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Notice of Meeting of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group's Wildlife Task Group

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice of public meeting.


In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) Wildlife Task Group (subcommittee) will meet in Pinedale, Wyoming, for a business meeting. Task Group meetings are open to the public.


A PAWG Wildlife Task Group meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2005, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A second Task Group meeting is scheduled for February 8, 2005, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.


The January 27 meeting of the PAWG Wildlife Task Group will be held in the Lovatt room of the Pinedale Library at 155 S. Tyler Ave., Pinedale, WY. The February 8 meeting will be held in the conference room of the BLM at 432 E. Mill St., Pinedale, WY.

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Steve Belinda, BLM/Wildlife TG Liaison, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 432 E. Mills St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY, 82941; 307-367-5323.

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The Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) was authorized and established with release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project on July 27, 2000. The PAWG advises the BLM on the development and implementation of monitoring plans and adaptive management decisions as development of the Pinedale Anticline Natural Gas Field (PAPA) proceeds for the life of the field.

After the ROD was issued, Interior determined that a Federal Advisory Committees Act (FACA) charter was required for this group. The charter was signed by Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, on August 15, 2002, and renewed on August 13, 2004. An announcement of committee initiation and call for nominations was published in the Federal Register on February 21, 2003, (68 FR 8522). PAWG members were appointed by Secretary Norton on May 4, 2004.

At their second business meeting, the PAWG established seven resource- or activity-specific Task Groups, including one for Wildlife. Public participation on the Task Groups was solicited through the media, letters, and word-of-mouth.

The agenda for this meeting will include information gathering and discussion related to developing a wildlife monitoring plan to assess the impacts of development in the Pinedale Anticline gas field, and identifying who will do and who will pay for the monitoring. Task Group recommendations are due to the PAWG in February, 2005. At a minimum, public comments will be heard just prior to adjournment of the meeting.

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Dated: December 22, 2004.

Priscilla E. Mecham,

Field Office Manager.

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[FR Doc. 04-28643 Filed 12-30-04; 8:45 am]