Extension of DEIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: John Rydzik
EMAIL: john.rydzik@bia.gov
PHONE: (916) 978-6051

Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians Releases Draft Environmental Document for Proposed Casino/Resort for Public Comment and Review
Comment Period Extended

Fresno County, Calif., Mar. 14, 2011—The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians (Tribe) filed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 14, 2011 for the Tribe’s proposed construction of a casino resort project near Friant in Fresno County, California. The document is now available for public viewing and comment.

The DEIS outlines the environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with implementation of the proposed project and project alternatives. If constructed, the facility would include a gaming floor, restaurant and lounge facilities, an entertainment hall, a hotel and conference center, a multi-level parking garage, among other features.

The public will be able to comment on the DEIS from Jan. 14, 2011 through close of business on April 12, 2011, an extension from its original date of March 28, 2011.

The DEIS is available online at http://www.bigsandyrancheria.com/project/project.htm. It can also be viewed at the Auberry Branch Library, 33049 Auberry Road, Auberry, CA; the Clovis Regional Library, 1155 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA; and, the Fresno County Public Library Government Publications, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA.

For a compact disk of the DEIS, please provide your name and address by mail to John Rydzik – Chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural Resources Management and Safety, at Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or by phone at (916) 978-6051,or by e-mail at john.rydzik@bia.gov.

Submitting Comments
Written comments may be mailed or hand-delivered to Amy Dutschke – Regional Director, Pacific Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments should include the author’s name, return address, and the caption: ‘‘DEIS Comments, Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians’ Casino and Resort Project,’’ on the first page of the comment.

Comments will be available for public viewing at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including personal contact and identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.