Public can comment on federal coal lease modification

— March 24, 2014

(Press release) — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office (HPDO) announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) (DOI-BLM-WY-060-EA13-147) analyzing the impacts of a modification of coal lease WYW-177903 at the Antelope Mine. The Antelope Mine is located approximately 20 miles south/southeast of the city of Wright, Wyo.

Antelope Coal, LLC has applied to modify an existing lease (WYW-177903) in order to avoid a potential bypass of an estimated 15,751,000 tons of minable federal coal within an 856.61 acre tract in Converse County. The project area was previously analyzed in the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the West Antelope II Coal Lease Application WYW-163340 (December 2008).  This EA was prepared for the proposed action, and is tiered to the West Antelope II FEIS.

An electronic copy of the EA is available at this link, or at the following BLM offices:

Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming High Plains District Office
2987 Prospector Drive
Casper, WY 82604

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