|May 31, 2006|
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Maysdorf Coal DEIS Available for public review:
Public Hearing set for June 13, 2006
The Maysdorf Coal Lease Application Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office.
Cordero Mining Company filed an application with BLM for a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the company’s Cordero Rojo Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. This tract, which was applied for as a lease by application (LBA) under the provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, is called the Maysdorf Tract. As applied for, the tract includes approximately 230.3 million tons of in-place Federal coal, and would allow the mine to maintain present production rates and extend the life of the mine.
Major issues that have been identified include:
- potential conflicts between existing and proposed oil and gas development including coal bed natural gas and coal mining
- potential impacts to big game herds and hunting
- potential impacts to sage grouse
- potential impacts to listed threatened and endangered species
- potential health impacts related to blasting
- potential cumulative impacts of coal leasing decisions combined with other existing and proposed development in the Wyoming Powder River Basin
- potential site specific and cumulative impacts on air and water quality.
On June 13, 2006, BLM will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center (formerly the Clarion Western Plaza Motel), 2009 South Douglas Highway, Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments and resource information, and identify issues or concerns to be considered in the EIS and to solicit comments on the fair market value and maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal included in the Maysdorf Tract.
BLM anticipates that the Department of the Interior will publish a Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing for the EIS in the Federal Register on May 26, 2006. Public comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted for 60 days commencing on the publication date of the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Issues and concerns can be presented at the public hearing or mailed to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Nancy Doelger, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604.
Comments can also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the draft EIS are available online at www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/nepadocs.htm. For more information contact Nancy Doelger at 307-261-7627.