Availability of Record of Decision Selecting a Route for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Through the Kobuk National Preserve, Alaska; Terms and Conditions Accompanying That Decision, and Final Environmental and Economic Analysis of the Impacts of Proposed Routes Within the Preserve, 47240 [2020-16906]

Download as PDF 47240 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 150 / Tuesday, August 4, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–AKRO–GAAR] Availability of Record of Decision Selecting a Route for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Through the Kobuk National Preserve, Alaska; Terms and Conditions Accompanying That Decision, and Final Environmental and Economic Analysis of the Impacts of Proposed Routes Within the Preserve National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: As required by law, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have jointly agreed upon a route for the issuance of the right-of-way across the Western (Kobuk River) unit of the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve for the proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, based on the Final Environmental and Economic Analysis. SUMMARY: The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) established the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve (Preserve). Section 201(4) of that Act also required that the Secretary of the Interior permit access for surface transportation from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District through the Preserve, and for the Secretaries of the Interior and Transportation to jointly agree upon the route. The Act further required the two Secretaries to prepare an Environmental and Economic Analysis (EEA) for the purpose of determining the most desirable route for the right-of-way through the Preserve, in lieu of an Environmental Impact Statement, and exempted the EEA from judicial review. The EEA and related activities were to be triggered by the filing of an application for such a right-of-way. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), a public corporation of the State of Alaska, has applied for a right-of-way for an industrial access road through the Preserve. The proposed route is 26 miles within the Preserve and 211 miles in total (the Northern Alignment). The EEA also analyzed an alternative route that is 18 miles within the Preserve and 228 miles in total (the Southern Alignment). The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), prepared the EEA. A draft of the document was jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Aug 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 issued for public comment on August 23, 2019, for a comment period that originally extended through October 7, 2019. Based on feedback from the public, this was extended until October 29, 2019. NPS also attended 12 public meetings sponsored by BLM, one in Fairbanks, one in Washington, DC, and 10 in rural Alaska communities possibly impacted by the road. NPS received slightly under 3,000 comments. The NPS analyzed all pieces of correspondence received during the comment period when preparing the final EEA. The comments assisted in identifying sections of the draft EEA, including proposed terms and conditions, that required refinement and revision. It also aided in organizing, clarifying, and addressing technical information within the final EEA. The Record of Decision (ROD), informed by the EEA, determined the Northern Alignment to be the most economically feasible and prudent alternative with less severe impacts allowing for construction, operation, maintenance, and reclamation of the private industrial access road. The selected route would impact fewer wetlands, would have less adverse impacts on fish, subsistence, wild and scenic rivers and would have greater economic feasibility. Due to the need for the overall road to traverse land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the need for other federal permits, including a Clean Water Act section 404 permit from the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the full project is subject to NEPA, with BLM and USACE jointly undertaking that analysis. The subsistence impact analysis required by ANILCA Section 810 is found in the BLM/USACE joint ROD (JROD), as are the results of consultations required under other applicable laws. The JROD determined that the Northern Alignment was the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative and would not be contrary to the public interest. Full details are in the final DOI/DOT ROD and EEA, including required permit terms and conditions, which are available at https:// parkplanning.nps.gov/Ambler. This is a final decision. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 410hh(4); 43 CFR 36.13(a). George Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. 2020–16906 Filed 8–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue [Docket No. ONRR–2011–0012; DS63644000 DRT000000.CH7000 201D1113RT] Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas That Are Not Associated With an Index Zone Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the regulations governing valuation of gas produced from Indian leases, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is publishing this notice in the Federal Register to notify industry of ONRR’s determination of the major portion prices applicable to calendar year 2018 and the date by which a lessee must pay any additional royalties due under major portion pricing. DATES: The due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices is October 5, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Calculation of Prices Information: Robert Sudar, Manager, Market & Spatial Analytics, ONRR, at (303) 231– 3511, or email to Robert.Sudar@ onrr.gov; mailing address—Office of Natural Resources Revenue, P.O. Box 25165, MS 64310B, Denver, Colorado 80225–0165. Reporting Information: Lee-Ann Martin, Program Manager, Reference & Reporting Management, ONRR, at (303) 231–3313, or email to Leeann.Martin@ onrr.gov; mailing address—Office of Natural Resources Revenue, P.O. Box 25165, MS 63300B, Denver, Colorado 80225–0165. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Minerals Management Service (MMS), published a final rule titled ‘‘Amendments to Gas Valuation Regulations for Indian Leases,’’ which became effective January 1, 2000, 64 FR 43506, (Aug. 10, 1999). Those gas valuation regulations apply to all Indian (Tribal or allotted) oil and gas leases except for leases on the Osage Indian Reservation. Secretarial Order 3299, as amended on August 29, 2011, created ONRR and delegated to it the ‘‘royalty and revenue management function of the Minerals Management Service.’’ The regulations require ONRR to publish major portion prices for each designated area that is not associated with an index zone for each production month, as well as the due date to submit any additional royalty payments. 30 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-AKRO-GAAR]


Availability of Record of Decision Selecting a Route for the 
Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Through the Kobuk 
National Preserve, Alaska; Terms and Conditions Accompanying That 
Decision, and Final Environmental and Economic Analysis of the Impacts 
of Proposed Routes Within the Preserve

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As required by law, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and 
the Department of Transportation (DOT) have jointly agreed upon a route 
for the issuance of the right-of-way across the Western (Kobuk River) 
unit of the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve for the proposed 
Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, based on the Final 
Environmental and Economic Analysis.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Alaska National Interest Lands 
Conservation Act (ANILCA) established the Gates of the Arctic National 
Preserve (Preserve). Section 201(4) of that Act also required that the 
Secretary of the Interior permit access for surface transportation from 
the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District through the Preserve, 
and for the Secretaries of the Interior and Transportation to jointly 
agree upon the route. The Act further required the two Secretaries to 
prepare an Environmental and Economic Analysis (EEA) for the purpose of 
determining the most desirable route for the right-of-way through the 
Preserve, in lieu of an Environmental Impact Statement, and exempted 
the EEA from judicial review. The EEA and related activities were to be 
triggered by the filing of an application for such a right-of-way.
    The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), a 
public corporation of the State of Alaska, has applied for a right-of-
way for an industrial access road through the Preserve. The proposed 
route is 26 miles within the Preserve and 211 miles in total (the 
Northern Alignment). The EEA also analyzed an alternative route that is 
18 miles within the Preserve and 228 miles in total (the Southern 
Alignment).
    The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 
prepared the EEA. A draft of the document was issued for public comment 
on August 23, 2019, for a comment period that originally extended 
through October 7, 2019. Based on feedback from the public, this was 
extended until October 29, 2019. NPS also attended 12 public meetings 
sponsored by BLM, one in Fairbanks, one in Washington, DC, and 10 in 
rural Alaska communities possibly impacted by the road.
    NPS received slightly under 3,000 comments. The NPS analyzed all 
pieces of correspondence received during the comment period when 
preparing the final EEA. The comments assisted in identifying sections 
of the draft EEA, including proposed terms and conditions, that 
required refinement and revision. It also aided in organizing, 
clarifying, and addressing technical information within the final EEA.
    The Record of Decision (ROD), informed by the EEA, determined the 
Northern Alignment to be the most economically feasible and prudent 
alternative with less severe impacts allowing for construction, 
operation, maintenance, and reclamation of the private industrial 
access road. The selected route would impact fewer wetlands, would have 
less adverse impacts on fish, subsistence, wild and scenic rivers and 
would have greater economic feasibility.
    Due to the need for the overall road to traverse land managed by 
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the need for other federal 
permits, including a Clean Water Act section 404 permit from the Army 
Corps of Engineers (USACE), the full project is subject to NEPA, with 
BLM and USACE jointly undertaking that analysis. The subsistence impact 
analysis required by ANILCA Section 810 is found in the BLM/USACE joint 
ROD (JROD), as are the results of consultations required under other 
applicable laws. The JROD determined that the Northern Alignment was 
the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative and would 
not be contrary to the public interest. Full details are in the final 
DOI/DOT ROD and EEA, including required permit terms and conditions, 
which are available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Ambler.
    This is a final decision.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 410hh(4); 43 CFR 36.13(a).

George Wallace,
Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
[FR Doc. 2020-16906 Filed 8-3-20; 8:45 am]
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