The Bureau of Land Management Utah is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential environmental impacts of leasing one, 2,116-acre tar sand parcel in eastern Utah's Asphalt Ridge area near Vernal. The proposed lease parcel area is adjacent to more than 16,000 acres of State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) leases and directly south of an existing tar sands mine and processing plant on private land.
In January 2009, numerous plaintiffs filed a complaint in the District Court of Colorado to prevent the Record of Decision for the 2008 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for oil shale and tar sands from going into effect. A settlement agreement reached in February 2011 specifically exempts ongoing consideration of the expression of interest (EOI) for tar sands leasing in Asphalt Ridge, as well as the possible sale or issuance of a lease for parcels identified in the EOI.
Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EA, which is now available for public review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name "Tar Sands Leasing EA."
The 30-day public review and comment period for this EA is open until 4:30 p.m., June 13, 2013. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Please reference "Tar Sands Leasing EA" when submitting comments. Mailing Address
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment-including personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.