Release Number: BMFO-2004-14
For Release: 04-06-04
BLM TO HOST PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS FOR THE GOLD HILL PROJECT
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM), Battle Mountain Field Office has received a Plan of Operations for a gold mine (the Gold Hill Project), from Round Mountain Gold Corporation (RMG). The BLM Tonopah Field Station will be directing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gold Hill Project with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS), Tonopah Ranger District.
The BLM is seeking input to identify issues that could be analyzed in the EIS and will be hosting two public scoping meetings:
Wednesday, May 12 Thursday, May 13
2:00 pm and 6:00 pm 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Hadley (Round Mountain) Tonopah Convention Center
The historic Gold Hill mine and mill operated in the 1930’s and is within the proposed Gold Hill project area. The proposed site is located 7 miles east of Carvers in Nye County, Nevada, and would disturb approximately 1,600 acres of public land. Major facilities at the proposed mine include two open pits of 380 acres and 105 acres in size.
Gold-bearing ore and waste rock would be drilled, blasted, loaded and hauled from the open pits. Lower-grade gold ore would be loaded on the heap leach pad (280 acres) for chemical dissolution of the gold by a solution of sodium cyanide. Higher-grade ore would be trucked to a mill at the existing Round Mountain Gold mine located 5 miles to the south of the Gold Hill Project. Waste rock would be hauled to a waste rock dump comprised of 640 acres. A 25-acre process plant for extraction of the gold and a network of access and haul roads (170 acres) comprise most of the planned disturbance.
The meetings will be in an open house format with representatives from RMG and BLM available to answer questions. Written comments on the scope of the EIS can be submitted at the public meetings or sent to the following address post-marked or otherwise delivered by 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2004:
Bureau of Land Management
Tonopah Field Station
Attention: George Deverse
P.O. Box 911
Tonopah, NV 89049
For further information, please contact George Deverse at the above address or call (775) 482-7800.
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