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Release Date: 08/06/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

South Gillette Area Caballo West Record of Decision
Available from Wyoming High Plains District Office

The Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Gillette Area Coal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Caballo West coal lease by application (LBA) is now available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming High Plains District.

Caballo Coal Company (Caballo) applied for a maintenance coal lease for approximately 777.485 acres (approximately 87.5 million tons of mineable federal coal as estimated by the mine) in a maintenance tract of federal coal adjacent to the Caballo Mine.

The South Gillette Area Coal EIS analyzes and discloses to the public direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of issuing a Federal coal lease in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. The EIS also addresses three other lease applications in the South Gillette area, which will be addressed in separate records of decision.

The BLM has approved Alternative 2 for the Caballo West LBA area, which is the preferred alternative of the South Gillette Area Coal Final EIS. Under that alternative, the Caballo West Coal LBA area, as modified by the BLM, includes 1,023.99 acres, more or less, and contains an estimated 130.2 million tons of mineable coal, as estimated by the BLM. A competitive coal lease sale will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.
This decision is subject to appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) as provided in 43 CFR 4 within thirty 30 days from the date of publication of the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The ROD contains instructions for filing an appeal with the IBLA.

Copies of the ROD are available for public inspection online at: or at the following BLM offices:

 Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming High Plains District Office
2987 Prospector Drive
Casper, WY 82604

For more information contact Teresa Johnson or Mike Karbs at (307) 261-7600.

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.

High Plains District Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 01-10-2011