PCM proposes to modify its existing federal coal lease by including an additional tract of federal coal containing 291 acres.
The proposed modification tract is located approximately nine miles north of Gillette, adjacent to their existing lease. It is bounded on all sides by existing federal coal leases to the north, south, and east, and Highway 14/16 to the west.
The proposed modification tract is located within the boundaries of the currently approved Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Rawhide Coal Mine permit area. If the modification tract is not incorporated into the Rawhide coal mining operations in the near future, the federal coal within the tract will be bypassed and will likely become economically unfeasible to recover.
Consistent with federal regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the BLM will prepare an environmental analysis prior to modifying a Federal coal lease.
This notice initiates a 14-day public scoping process and solicits the views and comments of the public in order to ensure that potential socioeconomic and environmental issues are considered and addressed in the environmental assessment. The BLM welcomes comments on the proposed lease modification and must receive all comments and information by Feb. 17, 2015.
Please mail written comments, resource information, or concerns to the BLM High Plains District Office, Attn: Sarah Bucklin, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Comments may also be submitted electronically at: BLM_WY_HPDO_Rawhide_EA@blm.gov
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.
The BLM is responsible for the balanced use of the public lands and resources in a manner that best serves the long-term needs of current and future generations. Therefore, the BLM takes the necessary steps to ensure that federal coal lease modification applications are analyzed in accordance with Federal regulations (43 CFR 3432.2). These regulations provide for lease modifications when: 1) the modification serves the interests of the United States; (2) there is no competitive interest in the lands or deposits; and (3) the additional lands or deposits cannot be developed as part of another potential or existing independent operation.
The BLM has made the determination that the above criteria apply to this application. The BLM will receive fair market value from PCM for the lands added to the lease by the proposed modification.
For more information, please contact Sarah Bucklin, Environmental Specialist, at 307-261-7541.
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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.