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Release Date: 09/11/12
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BLM approves coal exploration license (09-11-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Bureau of Land Management signed a decision record approving Oxbow Mining, LLC’s Federal Coal Exploration License.  The project, called Oak Mesa, extends from the edge of the Bowie Mine holdings westward across the mesa to the Leroux Creek area, encompassing about 13,873 acres, north of Hotchkiss, Colo.

Exploration activities to determine seam reserve availability will begin with the issuance of the license and will be completed within two years.  The project includes drilling up to 43 exploration drill holes on private and federal lands into federal subsurface holdings.

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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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-11-2012