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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 04/30/13
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    
News Release No. 130430

BLM seeks comment on coal lease modification

MILES CITY, Mont. ---- The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office has received an application from Decker Coal Company to amend an existing lease and add 500 acres to two Federal coal leases located at the West Decker Coal Mine, near Decker.

The BLM is seeking public comments on the lease modification for a 30 day public scoping period ending on May 31, 2013.

The BLM will hold a public scoping meeting at the Sheridan Public Library May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Sheridan, Wyo. to gather comments on the application. 

The lease modification request lands are adjacent to the current Decker Mine permit boundary.  The permit covers approximately 7,255 acres of land the company controls west of State Highway 314, roughly 20 miles northeast of Sheridan. Decker Coal Company operates the Decker Coal Mine complex which uses surface mining methods to extract the coal along with concurrent reclamation activities. Mining began at West Decker in August 1972.

The Scoping Notice will be made available on the web at: Once completed, the EA will also be available at this website.

Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues and/or determine the extent of those issues.  

Written substantive scoping comments should be received by May 31, 2013, and may be submitted via mail or hand-delivered during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to:

BLM Solid Minerals Geologist Nate Arave
Attn: Decker Lease Modification MTM 54716 & MTM 101099 
BLM Miles City Field Office 
111 Garryowen Road 
Miles City, MT 59301 

Comments also can be sent electronically to: Please include “Decker Lease Modification MTM 54716 & MTM 101099” in the subject line.

Those providing comments are advised that before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, that their entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so. 

Call Nate Arave at 406.233.2800 for more information.

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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: 12-16-2013