BLM says it is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for coal mines on federal property, "including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities," says the release. BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement: "As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program,. The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."
The first public meeting will be May 17 in Casper, Wyo. Other meetings are: May 19, Salt Lake City; May 26, Knoxville, Tenn.; June 16, Pittsburgh; June 23, Grand Junction, Colo.; and a meeting will be held in Seattle at a date yet to be determined. The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed. All six meetings will be available by audiocast. For more information click here.