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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 09/05/14
Contacts: Nate Arave    
  (406) 233-3163    
News Release No. 140905A

BLM seeks comment on coal lease modification

MILES CITY, Mont. ---- The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office has received an application from Western Energy Company to add 160 acres to a Federal coal lease in Rosebud County.

The BLM is seeking public comments on the lease modification until Oct. 10, 2014.

The lands involved in this lease modification request are within the current Rosebud Mine Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Area permit boundaries on land that Western Energy Company controls east of Colstrip, along the Castle Rock Road.

The BLM will hold a public scoping meeting to gather comments Sept. 25 at the Isabel Bills Community Learning Center in Colstrip from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

During this meeting Western Energy Company will present its proposal. The BLM will also make a presentation on the processing of the Lease by Modification Application. After these presentations Miles City Field Office staff members will be available to accept scoping comments. The public will have the opportunity to either submit their comments in writing or in person during the meeting.

Written comments may be sent to: BLM Miles City Field Office, Attn: Nate Arave, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT 59301. Comments can also be emailed to

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

For additional information contact Nate Arave (406) 233-3163, or visit the Miles City Field Office website at:

The BLM is responsible for the balanced use of the public lands and resources in a manner that best serves the long-term needs of current and future generations. Therefore, the BLM takes the necessary steps to ensure that federal coal lease modification applications are analyzed in accordance with Federal regulations (43 CFR 3432.2). 

These regulations provide for lease modifications when: 1) the modification serves the interests of the United States; (2) there is no competitive interest in the lands or deposits; and (3) the additional lands or deposits cannot be developed as part of another potential or existing independent operation.

The BLM has made the determination that the above criteria apply to this application. The BLM will receive fair market value from Western Energy Company for the lands added to the lease by the proposed modification.

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: 09-05-2014