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Battle Mountain District Office
Release Date: 02/06/13
Contacts: Andrea Dolbear , 775-635-4034 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2013-08

BLM to Begin Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Buffalo Valley Mine Project

Battle Mountain, NV - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office has published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Buffalo Valley Mine Project. The notice opens a 30-day public scoping period that will end March 6, 2013. Written comments will be accepted until that date.

The BLM has scheduled a public scoping meeting on February 21, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Battle Mountain District Office, 50 Bastian Rd., Battle Mountain, Nev. Comment forms will be available at the meeting. Representatives from Newmont and the BLM will be present to answer questions.

The public is being asked to identify issues relevant to the proposed Buffalo Valley Mine Project. The BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: pit lake formation post closure, mine dewatering, wildlife, and socioeconomic concerns.

Newmont, in a joint venture with Fairmile Gold, proposes to construct, operate, reclaim, and close an open pit, heap leach, gold mining operation. The proposed Buffalo Valley Mine Project would be located approximately 20 miles southwest of Battle Mountain, and about 12 miles northwest of Newmont’s Phoenix Mine in Lander and Humboldt counties. The life of the mine would be approximately 10 years. During the production phase of the project, Newmont anticipates a workforce of 120 employees.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820, Attn: Andrea Dolbear or via fax at (775) 635-4034. Comments may be also submitted via email at:

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.

For more information, contact Andrea Dolbear, BLM Mount Lewis Environmental Protection Specialist, at (775) 635-4017 or

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.

Battle Mountain District Office   50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820  

Last updated: 02-07-2013