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October 27, 2008

Contact:
   Lesley A. Collins
South Gillette EIS documents
   307-261-7603

South Gillette Draft EIS Available:
Hearing set for November 19, 2008

The South Gillette Coal Lease Application draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) is now available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming High Plains District.
 
BLM received the following applications to lease maintenance tracts of federal coal in Campbell County, Wyo.:
  • RAG Wyoming Land Company (RAG) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1578 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 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 acres (approximately 483 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of federal coal adjacent to the Cordero-Rojo Mine.

The DEIS analyzes and discloses to the public direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing a federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. The DEIS is not a decision document. Its purpose is to inform the public of the impacts of issuing a federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin.

On Nov. 19, 2008, BLM will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. at the Campbell County George Amos Memorial Building located at 412 South Gillette Avenue, Gillette, WY. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the proposed coal lease sales, on the fair market value, and on the maximum economic recovery of the federal coal resources. Comments are due Dec. 24, 2008.

Please submit written comments to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Teresa Johnson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY, 82604. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of Teresa Johnson at (307)-261-7587; or sent electronically to: casper_wymail@blm.gov. Please put South Gillette Area Coal DEIS/Teresa Johnson in the subject line.

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/cfodocs/south_gillette.html

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