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DATE: August 27, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-102

BARITE EXPLORATION PROJECT CHANGE PROPOSED


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposal from Spirit Minerals, LP., to amend their Exploration Plan of Operations activities northeast of Wells, Nevada.

The Big Ledge Exploration Project is about 28 miles northwest of Wells, Nevada, and about 34 miles southwest of Jackpot Nevada in the Snake Range. Barite was mined at the Big Ledge Mine in the late 1970s and early 80s. Barite is primarily used as a heavy component of the drilling mud used by the oil and gas industry.

The proposed Big Ledge Exploration Project amendment consists of increasing the proposed project area by 22 acres bringing the total project area to approximately 300 acres, which would provide access for 14 additional geotechnical bore holes bringing the to total to 73. Five additional monitoring wells are proposed for a total of six wells and their access roads and drill pads. Surface disturbance would occur on approximately seven additional acres bringing the total to about 56 acres. The proposed exploration is to determine if deposits exist which can be mined economically.

Written comments, issues or concerns should be sent to: Big Ledge Exploration Project Coordinator, BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, by the close of business on September 28, 2007. Comments will be used to guide the preparation of the environmental analysis, which will analyze the proposed action for the potential impacts and address issues and concerns.

The Proposed Big Ledge Exploration Project Plan Amendment is available on line at http://www.nv.blm.gov/elko/minerals.htm. For questions or more information, please contact James Lindsay (775) 753-0342, email jlindsay@blm.gov, or mail to the BLM Elko Field Office.

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