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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Plains District Office
 
Release Date: 03/21/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
  307-261-7603    

Public Comment Sought on EA for West Antelope II South Coal Lease Modification


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office (HPDO) announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) (DOI-BLM-WY-060-EA13-147) analyzing the impacts of a modification of coal lease WYW-177903 at the Antelope Mine. The Antelope Mine is located approximately 20 miles south/southeast of the city of Wright, Wyo.

Antelope Coal, LLC has applied to modify an existing lease (WYW-177903) in order to avoid a potential bypass of an estimated 15,751,000 tons of minable federal coal within an 856.61 acre tract in Converse County.

The project area was previously analyzed in the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the West Antelope II Coal Lease Application WYW-163340 (December 2008). This EA was prepared for the proposed action, and is tiered to the West Antelope II FEIS.

An electronic copy of the EA is available at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hpd/w-antelopeIIsouth.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, WY 82604

Please submit written comments or concerns or resource information to the BLM Wyoming High Plains District, Attn: Steven Wright, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY 82604.  Comments can be e-mailed to Casper_WYMail@blm.gov with “West Antelope II” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until April 4, 2014.

For more information, please contact Steven Wright, Project Coordinator, at (307) 261-7731.


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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Last updated: 03-21-2014