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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-21140
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart A, ``General.''
Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2007 Season
Document Number: 06-9492
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is proposing migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2007 season. This proposed rule would establish regulations that prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates when harvesting of birds may occur, species that can be taken, and methods and means that would be excluded from use. These regulations were developed under a co-management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. These regulations are intended to provide a framework to enable the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska. The rulemaking is necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking proposes regulations that go into effect on April 2, 2007, and expire on August 31, 2007.
Protection of Bald Eagles; Definition of “Disturb”
Document Number: E6-21139
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (we or us), reopen the comment period for our proposed rule, and announce the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) evaluating the possible effects of defining ``disturb'' under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. We prepared the DEA as part of the National Environmental Policy Act process. The analysis of our preferred alternative is based on a definition slightly modified from our February, 2006 proposed rulemaking (71 FR 8265, February 16, 2006).
Notice of Public Meetings, Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council Meetings
Document Number: E6-21127
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Powder River Regional Coal Team Activities: Notice of Public Meeting in Casper, WY
Document Number: E6-21111
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Powder River Regional Coal Team (RCT) has scheduled a public meeting for January 18, 2007, to review current and proposed activities in the Powder River Coal Region and to review pending coal lease applications (LBA).
Notice of Realty Action: Non-Competitive Sale in the Las Vegas Valley, NV
Document Number: E6-21041
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to sell a 5-acre parcel of public land in the southwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada to Clark County for affordable housing purposes. BLM proposes that the parcel be sold by direct sale to Clark County at less than the appraised fair market value (FMV), pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (Pub. L. 105-263, SNPLMA) and the Nevada Guidance on Policy and Procedures for Affordable Housing Disposals (Nevada Guidance) approved on August 8, 2006. BLM will sell the parcel under direct sale procedures in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. (FLPMA), and the BLM land sale and mineral conveyance regulations at 43 CFR parts 2710 and 2720.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease, Utah
Document Number: E6-21039
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with Title IV of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (Pub. L. 97-451), GLNA LLC timely filed a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease UTU76510 for lands in Grand County, Utah, and it was accompanied by all required rentals and royalties accruing from July 1, 2006, the date of termination.
Long-Term Experimental Plan for the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam and Other Associated Management Activities
Document Number: E6-20756
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In a Federal Register notice published on November 6, 2006 (71 FR 64982-64983), and pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and 40 CFR 1508.22, the Department of the Interior (Department), acting through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), provided notice that the Department intends to prepare an EIS and conduct public scoping meetings for the adoption of a Long-Term Experimental Plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and other associated management activities. This Federal Register notice, prepared pursuant to 40 CFR 1508.22, provides information on additional public scoping meetings, the purpose and need for the proposed action, and additional background on the Long-Term Experimental Plan. The purpose of the Long-Term Experimental Plan is to increase understanding of the ecosystem downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and to improve and protect important downstream resources. The NEPA process would evaluate the implications and impacts of each of the alternatives on all of the purposes and benefits of Glen Canyon Dam as well as on downstream resources. The proposed plan would implement a structured, long-term program of experimentation (including dam operations, modifications to Glen Canyon Dam intake structures, and other non-flow management actions, such as removal of non-native fish species) and monitoring in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. The proposed Long-Term Experimental Plan is intended to ensure a continued, structured application of adaptive management in such a manner as to protect, mitigate adverse impacts to, and improve the values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established, including, but not limited to natural and cultural resources and visitor use, consistent with applicable Federal law. The Long-Term Experimental Plan will build on a decade of scientific experimentation and monitoring that has taken place as part of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, and will build on the knowledge gained by experiments, operations, and management actions taken under the program. Accordingly, Reclamation intends to tier from earlier NEPA compliance documents prepared as part of the Department's Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program efforts, see 40 CFR 1500.4(i), 1502.20, and 1508.20(b), such as the 2002 Environmental Assessment prepared on adaptive management experimental actions at Glen Canyon Dam (Proposed Experimental Releases from Glen Canyon Dam and Removal of Non-Native Fish). Dates and Addresses: Two additional public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments on the scope of the Long-Term Experimental Plan and the issues and alternatives that should be analyzed. The meetings will serve to expand upon the input received from the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program meetings and the recommendations of the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), a federal advisory committee. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meetings to be held at the following locations: Thursday, January 4, 20076 p.m. to 8 p.m., Embassy Suites Phoenix Airport at 44th Street, 1515 North 44th Street, Cholla Room, Phoenix, Arizona. Friday, January 5, 20076 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salon 1, Salt Lake City, Utah. Written comments on the proposed development of the Long-Term Experimental Plan may be sent by close of business on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, to: Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Attention: UC-402, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84318-1147, faxogram at (801) 524-3858, or e-mail at GCDExpPlan@uc.usbr.gov.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Laguna Mountains Skipper (Pyrgus ruralis lagunae
Document Number: 06-9498
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for the Laguna Mountains skipper (Pyrgus ruralis lagunae) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 6,242 acres (ac) (2,525 hectares (ha)) fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The critical habitat is located in San Diego County, California, on lands under Federal (3,516 ac (1,423 ha)), State (381 ac (154 ha)), and private (2,345 ac (948 ha)) ownership.
Notice of Public Meeting; Central Montana Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: E6-20973
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Public Meeting, Dakotas Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: E6-20972
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Dakotas Resource Advisory Council will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Intent (NOI) To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for an Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan (ORV Management Plan) for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC
Document Number: E6-20961
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4332, and Council on Environmental Quality regulations, 40 CFR 1506.6, that the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), will prepare an ORV Management Plan/EIS. The ORV Management Plan/EIS will be used to guide the management and control of ORVs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (the Seashore), North Carolina, for approximately the next 10 to 15 years. It will also form the basis for a special regulation that would regulate ORV use at the Seashore. The ORV Management Plan/EIS will assess potential environmental impacts associated with a range of reasonable alternatives for managing ORV impacts on park resources such as threatened and endangered species, soils, wetlands, wildlife, and cultural resources. Socioeconomic impacts and effects on visitor experience and public safety will also be analyzed.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: E6-20926
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice of Competitive Coal Lease Offering By Sealed Bid, Colorado
Document Number: E6-20913
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado State Office, will offer certain coal resources in the B, D/E seams in Gunnison County, Colorado, hereinafter described as Federal coal lease application (LBA) COC 67232 for competitive lease by sealed bid in accordance with the provisions for competitive lease sales in 43 CFR 3422.2(a), and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended and supplemented (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.).
National Park Service Benefits-Sharing Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-20854
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Park Service published a Notice of Availability on September 26, 2006, (71 FR 186) for the National Park Service Benefits-Sharing Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public comment period was to expire December 15, 2006. This notice extends the public comment period until January 29, 2007.
Class II Definitions and Gaming Standards and Technical Standards
Document Number: E6-20843
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice reopens the period for comments on proposed Class II definitions and game classification standards published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30232, 71 FR 30238). This notice also reopens the period for comments on proposed Class II technical standards published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006 (71 FR 46336).
Notice of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group Meeting
Document Number: 06-9606
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) will meet in Pinedale, Wyoming, for business meetings. Group meetings are open to the public.
South Delta Improvements Program, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, CA
Document Number: 06-9601
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have prepared a Final EIS/EIR for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP). The SDIP is being pursued to address the needs of the Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) aquatic environment, as well as longstanding statewise, regional and local water supply needs. Reclamation and DWR have identified the following objectives and purpose: reduce the movement of San Joaquin River watershed Central Valley fall-/late fall-run juvenile Chinook salmon into the south Delta via Old River; maintain adequate water levels and, through improved circulation, water quality available for agricultural diversions in the south Delta, downstream of the head of Old River; and increase water deliveries and delivery reliability for Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) water contractors south of the Delta and provide opportunities to convey water for fish and wildlife purposes by increasing the maximum permitted level of diversion through the existing intake gates at Clifton Court Forebay from 6680 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 8500 cfs.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0089
Document Number: 06-9592
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing its intention to request renewed authority for the following collection of information: 30 CFR part 702 regarding the exemption of coal extraction incidental to the extraction of other minerals. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of the Management and Budget (OMB), and assigned clearance number 1029- 0089.
Notice of Availability of the Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor Counties, FL
Document Number: 06-9591
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor Counties, Florida, is available for distribution. The plan was prepared pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and describes how the refuge will be managed for the next 15 years.
Oil and Gas Leasing: Onshore Oil and Gas Operations-Fees, Rentals, and Royalty
Document Number: 06-9530
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The termination of benefits for stripper well properties was effective February 1, 2006, and replaced by Section 343 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was established a Marginal Property Production Incentives Program (MPPIP).
Wyoming: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease
Document Number: E6-20711
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Windsor Beaver Creek LLC for competitive oil and gas lease WYW147371 for land in Sheridan County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law.
Wyoming: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease
Document Number: E6-20710
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Windsor Beaver Creek LLC for competitive oil and gas lease WYW147368 for land in Sheridan County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law.
States' Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties
Document Number: E6-20708
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) published final regulations on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), codified at 30 CFR 204.200-215, to provide accounting and auditing relief for marginal Federal oil and gas properties. The rule requires MMS to publish in the Federal Register the decisions of the States concerned to allow or not to allow one or both forms of relief in their State. As required in the rule, MMS provided states receiving a portion of the Federal royalties with a list of qualifying marginal Federal oil and gas properties located in their State so that each affected State could decide whether to participate in one or both relief options. This notice provides the decisions by the States concerned to allow one or both types of relief.
Notice of Receipt of Application for Telecommunication Site
Document Number: 06-9566
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
(Authority: 47 U.S.C. 332 (Telecommunications Act of 1996); 16 U.S.C. 5; other applicable authorities and Director's order 53) Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has received an application from Commnet Four Corners, LLC, to install and operate a wireless (cellular) telephone system. The location of the proposed telecommunication site is at the Lake Powell Resort near Page, Arizona. Commnet ``brokers'' cellular time with major cellular providers enabling most callers to connect and be billed based on their existing calling plans. Both voice and data services will eventually be available.
Notice of Public Meeting, Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-20625
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee will meet as indicated below:
Proposed Appointment of Norman H. DesRosiers to the National Indian Gaming Commission
Document Number: E6-20592
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act provides for a three-person National Indian Gaming Commission. One member, the chairman, is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two associate members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Before appointing members, the Secretary is required to provide public notice of a proposed appointment and allow a comment period. Notice is hereby given of the proposed appointment of Norman H. DesRosiers as an associate member of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a term of 3 years.
Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/Washington
Document Number: E6-20586
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The plats of survey of the following described lands were officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington State Office, Portland, Oregon, on September 28, 2006.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Upper Tidal Potomac River Population of the Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) as an Endangered Distinct Population Segment
Document Number: E6-20542
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the distinct vertebrate population segment (DPS) of the northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) in the upper tidal Potomac River as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find the petition does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action is warranted. Therefore, we will not initiate a further status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of this population of the northern water snake or threats to it.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) as Threatened With Critical Habitat
Document Number: E6-20530
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The petition also asked that critical habitat be designated for the species. After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that the petitioned action is not warranted. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the species. This information will help us monitor and encourage the conservation of this species.
60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 06-9538
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-XXXX).
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; New Mexico
Document Number: E6-20567
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management proposes to withdraw 16.45 acres of public land from surface entry and mining for a period of 20 years to protect the Farmington Administrative Site. The land was previously withdrawn by Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6616, which expired July 10, 2006.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension and Opportunity for Public Meeting; New Mexico
Document Number: E6-20565
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6675 for an additional 20 years. PLO No. 6675 withdrew 264.39 acres of public lands in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties from settlement, sale, location or entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws, to protect, preserve, and maintain existing and future recreational values and the Federal investment in improvements located along the ``Pilar'' section of the Rio Grande.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Tricolored Blackbird as Threatened or Endangered
Document Number: E6-20547
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the tricolored blackbird may be warranted. Therefore, we will not be initiating a status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the tricolored blackbird or its habitat at any time.
Notice of Availability of the Spring Creek Coal Company's Lease by Application MTM 94378 Environmental Assessment, Federal Coal Notice of Public Hearing, and Request for Environmental Assessment, Maximum Economic Recovery, and Fair Market Value Comments
Document Number: E6-20546
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
In accordance with 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.4, the Bureau of Land Management, Miles City Field Office, Miles City, Montana, hereby gives notice that an Environmental Assessment (EA) is available and a public hearing will be held to lease Federal coal. The EA analyzes and discloses direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing competitively a Federal coal lease for 1,207.5 acres in the Bighorn County, Montana. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit comments from the public on (1) The proposal to issue a Federal coal lease; (2) the proposed competitive lease sale; (3) the Fair Market Value (FMV) of the Federal coal; and (4) Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) of the Federal coal included in the tracts.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; New Mexico
Document Number: E6-20528
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (U.S. Forest Service), has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw from mining 65 acres of National Forest System land in the Water Canyon Recreation Area of the Cibola National Forest. This notice segregates the land from location and entry under the United States mining laws for 2 years, while various studies and analyses are made to support a final decision on the withdrawal application.
Determination of Valid Existing Rights Within the Daniel Boone National Forest, KY
Document Number: E6-20507
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
This notice announces our decision on a request for a determination of valid existing rights (VER) under section 522(e) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). We have determined that Sturgeon Mining Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Mining or Sturgeon) possesses VER for a coal haulroad within the boundaries of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Owsley County, Kentucky. This decision will allow Sturgeon to obtain a Kentucky surface coal mining and reclamation permit for the road in question and to use the road to access and haul coal from a surface mine located on adjacent private lands.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: E6-20495
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of the Minerals Management Service by the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 256.41, each entity within one of the following groups shall be restricted from bidding with any entity in any other of the following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period November 1, 2006 through April 30, 2007. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register April 28, 2006 covered the period May 1, 2006 through October 31, 2006.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Delist the Sacramento Mountains Thistle (Cirsium vinaceum) and Initiation of 5-Year Status Review
Document Number: E6-20317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to remove the threatened Sacramento Mountains thistle (Cirsium vinaceum) (thistle) from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Plants, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find the petition does not present substantial information indicating that delisting of the thistle may be warranted. Therefore, we will not initiate a further 12-month status review in response to this petition under section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act. However, we are initiating a 5-year review of this species under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act to consider information that has become available since we listed the species as threatened on June 16, 1987 (52 FR 22933). This will provide the public an opportunity to submit new information on the status of the species. We invite all interested parties to submit comments or information regarding this species.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
Document Number: 06-9521
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a General Management Plan/Wilderness Study (GMP/WS) for Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Riverways). The GMP/WS will prescribe the resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained in the Riverways over the next 15 to 20 years.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-9513
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet on December 14, 2006. This meeting will be held jointly with the California Bay-Delta Authority. The agenda for the joint meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on end of Stage 1 decisions and planning for Stage 2 actions for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Program); and recommendations on Year 6 Program Performance and Accomplishments, Year 7 Priorities and Program Plans, and Program Performance and Balance. The meeting will also include reports form the Lead Scientist and the Independent Science Board, along with updates on the Delta Vision, Delta Risk Management Strategy, Pelagic Organisms Decline Action Plan, and Program Performance and Tracking.
Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988
Document Number: E6-20494
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
This document extends the comment period for the proposed rule published on Thursday, October 5, 2006 (71 FR 58769), which establishes procedures that an Indian tribe must follow in seeking to conduct gaming on lands acquired after October 17, 1988. This document also contains corrections to the proposed rule. The regulation relates to gaming on trust lands acquired after October 17, 1988.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Amended Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-20468
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, is preparing a supplemental Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS) for the Northeast portion of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).
Notice of Invitation for Coal Exploration License Application Westmoreland Savage Corporation, MTM 95948 Montana
Document Number: E6-20458
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
Pursuant to Section 2(b) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended by Section 4 of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976, 90 Stat. 1083, 30 U.S.C. 201(b), and to the regulations adopted as 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3410, all interested Qualified parties, as provided in 43 CFR 3472.1, are hereby invited to participate with Westmoreland Savage Corporation on a pro rata cost sharing basis in a program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in the following-described lands in Richland County, Montana:
Public Land Order No. 7672; Extension of Public Land Order No. 6630; Minnesota
Document Number: E6-20455
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
This order extends Public Land Order No. 6630 for an additional 20-year period. This extension is necessary to allow the National Park Service to continue to manage the land as part of the Voyageurs National Park.