DATE: January 30, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-30
FOR RELEASE: January 30, 2007
BARRICK EXPANSION PROJECT PROPOSED
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposal from Barrick to extend mining at the Goldstrike Mine for an additional three to four years until approximately 2015.
Barrick submitted an amendment to the Plan of Operations for the Goldstrike Mine north of Carlin, Nevada. The proposal includes expanding the open pit to the north and west bringing some public land into what, under current plans, is an open pit entirely on privately owned land.
Other parts of the proposal included constructing a third tailings dam and pond which will bury an existing but abandoned tailings dam and pond, and building a new waste rock facility northwest of the open pit on lands that are predominately public. The proposed disturbance, which would increase the total disturbance at the Goldstrike Mine from 7,771 acres to 9,032 acres, is within the existing Plan of Operations boundary for the Goldstrike Mine. The public land portion of the new disturbance is 510 acres. Written comments, issues or concerns should be sent to: Barrick Expansion Project Coordinator, BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, by the close of business on March 6, 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. Comments suggesting alternatives or methods of reducing resource impacts are welcome.
The Proposed Amendment to the Barrick Goldstrike Plan of Operations is available on line at http://www.nv.blm.gov/elko/minerals.htm. For questions or more information, please contact Kirk Laird (775) 753-0272, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the BLM Elko Field Office.