Northeastern States Field Office NEPA Log Fiscal Year 2013

This log tracks the start and completion of BLM's review of actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  For some actions BLM may request public input during comment periods initiated through official notifications (i.e., direct mailing, local and/or state newspapers, Federal Register Notices).  However, interested parties are also encouraged to check this site to ensure adequate time for comment on specific NEPA documents, especially for cases when an official public comment period is not planned.  When timely comments are received they will be considered during the NEPA analysis and decision-making process. Please feel free to provide comments to or request information from this contact e-mail kwadzins@blm.gov or telephone number (414) 297-4408.  Any comments should include the reference number for the proposed action. 

NOTE:  Reference Numbers proceeded by an asterisk indicate environmental analyses documents currently under formal 30-day comment period. See "ES Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nominated Parcels" at:  http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/minerals/nominated_parcels.html  for more details. 

 

TERMS:  APD = Application for Permit to Drill;   CX = Categorical Exclusion;    DR = Decision Record;   EA = Environmental Assessment;     EOI = Expression of Interest;   ROD = Record of Decision;  T = Township;  R = Range;  Sec. = Section

 

Reference Number
Type
Proposed Action
State
County
Location T.-R. - Sec. -Meridian
Surface Management Agency (SMA)
Date Entered
Current Status/Project Description
Completion Date
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0031-EA
 
EA
 
Twin Metals Minnesota Bulk Sampling Project
 
MN
 
Lake & St. Louis
 
T. 61 N., R. 11 W., 4th PM
 
U.S. Forest Service
 
9/17/2013
Draft EA has not been started.
Extraction of bulk samples for testing.
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0030-EA
 EA
 Twin Metals Minnesota Lease Renewals MNES-01352 & MNES-01353
MN
 Lake & St. Louis
MNES-01352 (Lake County)
T. 61 N., R. 11 W., 4th PM
Sec. 3, Lot 2; SWSW; S2SE;
Sec. 5, Lots 1 & 2; S2NE; Lot 6; Lot 7; NESW; S2SW; N2SE;
Sec. 6, Lots 13, 22, 23 & 24;
Sec. 7, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 & 19;
Sec. 8, Lots 2 & 6;
Sec. 9, All except W2NW;
Sec. 18, Lots 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20;
Sec. 19, Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8.
MNES-01352 (Lake County):
T. 62 N., R. 11 W., 4th PM
Sec. 27, SESW;
Sec. 32, Lot 4;
Sec. 33, Lots 6 & 7;
Sec. 34, NW.
MNES-01352 (St. Louis County):
T. 61 N., R. 12 W., 4th PM
Sec. 25, Lot 2, SWSW.
MNES-01352 Lease Totals: 2,610.07 acres.

MNES-01353 (Lake County):
T. 62 N., R. 10 W., 4th PM
Sec. 19, All;
Sec. 20, SW;
Sec. 29, N2;
Sec. 30, N2, Lot 3 (NWSW).
T. 62 N., R. 11 W., 4th PM
Sec. 24, Lot 7, SESW, S2SE;
Sec. 25, N2, W2SW (undivided one-half interest), NESE;
Sec. 26, S2NE, NESW, E2SE (undivided one-half interest).
MNES-01353 Lease Totals: 2,254.71 acres.
 
U.S. Forest Service
9/17/2013
Draft EA currently being written. The EA will address stipulations to the leases.
BLM has received two lease renewal applications from TMM.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0029-Other
 
ROD
 
ROD for Pre-Sale Lease Offer MIES-49319 (EOI-72) Huron-Manistee NF
 
MI
 
Newaygo
 
 
Michigan Meridian, T. 14 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 20: E1/2SW and Sec. 21: E1/2SE.
Total Acres: 160
 
U.S. Forest Service
 
9/6/2013
EOI-72 will be combined with other EOIs into one EA (NEPA #: DOI-BLM-ES-2015-0001-EA). The EA will be a supplement to the Huron-Manistee NFs LRMP.
BLM proposes to offer competitive lease for 100% federal minerals on 160 acres in Huron-Manistee National Forest.
 
10/15/2014 
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0028-CX
 
CX
 
Twin Metals Minnesota Small Pit Samples MNES-001352
 
MN
 
Lake
 
T. 61 N., R. 11 W., 4th PM; UTM coordinates 5295248.6 meters north, 593.379.5 meters east from Minnesota Hwy. 1 on Forest Road 1900
 
U.S. Forest Service
 
9/5/2013
Signed. Twin Metals Minnesota proposes sampling of 15 pit sites on the Superior NF adjacent to the INCO shaft site.
 
9/9/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0027-EA
 
EA
 
EA for EOI-351/1006
 
PA
 
Bradford
 
 
Metes and Bounds location within the boundaries of State Game Lands 219.
Total Acres: 5,194
 
State of Pennsylvania
 
 8/2/2013
Final EA/FONSI sent to Eastern States Office on 10/6/2014. Proposed for March 2015 lease sale.
Proposed EA originally posted in 2013 for comment. EA pulled from March 2014 lease sale awaiting Sect. 7 consultation letter from USFWS. EA reposted to Eastern States website 4/7/2014 for 30-day public comment period which ended 5/8/2014. 11 comments received were addressed in Final EA. 
BLM proposes to issue competitive leases for the 75% U.S. oil and gas interest held in State Game Lands 219.
 
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0026-EA
 
EA
 
EA for EOI-1756
 
PA
 
Tioga & Bradford
 
 
Metes and Bounds location within the boundaries of the Tioga State Forest.
Total acres: approximately 9,500
 
State of Pennsylvania
 
8/2/2013
Started EA on 8/2/2013. Public scoping meetings with PA DCNR possibly in 2015 to address issues.
BLM proposes to issue competitive leases for the 75% U.S. oil and gas interest held in Tioga State Forest.
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0025-EA
Doc Link: 2013-25
 
EA
 
EA for EOI-247 & EOI-270
 
MI
 
Alcona
Michigan Meridian, Mitchell, Hawes, Millen, & Mikado Townships;
T. 25 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 4, NENW (38.47 ; Sec. 21, SW;  Sec. 26 Pt. NWNW (34.7 acres);
T. 26 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 4 N. 933.4' of the E. 933.4' of the SENE (20 acres);
T. 27 N., R. 6 E., Sec. 23, W2NW;
T. 27 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 27, N2SE;
T. 27 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 13, NWNE;
T. 28 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 22 NENE, Sec. 26, S2NE, NWSE.
Total Acres: 696
 
Private 
 
2/3/2013
FONSI/DR signed on 9/13/2013. Parcels auctioned at Dec. 2013 Lease Sale.
30-day public comment period ended 7/25/2013. No comments were received.
Expressions of Interest for oil and gas leasing on private lands.
 
9/13/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0024-Other
 
ROD
 
ROD for EOI-626 and EOI-892, Huron-Manistee NF
 
MI
 
Lake
 
Michigan Meridian
T. 20 N., R. 11 W., All of Secs. 1, 2, 11, 12, 14 and 15 and Parts of Secs. 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 22, 23, 34, 35 and 36.
Total Acres: 9,496.82
 
US Forest Service
 
7/23/2013
EOI-892 will be combined with other EOIs into one EA (NEPA #: DOI-BLM-ES-2015-0001-EA). EOI-626 will be addressed at a future date.  The EA will be a supplement to the Huron-Manistee NFs LRMP.
BLM proposes to issue competitive leases for the 100% U.S. oil and gas interest held in 480 acres (EOI-892) and reversionary future 100% U.S. interest in 9,016.82 acres (EOI-626) of the lands requested. USFS authorized leasing of these lands on 7/18/2013.
 
10/15/2014
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0023-EA
 
EA
 
Rock County, Illinois Right-of-Way
 
IL
 
Rock
4th Principal Meridian
T. 18 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 24, Lot 4.
 
BLM
 
7/15/2013
Started EA on 7/15/2013.
Authorization for an existing right-of-way on and across Winnebago (Dynamite) Island (1.4 acres).
 
Cancelled 3/3/2014
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0022-Other
 
ROD
 
ROD for Competitive Leasing on Huron-Manistee NF (EOI-861)
 
MI
 
Newaygo
 
 
Michigan Meridian
T. 18 N., R. 13 W., Parts of Secs. 9 & 32; T. 18 N., R. 14 W., Parts of Secs. 6, 11, 12 & 23; T. 19 N., R. 13 W., Parts of Secs. 3, 7, 9 & 10; T. 19 N., R. 14 W., Part of Sec. 17.
Total Acres: 15,805.95
 
US Forest Service
 
7/8/2013
EOI-861 will be combined with other EOIs into one EA (NEPA #: DOI-BLM-ES-2015-0001-EA). The EA will be a supplement to the Huron-Manistee NFs LRMP.
BLM proposes to issue competitive leases for the 100% U.S. oil and gas interest held in lands requested. USFS authorized leasing of these lands on 6/27/2013.
 
10/15/2014
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0021-CX
Doc link: 2013-21
 
CX
 
Poverty Island Withdrawal Revocation (MIES-002537)
 
MI
 
Delta
 
 
T. 36 N., R. 19 W., Secs. 8 & 9.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 192
 
US Coast Guard
 
6/28/2013
Signed/awaiting approval at BLM Wash. Office.
USCG submitted Notice of Intent to relinquish custody/control of Poverty Island. Withdrawal revocation is a recording clearing action to allow conveyance of island.
 
7/3/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0020-Other
ROD
9 Oil and Gas Lease Applications
MI
Lake
T. 18 N., R. 13 W.,
Parts of Secs. 9 and 32;
T. 18 N., R. 14 W.,
Parts of Secs. 6, 11, 12, and 23;
T. 19 N., R. 13 W.,
Parts of Secs. 3, 7, 9, and 10;
T. 19 N., R. 14 W.,
Parts of Sec. 17; Michigan Meridian.
Total Acres: 2,187.21
US Forest Service
4/24/2013
Drafting ROD.
BLM proposes to issue 8 non-competitive leases for the 100% U.S. oil and gas interest held in lands requested in 9 over-the-counter oil and gas lease applications. BLM preparing ROD for issuing the leases.
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0019-Other
ROD
ROD for EOI-1605
MI
Lake
Michigan Meridian
Peacock Township, Lake County
T. 19 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 17, W1/2NENWNW;
Part of N1/2SWNW containing 7 acres north of railroad;

Part of N1/2SWNW containing 8.64 acres;

Part lying South of the railroad except strip 2 rods wide on West boundary;
Also except strip 30' wide on East boundary.;
SWSENW
(30.64 acres);

Sec. 18, N1/2NE
(80 acres);
Total Acres: 110.64
US Forest Service
5/3/2013
EOI-1605 will be combined with other EOIs into one EA (NEPA #: DOI-BLM-ES-2015-0001-EA). The EA will be a supplement to the Huron-Manistee NFs LRMP.

BLM proposes to issue competitive leases for the 100% U.S. oil and gas interest held in lands requested.

 

 

 

 

 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0018-EA
EA
Fire Management Plan and Multiple RMP Amendment
WI, MN, MI, IL, MO
Various
BLM islands and other BLM-owned lands   (< 3,000 acres).
BLM
1/1/2012
Drafting EA.
Multiple state Fire Management Plan and associated RMP amendments.
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0017-EA
EA
EA for EOI-266
MI
Oceana 
Pentwater Township, T. 16 N., R. 18 W., Sec. 2, NENE & NESE.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 80.28
Private
4/17/2013
Forwarded 6/21/2013 to Eastern States Office for future lease sale.
30-day public comment period ended 7/25/2013. Received 22 comments that were incorporated into final EA posted to ES website on 9/5/2013.
Expression of Interest for oil and gas leasing on private lands. Landowners have been identified by letter.
 9/6/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0016-EA-APD
Doc Link: 2013-16
EA-APD
APD for USA-Alexander #1 Well (OHES-051969)
OH
Washington 
 
Independence Township. T. 2 N., R. 6 W., Sec. 26.
Seven Ranges Survey
Total Acres: 40
US Forest Service
3/29/2013
FONSI/DR signed for downhole EA on a submitted APD on Forest Service lands.
 6/6/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0015-EA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled and re-entered as new NEPA # DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0016-EA-APD
N/A
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0014-EA
Doc Link: 2013-14
EA
Wisconsin Resource Management Plan Amendment, WIES-057676
WI
Oneida 
T. 37 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 33, Lots 6 and 13.
4th PM.
Total Acres: 1.4
BLM
3/11/2012
EA completed and Decision Record signed approving direct land sale of reversionary interest.
 10/25/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0013-EA
EA
EOI-101: MIES051664; EOI-102: MIES051665; EOI-103: MIES051666
MI
Manistee 
 
T. 22 N., R. 14 W., Sec. 3, 1.28-acre portion of SENE, Michigan Meridian; T. 22 N., R. 14 W., Sec. 16, NENW, S1/2SENW, part of NWNW lying E. of E. line of the railroad right-of-way; Sec. 23, S1/2SW, Michigan Meridian; T. 22 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 24, S1/2SESE; Sec. 25, NENW.
Michigan Meridian  
Total Acres: 208
Private
11/7/2012
DR signed. Parcels auctioned at Dec. 2013 Lease Sale.
30-day public comment period ended 7/25/2013. No comments were received.
Expressions of Interest for oil and gas leasing on private lands. 
 6/12/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0012-CX sec-390-1
CX sec-390-1
O.I.L. Energy USA Merrill 1-18  Reentry EA
MI
Newaygo 
 
T. 15 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 18, SENE.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 40
US Forest Service
12/14/2012
Signed.
Proposed re-entry of the plugged and abandoned USA Merrill 1-18 well (P/N 46218).
1/11/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0011-EA
Doc Link: 2013-11
EA
EA for EOI #'s 1579 & 366
MI
Grand Traverse 
T. 25 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 18, NENE.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 40
Private
2/1/2012
FONSI/DR signed on 9/13/2013. Parcels auctioned at Dec. 2013 lease sale.
30-day public comment period ended 7/25/2013. No comments were received.
Expressions of Interest for oil and gas leasing on private lands. Landowners have been notified by letter.
 9/13/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0010-Other
ROD
ROD for 7 Oil and Gas Lease Operations (Casefile #s: MIES 35195, 35196, 35414, 35415, 35668, 36745, 36746)
MI
Mason 
T. 18 N., R. 15 W., Parts of Secs. 19, 20, & 34;  T. 20 N., R. 15 W., Parts of Sec. 24; T. 20 N., R. 16 W., Parts of Sec. 16.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 768.29 
US Forest Service
11/19/2012
ROD signed on 7/9/2013.
BLM proposes to issue non-competitive leases for the 100% U.S. oil and gas interest in the available lands.    

 

 

 7/9/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0009-EA
Doc Link: 2013-9
EA
EA for EOI #'s 1404, 1405, & 1604
MI
Calhoun & Jackson 
(EOI-1404, Calhoun Co.): T. 1 S., R. 5 W., Sec. 35, SWSW, Michigan Meridian;  (EOI-1405, Jackson Co.): T. 4 S., R. 2 E., Sec. 22, SWNE, Michigan Meridian; (EOI-1604, Jackson Co.): T. 4 S., R. 2 E., Sec. 22, NESE.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 120 
Private
3/6/2012
FONSI/DR signed on 6/12/2013. Parcels auctioned at Sept. 2013 Lease Sale. 

 

 6/12/2013
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0008-Other
Doc Link: 2013-8
ROD
ROD for Pre-Sale Lease Offer MIES 38349 (EOI 010)
MI
Newaygo 
 
T. 16 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 7,  N1/2SW, SWSW, NWSE, N1/2NE, SWNE, NW.
Michigan Meridian
Total Acres: 440
US Forest Service
11/19/2012
ROD signed on 6/12/2013. No bids were received during the June 2013 lease sale.
 6/12/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0007-EA 
EA
EA for EOI #'s 1075 & 1073 & OH1120 
OH
Muskingum 
 
Boundary of the Blue Rock State Forest (less 113 acres of federal lease).
Muskingum River Survey.
Total Acres: 4,525
State of Ohio
9/4/2012
Parcels pulled from Sept. 2013 lease sale, awaiting further consultation with Ohio DNR.
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0006-EA
 
Cancelled
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled
N/A
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0005-EA
 
Cancelled
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled
N/A
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0004-EA
 
Cancelled
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled
N/A
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0003-EA
 
Cancelled
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled
N/A
 
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0002-EA
Doc Link: 2013-2
EA
EA for 9 EOI's Allegan County, Michigan
MI
Allegan 
Allegan County, Michigan parcels located in:  T. 1 N., R. 14 W., Secs. 1 & 3; T. 1 N., R. 15 W., Secs. 2, 4, 11-12; T. 2 N. R. 13 W., Secs. 30-31; T. 3 N., R. 13 W., Secs. 7-8, 18-20, & 30; T. 2 N., R. 14 W., Secs. 3-10, 15-29, 33-36; T. 2 N., R. 15 W., Secs. 1-3, 10-15, 17, 20-22, 27-28, 33-34, & 36; T. 3 N., R. 14 W., Secs. 11-12, 14-22, 27-34; T. 3 N., R. 15 W., Secs. 13-15, 17, 22-27, 35-36.
Michigan Meridian.
Total Acres: 27,302
State of Michigan
10/10/2012
FONSI/DR signed on 6/12/2013. Parcels auctioned at Sept. 2013 Lease Sale.
 
 
 6/12/2013
DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0001-EA
 
Cancelled
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelled -completed as a Sect. 390-1 CX (New NEPA # DOI-BLM-ES-0030-2013-0012-CX-sec 390-1
N/A