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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Moab Field Office
 
Release Date: 01/23/13
Contacts: Rebecca Doolittle , 435-259-2141  

BLM Announces Public Scoping Period for Proposed Potash Exploration


Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office today announced opportunities for the public to share comments and ideas relating to a proposed potash exploration project in Grand County, Utah.

The BLM is considering a proposal for the drilling and reclamation of four potash exploration drill holes to test for the presence of potash resources near the Spring and Ten Mile Canyons about 21 miles northwest of Moab. Total surface disturbance for the project is about 17 acres. A full description of the proposed project can be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php

The BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposed exploration and invites the public to provide input on preliminary issues and planning criteria for the project EA.  A reasonable range of alternatives will be developed to respond to the issues identified at the outset of the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process.  Each alternative will outline solutions to the issues and concerns brought out through public scoping to develop reasonable approaches for using these new treatment options.

The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process.  The public scoping period is open until March 4, 2013.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information.  Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  

Please reference “potash” or include the word “potash” in the subject line when submitting comments.  Written comments should be mailed to:

Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn:  Rebecca Doolittle
82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532

Written comments may also be submitted via email to: UT_Moab_Comments@blm.gov.

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may 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.  The BLM will not consider anonymous comments.  All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. 

For further information concerning the proposed project or the public scoping period, contact the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at (435)259-2100.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual.  You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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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.
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Moab Field Office   82 East Dogwood      Moab, UT 84532  

Last updated: 01-23-2013