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Elko District Office
Release Date: 06/01/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-043

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Draft EIS For the Proposed Hollister Underground Mine

ELKO, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tuscarora Field Office announces the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Rodeo Creek Gold’s (RCG) proposed Hollister Underground Mine Project for a 45-day public comment period. Comments on the Draft EIS are due to the BLM Tuscarora Field Office by close of business July 16, 2012.

Two public meetings are scheduled, with other meetings to be identified within the public comment period. Currently scheduled are:

• The BLM Office in Elko on June 27 at 5 p.m. The office is located at 3900 E. Idaho St.
• The BLM Office in Battle Mountain on June 26 at 5 p.m. The office is located at 50 Bastian Rd.

The Hollister Underground Mine Project is located approximately 47 miles northwest of Elko and 64 miles northeast of Winnemucca in Elko County. This project is located at the old Ivanhoe or Hollister open-pit mine site. At full production, RCG expects to employ an estimated 200 individuals.

The proposed project consists of transitioning the existing underground exploration project into an underground gold and silver mining operation. The proposal includes a total of approximately 222 acres of surface disturbance on both private and public land, which includes approximately 117 acres of proposed new surface disturbance. Existing facilities, such as the portal, water treatment facilities, rapid infiltration basins, waste-rock storage facility, and shop would be utilized. Proposed facilities include the Hatter production shaft, road improvements, the construction of 11.6 miles of electric power transmission lines, continued surface and underground exploration, water removal of up to 1,100 gallons per minute, the discharge of water into Little Antelope Creek, and construction of ancillary facilities.

Copies of the Draft EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office and also online at the BLM Elko District web site address:

Comments should be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Hollister Underground Mine Project, Attn: Janice Stadelman, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801-4611; e-mailed to:; or faxed to (775) 753-0255. Questions concerning this project should be addressed to Janice Stadelman at the above address or by phone at (775) 753-0346.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 06-19-2012