Pan Mine Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Egan Field Office, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Midway Gold U.S., Inc.’s proposed Pan Mine Project in White Pine County, about 50 miles west of Ely. The BLM will issue a Record of Decision following a 30-day availability and review period that ends December 19, 2013.
The Pan Mine Project is proposed on BLM public lands and would consist of two primary open pits, four satellite pits, one heap leach pad and two rock disposal areas. The total surface disturbance would be approximately 3,204 acres. The projected mining period is 13 years, with associated construction, closure, reclamation and post-closure monitoring periods extending the project life to approximately 25 years.
The Final EIS describes four alternatives: the Proposed Action, the Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative, the Southwest Power Line Alternative, and the No Action Alternative. The Southwest Power Line Alternative was developed to avoid potential impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse from the Proposed Action power line. The Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative would involve a conventional waste rock disposal design and move waste rock away from more important Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in order to minimize impacts.
The agency preferred alternative is a combination of the Southwest Power Line Alternative and the Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative.
The Proposed Pan Mine Project Final EIS is posted online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/.
For more information on the Pan Mine Project or to obtain a printed copy of the Final EIS, contact Miles Kreidler, BLM Ely District mining engineer, at (775) 289-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.