News Release: BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings



News Release
Washington, D.C.                                                        Contact: Jeff Krauss (202) 912-7410
For immediate release                                                       Date: May 18, 2016

BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings

Public Participation is Next Step in Comprehensive Coal Program Review

Washington, D.C.—As the next step in the Department of the Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will solicit public input at six public meetings starting with Casper, Wyo., on May 17.

Meetings in Casper, Wyo., Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Seattle, and Grand Junction, Colo., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.  The Pittsburgh meeting will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. local time.  Specifics for all of the upcoming public scoping meetings can be found below:

May 17, 2016              Casper Events Center

1 Events Drive

Casper, WY 82601
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:30 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 19, 2016              Salt Palace Convention Center

90 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 26, 2016              Tennessee Theatre

604 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 21, 2016              Sheraton Seattle Downtown
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 23, 2016              Two Rivers Convention Center Avalon Theatre

645 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

June 28, 2016*            Pittsburgh Convention Center

1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Doors open for speaker registration at 11:00 a.m.; meeting 1 to 7 p.m.

*Please note this is a new date; the meeting originally scheduled for June 16, 2016, is now scheduled for June 28, 2016.

 

The meetings in Casper, Wyo., Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live,and; meetings in Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Tenn., and Grand Junction, Colo., will have a toll-free, listen-only audio link available via telephone.

Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign in.  Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis determined by sign-in order.  Attendees wishing to speak will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the time available.  The maximum speaking time per speaker is three minutes.

Written comments may be submitted until July 28, 2016*, using one of the following methods:

Email:              BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail:               Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping

Bureau of Land Management

20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM

Washington, D.C. 20003

*Please note that the deadline for submitting written comments was changed to July 28, 2016, due to the rescheduling of the Pittsburgh public scoping meeting.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.  The Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic EIS can be found here.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.