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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 10/23/09
Contacts: Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014    

Powder River Regional Coal Team Sets Public Meeting

The Powder River Regional Coal Team (RCT) will meet Nov. 17, 2009, beginning at 9 a.m. at the City of Gillette Community Meeting Room, 201 East Fifth Street, Gillette, Wyo. The RCT will review current and proposed activities in the Powder River coal region including pending coal lease applications. The meeting is open to the public.

The RCT consists of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, BLM Montana State Director Gene Terland, BLM Wyoming State Director, Don Simpson, and BLM Wyoming Deputy State Director of Minerals and Lands Larry Claypool. There are also a number of ex officio members from other federal and state agencies, county governments and Native American tribes.

Specific agenda items for the RCT to consider include updates for the coal review study in the Powder River Basin (PRB), US Geological Survey coal inventory work and BLM land use planning efforts in the PRB.

The meeting is a forum for public discussion on federal coal management issues of concern in the PRB area. Any party interested in providing comments or data related to pending applications may do so in writing to: State Director (922), BLM Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyo. 82003, no later than Nov. 3, or by addressing the RCT with their concerns at the meeting.

For more information, contact Tyson Sackett, BLM Wyoming regional coal coordinator at (307) 775-6487, or Greg Fesko, BLM Montana regional coal coordinator at (406) 896-5080.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-30-2009