Notice of Availability of the Coastal Plain Marsh Creek East Seismic Exploration Environmental Assessment, 81485-81486 [2020-27683]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Notices three alternatives: A no-action alternative, the applicant’s proposed action, and a more restrictive alternative consisting of feathering turbines at a rate of wind speed that results in less impacts to bats. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Next Steps The Service will evaluate the application and the comments received to determine whether the permit application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We will also conduct an intraService consultation pursuant to section 7 of the ESA to evaluate the effects of the proposed take. After considering the above findings, we will determine whether the permit issuance criteria of section 10(a)(l)(B) of the ESA have been met. If met, the Service will issue the requested ITP to the applicant. Public Comments The Service invites the public to comment and suggestions from all interested parties on the proposed HCP and draft EA and supporting documents during a 30-day public comment period (see DATES). In particular, information and comments regarding the following topics are requested: 1. Whether adaptive management, monitoring and mitigation provisions in the Proposed Action alternative are sufficient; 2. Any threats to the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat that may influence their populations over the life of the ITP that are not addressed in the proposed HCP or draft EA; 3. Any new information on whitenose syndrome effects on the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat; 4. Whether or not the significance of the impact on various aspects of the human environment has been adequately analyzed; 5. Any other information pertinent to evaluating the effects of the proposed action on the Indiana bat, the northern long-eared bat and the human environment; and 6. The direct, indirect, or cumulative effects that implementation of any alternative could have on the human environment. You may submit comments by one of the methods shown under ADDRESSES. We will post on http://regulations.gov all public comments and information received electronically or via hardcopy. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22) and the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6; 43 CFR part 46). Lori Nordstrom, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services. [FR Doc. 2020–27667 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Land Acquisitions; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire in trust 11.33 acres, more or less, of land in the City of Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, (Site) for the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma (Tribe) for gaming and other purposes. DATES: This final determination was made on December 11, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS– 3543 MIB, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 219–4066, paula.hart@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1, and is published to comply with the requirements of 25 CFR 151.12(c)(2)(ii) that notice of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81485 decision to acquire land in trust be promptly provided in the Federal Register. On the date listed in the DATES section of this notice, the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs issued a decision to acquire the Site, consisting of 11.33 acres, more or less, of land in trust for the Tribe under the authority of the Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. 5108. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs determined that Tribe’s request also meets the requirements of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act’s ‘‘Oklahoma exception,’’ 25 U.S.C. 2719(a)(2)(A)(i), to the general prohibition contained in 25 U.S.C. 2719(a) for gaming on lands acquired in trust after October 17, 1988. The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, will immediately acquire title to the Site in the name of the United States of America in trust for the Tribe upon fulfillment of Departmental requirements. The 11.33 acres, more or less, are located in the City of Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, and are described as follows: The surface and surface rights only in a tract of land located in the SE/4 of Section 02, Township 06 North, Range 18 West of the Indian Base and Meridian, Kiowa County, Oklahoma and more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the SE Corner of the said SE/4; thence N 00°06′58″ E along the East Line of the said SE/4 a distance of 1414.12 feet; thence N 89°53′02″ W perpendicular to the said East Line a distance of 66.30 feet to the East Right-of-Way Line of U.S. Highway No. 183, and the point of beginning; thence N 89°52′41″ W a distance of 1304.40 feet; thence N 00°06′58″ E a distance of 373.30 feet; thence S 89°52′41″ E a distance of 1320.00 feet to the said East Right-of-Way Line; thence S 01°06′35″ E along the said East Right-of-Way Line a distance of 307.98 feet; thence S 18°51′28″ W a distance of 69.05 feet to the point of beginning, consisting of 11.33 acres, more or less; surface and surface rights only. Basis of bearings: True Meridian. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–27699 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [21X.LLAKR00000.L13100000.DB0000] Notice of Availability of the Coastal Plain Marsh Creek East Seismic Exploration Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 81486 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Notices Notice of availability. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which requires the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain area within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the BLM, Arctic District Office, has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) for proposed 3-dimensional seismic exploration in the Coastal Plain of the ANWR. DATES: The BLM will accept comments concerning the adequacy of the analysis of the EA and the preliminary conclusions made in the Draft FONNSI. All comments must be received by December 30, 2020. Reviewers are encouraged to provide their comments in such a manner that they are useful to the agency’s analysis. Therefore, comments should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. ADDRESSES: Submit comments at the BLM ePlanning website (https:// eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/ project/2003258/510), or by mail or in person at the BLM Arctic District Office, Attn: Coastal Plain Seismic EA, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. Comments not transmitted in accordance with these instructions may not be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah LaMarr, Project Lead; by telephone, 907–474–2334; by email, slamarr@blm.gov; or by mail, at the address in the ADDRESSES section. Individuals who use telecommunication devices 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 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Section 20001 of Public Law 115–97 (Dec. 22, 2017), requires the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the BLM, to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and gas in and out of the Coastal Plain area within the ANWR. Kaktovik In˜upiat Corporation khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 (KIC) has requested authorization to conduct 3-dimensional seismic exploration on the eastern side of the Coastal Plain during the 2020/2021 winter season starting in January 2021, to acquire high-quality, high-resolution seismic data. Seismic exploration would occur on approximately 352,400 acres around the community of Kaktovik, to include 92,000 acres of Kaktovik In˜upiat Corporation lands and approximately 260,400 acres of federally managed lands. Seismic exploration generates acoustic waves that are picked up by sensors as the waves travel through and bounce off subsurface formations. From this information, images can be created that show subsurface structure and formations including those areas of potential hydrocarbons. Comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6. Chad B. Padgett, State Director. [FR Doc. 2020–27683 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Vineyard Wind LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The preparation of an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind) concerning the construction and operation of an 800 megawatt wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts (Vineyard Wind 1 Project) is no longer necessary and the process is hereby terminated. DATES: This termination takes effect immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Michelle Morin, BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166, (703) 787–1722 or michelle.morin@boem.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In December 2017, Vineyard Wind submitted to BOEM a COP for the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Vineyard Wind 1 Project. On December 7, 2018, BOEM published a Draft EIS for the proposed Project. On June 12, 2020, BOEM published a Supplement to the Draft EIS in response to comments from the public and stakeholders requesting an expanded cumulative analysis and an analysis of fishing data previously unavailable to BOEM. A Final EIS was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on December 11, 2020. However, by way of a letter dated December 1, 2020, Vineyard Wind withdrew the COP ‘‘from further review and decision-making by BOEM pursuant to 30 CFR 585.628’’ to conduct additional technical and logistical reviews associated with the inclusion of the General Electric Haliade-X wind turbine generator into the final project design. Vineyard Wind’s December 1, 2020, letter for withdrawal of its COP was made ‘‘effectively immediately.’’ Since the COP has been withdrawn from review and decision-making, there is no longer a proposal for a major federal action awaiting technical and environmental review, nor is there a decision pending before BOEM. See 42 U.S.C. 4332; 40 CFR 1500.1; 1508.1(q), (x). Thus, in light of Vineyard Wind’s letter dated December 1, 2020, this notice advises the public that the preparation and completion of an EIS is no longer necessary, and the process is hereby terminated. Authority: This Notice was prepared under National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and published in accordance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), including sections 1503.1 and 1506.6. William Yancey Brown, Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [FR Doc. 2020–27701 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–506 and 508 and 731–TA–1238–1243 (Review)] Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan Determination On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject five-year reviews, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[21X.LLAKR00000.L13100000.DB0000]


Notice of Availability of the Coastal Plain Marsh Creek East 
Seismic Exploration Environmental Assessment

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

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ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which requires 
the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land 
Management (BLM), to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas 
program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of 
oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain area within the Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the BLM, Arctic District Office, has 
prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No New 
Significant Impact (FONNSI) for proposed 3-dimensional seismic 
exploration in the Coastal Plain of the ANWR.

DATES: The BLM will accept comments concerning the adequacy of the 
analysis of the EA and the preliminary conclusions made in the Draft 
FONNSI. All comments must be received by December 30, 2020. Reviewers 
are encouraged to provide their comments in such a manner that they are 
useful to the agency's analysis. Therefore, comments should clearly 
articulate the reviewer's concerns and contentions.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments at the BLM ePlanning website (https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2003258/510), or by mail or in 
person at the BLM Arctic District Office, Attn: Coastal Plain Seismic 
EA, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. Comments not 
transmitted in accordance with these instructions may not be 
considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah LaMarr, Project Lead; by 
telephone, 907-474-2334; by email, [email protected]; or by mail, at the 
address in the ADDRESSES section.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices 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 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Section 20001 of Public Law 115-
97 (Dec. 22, 2017), requires the Secretary of the Interior, acting 
through the BLM, to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas 
program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of 
oil and gas in and out of the Coastal Plain area within the ANWR. 
Kaktovik I[ntilde]upiat Corporation (KIC) has requested authorization 
to conduct 3-dimensional seismic exploration on the eastern side of the 
Coastal Plain during the 2020/2021 winter season starting in January 
2021, to acquire high-quality, high-resolution seismic data.
    Seismic exploration would occur on approximately 352,400 acres 
around the community of Kaktovik, to include 92,000 acres of Kaktovik 
I[ntilde]upiat Corporation lands and approximately 260,400 acres of 
federally managed lands. Seismic exploration generates acoustic waves 
that are picked up by sensors as the waves travel through and bounce 
off subsurface formations. From this information, images can be created 
that show subsurface structure and formations including those areas of 
potential hydrocarbons.
    Comments received in response to this notice, including names and 
addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for 
this proposed action.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6.

Chad B. Padgett,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-27683 Filed 12-15-20; 8:45 am]
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