Coyote Creek Mine
About the Project
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are seeking public scoping comments regarding the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) that will analyze potential impacts from leasing 320-acres of federal coal to Coyote Creek Mining Company adjacent to its existing Coal Creek Mine in Township 143 North, Range 89 West of the 5th P.M., Mercer County, North Dakota. In order to increase operational efficiencies, the OSMRE and BLM are working as co-lead agencies on an EA that will allow each agency to issue its own findings regarding the significance of potential impacts resulting from leasing and permitting the land for coal mining.
The purpose of the public scoping process is to obtain feedback on relevant issues that may influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the environmental assessment.
Comments will be accepted through October 29, 2018.
The EA is being initiated by both agencies at this time for each of their respective future decisions. In accordance with their North Dakota Resource Management plan the BLM will decide to either hold a lease sale or not, and if the sale is held, the BLM will decide to approve the lease or not. If the LBA Tract is approved and issued, the OSMRE will review the proposed mining plan to mine the leased federal coal and provide the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM) a recommendation to approve, approve with conditions or disapprove the mining plan. The ASLM will decide to approve, approve with conditions or disapprove the mining plan.
The EA will update, clarify, and provide new and additional environmental information for the Project. As a result of the EA process, OSMRE and BLM will determine whether or not there are significant environmental impacts. An environmental impact statement will be prepared if the EA identifies significant impacts. If a finding of no significant impact is reached, and pursuant to 30 CFR 746.13, OSMRE will prepare and submit to the ASLM a mining plan decision document recommending approval, disapproval, or conditional approval of the mining plan. The ASLM will approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve the mining plan approval document within the mining plan decision document, as required under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.
For more details on the proposal, how to comment, and pertinent contact information, go to the BLM ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov and conduct a “Text Search” for the project NEPA number DOI-BLM-MT-0000-2018-0006-EA.
Those who intend to provide comments are advised that including an address, phone number, email address or other personal-identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to have personal-identifying information withheld from public review, the agencies cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations, from businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses, will be available for public review.
For more information contact the OSMRE Project Manager, Logan Sholar, at (303) 293-5036.
All media inquires should be directed to:
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Department of the Interior