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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Plains District Office
 
Release Date: 08/20/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

South Gillette Final EIS Available from Wyoming High Plains District Office


The South Gillette Coal Lease Application final environmental impact statement (FEIS) 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, Wyoming:

  • RAG Wyoming Land Company (RAG) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1578.74 acres (approximately 208 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 West a directly held subsidiary of Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc.
  • Ark Land Company (Ark) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 1,151.26 acres (approximately 63.3 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 98.2 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 504 million tons of in-place coal) in a maintenance tract of federal coal adjacent to the Cordero-Rojo Mine.

The FEIS is not a decision document. Its purpose is to inform the public of impacts associated with issuing a federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. A record of decision (ROD) will be prepared for each lease maintenance tract after the close of the 30-day review period. Comments received on the FEIS will be considered during the preparation of the RODs.

BLM will accept public comments on the FEIS through September 21, 2009. Please address questions, comments, or concerns to the Wyoming High Plains District , Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Teresa Johnson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyo., 82604; by facsimile (fax) to (307) 261-7587; or send e-mail comments to the attention of Teresa Johnson at casper_wymail@blm.gov.

Copies of the final EIS are available for public inspection online at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/HighPlains/SouthGillette.html or at the following BLM offices:

  • Bureau of Land Management
    Wyoming State Office
    5353 Yellowstone Road
    Cheyenne, WY 82009
  • Bureau of Land Management
    Wyoming High Plains District Office
    2987 Prospector Drive
    Casper, Wyoming 82604

For more information contact Teresa Johnson or Mike Karbs at (307) 261-7600.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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