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Miles City Field Office RMP Supplemental EIS/Plan Amendment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Miles City Field Office (MCFO) prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in response to a U.S. Montana District Court Order (Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al vs BLM; CV 16-21-GF-BMM; 3/26/2018 and 7/31/2018). A Notice of Availability of the Supplemental Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2019, initiating the 90-day public comment period.

The purpose of this Supplemental Draft EIS is to provide additional analysis for land use planning specifically regarding coal, oil, and gas in the planning area, and to determine the lands to be made available for coal leasing in the MCFO. The Supplemental Draft EIS, as well as information about an upcoming public meeting and instructions for submitting comments, will be available on this page at least 15 days prior to the meeting.

On March 26, 2018, the US District Court concluded:  (1) NEPA requires the BLM to consider an alternative that would decrease the amount of coal potentially available for leasing, which requires conducting new coal screening that considers climate change impacts to assess the amount of recoverable coal available in the Approved RMP, (2) The BLM must supplement the Miles City Final EIS with an analysis of the environmental consequences of downstream combustion of coal, oil, and gas open to development under the Approved RMP; and (3) The BLM must provide additional justification and analysis of global warming potential over an appropriate planning period consistent with evolving science.

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