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Meeting held, comments sought on proposed mineral exploration project in Bodie WSA

About 90 people attended a public meeting February 25 in Bridgeport held by the Bureau of Land Management to discuss a proposed mineral exploration drilling project in the Bodie Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and adjacent private lands.

A number of people spoke in support of the project as a way to help the area economy. Other comments covered a variety of issues such as road maintenance and potential impacts to area residents of helicopter flights.

Cougar Gold LLC, Denver, has submitted a proposal to BLM to conduct mineral exploration drilling activities.  In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to evaluate the environmental impacts of the company's proposed plan of operations. (text continues below)

Paul Bannister, Acting BLM Bishop Field Office manager, welcomes meeting attendees
Paul Bannister, Acting BLM Bishop Field Office manager welcomes attendees

Copies of the plan of operations submitted are available from BLM or the company.  Scoping comments should be submitted by March 13 to BLM, either by mail to the Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, CA 93514, attn: Cheryl Seath, or by email cseath@blm.gov

BLM will use the scoping comments along with existing resource data and other information to prepare the EA which is expected to be completed by April and released to the public for a 30-day public review period.

BLM's Notice of Proposed Action is available via a link on BLM's Bishop Field Office home page. Official legal and policy documents are also available on the BLM's Wilderness Study Area website.

For further information, please contact Cheryl Seath, BLM geologist, at (760) 872-5024 or Diana Pietrasanta, BLM wilderness specialist, at (760) 872-5028.

- Dave Christy, 2/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 372

Last updated: 03-04-2009