BLM seeks input for proposed Murdock Mountain Phosphate Exploration Project

Elko DO
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 ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on the proposed Murdock Mountain Phosphate Exploration Project in Elko County. Nevada Organic Phosphate proposes to assess phosphate mining potential by drilling on approximately nine total acres across 1,575 acres of public lands.

 If approved, the project would include construction of 26 drill sites, 23 trenches, and new access roads. Exploratory drilling is planned for depths up to 70 meters below the surface. This phosphate bed is part of the Permian Phosphoria Formation which hosts most of the active phosphate mines in the western U.S.

 According to the U.S. Geological survey, most phosphorus is consumed as a principal component of nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizers used on food crops throughout the world. The United States is the world's leading producer and consumer of phosphate rock, which is used to manufacture phosphate fertilizers and industrial products.

 The comment period will close August 4, 2024. Written comments may be submitted through the “Participate Now” option at the BLM National NEPA Register (preferred) where additional information and planning documents are available for review. Comments may also be emailed to, faxed to 775-753-0347, or delivered to: BLM Wells Field Office, Attn: Murdock Mountain Phosphate Exploration Project, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801. 

For more information, please call Aili Gordon at or 775-753-0356.