|March 26, 2007|
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
BLM Prepares EIS on Coal Lease Applications:
Scoping meeting set for April 11, 2007
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the potential impacts of leasing four tracts of Federal coal in the Powder River Basin. BLM is requesting public comments regarding issues and resource information.
BLM received the following applications to lease maintenance tracts of Federal coal in Campbell County, Wyoming:
- RAG Wyoming Land Company (RAG) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1578.74 acres (approximately 200 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Belle Ayr Mine. RAG subsequently sold the Belle Ayr Mine and its associated interests to Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc.
- Ark Land Company (Ark) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1,151 acres (approximately 57 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Coal Creek Mine.
- Caballo Coal Company (Caballo) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 777.485 acres (approximately 87.5 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Caballo Mine.
- Cordero Mining Company (Cordero) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 4653.80 acres (approximately 483 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Cordero-Rojo Mine.
Major issues that have been identified include:
- potential conflicts between existing and proposed oil and gas development including coalbed 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 April 11, 2007, BLM will hold a public scoping meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Gillette College Presentation Hall, room 120, 300 West Sinclair, Gillette, Wyoming. The public is invited to attend the scoping meeting and submit comments or concerns to be considered in the Lease by Application (LBA) process.
Please submit written comments to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Teresa Johnson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Written comments or resource information may be sent to the BLM Casper Field Office. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of Teresa Johnson at 307-261-7587; or sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put South Gillette Area Coal EIS / Teresa Johnson in the subject line. Comments are due June 1, 2007.