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Montana/Dakotas State Office
Release Date: 08/10/15
Contacts: Al Nash , 406-896-5260 ,

Billings coal listening session set for Tuesday afternoon

(BILLINGS, Mont.) – The second in a nationwide series of listening sessions on the federal coal program will be held Tuesday, August 11, in Billings. Mont. 
The session has been moved across the street from the original hotel conference room location to the BLM Montana/Dakota State Office at 5001 Southgate Drive.
The session runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Doors will open at noon so participants can enter the meeting and sign-up to speak during the public participation session. A valid photo ID is required to enter a federal facility. A list of other reminders about attending meetings in federal facilities can be found online at
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called the sessions in order to seek information from the public about how the Bureau of Land Management can best carry out its responsibility to ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return on the coal resources managed by the federal government on their behalf.
Those unable to attend in person can watch and listen to the entire session online at Additional listening sessions are set for August 13 in Gillette, Wyo.; August 18 in Denver, Colo.; and August 20 in Farmington, N.M.  

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.

Last updated: 08-10-2015