PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED DECISION

The Utah State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received an application from Canyon Fuel Company LLC, 9815 South Monroe Street, Suite 203, Sandy, Utah 84070, for a logical mining unit (LMU) in accordance with 43 CFR 3487.  The approval of this application is proposed to be effective June 1, 2018.  Any entity having a direct interest which is or may be adversely affected by approval of the proposed LMU has 30 days from the first date of publication of this notice in the Emery County Progress Newspaper and the Sanpete County Pyramid Newspaper to make a written request for a public hearing to the authorized officer; Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, Attention Chief Branch of Minerals, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.  Following is the decision that is proposed:

Logical Mining Unit Approved

The Skyline Logical Mining Unit (LMU) application UTU-73338 dated August 1, 1988, is hereby approved effective June 1, 2018.  The BLM has determined that it is in conformance with the approval criteria as per 43 CFR 3487.  This determination is based upon the following:

1. The LMU recoverable reserves are capable of being developed in an efficient, economical and orderly manner, as a unit, with due regard to the conservation of the recoverable coal reserves and other resources.  Approval of the LMU will not affect the recovery, sequencing or development schedule of the contained Federal coal reserves with respect to the approved Resource Recovery and Protection Plan.

2. All lands in the LMU are operated by and under the effective control of Canyon Fuel Company LLC.

3. All lands within the LMU application will be developed and operated as a single operation that will include multiple openings.   

4. All lands within the proposed LMU are contiguous.  The BLM has conducted an in-depth review of the legal land-descriptions for all lands contained in the Skyline LMU application, which show that there is at least one point in common on all lands.

5. Mining operations will achieve maximum economic recovery (MER) of the Federal Coal reserves within the LMU.  BLM has approved an MER determination.  This approval is dated April 1, 2019.

6. No Federal coal leases included in this LMU are included in any other LMU.  There are no other active LMU’s in the area.

7. The modified LMU application does not exceed the 25,000-acre limit.  The Skyline LMU contains 9,520.16 acres and is comprised of Federal Coal leases UTU-0147570, UTU-0142235, UTU-020305, UTU-073120, UTU-044076, UTU67939 and private lands.  The proposed LMU modification includes adding Federal Coal Lease UTU-77114 (2,692.46 acres), and two private tracts (634.24 acres).  With the added acreage, the new total of the LMU will be 12,846.56.

Edwin L. Roberson
Utah State Director

Published in the ETV Newspaper June 19 and 26, 2019.

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