BLM seeks input on leasing new lignite for Falkirk mine in North Dakota

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s North Dakota Field Office will publish in the Dec. 23 Federal Register a notice of the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Falkirk Mining Co. federal coal Lease-By-Application (LBA) for public review and comment.

The BLM will also be announcing that it will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the EA, Fair Market Value (FMV) for the LBA tract, and Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) of the coal resources contained in the tract. The public hearing will be held on Jan. 10, 2017, at the Underwood City Hall in North Dakota.

In November 2013, Falkirk submitted an application to lease an approximately 320-acre tract of federal coal located in McLean County, North Dakota. The BLM’s EA analyzes and discloses the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of leasing, and subsequent mining, the proposed 320-acre coal tract. The tract contains approximately 3.4 million tons of mineable coal (1.7 million of which is federal coal). The tract is located approximately 1.2 miles from the town of Underwood.

Falkirk Mining is a North American Coal subsidiary that produces approximately 8 million tons per year of lignite coal for Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station, an approximately 1,100-MW plant, and Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station.

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