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Citation Label: MT31
Publication Name: Final Supplement to the Montana Statewide Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Amendment of the Powder River and Billings Resource Management Plans
Publication Type: Land Use Plan / NEPA Document
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Author Name: Bureau of Land Management
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Publication Year: 2008
Publication No.: BLM/MT/PL-08/016
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Annotation: This Final Supplemental EIS was prepared as the result of a lawsuit filed on the BLM's ROD for the Final Montana Statewide Oil and Gas EIS and Amendment of the Powder River and Billings RMPs. This SEIS provides additional information and analyses, including phased development alternatives. The FSEIS was used by BLM to analyze its options for changing its planning decision (made in the ROD for the original FEIS) by considering oil and gas management options, including mitigation measures that would help address impacts of coalbed natural gas activities. The FSEIS supplements the FEIS.
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Mostly Recommended -- An FEIS is not a decision document. Its purpose is to inform the public and interested parties of the BLM's analysis of potential impacts associated with implementing the proposed project and alternatives. Some sections of the document include required practices.
Ownership: Federal -- "The planning area for the SEIS encompasses the BLM-administered lands and minerals in the Powder River and Billings RMP areas.... The planning area excludes those lands administered by other agencies...The BLM will make oil and gas decisions...for the oil and gas estate it administers...." Page SUM-1