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Date: July 9, 2007
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
307-261-760

BLM Prepares EIS on Coal Lease Applications:
Scoping meeting set for July 24, 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:

  • Hilight Field Tract
    Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 4,590.19 acres (approximately 588.2 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine.
  • West Hilight Field Tract
    Ark Land Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 2,370.52 acres (approximately 428 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Black Thunder Mine.
  • West Jacobs Ranch Tract
    Jacobs Ranch Coal Company applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 5,944.37 acres (approximately 956 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the Jacobs Ranch Mine.
  • Porcupine Tract
    BTU Western Resources, Inc. applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 5,116.65 acres (approximately 598 million tons of coal) in a maintenance tract of Federal coal adjacent to the North Antelope Rochelle 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 greater 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 July 24, 2007, BLM will hold a public scoping meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, 2009 South Douglas Highway, in 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 by September 3, 2007 to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention: Sarah Bucklin at 307-261-7587; or sent electronically to: casper_wymail@blm.gov.

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Last updated: 07-10-2007