The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field office signed a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for a federal competitive coal lease-by-application submitted by Bowie Resources, LLC. The lease-by-application, called Spruce Stomp, is for underground development and production of federal coal reserves near Paonia.
The decision makes about 1,790 acres of additional federal coal reserves (immediately adjacent to existing coal leases held by Bowie) available for leasing, and is consistent with BLM management goals and prescriptions as identified in the Resource Management Plan. This application includes about 88 acres managed by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, 1,334 acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests as well as 368 acres of private surface lands with federal minerals.
"In addition to the joint BLM/GMUG analysis of the project, the Forest Service, as one of the surface managers, issued a consent letter allowing the lease-by-application to move forward," said Barbara Sharrow, BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager. "The agencies' decisions balance recovery of the coal resource with resource protections while being consistent with the applicable policies, regulations and laws."
The area within the lease-by-application contains about eight million tons of recoverable coal. The federal government receives rents and royalties, and the State of Colorado receives severance taxes, associated with mining coal. Delta County receives a portion of the severance tax and federal royalty payments, as well as property taxes paid on coal production and real and personal property at the mine.
BLM Colorado oversees eight producing coal mines (six underground and two surface operations) encompassing 75,000-acres in the state. In Fiscal Year 2012, coal energy production on BLM Colorado public lands directly contributed $918.1 million to the economy, generating royalty revenue of $57.7 million, according to the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR), and accounted for 5,719 direct and indirect jobs in Colorado.
To review the Decision Record and associated documents go to, http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/nepa/ufo.html.blog comments powered by Disqus