Gold Rock Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Egan Field Office is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed open-pit gold mine to be located approximately 50 miles west of Ely, in White Pine County, Nev.
The Midway Gold U.S. Inc. proposed Gold Rock 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 plant; waste rock dumps; a tailings storage facility; water supply wells; haul roads; ancillary facilities; and a 69 kV transmission line. 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. Approximately 250 to 300 people would be employed during facility construction, and approximately 150 to 250 people would be employed during operations. The proposed project’s total surface disturbance would be approximately 3,749 acres. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: cultural resources; socioeconomics; loss of habitat for wild horses and wildlife, including greater sage-grouse and mule deer; air quality; view shed areas; and loss of access to hunting area.
The 30-day public scoping period concluded on Oct. 29, 2013. The BLM conducted scoping meetings in Ely, Eureka and Reno.
For more information, please contact:
Dan Netcher, BLM Ely District renewable energy project manager
BLM Ely District Office
HC 33 Box 33500 (702 North Industrial Way)
Ely, NV 89301