|March 27, 2006|
Contact: Beverly Gorny
Powder River Regional Coal Team to Meet
The Powder River Regional Coal Team (RCT) will meet Wednesday, April 19, 2006 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2211 King Boulevard, in Casper. The RCT will review current and proposed activities in the Powder River coal region including pending coal lease applications. The meeting is open to the public.
The RCT consists of the Governors and BLM State Directors from Wyoming and Montana, and the BLM Deputy State Director of Minerals and Lands in Wyoming. The area also a number of ex officio members from other federal and state agencies, county governments and Native American tribes.
Specific agenda items for the RCT to consider include:
- The Hilight Field Lease By Application (LBA), a new lease application filed by Arkland Co., adjacent to both the Black Thunder and the Jacobs Ranch Mines in Wyoming. Approximately 4,590 acres and 588 million tons of federal coal are involved.
- The West Hilight Field LBA, a new lease application filed by Arkland Co., adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming. Approximately 2,370 acres and 428 million tons of federal coal are involved.
- West Coal Creek LBA, a new lease application filed by Arkland Co., adjacent to the Coal Creek Mine. Approximately 1,151 acres and 57 million tons of federal coal are involved.
- Caballo West LBA, a new application by Caballo Coal Co., adjacent to the Caballo Mine. Approximately 777 acres and 87.5 million tons of federal coal are involved.
- West Jacobs Ranch LBA, a new application by Kennecott Energy Co., adjacent to the Jacobs Ranch Mine. Approximately 5,944 acres and 956 tons of federal coal are involved.
- Haycreek II LBA, a new application by Kiewit Mining adjacent to the Buckskin Mine. Approximately 1,447 acres and 148 million tons of federal coal are involved.
- An update on the application from Peabody Energy Company for a coal lease exchange for leased federal coal in the Gold Mine Draw Alluvial Valley Floor area. This exchange was initially discussed at the RCT meeting on April 29, 2005.
- A report on the progress and results of a coal review study in the Powder River Basin being conducted by the BLM. This study includes coal development forecasts and an evaluation of cumulative effects for use in the preparation of coal related NEPA documents.
- A discussion from representatives fo Montana and Wyoming on coal conversion technologies and projects.
- An update on BLM land use planning efforts in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
- Other coal lease applications and issues that may arise prior to the meeting.
The meeting is a forum for public discussion on federal coal management issues of concern in the Powder River Basin area. Any party interested in providing comments or data related to the pending applications may do so in writing to: State Director (922), BLM Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyo. 82003, no later than April 3, 2006, or by addressing the RCT with their concerns at the meeting on April 19.
For more information, contact Bob Janssen, BLM Wyoming regional coal coordinator, at 307-775-6206, or Rebecca Spurgin, BLM Montana regional coal coordinator, at 406-896-5080.