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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 04/14/10
Contacts: Contact Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Sets Public Meeting on Coal Exchange

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting April 22 in Colstrip to gather public comments on a proposed exchange of Alluvial Valley Floor fee coal for unleased federal coal deposits in Rosebud County.  

The meeting will be held in the upstairs Meeting Room at the Bicentennial Library located at 417 Willow Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Forms will be available at each meeting for persons wishing to submit written comments and interested parties have until May 24, 2010 to comment on the proposed coal exchange. The public scoping period officially started April 8 with the publication of the Notice Of Exchange Proposal in the Miles City Star and the Forsyth Independent. 

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 provides that owners of coal determined to be un-minable due to prohibitions against mining coal within an alluvial valley floor, west of the 100th meridian, west longitude, are entitled to an exchange of coal with the federal government.

This exchange is only for the coal estate; no surface estate or other mineral estate will be exchanged. In the proposed exchange, the BLM would exchange unleased federal coal within the Ashenhurst Tract southwest of Colstrip to equal the appraised value of privately owned coal in the alluvial valley floor of the Tongue River near Birney. Both coal deposit areas are located within Rosebud County. 

The Notice Of Exchange Proposal is available on the web at:

For more information contact BLM AVF Project Manager Dan Fox at (406)233-3664.

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: 06-28-2012