L13100000.DS0000. LXSIAREV0000.18XL1109AF) MO# 450012099] Notice of Intent for Potential Amendment to the Resource Management Plan for the Bakersfield Field Office, California, and To Prepare an Associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bakersfield Field Office, Bakersfield, California, intends to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a potential Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment for the Bakersfield Field Office Resource Management Plan. The supplemental EIS will analyze the impacts of hydraulic fracturing technology on BLM-administered public land and mineral estate in the Bakersfield Field Office Planning Area exclusive of the California Coastal National Monument and the Carrizo Plain National Monument. This effort is in response to a settlement agreement in case No. 2:15-cv-04378–MWF/JEM, filed with, and approved by, the U.S. District sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:37 Aug 07, 2018 Jkt 244001 Court for the Central District of California on May 3, 2017. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the Supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until September 7, 2018. In order to be included in the analysis, all scoping comments must be submitted in writing and received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation as appropriate. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to this Supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment by any of the following methods: • Email: blm_ca_bkfo_oil_gas_ update@blm.gov. • Mail: Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Bakersfield RMP Hydraulic Fracturing Analysis, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined during regular business hours at: Bureau of Land Management, Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Summers, Supervisory Natural Resources Specialist, telephone 661– 391–6000; address Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308; email blm_ca_ bkfo_oil_gas_update@blm.gov. Contact Ms. Summers to have your name added to our mailing list. Persons who use a 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. 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: This document provides notice that the BLM Field Office, Bakersfield, California, intends to prepare a supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment for the 2014 Bakersfield Field Office RMP Planning Area. Furthermore, this document announces the beginning of the scoping process and seeks public input on issues and planning criteria related to hydraulic fracturing. The planning area is located in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura counties in California and encompasses approximately 400,000 acres of public PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 land and an additional 1.2 million acres of Federal mineral estate (i.e., split estate). The purpose of the supplemental EIS is to analyze the environmental effects of the use of hydraulic fracturing technology in oil and gas development on new leases within the planning area and to determine whether changes are needed to the fluid minerals decisions in the Bakersfield Field Office RMP. The need to develop the supplemental EIS is established by the settlement agreement in case No. 2:15-cv-04378–MWF/JEM, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on May 3, 2017. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives if necessary, and guide the planning process. Preliminary issues for the supplemental EIS have been identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and other stakeholders. The issues include: Air and atmospheric values; water quality and quantity; seismicity; special status species; mineral resources (oil and gas); and socioeconomics. Preliminary planning criteria include: 1. Only those portions of the existing plan that need to be updated to respond to the issues and management concerns identified in the court order and settlement agreement will be reviewed. 2. The planning process will be completed in compliance with the FLPMA and all other applicable laws. 3. The planning process will include a Supplemental EIS that will comply with NEPA standards. 4. The scope of analysis will be consistent with the level of analysis in approved plans and in accordance with Bureau-wide standards and program guidance. 5. Public comments will be addressed during the planning process. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108), as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 153 / Wednesday, August 8, 2018 / Notices 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. Federal, State, and local 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. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the analysis; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of the Supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment. The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft Supplemental EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, national needs, and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the Supplemental EIS and, if necessary, RMP amendment, in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Hydrology, air, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife biology, oil and gas, geology, sociology and economics. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2. Jerome E. Perez, BLM California State Director. [FR Doc. 2018–16957 Filed 8–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:37 Aug 07, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLIDB00100 L17110000.PH0000 LXSS024D0000 45001222254] Notice of Public Meeting, Boise District Resource Advisory Council, Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Boise District RAC will meet September 13, 2018. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The public comment period will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The Boise District RAC will meet at the BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Williamson, BLM Boise District, Idaho, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705, 208–384– 3393, email mwilliamson@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact Mr. Williamson by calling the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Mr. Williamson. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Idaho. During the September 13, 2018 meeting, the Boise District RAC will have a briefing on the Boise District’s wild horse program, TriState fuel breaks project, travel management planning, and other Field Office updates. Additional topics may be added and will be included in local media announcements. RAC meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Council at the address provided above. Each formal Council meeting will also have time allocated for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39117 Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please 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. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, tour transportation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM as provided above. (Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4–2) Lara Douglas, District Manager. [FR Doc. 2018–16968 Filed 8–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–AK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0025952; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Binghamton University has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the Binghamton University. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 153 (Wednesday, August 8, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39116-39117]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-16957]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[(LLCAC06000.L13100000.DS0000.LXSIAREV0000.18XL1109AF) MO# 450012099]


Notice of Intent for Potential Amendment to the Resource 
Management Plan for the Bakersfield Field Office, California, and To 
Prepare an Associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976, as amended, (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Bakersfield Field Office, Bakersfield, California, intends to prepare a 
supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a potential 
Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment for the Bakersfield Field 
Office Resource Management Plan. The supplemental EIS will analyze the 
impacts of hydraulic fracturing technology on BLM-administered public 
land and mineral estate in the Bakersfield Field Office Planning Area 
exclusive of the California Coastal National Monument and the Carrizo 
Plain National Monument. This effort is in response to a settlement 
agreement in case No. 2:15-cv-04378-MWF/JEM, filed with, and approved 
by, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on 
May 3, 2017. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process 
to solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the 
Supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment. Comments on issues may be 
submitted in writing until September 7, 2018. In order to be included 
in the analysis, all scoping comments must be submitted in writing and 
received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period. We will 
provide additional opportunities for public participation as 
appropriate.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria 
related to this Supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment by any of 
the following methods:
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 
Attn: Bakersfield RMP Hydraulic Fracturing Analysis, 3801 Pegasus 
Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined during regular 
business hours at: Bureau of Land Management, Bakersfield Field Office, 
3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Summers, Supervisory Natural 
Resources Specialist, telephone 661-391-6000; address Bureau of Land 
Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308; email 
[email protected]. Contact Ms. Summers to have your 
name added to our mailing list. Persons who use a 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. 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: This document provides notice that the BLM 
Field Office, Bakersfield, California, intends to prepare a 
supplemental EIS and potential RMP amendment for the 2014 Bakersfield 
Field Office RMP Planning Area. Furthermore, this document announces 
the beginning of the scoping process and seeks public input on issues 
and planning criteria related to hydraulic fracturing. The planning 
area is located in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa 
Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura counties in California and encompasses 
approximately 400,000 acres of public land and an additional 1.2 
million acres of Federal mineral estate (i.e., split estate). The 
purpose of the supplemental EIS is to analyze the environmental effects 
of the use of hydraulic fracturing technology in oil and gas 
development on new leases within the planning area and to determine 
whether changes are needed to the fluid minerals decisions in the 
Bakersfield Field Office RMP. The need to develop the supplemental EIS 
is established by the settlement agreement in case No. 2:15-cv-04378-
MWF/JEM, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of 
California on May 3, 2017. The purpose of the public scoping process is 
to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the 
environmental analysis, including alternatives if necessary, and guide 
the planning process. Preliminary issues for the supplemental EIS have 
been identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; 
and other stakeholders. The issues include: Air and atmospheric values; 
water quality and quantity; seismicity; special status species; mineral 
resources (oil and gas); and socioeconomics. Preliminary planning 
criteria include:
    1. Only those portions of the existing plan that need to be updated 
to respond to the issues and management concerns identified in the 
court order and settlement agreement will be reviewed.
    2. The planning process will be completed in compliance with the 
FLPMA and all other applicable laws.
    3. The planning process will include a Supplemental EIS that will 
comply with NEPA standards.
    4. The scope of analysis will be consistent with the level of 
analysis in approved plans and in accordance with Bureau-wide standards 
and program guidance.
    5. Public comments will be addressed during the planning process.
    You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing 
to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section 
above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of 
the 30-day scoping period.
    The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA scoping process to 
help fulfill the public involvement process under the National Historic 
Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108), as provided in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). 
The information about historic and cultural resources within the area 
potentially affected by the proposed action will assist the BLM in 
identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources.
    The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-
government

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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. 
Federal, State, and local 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.
    The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the 
plan, and will place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the analysis;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of the Supplemental EIS and potential 
RMP amendment.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the Draft Supplemental EIS 
as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is 
also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns 
that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively 
with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are 
best suited to local, regional, national needs, and concerns. The BLM 
will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the Supplemental EIS 
and, if necessary, RMP amendment, in order to consider the variety of 
resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in 
the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: 
Hydrology, air, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife biology, oil and 
gas, geology, sociology and economics.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should 
be aware that your entire comment--including your personally 
identifiable information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personally 
identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that 
we will be able to do so.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2.

Jerome E. Perez,
BLM California State Director.
[FR Doc. 2018-16957 Filed 8-7-18; 8:45 am]
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