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October 31, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins,

Eagle Butte West Draft EIS Available:
Public Hearing set for November 14, 2006

The Eagle Butte West Coal Lease Application draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) is now available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Casper Field Office.

BLM is considering issuing a coal lease as a result of a December 28, 2001, application made by RAG Coal West, Inc. (RAG Coal) to lease Federal coal in the Eagle Butte West Coal tract. This tract is near the Eagle Butte Mine and approximately 3 miles north of Gillette, Wyoming, in Campbell County, Wyoming. In August 2004 Foundation Coal West, Inc. (Foundation) purchased the Eagle Butte Mine from RAG Coal.

RAG Coal originally applied for the tract to extend the life of the existing Eagle Butte Mine in accordance with 43 CFR part 3425. On October 16, 2003, Foundation, the new owner of RAG Coal, filed a request to modify the tract and estimated that the tract includes approximately 231 million tons of recoverable Federal coal.

The DEIS is not a decision document. Its purpose is to inform the public of the impacts of issuing a Federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin.

A formal public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on November 14, 2006, at the Clarion Western Plaza Hotel, 2009 South Douglas Highway, Gillette, Wyoming. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the proposed coal lease sale, on the fair market value, and on the maximum economic recovery of the Federal coal resources.

BLM will accept public comments on the DEIS through December 19, 2006. Following the comment period, BLM will prepare a final EIS. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be considered in preparation of the final EIS as time permits. Following completion of the final EIS, a decision will be made to hold or not to hold a competitive sealed-bid sale and issue a lease for the tract as applied for or as modified under another alternative.

Copies of the draft EIS are available for public inspection online at www.wy.blm.gov or from the following BLM offices:

Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Bureau of Land Management
Casper Field Office
2987 Prospector Drive
Casper, Wyoming 82604

For more information contact Nancy Doelger or Mike Karbs at 307-261-7600.


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