U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-15
FOR RELEASE: December 13, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
EMAIL: mbrown@nv.blm.gov

BARITE MINING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office has published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Spirit Minerals, LP to mine and process barite at the Big Ledge Project area in Elko County, Nevada.

The Big Ledge Mine is about 28 miles northwest of Wells and about 34 miles southwest of Jackpot in the Snake Range. Barite was mined at the Big Ledge Mine in the late 1970s and early '80s. Ore will be milled nearby along Dry Creek for shipping by truck to a processing plant in Evanston, Wyoming. Barite is primarily used as a heavy component of the drilling mud used by the oil and gas industry.

The Environmental Assessment analyzes the proposed action for the potential impacts and address issues and concerns. The Assessment is available at the BLM web page www.blm.gov/nv/ and click the Elko Field Office on the map. 

For questions or more information, please contact James Lindsay (775) 753-0342, email jlindsay@nv.blm.gov, or mail to the BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801.

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