Gold Rock Project
The BLM is finalizing the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The BLM expects to make the DEIS available for public review and comment in late 2014. The 30-day comment period will include public meetings.
The Midway Gold U.S., Inc.-proposed Gold Rock Mine Project would be located on BLM-administered lands and consist of an open pit; a heap leach pad and associated ponds, process facility, and refinery; a mill; a carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant; waste rock dumps; a tailings storage facility; and ancillary facilities. Electrical power would be obtained from Mt. Wheeler Power. For the Gold Rock Project, a 69-kV transmission line would be extended from the Pan Mine approximately 6 miles across the valley to tie into the west side of the Gold Rock Project electric system. A county road that currently passes through the project area would be relocated onto existing county and BLM roads. The proposed project’s total surface disturbance would be approximately 3,749 acres. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: loss of habitat for wild horses and wildlife, including greater sage-grouse and mule deer; socioeconomics; air quality; cultural resources; impact on view shed; and loss of access to hunting.
Additional information is available online at https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do. For more information, contact Dan Netcher, BLM Ely District Project Manager - Renewable Energy, at (775) 289-1872 or firstname.lastname@example.org