The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is segregating public lands located in the State of Arizona from appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining law, but not the mineral leasing or material sales acts, for a period of 2 years. This segregation is being made in connection with the BLM's processing of a right-of-way (ROW) application for Quartzsite Solar Energy, LLC's Quartzsite Solar Energy Project (Proposed Project). This segregation covers approximately 2,013.76 acres of BLM-administered public lands located within the Proposed Project's ROW application area.
This segregation is effective on March 2, 2012.
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The BLM's Yuma Field Office, Yuma, Arizona, in connection with its consideration of a ROW application for the Proposed Project, is segregating the following described public lands located within the Proposed Project's ROW application area, subject to valid existing rights, from appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining law, but not the mineral leasing or the material sales acts:
Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona
T. 6 N., R. 18 W.,
Sec. 30, lots 1 to 4, inclusive.
T. 6 N., R. 19 W.,
Sec. 23, E1/2SE1/4, SW1/4SE1/4;
Sec. 24, S1/2;
Sec. 26, E1/2, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, and NW1/4SW1/4;
Sec. 27, E1/2NE1/4SE1/4;
Sec. 35, N1/2NE1/4;
Sec. 36, N1/2NE1/4 and N1/2NW1/4.
Containing 2,013.76 acres, more or less.
The area described contains approximately 2,013.76 acres located in La Paz County, Arizona. The Western Area Power Administration announced its intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and initiated a public scoping process for the Proposed Project on January 14, 2010 (75 FR 2133). The BLM is a cooperating agency for the EIS based on its consideration of a ROW application for the Proposed Project. On March 30, 2011, the BLM announced the beginning of a scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues associated with a proposed resource management plan (RMP) amendment being considered in conjunction with the ROW application for the Proposed Project (76 FR 17668).
The BLM is segregating the lands under the authority contained in 43 CFR 2091.3-1(e) and 43 CFR 2804.25(e) for a period of 2 years, subject to valid existing rights. This 2-year segregation period will commence on March 2, 2012. These public lands will be segregated from appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining law, but not the mineral leasing or material sales acts. This segregation will not affect valid existing rights. It has been determined that this segregation is necessary for the orderly administration of the public lands by maintaining the status quo while the BLM processes the ROW application for the Proposed Project.
The segregation period will terminate and the lands will automatically reopen to appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, if one of the following events occurs: (1) Upon the issuance of a decision by the authorized officer granting, granting with modifications, or denying the application for a right-of-way; (2) Upon publication of a Federal Register notice of termination of the segregation; or (3) Without further administrative action at the end of the segregation provided for in this Federal Register notice initiating the segregation, whichever occurs first.
Any segregation made under this authority would be effective only for a period of up to 2 years. The lands to be segregated pursuant to the authority at 43 CFR 2091.3-1(e) and 2804.25(e) are identified in the legal description provided above.
[FR Doc. 2012-5149 Filed 3-1-12; 8:45 am]
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