BLM Logo
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/01/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    
  307-261-7603    

ROD for the West Antelope II Coal Lease Application EIS Available


The Record of Decision (ROD) for the West Antelope II Coal Lease Application Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office in Cheyenne and the Wyoming High Plains District Office in Casper, Wyo.

Antelope Coal Company filed an application with BLM for a maintenance tract of federal coal adjacent to the company’s Antelope Mine on April 6, 2005. This tract, applied for as a lease by application (LBA) under the provisions of 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3425.1, is called the West Antelope II Tract. This tract is located in Converse and Campbell counties near the Antelope Mine, approximately 50 miles north of Douglas, Wyo.

The EIS 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.

BLM has approved Alternative 2 as described in the final EIS. Under that alternative, the West Antelope II coal lease application area would be divided into two separate tracts: the West Antelope II North and the West Antelope II South. The West Antelope II North tract (WYW163340) includes 2,878.56 acres and contains an estimated 349.6 million tons of mineable coal. The West Antelope II South Tract (WYW177903) includes 1,908.60 acres and contains an estimated 60.3 million tons of mineable coal. Two competitive coal lease sales will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.

This decision is subject to appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) as provided in 43 CFR 4 within thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this notice of action (NOA) in the Federal Register. The ROD contains instructions for filing an appeal with the IBLA. If you have any questions or would like to obtain a copy of the ROD, please contact Sarah Bucklin at 307-261-7541.

Copies of the final EIS and the ROD are available to the public online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/cfodocs/West_Antelope_II.html or from 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
2987 Prospector Drive
Casper, Wyoming 82604

 



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.
--BLM--

Casper Field Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 01-11-2011