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Release Date: 06/07/13
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News Release No. 130607A

BLM extends comment period on Decker coal lease modification

MILES CITY, Mont. ---- The BLM Miles City Field Office is extending the scoping period  on a Decker Coal Company proposal to add 40 and 460.47 acres respectively, to two Federal coal leases located at the West Decker Coal Mine, near Decker.

The extended comment period will end June 21, 2013.

The purpose of the scoping period is to identify potential issues and alternatives that BLM should analyze in the environmental analysis of the proposal submitted by Decker Coal Company. The lands related to the lease modification request are adjacent to the current Decker Mine permit boundary; approximately 7,255 acres of land west of State Highway 314, roughly 20 miles northeast of Sheridan, Wyo.

The Scoping Notice is on the web at:  The Environmental Assessment will also be available at this website once completed.

Written scoping comments may be submitted by mail or hand-delivered during the regular business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to: BLM Solid Minerals Geologist Nate Arave; 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.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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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: 06-12-2013