|March 24, 2006|
Contact: Rey Adame
Rock Springs BLM Announces Availability of Draft EIS
Pit 14 Coal Lease-by-Application Project
The Bureau of Land Management’s Rock Springs Field Office today issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) and 60-day comment period of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pit 14 Coal Lease-by-Application Project EIS in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
On March 24, 2004, Black Butte Coal Company (BBCC) filed a coal lease application for a maintenance tract containing approximately 1,399.48 acres. The BLM announced its intentions to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register January 7, 2005, that evaluated the tract configuration, including consideration of adding or subtracting Federal coal to facilitate maximum economic recovery of the coal resource.
This tract, case number WYW160394, is called the Pit 14 Tract and affects public lands in Sweetwater County found in Sections 2, 4, and 10 of T. 17 N., R. 101 W., and Section 34 of T. 18 N., R. 101 W., 6th P.M., Wyoming. The Pit 14 Tract is located within "checkerboard", or mixed Federal and private coal and surface ownership. The Pit 14 project area is 33 percent Federal surface and mineral estate.
The 60-day review period on the DEIS concludes on May 23, 2006. The Draft EIS may be viewed at http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/rsfodocs/pit14/
The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed project in writing and at a public hearing which will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at the Rock Springs BLM Field Office at 2 p.m., located at 280 Highway 191 North. Written comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until Tuesday, May 23, 2006, and may be submitted by mail to:
Teri Deakins at 307-352-0211 or Joanna Nara-Kloepper at 307-352-0321 or through email at: