U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Miles City Field Office
|Release Date: 04/30/13|
|News Release No. 130430|
BLM seeks comment on coal lease modification
MILES CITY, Mont. ---- The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office has received an application from Decker Coal Company to amend an existing lease and add 500 acres to two Federal coal leases located at the West Decker Coal Mine, near Decker.
The BLM is seeking public comments on the lease modification for a 30 day public scoping period ending on May 31, 2013.
The BLM will hold a public scoping meeting at the Sheridan Public Library May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Sheridan, Wyo. to gather comments on the application.
The lease modification request lands are adjacent to the current Decker Mine permit boundary. The permit covers approximately 7,255 acres of land the company controls west of State Highway 314, roughly 20 miles northeast of Sheridan. Decker Coal Company operates the Decker Coal Mine complex which uses surface mining methods to extract the coal along with concurrent reclamation activities. Mining began at West Decker in August 1972.
The Scoping Notice will be made available on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/miles_city_field_office.html. Once completed, the EA will also be available at this website.
Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues and/or determine the extent of those issues.
Written substantive scoping comments should be received by May 31, 2013, and may be submitted via mail or hand-delivered during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to:
BLM Solid Minerals Geologist Nate Arave
Comments also can be sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Decker Lease Modification MTM 54716 & MTM 101099” in the subject line.
Those providing comments are advised that before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, that their entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
Call Nate Arave at 406.233.2800 for more information.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
Miles City Field Office 111 Garryowen Road Miles City, MT 59301
|Last updated: 12-16-2013|
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