BLM opens comment period on Wyoming coal lease

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently issued a 60-day scoping period for public input regarding a coal lease in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, with a Sept. 20 meeting slated before the closing date.

The public can attend the public meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Wright Community Center, 201 Wright Blvd in Wright, Wyoming. The meeting’s purpose is to provide a better understanding of the coal lease proposal and general leasing process, residents can submit remarks and information and/or pinpoint concerns for BLM to evaluate, according to an announcement.

The scoping period ends on Sept. 29; comments submitted by that date will be included in the environmental impact statement to be prepared by Antelope Coal LLC, the company requesting the Lease by Application (LBA). The site in question spans over 3,500 acres and contains approximately 441 million tons of in-place coal.

Antelope Coal applied for the lease in mid-2015; results of the public scoping period will be revealed in the West Antelope 3 Coal LBA Environmental Impact Statement. 

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