Northeastern States Field Office NEPA Log Fiscal Year 2014

This log tracks the start and completion of BLM's review of actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  For some actions BLM may request public input during comment periods initiated through official notifications (i.e., direct mailing, local and/or state newspapers, Federal Register Notices).  However, interested parties are also encouraged to check this site to ensure adequate time for comment on specific NEPA documents, especially for cases when an official public comment period is not planned.  When timely comments are received they will be considered during the NEPA analysis and decision-making process. Please feel free to provide comments to or request information from this contact e-mail  Any comments should include the reference number for the proposed action. 

NOTE:  Reference Numbers proceeded by an asterisk indicate environmental analyses documents currently under formal 30-day comment period. See "ES Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nominated Parcels" at:  for more details. 

TERMS:  APD = Application for Permit to Drill;   CX = Categorical Exclusion;    DR = Decision Record;   EA = Environmental Assessment;     EOI = Expression of Interest;   ROD = Record of Decision;  T = Township;  R = Range;  Sec. = Section


Reference NumberTypeProposed ActionStateCountyLocation T.-R.-Sec.-MeridianSurface Management Agency (SMA)Date EnteredCurrent Status/Project DescriptionCompletion Date


EOI-712 Ogemaw Co., & EOI-778 Crawford Co.


Ogemaw & Crawford
EOI-712, Ogemaw County
Michigan Meridian
T. 24 N., R. 1 E.,
Sec. 2, W2NE, S2NW;Sec. 3, SW; Sec. 5, NESE; Sec. 6, NE, E2NW; Sec. 13, S2N2, NENW; Sec. 17, W2NE, S2S2SENE; Sec. 18, E2SW; Sec. 34, E2NW; Sec. 36, E2SE.
T. 24 N., R. 2 E.,
Sec. 1, SWSE, SW; Sec. 2, SW; Sec. 4, NE, N2SE, NESW, SWSW; Sec. 8, S2NE; Sec. 9, W2SE, SW; Sec. 15, NWSE;
Sec. 16, NE, N2SE, W2NW; Sec. 17, E2NE, S2NW.
T. 23 N., R. 1 E.,
Sec. 1, NENW; Sec. 8, SWSW; Sec. 12, NE; Sec. 13, NENE, S2NE, SE, SW, S2NW;
Sec. 23, W2SE; Sec. 24; Sec. 26, N2NE, SENE; Sec. 29, N2.
T. 23 N., R. 2 E.,
Sec. 15, N2NE; Sec. 18, SWNW; Sec. 19;
Sec. 21, S2S2; Sec. 22, N2, NWSE; Sec. 28, E2SE, N2SW, SENW; Sec. 29, NE, N2SW; Sec. 30, S2SE, NW; Sec. 34, NWNW.
EOI-712 Total Acres: 5956 __
EOI-778, Crawford County
Michigan Meridian
T. 28 N., R. 3 W.,
Sec. 17, W2NW, NWSW; Sec. 20, SWSW, SE;
Sec. 23, E2, W2; Sec. 25, SWNW; Sec. 26, SWNE, W2SE, SW; Sec. 28, SWSW;
Sec. 29, NWNE, E2NE, W2SW; Sec. 30, S2SE; Sec. 31, N2NE; Sec. 35, S2SW, NENW.
EOI-778 Total Acres: 1549
State of Michigan1/24/2014

EA on hold. Proposed oil & gas leasing on State of Michigan lands.

EOIs may be separated and EA(s) drafted under another NEPA number.



MIES-37638 & MIES-37665


 ClareMichigan Meridian, Frost Township


T. 20 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 5, SENE;           

Total acres: 40


Michigan Meridian, Summerfield Township


T. 20 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 11, Lot 4, NENENWNW;

Total Acres:  .77 acres

T. 20 N., R. 6 W., Sec. 25, Lot 15, SWSWSWSW;

Total Acres:  2.5
State of Michigan 1/24/2014

Draft EA currently being written for proposed oil & gas leasing on State of Michigan lands, but has not been released for public comment.






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Winnebago Island, Illinois Right-of-Way



4th PM
T 18 N, R 1 W,
sec. 24, Lot 4.

Total Acres: 0.50

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (withdrawn lands) 3/3/2014

EA/FONSI/DR signed 8/15/2014.

MidAmerican Energy Co. has submitted an application to re-authorize an existing right-of-way for an electric transmission line and tower that crosses Federal land.



Decision Record/Finding of No Significant Impact for BLM Federal Coal Lease by Application OHES 057390



Ohio River Survey, T. 12 N., R. 14 W., Monroe Township, Sec. 12, pt. NE cor. W2SE; Sec. 13, N2SW, Pt. SWSW, SESE; Sec. 14, NWSE, SWNE; Sec. 24, Pt. NENW, NENE, SESW, N2SW (less 33.75 ac.); Ohio River Survey, T. 8 N., R. 13 W., Union Township, Sec. 18, SWSW; Sec. 19, N2NWNW.

Total Acres: 432.54

 USFS 3/11/2014

Public meeting to be held in April 2015.

Application to lease Federal coal to expand existing underground mine.



EOI-892 Wexford County, Michigan


 Wexford Multiple locations USFS 3/6/2014

Drafting EA as supplement to USFS Huron-Manistee NF LRMP.

Offer to lease Federal oil and gas on Huron-Manistee National Forests lands. USFS consent package received by BLM 3/6/2014.




Record of Decision, Manistee County, Michigan


 Manistee Multiple locations USFS 3/7/2014

Drafting EA as supplement to USFS Huron-Manistee NF LRMP.

Offer to lease Federal oil and gas on Huron-Manistee National Forests lands. USFS consent package received by BLM 3/6/2014.



Adams County Section 209



4th Principal Meridian, T. 1 N., R. 8 W., Sec. 19, NWNE, SWNE, SENE.

Total Acres: 117

 Private 5/22/2014

CX awaiting signature at Eastern States Office.

Proposed conveyance of Federal mineral interests under Section 209 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA).



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Thunder Bay Island R&PP Conveyance to Alpena Township



Michigan Meridian, T. 30 N., R. 10 E.

Total Acres: 43.08

U.S. Coast Guard4/10/2014

EA awaiting signature at Eastern States Office.

Conveyance of lighthouse structures and surrounding land on Thunder Bay Island to Alpena Township.



Right-of-Way to NOAA, MIES-057987



Michigan Meridian, T. 31 N., R. 10 E., sec. 33 & 34.

Total Acres: 1.0


Drafting CX.

Right-of-way for research equipment.




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Right-of-Way to State of Maryland


 CharlesMD 017, Parcel ABLM 8/4/2014

CX signed.

Temporary Use Permit (TUP) for cell tower removal.