Gold Rock Project
The 45-day public review period for the Gold Rock Mine Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) concluded March 30, 2015. The BLM conducted three public meetings in Nevada. Meetings were held in Ely, Eureka and Reno. The BLM is reviewing the comments received and preparing the Final EIS, which is expected to be made available to the public in early 2016.
Midway Gold US Inc.’s proposed Gold Rock Mine Project would be located in White Pine County, about 50 miles west of Ely. It would be constructed and operated in the same geographic area as the reclaimed and closed Easy Junior Mine. The project area consists of a total of 18,745 acres of BLM public 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 this area would be reclaimed, while a small portion would not.. The draft EIS analyzes Midway’s proposed action, six action alternatives, and the No Action Alternative. The action alternatives were developed to help reduce project-related impacts to greater sage-grouse and mule deer. The Draft EIS also identifies and analyzes a suite of mitigation measures designed minimize the impact of the proposed action and its alternatives.
The Proposed Action would consist 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. Midway Gold US Inc. estimates that the project would create between 150-250 jobs.
The Draft EIS describes seven action alternatives and is posted on-line at: http://on.doi.gov/1zAxyW9
For more information, contact:
BLM Ely District Office
702 North Industrial Way
HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301