Release Number: BMFO 2004-16
For Release: May 26, 2004
BLM HOSTING PUBLIC COMMENT MEETINGS PROPOSED PIPELINE/SOUTH PIPELINE PIT EXPANSION PROJECT
Cortez Gold Mines is proposing a pit expansion of its gold mining operations at the Pipeline/South Pipeline Project, approximately 30 miles southeast of Battle Mountain, NV. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM), Battle Mountain Field Office has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to analyze potential environmental effects of this project.
The BLM will be hosting two public meetings on July 13, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Crescent Valley Community Center as well as on July 14, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Battle Mountain BLM Field Office.
The Proposed Action would occur within the previously approved surface disturbance footprint of 7,676 acres, all of which is public land administered by the BLM. Activities would include expansion of the existing open pit in stages, expansion of existing waste rock dumps, increasing the height of heap leach pads and waste rock dumps, developing a new waste rock dump and sequential backfilling of a majority of the open pit. This project would extend the operational life of Pipeline/South Pipeline for an additional seven years, as well as the continued employment of 450-500 individuals.
A 45 day public comment period begins June 14, 2004. Interested parties may request a copy of the EIS by contacting Pam Jarnecke, Environmental Coordinator, (775) 635-4144, or by addressing mail to her attention at the Battle Mountain BLM Field Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Comments regarding the DSEIS should be postmarked or otherwise delivered to the Battle Mountain BLM office by close of business July 29, 2004, to ensure full consideration.
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