Date: April 23, 2009
Contact: Mark Jacobsen (406) 233-2831
BLM Schedules Hearing on Coal Lease Application
DICKINSON, N.D. ----The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing on the on the BNI Coal Lease application environmental assessment at 9 a.m. April 30, at the North Dakota Field Office in Dickinson.
The BLM will receive comments on the application’s environmental assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, Fair Market Value and Maximum Economic Recovery during the meeting. Written comments will also be accepted and are due May 15, 2009. Copies of the environmental assessment are available at the North Dakota Field Office.
Written comments on the environmental assessment should be sent to: Angela Wetz, North Dakota Field Office, 99 23rd Avenue West, Suite A, Dickinson, ND 58601. Written comments on the Fair Market Value and Maximum Economic Recovery should be sent to: BLM Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101-4669.
The coal lease application includes 160 acres adjacent to BNI’s Center Mine in Oliver County and is estimated to contain about 4.1 million tons of recoverable coal reserves.
For more information contact Angela Wetz at (701)227-7741.
The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.