Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Announcement of Public Subsistence-Related Hearings, 67337-67338 [2018-28049]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices state and federal agencies and is maintained by OCSE in its system of records ‘‘OCSE National Directory of New Hires,’’ No. 09–80–0381, published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 17906 on April 2, 2015, and updated on February 14, 2018, at 83 FR 6591. The disclosure of NDNH information by OCSE to HUD constitutes a ‘‘routine use,’’ as defined by the Privacy Act. 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3). Routine use (12) of the system of records authorizes the disclosure of NDNH information to HUD. 80 FR 17906, 17907 (April 2, 2015). The HUD records used in the information comparison are retrieved from, and the results of the information comparison are maintained within, the HUD system of records ‘‘Enterprise Income Verification’’ (EIV), No. HUD/ PIH–5, last published in the Federal Register at 71 FR 45066 on August 8, 2006, and updated on September 1, 2009, at 74 FR 45235. ‘‘Routine use’’ (1) of the system of records authorizes disclosure of HUD records to OCSE. Dated: December 21, 2018. John Bravacos, Senior Agency Official for Privacy. [FR Doc. 2018–28361 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [18X.LLAK930000.LXSSL0120000.L13 1000.DP0000] Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Announcement of Public Subsistence-Related Hearings Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, is issuing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public comment period. The BLM is also announcing that it will hold public meetings on the Draft EIS and subsistence-related hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS and the program’s potential to impact subsistence resources and activities. DATES: Comments on the Draft EIS may be submitted in writing until 45 days after the Environmental Protection Agency’s publication of Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS in the amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 Federal Register. The BLM will hold public meetings in: Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Kaktovik, Utqiag˙vik, and Venetie, Alaska, and Washington, DC A public hearing on subsistence resources and activities will occur in conjunction with the public meeting for the Draft EIS in the potentially affected community of Kaktovik. The dates, times, and locations, of the meetings will be announced through local news media, newspapers, and the BLM website. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Website: https://www.blm.gov/ programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-indevelopment/alaska/coastal-plain-eis. • Mail to: BLM, Alaska State Office, Attention—Coastal Plain EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513–7599. • Hand Delivery: BLM Alaska Public Information Center (Public Room), 222 W. 8th Avenue (First Floor), Anchorage, Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Hayes, 907–271–4354; by mail: Bureau of Land Management, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513–7599. You may also request to be added to the mailing list for the EIS. Documents pertaining to the EIS may be examined at http://www.blm.gov/alaska or at the BLM Alaska State Office, BLM Alaska Public Information Center (Public Room), 222 West 8th Avenue (First Floor), Anchorage, Alaska. People 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. 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 BLM is undertaking this Leasing EIS to implement the leasing program consistent with Public Law 115–97. The Leasing EIS will serve to inform BLM’s implementation of Public Law 115–97, Section 20001(c)(1), which is the requirement to hold multiple lease sales. It may also inform post-lease activities, including seismic and drilling exploration, development, and transportation of oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain. Specifically, the Leasing EIS considers and analyzes the environmental impact of various leasing alternatives, including the areas to offer for sale, and the indirect impacts that could result in consideration of the hypothetical development scenario. The alternatives analyze various terms and PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67337 conditions (i.e., lease stipulations and required operating procedures) to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities, to properly balance oil and gas development with protection of surface resources. The lands comprising the Coastal Plain include approximately 1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose of the public comment period is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft EIS and solicit comment from the public. Information received during the public comment period will be used to develop the Final EIS. 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. The BLM has worked with interested parties to identify the management decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns, as well as to develop a proposed action and alternatives consistent with the following criteria: • The EIS considers all Federal lands and waters within the Coastal Plain; • The EIS used scoping to identify issues; impacts and potential alternatives to be addressed; • Under Public Law 115–97, not fewer than two lease sales, each to include not fewer than 400,000 acres area-wide of the areas with the highest potential of hydrocarbons, must occur by December 2024; • The BLM considers subsistence resources and users, as well as potential actions to minimize adverse impacts to subsistence in accordance with section 810 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA); and • The EIS considers the surface management of the Coastal Plain. Future on-the-ground actions requiring BLM approval, including potential exploration and development proposals, would require further NEPA analysis based on the site-specific proposal. Potential applicants would be subject to the terms of the lease; however, the BLM Authorized Officer may require additional site-specific terms and conditions before authorizing any oil and gas activity based on the project level NEPA analysis. Section 810 of ANILCA requires BLM to evaluate the effects of the alternatives E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 67338 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices presented in the Draft EIS on subsistence activities, and to hold public hearings if it finds that any alternative may significantly restrict subsistence uses. The preliminary evaluation of subsistence impacts indicates that certain alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS and the associated cumulative impacts may significantly restrict subsistence uses. Therefore, the BLM will hold a public hearing on subsistence resources and activities in conjunction with the public meeting on the Draft EIS in the potentially affected community of Kaktovik. Upon completion of a Final EIS and Record of Decision, the BLM intends to conduct lease sales in accordance with Public Law 115–97. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6(b). Ted A. Murphy, Acting State Director, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2018–28049 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [19X R4079V4 RX.12255301.3000000 AZA25613] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for the Public Meeting, Lake Pleasant Expansion Area, Arizona Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Assistant Secretary— Land and Minerals Management proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 7384 for an additional 20-year term. PLO No. 7384 withdrew 1,988.27 acres of public lands from surface entry and mining to protect the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Lake Pleasant expansion area. This Notice advises the public of an opportunity to comment on the proposed withdrawal extension and to request a public meeting. The lands have been and will remain open to mineral leasing. DATES: Comments and requests for a public meeting must be received by March 28, 2019. ADDRESSES: All comments and meeting requests should be mailed to the Bureau of Land (BLM) Arizona State Office, One North Central, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 or faxed to 602–417– 9452. The BLM will not consider comments received via telephone calls. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 Sara Ferreira, Land Law Examiner, BLM, at 602–417–9598 or by email at sferreir@ blm.gov, or contact the BLM Arizona State Office, One North Central, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. 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. 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 BOR has filed an application to extend, for an additional 20-year term, a withdrawal established by PLO No. 7384 (64 FR 19386) which will expire on April 19, 2019. The legal descriptions written in PLO No. 7384 are revised to reflect the Cadastral Survey’s Specifications for Descriptions of Land: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gila and Salt River Meridian T. 6 N., R. 1 E., sec. 3, a portion of lot 10; sec. 10, S1⁄2NW1⁄4; sec. 15, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4. T. 6 N., R. 1 W., sec. 1, lots 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4SE1⁄4, and E1⁄2SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; sec. 12, lot 1 and E1⁄2NW1⁄4NE1⁄4; sec. 13, lots 1 thru 4, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4, and that portion of the W1⁄2 lying east of the east right-of-way of the Castle Hot Springs Road. T. 7 N., R. 1 E., sec. 12, a portion of lot 2. T. 7 N., R. 1 W., sec. 13, W1⁄2SW1⁄4SE1⁄4 and SW1⁄4NW1⁄4SE1⁄4; sec. 23, E1⁄2NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4SE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4SE1⁄4, and S1⁄2SE1⁄4; sec. 24, W1⁄2NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, W1⁄2SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, and NW1⁄4; sec. 25, NE1⁄4 and W1⁄2. The areas described aggregate 1,988.27 acres in Maricopa and Yavapai Counties. The proposed withdrawal would continue with the purpose established by PLO No. 7384 to protect the capital investments and dispersed recreation in the BOR’s Lake Pleasant Expansion area. The use of a right-of-way, interagency agreement, or cooperative agreement would not provide adequate protection for the capital improvement investment that the BOR has made to the Lake Pleasant expansion area. No additional water rights are needed to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal extension. There are no suitable alternative sites since the land described contain the developed Lake Pleasant expansion area. All persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 connection with the proposed withdrawal extension may present their views in writing to the BLM. Comments, including name and street address of respondents, will be available for public review stated in the ADDRESSES section above during regular business hours 08:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 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 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. 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 written request to the State Director, BLM Arizona State Office at the address in the ADDRESSES section, within 90 days from the 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 post on the BLM website at www.blm.gov at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the meeting. The withdrawal application will be processed in accordance with the regulations set forth in 43 CFR 2310.4. Authority: 43 CFR 2310.3–1 and 43 CFR 2310.4. Dated: December 20, 2018. Joseph R. Balash, Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2018–28287 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWO220000.L63100000.PH0000; OMB Control Number 1004–0058] Agency Information Collection Activities; Forest Management Decision Protest Process and Log Export and Substitution AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 248 (Friday, December 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67337-67338]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-28049]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and 
Announcement of Public Subsistence-Related Hearings

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, is 
issuing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal 
Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program and by this notice is announcing the 
opening of the public comment period. The BLM is also announcing that 
it will hold public meetings on the Draft EIS and subsistence-related 
hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS and the program's 
potential to impact subsistence resources and activities.

DATES: Comments on the Draft EIS may be submitted in writing until 45 
days after the Environmental Protection Agency's publication of Notice 
of Availability of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will 
hold public meetings in: Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Fort 
Yukon, Kaktovik, Utqia[gdot]vik, and Venetie, Alaska, and Washington, 
DC A public hearing on subsistence resources and activities will occur 
in conjunction with the public meeting for the Draft EIS in the 
potentially affected community of Kaktovik. The dates, times, and 
locations, of the meetings will be announced through local news media, 
newspapers, and the BLM website.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Website: https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-in-development/alaska/coastal-plain-eis.
     Mail to: BLM, Alaska State Office, Attention--Coastal 
Plain EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599.
     Hand Delivery: BLM Alaska Public Information Center 
(Public Room), 222 W. 8th Avenue (First Floor), Anchorage, Alaska.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Hayes, 907-271-4354; by mail: 
Bureau of Land Management, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 
99513-7599. You may also request to be added to the mailing list for 
the EIS. Documents pertaining to the EIS may be examined at http://www.blm.gov/alaska or at the BLM Alaska State Office, BLM Alaska Public 
Information Center (Public Room), 222 West 8th Avenue (First Floor), 
Anchorage, Alaska.
    People 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. 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 BLM is undertaking this Leasing EIS to 
implement the leasing program consistent with Public Law 115-97. The 
Leasing EIS will serve to inform BLM's implementation of Public Law 
115-97, Section 20001(c)(1), which is the requirement to hold multiple 
lease sales. It may also inform post-lease activities, including 
seismic and drilling exploration, development, and transportation of 
oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain. Specifically, the Leasing 
EIS considers and analyzes the environmental impact of various leasing 
alternatives, including the areas to offer for sale, and the indirect 
impacts that could result in consideration of the hypothetical 
development scenario. The alternatives analyze various terms and 
conditions (i.e., lease stipulations and required operating procedures) 
to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities, to 
properly balance oil and gas development with protection of surface 
resources. The lands comprising the Coastal Plain include approximately 
1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3 million-acre Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge.
    The purpose of the public comment period is to inform the public of 
the availability of the Draft EIS and solicit comment from the public. 
Information received during the public comment period will be used to 
develop the Final EIS.
    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.
    The BLM has worked with interested parties to identify the 
management decisions best suited to local, regional, and national needs 
and concerns, as well as to develop a proposed action and alternatives 
consistent with the following criteria:
     The EIS considers all Federal lands and waters within the 
Coastal Plain;
     The EIS used scoping to identify issues; impacts and 
potential alternatives to be addressed;
     Under Public Law 115-97, not fewer than two lease sales, 
each to include not fewer than 400,000 acres area-wide of the areas 
with the highest potential of hydrocarbons, must occur by December 
2024;
     The BLM considers subsistence resources and users, as well 
as potential actions to minimize adverse impacts to subsistence in 
accordance with section 810 of the Alaska National Interest Lands 
Conservation Act (ANILCA); and
     The EIS considers the surface management of the Coastal 
Plain.
    Future on-the-ground actions requiring BLM approval, including 
potential exploration and development proposals, would require further 
NEPA analysis based on the site-specific proposal. Potential applicants 
would be subject to the terms of the lease; however, the BLM Authorized 
Officer may require additional site-specific terms and conditions 
before authorizing any oil and gas activity based on the project level 
NEPA analysis.
    Section 810 of ANILCA requires BLM to evaluate the effects of the 
alternatives

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presented in the Draft EIS on subsistence activities, and to hold 
public hearings if it finds that any alternative may significantly 
restrict subsistence uses. The preliminary evaluation of subsistence 
impacts indicates that certain alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS 
and the associated cumulative impacts may significantly restrict 
subsistence uses. Therefore, the BLM will hold a public hearing on 
subsistence resources and activities in conjunction with the public 
meeting on the Draft EIS in the potentially affected community of 
Kaktovik.
    Upon completion of a Final EIS and Record of Decision, the BLM 
intends to conduct lease sales in accordance with Public Law 115-97.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6(b).

Ted A. Murphy,
Acting State Director, Alaska.
[FR Doc. 2018-28049 Filed 12-27-18; 8:45 am]
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