Federal Register: April 12, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 70)
DOCID: fr12ap07-77 FR Doc E7-7013
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Land Management Bureau
WY ID: [WY-060-1320-EL, WYW154432]
ACTION: Coal leases, exploration licenses, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of availability (NOA) of a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for coal lease by application (LBA) WYW154432 in the decertified Powder River Federal Coal Production Region, Wyoming.
Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Maysdorf Coal Lease-By- Application Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Wyoming
DATES: The FEIS will be available for a 30 calendar day review period effective the date that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes their NOA of the FEIS in the Federal Register.
Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Maysdorf Coal Lease Application FEIS. The lease tract is being considered for sale as a result of a coal lease application received from Cordero Mining Company (CMC), operator of the adjacent Cordero Rojo Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming.
The FEIS analyzes and discloses to the public direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing a Federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. The BLM is considering issuing a coal lease as a result of a September 20, 2001, application submitted by CMC to lease Federal coal near the Cordero Rojo Mine, approximately 15 miles southsoutheast of Gillette, Wyoming.
CMC, the operator of the mine, applied to lease the tract as a maintenance tract to extend the life of their existing mining operations under the provisions of the Leasing by Application regulations at 43 CFR 3425. This tract, case number WYW154432, is referred to as the Maysdorf Coal Tract.
The following lands in Campbell County, Wyoming are included in the tract as applied for:
T. 46 N., R. 71 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming
Section 4: Lots 5, 6, 7 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 10 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 11, 12;
Section 10: Lots 1, 2, 3 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\), 4 (N\1/2\, N\1/ 2\S\1/2\), 5 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\), 6 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\);
Section 11: Lots 1 through 8, 9 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\), 10 (N\1/
2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\), 11 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/2\), 12 (N\1/2\, N\1/2\S\1/ 2\);
T. 47 N., R. 71 W, 6th P.M., Wyoming
Section 8: Lots 3 through 6, 11 through 13;
Section 21: Lots 1, 2, 3 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 6 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 7 through 10, 11 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 14 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 15, 16;
Section 28: Lots 1, 2, 3 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 6 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 7 through 10, 11 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 14 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 15, 16;
Section 33: Lots 1, 2, 3 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 6 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 7 through 10, 11 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 14 (E\1/2\E\1/2\), 15, 16;
Containing 2,219.39 acres, more or less.
CMC estimates that approximately 234.8 million tons of inplace Federal coal are included in the tract.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), the
Land Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality (WDEQ), and the Wyoming State Planning Office (WSPO) are
cooperating agencies in the preparation of the FEIS. If the tract is
leased as a maintenance tract, the new lease will be incorporated into
the existing mining and reclamation plan for the adjacent mine. The
Secretary of the Interior must approve the revision to the Mineral
Leasing Act (MLA) mining plan before the Federal coal can be mined. If
the tract is leased, OSM is the Federal agency that would be
responsible for recommending approval, approval with conditions, or
disapproval of the revised MLA mining plan to the Office of the [[Page 18489]]
Secretary of the Interior. WDEQ has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior to regulate surface coal mining operations on Federal and nonFederal lands within the State of Wyoming. WSPO coordinates planning within state agencies and facilitates collaboration among the agencies, the Federal Government, other states, the private sector, and the general public.
On February 1, 2005, the BLM published its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for the Maysdorf coal lease application in the Federal Register. A notice announcing the availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register by the EPA on May 26, 2006. A 60 day comment period on the Draft EIS commenced with publication of the EPA's notice of availability and ended on July 25, 2006. The BLM published a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing in the Federal Register on May 26, 2006. The BLM's Federal Register notice announced the date and time of a public hearing, which was held on June 13, 2006, in Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing was to solicit comments on the DEIS, fair market value, and the maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal.
During the review and comment period, the BLM received written
comments from five entities, which are included, with agency responses,
in an appendix to the FEIS. The FEIS analyzes leasing the above
described tract as applied for as a separate Proposed Action. Under
this alternative, a competitive sale would be held and a lease issued
for Federal coal in the tract as applied for by Cordero. As part of the
coal leasing process, BLM identified different tract configurations
that would potentially avoid bypassing coal or prompt competitive
interest in the unleased Federal coal in this area. The tract
configurations that BLM has identified are described and analyzed as
separate alternatives in the FEIS. Under these alternatives, a
competitive sale would be held and a lease issued for Federal coal
lands included in a tract modified by the BLM. The FEIS also analyzes
the alternative of rejecting the application to lease Federal coal as
the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action and alternatives being
considered in the FEIS are in conformance with the ``Approved Resource
Management Plan for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land
Management Buffalo Field Office'' (April 2001). A Record of Decision
(ROD) will be prepared after the close of the review period for the
FEIS. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be
aware that your entire commentincluding your personal identifying
informationmay be made publicly available at any time. While you can
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so. Comments received on the FEIS will be considered during preparation of the ROD.
Dated: February 27, 2007.
Acting State Director.
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BILLING CODE 431022P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at the BLM Casper Field Office address above or telephone (307) 3617600.