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Elko District Office
Release Date: 07/03/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-053

BLM issues Final EIS on Hollister Underground Mine Project

ELKO, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tuscarora Field Office announces the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Waterton Global Mining Company, LLC’s (Waterton), formerly Rodeo Creek Gold, proposed Hollister Underground Mine Project for a 30-day public availability and review period.

The proposed project is an amendment to the Hollister Development Block Project Plan of Operations to conduct underground mining and continue surface exploration. The proposed project would be located between Elko and Battle Mountain, in Elko County at the old Ivanhoe or Hollister open-pit mine site.

The proposed action consists of transitioning the existing underground exploration project into an underground gold and silver mining operation. The proposed project would create about 222 acres of surface disturbance on both private and public land, which consists of approximately 117 acres of proposed new surface disturbance. 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.

The BLM will issue a Record of Decision after the close of the 30-day review period. Copies of the Final EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko NV 89801, and also online at the BLM Elko District website

Questions concerning this project may be addressed to Janice Stadelman at (775) 753-0346 or by email at

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.

Last updated: 07-05-2013