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    Modification to Federal Coal Lease
     UTU-88554 and UTU-06039
    USDA Forest Service Manti-La Sal 
    National Forest
    Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office
    	The Manti-La Sal National Forest (MLNF) and the Price Field
Office (PFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invite you to
comment on a federal coal lease modification proposal.  
    	The BLM Utah State Office notified the MLNF that PacifiCorp
applied to modify two federal leases, UTU-88554 and UTU-06039, by
adding a total of 1180 acres of unleased federal lands to the existing
leases. Coal from the existing leases is mined from the PacifiCorp
owned Deer Creek Mine. The application was made to prevent bypass of
federal coal reserves both within the existing lease and the proposed
lease modification areas and to extend the life of the mine.
    	The two lease modification areas are located about 15 miles
northwest of Orangeville, UT and located in sections 22, 23, 24, 25,
26, & 27, T. 16 S., R. 6 E., SLB&M. The modification areas include
National Forest System lands (NFS) managed by the MLNF. The coal
estate is administered by the BLM.  
    	The BLM is required, by law, to consider leasing federally-owned
minerals for economic recovery.  With respect to the NFS lands, the
MLNF is considering whether to consent to the BLM modifying the
Federal coal leases by adding approximately 860 acres to Federal lease
UTU-88554 and adding approximately 320 acres to UTU-06039. If the MLNF
consents to the modifications, appropriate stipulations will be added
to the leases to protect non-mineral resources.  
    	If the lease modifications are issued, the coal would be accessed
and recovered by underground longwall mining methods through the Deer
Creek Mine. At the leasing stage, the federal agencies evaluate the
effects of subsidence (i.e. the land surface lowered as a result of
mining) on surface resources, and identify where surface resources may
require specific protection from subsidence or foreseeable surface
uses. Under a foreseeable mine plan scenario for these lease
modifications, there could be some surface subsidence but no surface
facilities or additional roads would be needed. Some of the acres
within the modification areas are located within the East Mountain
Inventoried Roadless Area.
    	This proposed leasing in and of itself does not authorize actual
mining, however; it does evaluate the need for conditions for possible
subsequent use of the land surface.  
    	The MLNF Forest Supervisor is the Authorized Officer for this
discretionary consent decision to the BLM for the two lease
modifications. Given the purpose and need, the Forest Supervisor will
review the proposed action, the alternatives, and the environmental
consequences to decide the following:  
    Whether or not to consent to the BLM modifying the existing
federal coals leases by adding 860 acres to Federal lease UTU-88554
and adding 320 acres to UTU-06039; and
    Prescribe conditions (stipulations) needed for protection of
non-coal resources.  
    	For BLM, the Utah State Director is the Authorized Officer and
will decide whether or not to modify the existing coal lease under the
Minerals Leasing Act, as amended, and the federal regulations under
43CFR 3400 based on the recommendation of the PFO Field Office
    	It is anticipated that the environmental analysis will be
documented in an Environmental Assessment (EA). A No Action
alternative and other alternatives that may develop during the public
comment period will be considered. 
    	This opportunity to comment serves two purposes: 
    	As scoping for this proposal, under the requirements of the
National Environmental Policy Act, for both the BLM and the Forest
Service; and
    As the Forest Service comment period required per 36 CFR 215.3 for
    	For the Forest Service, the Responsible Official is the Forest
Supervisor. Please send written comments to:  Liz Close, Acting Forest
Supervisor, Manti-La Sal National Forest, 599 West Price River Dr.,
Price, UT 84501; or fax: 435-637-4940. Comments may also be delivered
to the above address during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays.  Electronic
comments should be emailed at:  
    	E-mailed comments must be submitted in one of the following
formats:  *.doc, *.txt, *.rtf or .pdf. Please note in the subject line
that the comments are for Federal Coal Lease Modification UTU-88554
and UTU-06039.  
    	The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of
publication of this legal notice in the Price Sun Advocate. This
decision is subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service regulations
36 CFR 215. Only those who submit timely comments during this comment
period will be accepted as potential appellants. Each individual or
representative from each organization, submitting comments must either
sign the comments or otherwise verify identity in order to attain
appeal eligibility. Comments received, including names and addresses
of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for
this project and will be available for public inspection. Comments
should include the information required pursuant to 36 CFR
215.6(a)(3), as published in the Federal Register on June 4, 2003.
    	All comments will be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).  Please be aware that if you comment in
response to this solicitation, any personal identifying information
including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and any
other information that you include will be considered part of the
public record and may be made available for public inspection at any
time. All submissions from organizations and businesses or their
representatives will be available for public inspection in their
entirety. Pursuant to 7 CFR 1.27(d), any person may request that a
submission be withheld from the public record by showing how the
Freedom of Information Act permits such confidentiality. Persons
requesting such confidentiality should be aware that such
confidentiality is granted in only limited circumstances. The Forest
will inform the requester of its decision regarding a request for
confidentiality, and where the request is denied the Forest will
return the submission and notify the requester that the comments may
be resubmitted with or without name and address.
    	For more information about this project or to see a map of the
lease modification area, go to our website at:
    	The Forest Service contact is Tom Lloyd, 435-636-3578 or The BLM contact is Vaughn Hughes, 435-636-3626 or
    Published in the Emery County Progress February 7, 2012.

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