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Miles City Field Office Final SEIS/Proposed RMPA

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Miles City Field Office (MCFO) prepared a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS)/Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) 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).  The purpose of this FSEIS/RMPA 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.  A Notice of Availability of the FSEIS/RMPA was published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2019, initiating the 30-day protest period.  Additional information on submitting protests can be found in the Dear Reader Letter.

Please click on the links located to the left for project information and to submit protests. 

 
 
 
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.