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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
 
Release Date: 05/12/14
Contacts: Megan Crandall , 801-539-4020  

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Energy Route


Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office is seeking comments during a 30-day comment period for a proposal to construct the Ashley Valley Energy Route approximately five miles south of Vernal, Utah. 
 
Uintah County has filed a right-of-way application seeking authorization to build a new roadway in a 300-foot wide right-of-way that would extend from US 40 at the McCoy Flat area along 6500 South to US 40 south of Naples. The proposed route crosses 3.16 miles of BLM-administered land, 5.2 miles of School and Institutional Trust lands, and 3.9 miles of private land.  This roadway would accommodate heavy commercial traffic volumes which are expected to increase with the growth of the oil and gas industry.  A map and newsletter summarizing the project are located at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do.
 
In conjunction with the scoping period, a public scoping open house will be held on June 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vernal City Building Community Room. Representatives from the BLM and the proponent will be present during the meeting to talk face-to-face with members of the public, listen to any concerns, and answer questions about the project. The format of the meeting will be “open house” (come at any time, no formal presentation, no open microphone).
 
The BLM encourages the public to provide written comments on specific issues and concerns regarding the proposal. Written comments will help determine the issues to be addressed in the Environmental Assessment. All comments will be carefully reviewed and considered and become part of the official record. Please reference “Ashley Valley Energy Route” when submitting comments.   
 
Written comments must be submitted by June 12, 2014, by any of the following methods: 

·         In person at the scoping meeting or the Vernal BLM Field Office

·         U.S. Mail:
Vernal Field Office, BLM
ATTN: Stephanie Howard
170 South 500 EastVernal, Utah 84078

·         E-mail: blm_ut_vernal_comments@blm.gov

·         Project website:
https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do 

To submit a comment on the above webpage, choose the “Advanced Search” hyperlink, and in the “Project Name” field type in “Ashley Valley Energy Route.” Open the project website and click on the “Comment on Document” button. A newsletter summarizing the project and a map can also be found on this website.
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it 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 additional project-specific information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are sent 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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Last updated: 05-13-2014