News Release

For  Release:  Nov. 7, 2007             
Contact: Gary Sharpe (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM Will Hold Public Meeting on Oathill Extension Mine Cleanup

Proposed cleanup plans for the Oat Hill Extension Mercury Mine near the Napa-Lake county line will be discussed in a public meeting set for Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jesus Christ Fellowship Building, 21443 Pine St., Middletown.
Officials from the U. S. Bureau of Land Management will explain the mercury contamination issues at the mine, describe removal alternatives, discuss engineering evaluations and present cost analysis information.  Public comments will be accepted.
Gary Sharpe, assistant field manager for the BLM’s Ukiah Field Office, said the agency will be using technical expertise and public comment to help determine the best ways to contain and stabilize hazardous substances at the historic mine.
The Oat Hill Extension Mercury Mine, in the James Creek Watershed between Middletown and Calistoga, produced mercury from the 1870s until 1944.  Tailings at the mine site have high levels of mercury which can be dangerous to humans.  The BLM has closed the area to protect the public from exposure to mercury and other dangers including mineshafts and unstable buildings.
The BLM is working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U. S. Geologic Survey (USGS) on the cleanup efforts.
More information is available from Sharpe at (707) 468-4000.


Ukiah Field Office     2550 North State Street     Ukiah, CA  95482