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Notice of Federal Competitive Coal Lease Sale Reoffer, Colorado

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice of competitive coal lease sale, lease application COC 68590.


Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado State Office, will reoffer certain coal resources describe below as Federal coal lease by application (LBA) COC 68590 in Moffat County, Colorado, for competitive sale by sealed bid, in accordance with the provisions for competitive lease sales in 43 CFR 3422.2(a), and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.).


The lease sale will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Sealed bid must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or be hand delivered to the address indicated below, and must be received on or before 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2007. The BLM cashier will issue a receipt for each hand delivered sealed bid. Any bid received after the time specified will not be considered and will be returned. The outside of the sealed envelope containing the bid must clearly state that the envelope contains a bid for Coal Lease Sale COC 68590, and is not to be opened before the date and hour of the sale.


The lease sale will be held in the BLM Colorado State Office, Conference Room, Fourth Floor, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado. Sealed bids must be submitted, hand delivered or mailed to BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215.

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Kurt Barton at BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215 or telephone 303-239-3714.

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This coal lease sale is being held in response to a LBA filed by Colowyo Coal Company, March 8, 2005. The tract was previously offered on December 19, 2006, and the one bid received at that sale was rejected because it did not meet the BLM's estimate of fair market value (FMV). The coal resource to be offered consists of recoverable coal reserves in the X through G seams mined by surface mining methods in the following lands:

T. 3 N., R. 94 W., 6th P.M.

Sec. 1, lots 7, 8, SW1/4NW1/4, N1/2SE1/4NW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4NW1/4, N1/2NW1/4SW1/4, and SW1/4NW1/4SW1/4;

Sec. 2, lots 5 through 8, S1/2N1/2, SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SW1/4SE1/4, N1/2SE1/4SE1/4, and SW1/4SE1/4SE1/4;

Sec. 3, lot 5, E1/2W1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, and E1/2SE1/4;

Sec. 10, NE1/4NE1/4;

Sec. 11, NW1/4NE1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4NE1/4, SW1/4NW1/4NE1/4, NW1/4SW1/4NE1/4; N1/2NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4NW1/4, and N1/2SE1/4NW1/4.

T. 4 N., R. 94 W., 6th P.M.

Sec. 34, S1/2NE1/4NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, E1/2W1/2SE1/4, and E1/2SE1/4.

Containing approximately 1,406.71 acres in Moffat County, Colorado.

Total recoverable reserves are estimated to be 92 million tons. The surface minable coal is ranked as sub bituminous B coal. The estimated coal quality on an as-received basis for the seams are as follows:

X Through G Seams

BTU10,549 BTU/lb. (percent)
Volatile Matter33.52
Fixed Carbon44.92
Sulfur Content0.48
Ash Content5.66

The tract will be leased to the qualified bidder who submits the highest bid amount, provided that the high bid meets the FMV for the tract. The minimum bid for the tract is $100 per acre or fraction thereof. No bid that is less than $100 per acre, or fraction thereof, will be considered. The minimum bid is not intended to represent FMV. The FMV of the tract will be determined by the Authorized Officer after the sale. In the event identical high sealed bids are received, the tying high bidders will be requested to submit follow-up bids until a high bid is received. All tie-breaking sealed bids must be submitted within 15 minutes following the Sale Official's announcement at the sale that identical high bids have been received. The lease issued as a result of this offering will provide for payment of an annual rental of $3.00 per acre, or fraction thereof, and of a royalty payment to the United States of 12.5 percent of the value of coal produced by strip or auger mining methods and 8 percent of the value of the coal produced by underground mining methods. The value of the coal will be determined in accordance with 30 CFR 206.250.

The required Detailed Statement for the offered tract, including bidding instructions and sales procedures under 43 CFR 3422.3-2, and the terms and conditions of the proposed coal lease, is available from BLM Colorado State Office at the addresses above. Case file documents and written comments for COC 68590 submitted by the public on FMV or royalty rates, except those portions identified as proprietary by the commentator and meeting exemptions stated in the Freedom of Information Act, are available for public inspection during normal business hours in the BLM Public Room.

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Kurt Barton,

Solid Minerals Staff, Division of Energy, Lands and Minerals.

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[FR Doc. E7-7807 Filed 4-24-07; 8:45 am]