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Release Date: 10/09/12
Contacts: BLM Public Affairs Specialist Christopher B Joyner, (970) 210-2126    

BLM seeks public comment on coal lease modification (10-09-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office is now seeking public comment on the preliminary Environmental Assessment of a federal coal lease modification. 

The McClane Canyon Mine is located on BLM land about 18 miles north of Fruita, Colo.  The CAM-Colorado, LLC owned mine is seeking to adjust the lease boundary to provide reliable access to coal reserves within their existing leases.  The lease modification would prevent the possible bypass of 16.18 million tons of federal coal. The BLM has created a preliminary Environmental Assessment which identifies the possible positive and negative impact that this project may have on the environment. 

A public scoping period for this project took place in July 2010 with a public comment period of 30 days.  Previous public scoping for this project included both the request for federal coal lease modification, and a mine plan permit revision proposal for expansion of the surface facilities at the McClane Canyon Mine, however, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is the federal agency in charge of processing and authorizing the permit revision.  The BLM has proceeded with NEPA analysis of the federal coal lease modification as a separate action. 

The BLM is seeking comment on the preliminary EA, which is available for public review and comment at

Please submit comments to  or 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments will be most effective if they are specific to the proposal or analysis. Comments will be most helpful if received by Nov. 9, 2012. 

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

For more information contact BLM Natural Resource Specialist Christina Stark, (970) 244-3022.

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.

  2815 H Road      Grand Junction, CO 81506  

Last updated: 10-09-2012