How Your Comments Were Used
Public comments on scoping and on the Draft PEIS were used in the preparation of the PEIS.
How Public Comments Were Used
The public comment period on the Draft PEIS was the second major public involvement opportunity for the Oil Shale and Tar Sands PEIS after public scoping, which occurred in April-May 2011. Public comments on the Draft PEIS were taken into consideration to determine any relevant issues regarding the environmental analysis and the alternatives that were not fully addressed in the Draft PEIS. All substantive issues raised in comments received during the public comment period were addressed in an appendix to the PEIS, whether or not they resulted in revisions to the document.
The BLM considered all comments on the Draft PEIS that were received or postmarked by May 4, 2012. Comments received or postmarked after May 4, 2012, were considered to the extent practicable.
Substantive Comments do one or more of the following:
- Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of the information in the PEIS.
- Question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of, methodology for, or assumptions used for the environmental analysis.
- Present new information relevant to the analysis.
- Present reasonable alternatives other than those analyzed in the PEIS.
- Cause changes or revisions in one or more of the alternatives.
Comments that are not considered substantive include the following.
- Comments in favor of or against the proposed action or alternatives without reasoning that meet the criteria above (such as "we disagree with Alternative Two and believe the BLM should select Alternative Three").
- Comments that only agree or disagree with BLM policy or resource decisions without justification or supporting data that meet the criteria listed above (such as "more grazing should be permitted").
- Comments that do not pertain to the project area or the project (such as "the government should eliminate all dams," when the project is about a grazing permit).
- Comments that take the form of vague, open-ended questions.