May 15, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins,
BLM Hosts Powder River Basin Coal Review Open House:
Meeting set for May 31 at Gillette CAM-PLEX
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office is holding an open house on the Powder River Basin (PRB) Coal Review May 31. The open house will be at the CAM-PLEX in Gillette, Wyoming.
Two sessions will be available for the public to attend. The afternoon session will be from 2-4 p.m. and the evening session from 7-9 p.m. Each session will include a general presentation and question/answer period followed by a breakout session to allow one-on-one questions on specific areas such as air quality modeling, water resource models, and socioeconomic studies.
The PRB Coal Review is a regional technical study that BLM is conducting to update historic baseline data and project potential future cumulative effects of coal and other reasonably foreseeable development in the PRB through 2020. The review, which is being prepared under contract, focuses primarily on air quality, water resources, and socioeconomics, but other physical, biological, and human resources are also addressed. BLM has invited federal, state, and local agencies with relevant technical expertise (especially air, water, and socioeconomics) to help define the technical approach and content of the study and associated task reports.
The coal review is not a policy review, nor is it an analysis of the impacts of project-specific development(s). There are no policies, regulatory actions, or individual proposed actions being evaluated in this review. BLM is using the task reports as tools to analyze cumulative effects in future NEPA documents, beginning with two EISs that BLM started in 2005 to evaluate applications to lease federal coal. The task reports may be viewed at ww.wy.blm.gov/minerals/coal/prb/prbdocs.htm. For more information contact Mike Karbs at 307-261-7602.