The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office has released its preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Oxbow Mining, LLC proposed federal coal exploration license COC74911 known as the Oak Mesa project.
Oxbow has applied for exploration drilling encompassing about 13,873 acres of federal coal that underlies BLM and private surface lands.
The objective of exploring coal deposits is to obtain geological, environmental and other pertinent data concerning coal deposits (43 CFR 3410.0-2).
Oxbow proposes to drill 43 exploration drill holes on private and federal lands into federal subsurface holdings. The drill holes would result in mostly temporary surface disturbances from road and pad construction affecting about 33 acres. Ten drill holes would require construction of a pad to create level ground for drilling (about 5.0 acres). Occupation (no grading) would occur on all the remaining drill pads (about 16.5 acres).
The Oak Mesa project extends from the western edge of the Bowie Mine holdings westward across the mesa to the Leroux Creek area, north of Hotchkiss. The exploration license is in Delta County in Township 13 South, Ranges 92 and 93 West, 6th P.M.
To review the EA and FONSI, go to www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/nepa/ufo.html. Scroll to DOI-BLM-CO-S050-2011-0036 EA.
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