U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-96
FOR RELEASE: July 25, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; mbrown@nv.blm.gov

GOLD EXPLORATION PROJECT PROPOSED

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is seeking public comment on a Plan of Operations from NewWest Gold USA Inc., to conduct gold exploration activities in the Long Canyon area on the east side of the Pequop Mountains about 25 miles southeast of Wells, Nev.
NewWest’s proposed Long Canyon Exploration Project includes building drill roads, drill pads and trenches, and drilling exploration holes. NewWest proposes to explore in phases. Phase I would disturb about 19 acres of public land. Subsequent phases would disturb an additional 21 acres of public land.

NewWest is permitted by Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to disturb up to 20 acres on split estate land also within the project area. Almost 5 acres of public land have been disturbed under an existing Notice. The total proposed disturbance is approximately 65 acres.

Written comments, issues or concerns should be sent to: NewWest Project Lead, BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, by the close of business on August 27, 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 NewWest Gold USA Inc. Long Canyon Exploration Project Plan of Operations is available on line at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office/blm_programs/planning.1.html

For questions or more information, please contact Project Lead Deb McFarlane (775) 753-0223, or mail the BLM Office.

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