Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WYW147077 and WYW147081, Wyoming, 68188-68189 [2019-26897]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 68188 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices (RMP), and by this Notice is announcing its availability. This supplemental environmental analysis responds to a May 2017, U.S. District Court Order requiring additional environmental analysis of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas resources within the planning area. The BLM issues this ROD to re-affirm the portions of the 2014 ROD that were setaside in a partial remand. Because there are no changes to the 2014 RMP resulting from supplementation of its underlying EIS, with signature of this ROD, that part of the 2014 ROD that was set aside on remand, is now in effect. DATES: The Acting California State Director signed the ROD on December 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD are available for public inspection during regular business hours at 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Interested persons may also review the ROD at https://go.usa.gov/xE3Nw. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Summers, Supervisory Natural Resources Specialist; telephone: 661– 391–6000; email: csummers@blm.gov; address: Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Ms. Summers during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bakersfield Field Office planning area is located in eastern Fresno, western Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura counties in California and encompasses approximately 1.2 million acres of Federal minerals, which includes roughly 400,000 surface acres of BLMmanaged public land. This supplemental environmental analysis responds to a May 2017, U.S. District Court Order requiring additional environmental analysis of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas resources within the planning area. The U.S. District Court Order upheld the range of alternatives analyzed in the 2012 Proposed RMP/ Final EIS. The five management alternatives analyzed in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS were: • The No Action alternative (Alternative A)—continue current management under the existing 1997 Caliente RMP and 1984 Hollister RMP, as amended. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 • The Proposed Plan (Alternative B)—balance resource conservation and ecosystem health with the production of commodities and public use of the land. • Alternative C—emphasize conserving cultural and natural resources, maintaining functioning natural systems, and restoring degraded natural systems. • Alternative D—same as Alternative C, except that Alternative D would eliminate livestock grazing from BLMmanaged lands in the planning area. • Alternative E—emphasize the production of natural resources, commodities and public use opportunities. The 2012 Proposed RMP/Final EIS identified public lands as available to fluid mineral leasing; no changes to that designation were made through the Final Supplemental EIS. Preliminary resource issues were presented for public scoping review and comment in the August 8, 2018, Federal Register Notice of Intent (83 FR 39116). Issues identified by the BLM, Federal, State, and local agencies, and other stakeholders include air and atmospheric values, water quality and quantity, seismicity, special status species, and mineral resources (oil and gas). The Draft Supplemental EIS began a 45-day public comment period upon publication of the Notice of Availability in the April 26, 2019 Federal Register (84 FR 17885). The BLM held public meetings on May 21, 22, and 23, 2019, in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, respectively. Approximately 600 individuals attended the three meetings and approximately 16,000 written comments were received through ePlanning and standard mail. Responses to substantive comments are in Appendix B: Public Comment Summary Report of the Final Supplemental EIS. Public comments resulted in the addition of clarifying text to the final EIS, but did not warrant or suggest further supplementation or change. The Final Supplemental EIS Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2019 (84 FR 58739). The results of this final supplemental analysis regarding the impacts of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas resources, additive to those identified in the 2012 Final EIS, did not show a notable increase in total impacts. No conflicts were found between the estimated impacts of hydraulic fracturing and the resource or program management goals and objectives stated in the approved RMP. The range of alternatives was upheld by the District PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Court and has not changed between the approved 2014 RMP and its 2012 Final EIS and the 2019 Final Supplemental EIS. Therefore, no amendment to the 2014 RMP is necessary, and the BLM upholds its previous decision to select the Proposed Plan (Alternative B) for its Resource Management Plan. BLM has fully analyzed the effects of hydraulic fracturing in accordance with the order of the court, and although the 2012 EIS has been supplemented, no change is made to the RMP decisions that were approved in 2014. The BLM utilized and coordinated the NEPA 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 BLM will continue to consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government 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 continue to be given due consideration. With this ROD, the BLM incorporates the supplemental EIS for the Bakersfield Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP) into the August 2012 EIS, which supported the Bakersfield Field Office Proposed Resource Management Plan. The BLM issues this ROD to re-affirm the portions of the 2014 ROD that were set-aside in the partial remand. Because there are no changes to the 2014 RMP resulting from supplementation of its underlying EIS, with signature of this ROD, that part of the 2014 ROD that was set aside on remand, is now in effect. (Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6; 40 CFR 1506.10; 43 CFR 1610.2; 43 CFR 1610.5; 42 U.S.C. 4370m–6(a)(1)). Danielle Chi, Deputy State Director, Resources. [FR Doc. 2019–26679 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY920000. L51040000.FI0000. 20XL5017AR] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WYW147077 and WYW147081, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As provided for under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received petitions for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas leases WYW147077 and WYW147081 from Five Star Energy LLC and Moriah Powder River LLC for land in Johnson County, Wyoming. The lessees filed the petitions on time, along with all rentals due since the leases terminated under the law. No leases affecting this land were issued before the petitions were filed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Chris Hite, Branch Chief for Fluid Minerals Adjudication, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; phone 307–775–6176; email chite@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Hite 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. A reply will be sent during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Termination of a lease is automatic and statutorily imposed by Congress. Alternatively, reinstatement terms are also set by Congress. Oil and gas leases WYW147077 and WYW147081 terminated effective November 1, 2018, for failure to pay rental timely. The lessees petitioned for reinstatement of the leases and met all filing requirements for a Class II reinstatement. The lessees agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals of $10 per acre, or fraction thereof, per year and royalty rates of 16 2⁄3 percent, and additional lease stipulations. The lessees have paid the required $500 administrative fee and the $151 cost of publishing this notice. The lessees meet the requirements for reinstatement of the leases per Sec. 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188). Reinstatement of these leases conforms to the terms and conditions of all applicable land use plans and other applicable National Environmental Policy Act documents. The BLM proposes to reinstate the leases with an effective date of November 1, 2018, under the amended terms and conditions of the leases and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. The leases will be reinstated 30 days after publication of the notice of proposed reinstatement in the Federal Register. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 Authority: 30 U.S.C. 188 (e)(4) and 43 CFR 3108.2–3(b)(2)(v). Chris Hite, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication. [FR Doc. 2019–26897 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY920000. L51040000.FI0000. 19XL5017AR] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases WYW185919, WYW185924, WYW185925, and WYW185926, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As provided for under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas leases WYW185919, WYW185924, WYW185925, and WYW185926 from Hat Creek Resources, LLC for land in Johnson County, Wyoming. The lessee filed the petition on time, along with all rentals due since the leases terminated under the law. No leases affecting this land were issued before the petition was filed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Hite, Branch Chief for Fluid Minerals Adjudication, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003; phone 307– 775–6176; email chite@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Mr. Hite 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. A reply will be sent during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Termination of a lease is automatic and statutorily imposed by Congress when rental fees are not paid in a timely manner. Similarly, reinstatement terms are also set by Congress upon submission of a petition for reinstatement from a lessee. Rental was not paid in time for competitive oil and gas leases WYW185919, WYW185924, WYW185925, and WYW185926, prompting lease termination by operation of law. As provided for under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68189 amended, the BLM received a petition for reinstatement from the lessee of record, Hat Creek Resources, LLC for land in Johnson County, Wyoming. The lessee filed the petition on time along with all rentals due since the leases terminated under operation of law. The leases will be reinstated 30 days after publication of the proposed reinstatement notice in the Federal Register. The lessee agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $10 per acre, or fraction thereof, per year and 16 2⁄3 percent, respectively, and additional lease stipulations. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee and the $159 cost of publishing this notice. The lessee met the requirements for reinstatement of the leases per Sec. 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188). Reinstatement of this lease conforms to the terms and conditions of all applicable land use plans, including the 2015 Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region, and other National Environmental Policy Act documents. The BLM proposes to reinstate the leases with the effective date of April 1, 2018, under the amended terms and conditions of the leases and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. Authority: 30 U.S.C. 188 (e)(4) and 43 CFR 3108.2–3 (b)(2)(v) Chris Hite, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication. [FR Doc. 2019–26898 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–IMR–YELL–NPS0028091; PPIMYELL60 PPMVSCS1Z.Y00000 (200); OMB Control Number 1024–0266] Agency Information Collection Activities; Reporting and Recordkeeping for Snowcoaches and Snowmobiles, Yellowstone National Park AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior. Notice of information collection; request for comment. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the National Park Service (NPS, we) are proposing to renew an information collection. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 240 (Friday, December 13, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68188-68189]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26897]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLWY920000. L51040000.FI0000. 20XL5017AR]


Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Leases 
WYW147077 and WYW147081, Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As provided for under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as

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amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received petitions for 
reinstatement of competitive oil and gas leases WYW147077 and WYW147081 
from Five Star Energy LLC and Moriah Powder River LLC for land in 
Johnson County, Wyoming. The lessees filed the petitions on time, along 
with all rentals due since the leases terminated under the law. No 
leases affecting this land were issued before the petitions were filed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Hite, Branch Chief for Fluid 
Minerals Adjudication, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 
5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; phone 307-775-6176; 
email [email protected].
    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call 
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact Mr. Hite 
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. 
A reply will be sent during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Termination of a lease is automatic and 
statutorily imposed by Congress. Alternatively, reinstatement terms are 
also set by Congress. Oil and gas leases WYW147077 and WYW147081 
terminated effective November 1, 2018, for failure to pay rental 
timely. The lessees petitioned for reinstatement of the leases and met 
all filing requirements for a Class II reinstatement. The lessees 
agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals of $10 per acre, or 
fraction thereof, per year and royalty rates of 16 \2/3\ percent, and 
additional lease stipulations. The lessees have paid the required $500 
administrative fee and the $151 cost of publishing this notice. The 
lessees meet the requirements for reinstatement of the leases per Sec. 
31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188). 
Reinstatement of these leases conforms to the terms and conditions of 
all applicable land use plans and other applicable National 
Environmental Policy Act documents. The BLM proposes to reinstate the 
leases with an effective date of November 1, 2018, under the amended 
terms and conditions of the leases and the increased rental and royalty 
rates cited above. The leases will be reinstated 30 days after 
publication of the notice of proposed reinstatement in the Federal 
Register.

    Authority:  30 U.S.C. 188 (e)(4) and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(b)(2)(v).

Chris Hite,
Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication.
[FR Doc. 2019-26897 Filed 12-12-19; 8:45 am]
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