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Notice of Invitation-Coal Exploration License Application MTM 98618

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.




Members of the public are hereby invited to participate with Western Energy Company in a program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in lands located in Rosebud County, Montana, encompassing 921.06 acres.

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Robert Giovanini, Mining Engineer, or Connie Schaff, Land Law Examiner, Branch of Solid Minerals (MT-921), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Montana State Office, Billings, Montana 59101-4669, telephone (406) 896-5084 or (406) 896-5060, respectively.

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The lands to be explored for coal deposits are described as follows:

T.1N., R.4E., P.M.M.

22: All.

24: Lots 1, 2, W1/2NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, N1/2S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4SW1/4NW1/4.

Any party electing to participate in this exploration program shall notify, in writing, both the State Director, BLM, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669, and Western Energy Company, P.O. Box 99, Colstrip, Montana 59323. Such written notice must refer to serial number MTM 98618 and be received no later than 30 calendar days after publication of this Notice in the Federal Register or 10 calendar days after the last publication of this Notice in the Miles City Star newspaper, whichever is later. This Notice will be published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in the Miles City Star, Miles City, Montana.

The proposed exploration program is fully described, and will be conducted pursuant to an exploration plan to be approved by the Bureau of Land Management. The exploration plan, as submitted by Western Energy Company, is available for public inspection at the BLM, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana, during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Monday through Friday.

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Dated: September 19, 2008.

Edward L. Hughes,

Acting Chief, Branch of Solid Minerals.

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[FR Doc. E8-22699 Filed 9-25-08; 8:45 am]