April 19, 2006
Contact: Rey Adame
Rock Springs BLM Host Public Hearing on May 10 for the
Draft EA Pit 14 Coal Lease-by-Application Project
The Bureau of Land Management’s Rock Springs Field Office encourages the public to participate in a public hearing set for May 10, 2006, on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EA) for the Pit 14 Coal Lease-by-Application Project EA in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
The 60-day public comment period on the Pit 14 LBA Draft EA will end May 23rd. The Draft EA may be viewed at www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/rsfodocs/pit14.
On March 24, 2004, Black Butte Coal Company (BBCC) filed a coal lease application for a maintenance tract containing approximately 1,399.48 acres. The BLM announced its intentions to prepare an EA in the Federal Register January 7, 2005, that evaluated the tract configuration, including consideration of adding or subtracting Federal coal to facilitate maximum economic recovery of the coal resource.
This tract, case number WYW160394, is called the Pit 14 Tract and affects public lands in Sweetwater County found in Sections 2, 4, and 10 of T. 17 N., R. 101 W., and Section 34 of T. 18 N., R. 101 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming. The Pit 14 Tract is located within "checkerboard", or mixed Federal and private coal and surface ownership. The Pit 14 project area is 33 percent Federal surface and mineral estate.
The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed project in writing and at a public hearing which will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Rock Springs BLM Field Office, located at 280 Highway 191 North. Written comments on the draft EA will be accepted until Friday, May 23, 2006, and may be submitted by mail to:
Teri Deakins (at 307-352-0211) or Joanna Nara-Kloepper (at 307-352-0321) or through email at: Pit_14_LBA_WYMail@blm.gov.