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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 03/07/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Rock Springs Signs Bridger Coal Lease Modification Decision

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office releases the environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and decision record (DR) authorizing Bridger Coal Company to expand their coal lease (WYW154595) by 320 acres for underground mining. 

The additional 320 acres of BLM-administered land is in the checkerboard region of mixed public, private and state owned land. The modified lease is adjacent to the current Bridger Permit Boundary. The permit covers approximately 26,691 acres of land the company leases east of Sweetwater County Road 15, roughly 35 miles northeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. In addition to the federal lease modification request, the company is proposing to conduct underground coal mining on connecting private land. 

Bridger Coal Company operates the Jim Bridger Coal Mine complex which includes surface, underground, and highwall mining methods, along with ongoing reclamation, and has been in production since 1974. 

Initial public scoping on the modified coal lease was conducted in April-May 2012. The EA was made available for public comment in January 2013; two comments were received, neither comment required modification of the document. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the Decision Record. 

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For more information, please contact Nancy Favour, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at 307-352-0211. The EA, FONSI, and DR are available at:

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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 03-08-2013