DATE: January 10, 2005DATE: January 10, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-012
FINAL BOND RELEASE FOR THE REN MINE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is releasing the final portion of the reclamation bond for the Ren Mine. The Ren Mine Project is located about 23 miles northwest of Carlin in Eureka County, Nevada, and is in the Carlin Trend.
Dee Gold Mining Company began reclamation at the Ren Mine in 1992 once mining was completed. The Ren Mine was a small-scale open pit mining operation that consisted of an open pit, heap leach pad and waste rock disposal facility. The 60 acres of surface disturbance on public lands resulting from the mining operations has been reclaimed.
“This is the first mine in the Carlin Trend that has been completely reclaimed,” said BLM Elko Minerals Reclamation/Compliance Specialist Janice Stadelman. “All the other mines in the Trend are either under going reclamation/closure or are currently active.”
Stadelman continued, “The final inspection was done in October 2004. The reclamation work is outstanding and very successful – they did a good job. The heap leach pad, waste rock dump, and access road were all re-contoured and re-seeded with native plants. The process pond was backfilled, re-contoured, and re-seeded. The vegetation is growing back well. Antelope and elk have moved into the area and there’s even a wildlife trail that crosses the heap leap pad.”
Dee Gold Mining Company did the actual mining and reclamation work on the Ren Mine and it was later acquired by Barrick-Homestake who is responsible for the bond.
As part of the bond release, BLM is asking for public comment on the completed reclamation. Written comment should be submitted by February 11, 2005, and should be sent to Ren Mine Coordinator, BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 or emailed to Janice_Stadelman@nv.blm.gov. For questions or more information about the project, contact Janice Stadelman at 775-753-0346.