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California Desert District
Release Date: 06/30/11
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217;  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-46

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Briggs Mine Expansion

The BLM is seeking public comment on a proposed 94-acre expansion of the CR Briggs Corporation’s gold mine operations area located eight miles south of Ballarat, CA on the western front of the Panamint Mountains.

Briggs has proposed expanding the existing 2,363-acre operations area, including the Goldtooth pit and associated additions to stockpiles of waste rock, ore and topsoil in the southern portion. The expansion would extend the mine life by three to five years.

An Environmental Assessment has been prepared analyzing impacts that could result from the proposed expansion. The EA can be viewed at:

Public comment on the proposed expansion will be accepted until August 1, 2011. Comments should be made in writing and addressed to: Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office, Attn: Goldtooth South Project, 300 S. Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, CA  93555.

For further information contact Randy Porter, BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, at (760) 384-5452.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-01-2011