Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is finalizing alternatives in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a Barrick Gold US, Inc., proposal to expand the Bald Mountain Mine located in White Pine County, about 70 miles northwest of Ely and 30 miles northeast of Eureka, Nev.
The proposal calls for the expansion of existing mine facilities in the North Operations Area Project, expansion of the existing Casino/Winrock Plan of Operations and incorporating it into the North Operations Area Project, and establishment of a South Operations Area Project that would encompass and expand the existing Yankee and Alligator Ridge mine sites.
Expanding the North Operations Area Project and incorporating the Casino/Winrock Plan of Operations into the North Operations Area Project would increase the total surface disturbance from 9,124 acres to 13,704 acres and add four new heap leach pads. Establishing the South Operations Area Project would increase the total surface disturbance from 960 acres to 3,643 acres. The South Operation Area Project Plan of Operations would include an electrical transmission line and an access road between the North and South operations areas.
A 30-day public scoping period for the proposed expansion concluded on May 16, 2012. The BLM conducted public scoping meetings in Ely, Elko, Eureka and Reno.
For more information, contact Miles Kreidler, BLM Ely District mining engineer, at (775) 289-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.