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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 10/28/11
Contacts: Mary L. Wilson,    

Powder River Regional Coal Team Meeting Held

The Powder River Regional Coal Team met today in Casper and advised the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it should proceed to process two coal lease applications in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. The Belle Ayr West lease by application (LBA) was submitted by Alpha Wyoming Land Company, LLC, and the Antelope Ridge LBA was submitted by BTU Western, Inc.

The RCT agenda included a status report on the Regional Coal Resource Assessment of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana from the U.S. Geological Survey. A report on coal activity since the 2009 RCT meeting was presented by the BLM Wyoming and Montana coal program leaders. The status included recent and upcoming coal lease sales in Wyoming, and the status of two exploration drilling licenses, a test pit, coal gasification and an LBA in Montana. The RCT also heard a presentation on the potential exchange of Preference Right Lease Applications in New Mexico held Ark Land Company for competitive bidding rights in Wyoming.

The RCT consists of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, represented by Monte Mason, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, represented by Ryan Lance, BLM Montana State Director Jamie Connell, 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.

Approximately 75 people attended this meeting, which is a forum for public discussion on federal coal management issues of concern in the Powder River Coal Region. For more information, contact Kathy Muller Ogle, BLM Wyoming regional coal coordinator at (307)775-6206 or Greg Fesko, BLM Montana regional coal coordinator at (406)896-5080.

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.

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Last updated: 10-28-2011