Gold Rock Project
The BLM Ely District in late 2016 or early 2017 expects to make the Gold Rock Mine Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) available to the public. The proposed project would be located in western White Pine County, about 50 miles west of Ely, or in the same geographic area as the reclaimed and closed Easy Junior Mine.
The proposed project area consists of a total of 18,745 acres of BLM-administered lands with the majority of the mine facilities located within a fenced mine area totaling 8,757 acres. A total of 3,946 acres of disturbance would be authorized. The majority of the area would be reclaimed.
The Proposed Action consists of an open pit, two waste rock disposal areas, a heap leach pad and processing ponds, a carbon-in-leach plant, a tailings storage facility, haul and access roads, growth medium stockpiles, ancillary support facilities, and exploration associated with mining operations. Also under the Proposed Action, a 69-kV transmission line would extend south from the Pan Mine to the Gold Rock Mine Project electric system, and a county road that currently passes through the Gold Rock Mine Project area would be re-located onto existing and new BLM and county roads.
The projected mining period is 10 years, with associated construction, closure, reclamation and post-closure monitoring periods extending the project life to approximately 48 years. It is estimated that the project would create between 150-250 jobs.
The 60-day public input or scoping period for the proposed Gold Rock Mine Project concluded April 28, 2014. The 45-day public review period for the Gold Rock Mine Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) concluded March 30, 2015. The DEIS analyzes the proponent’s proposed action, six action alternatives developed to help reduce project-related impacts to greater sage-grouse and mule deer, and the No Action Alternative. The DEIS also identifies and analyzes a suite of mitigation measures designed to minimize the impact of the proposed action and its alternatives. The Draft EIS is available on-line at: http://on.doi.gov/1zAxyW9
For more information, contact:
Maria Ryan, Project Manager
BLM Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office
702 North Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301