U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
|Release Date: 03/07/13|
BLM Rock Springs Signs Bridger Coal Lease Modification Decision
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office releases the environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and decision record (DR) authorizing Bridger Coal Company to expand their coal lease (WYW154595) by 320 acres for underground mining.
The additional 320 acres of BLM-administered land is in the checkerboard region of mixed public, private and state owned land. The modified lease is adjacent to the current Bridger Permit Boundary. The permit covers approximately 26,691 acres of land the company leases east of Sweetwater County Road 15, roughly 35 miles northeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. In addition to the federal lease modification request, the company is proposing to conduct underground coal mining on connecting private land.
Bridger Coal Company operates the Jim Bridger Coal Mine complex which includes surface, underground, and highwall mining methods, along with ongoing reclamation, and has been in production since 1974.
Initial public scoping on the modified coal lease was conducted in April-May 2012. The EA was made available for public comment in January 2013; two comments were received, neither comment required modification of the document. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the Decision Record.
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For more information, please contact Nancy Favour, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at 307-352-0211. The EA, FONSI, and DR are available at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/bridgercoal.html.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Rock Springs Field Office 280 Highway 191 N. Rock Springs, WY 82901
|Last updated: 03-08-2013|
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