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Release Date: 04/20/11
Contacts: Mary Apple 406-896-5258    

BLM Issues Coal Lease Decision

The Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office plans to hold a competitive sealed-bid lease sale of federal coal near Roundup later this summer. The lease sale will include five federal coal tracts encompassing about 2,680 acres and 61.4 million tons of coal in Musselshell County. 

The BLM analyzed the effects of leasing the coal reserves under private and public land east of the existing Bull Mountains Mine No. 1, an operating underground coal mine, in an environmental analysis. The analysis found that the leasing and production of the coal would have no significant impact on the human environment. 

If the highest bid received at the sale meets or exceeds the fair market value, as determined by BLM, and if all other leasing requirements are met, a lease will be issued to the successful qualified high bidder. The State of Montana would receive approximately 50 percent of the bonus payments and half of the eight percent royalty payments received by the federal government. 
The environmental assessment, decision record, and finding of no significant impact are posted on the Billings Field Office’s webpage at:

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