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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 10/06/10
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Sets Public Meeting on Coal Exchange

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting in Colstrip to accept comments regarding a proposed exchange of Alluvial Valley Floor fee coal for unleased federal coal deposits in Rosebud County. 

The meeting will be held Oct. 19 at the Bicentennial Library upstairs meeting room located at 417 Willow Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 

Persons who wish to present an oral statement must register on the day of the meeting between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Forms will also be available for persons wishing to submit written comments. All comments must be submitted to the BLM by Nov. 22, 2010. 

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 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 provides that owners (such as the proponents Nance-Brown) 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.

The Alluvial Valley Floor Environmental Assessment can be viewed on the web at:

For more information contact BLM AVF Project Manager Dan Fox at (406)233-3664 or mail comments to: AVF Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT 59301.

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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, MT 59301  

Last updated: 06-28-2012