The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the High Plains District contains 135 individual parcels (totaling 82,662 federal mineral acres) varying in size from 36.5 to 2,558.68 acres. Twenty-seven parcels are located within the Buffalo Field Office, 33 within the Casper Field Office, and 76 are in the Newcastle Field Office. They are offered in compliance with the Buffalo Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in October 1985, the Casper RMP ROD approved in October 2007, and the Newcastle RMP ROD approved in September 2000.
The draft EA is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/energy/Oil_and_Gas/Leasing.html. Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative A, the No Action, no parcels would be offered for lease; under Alternative B, the Proposed Action, 104 parcels or partial parcels (52,531 federal mineral acres) would be offered with a recommendation to defer 3 parcels or partial parcels (1,520 federal mineral acres) from the August 2013 Lease Sale; and under Alternative C, Offer All Parcels for Sale, 107 parcels (54,051 federal mineral acres).
Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and help identify issues, concerns, and mitigation opportunities not covered in the EA. Mail or deliver written comments to: Mike Robinson, High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY 82604. Comments can be e-mailed to Casper_WYMail@blm.gov with “August 2013 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 25, 2013.
The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, e-mail addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests are honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are made available for public inspection in their entirety.
For more information, please contact Mike Robinson at (307) 261-7520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.