Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extensions and Public Meetings; Idaho
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed an application proposing to extend Public Land Order Nos. 6629 and 6670 for additional 20-year terms. The Public Land Orders withdrew public lands and reserved mineral interests from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the general land laws, including the mining laws, to protect the recreational and scenic values of the Lower Salmon River. This notice gives the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and gives notice for scheduled public meetings in connection with the proposed withdrawal extensions.
Eastern States: Filing of Plat of Survey
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM-Eastern States, Springfield, Virginia, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Higgins Eye (Lampsilis higginsii
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 5-year review of Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii), Hungerford's crawling water beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), Missouri bladderpod (Lesquerella filiformis), and Running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any information on the aforementioned species since their original listings in 1976 (41 FR 24064), 1994 (59 FR 10584), 1987 (52 FR 682), and 1987 (52 FR 21480), respectively, that has a bearing on the classification of these species as threatened or endangered. A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the classification of a listed species is appropriate. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make a finding of whether these species are properly classified under section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
Proposed Low Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Northern Indiana Public Service Company and the Indiana-American Water Company, Inc.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company and the Indiana- American Water Company, Inc. (Applicants) have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for a joint incidental take permit for one covered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The application addresses the potential for ``take'' of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) from management activities associated with electric power transmission line, natural gas pipeline, and potable water pipeline right-of-ways in northern Lake and Porter Counties, Indiana. A conservation program to mitigate for the project activities would be implemented as described in the proposed Low Effect Habitat Conservation Plan (proposed Plan), which would be implemented by the Applicants. We are requesting comments on the permit application and on the preliminary determination that the proposed Plan qualifies as a ``Low-Effect'' Habitat Conservation Plan, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
The following applicants have applied for permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531, et seq.).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Reconstruction of BIA Route 4 on the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has reconsidered the Finding of No Significant Impact signed on March 24, 2004, for the proposed reconstruction of BIA Route 4 near Fort Thompson, South Dakota. This notice advises the public that the BIA intends to gather the information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the reconstruction project. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the roadway to modern safety standards. This notice also announces two public scoping meetings to identify potential issues, concerns and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Fixed and Floating Platforms and Structures and Documents Incorporated by Reference
This rule amends our regulations concerning platforms and structures to include coverage of floating offshore oil and gas production platforms. The rule also incorporates into MMS regulations a body of industry standards pertaining to floating production systems (FPSs). Limited changes are also made to regulations concerning oil and gas production safety systems; and pipelines and pipeline rights-of- way. These changes are needed because of the rapid increase in deepwater exploration and development, and industry's increasing reliance on floating facilities for those activities. Incorporating the industry standards into MMS regulations will save the public the costs of developing separate, and possibly duplicative, government standards, and will streamline our procedures for reviewing and approving new offshore floating platforms.
Oil and Gas Leasing; Geothermal Resources Leasing; Coal Management; Management of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal; Mineral Materials Disposal; and Mining Claims Under the General Mining Laws
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is again proposing to amend its mineral resources regulations to increase many fees and to impose new fees to cover BLM's costs of processing certain documents relating to its minerals programs. This would include costs for actions such as environmental studies, monitoring activities, and other processing-related costs. The BLM would establish some fixed fees and some fees on a case-by-case basis. The proposed fee changes are based on statutory authorities, which authorize BLM to charge for its processing costs, and on policy guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) requiring BLM to charge these fees. The fee changes also respond to recommendations issued in audit reports by the DOI's Office of Inspector General (OIG).