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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 05/19/09
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Seeks Comment on Bentonite Mine EA

The Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office is seeking public comments regarding a proposed bentonite mine plan amendment for operations near Belle Fourche in Butte County.

The BLM will accept comments on the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a 30-day period which will end on June 19, 2009.

American Colloid Company has submitted a proposal to amend its bentonite mine plan to add 844.8 acres to the permit; of which 118 acres are BLM-administered federal lands and 726.8 acres are private lands. According to the proposal, a total of 363.2 acres (68 acres of federal surface and 295 acres of private) would be disturbed.

To obtain a copy of the EA or to submit comments, contact Russ Pigors Physical Scientist at the South Dakota Field Office, 310 Roundup Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717; or by email at An electronic version of the EA is also available at field.html.

Interested parties can contact Russ Pigors or Marian Atkins at (605) 892-7000 for more information.

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 06-28-2012