BLM seeks public input on proposed Lisbon Valley Copper Mine expansion

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MOAB, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments and information to inform the development of an environmental impact statement evaluating a proposal to expand mining operations at the Lisbon Valley Copper Mine in San Juan County.

Lisbon Valley Mining Company, LLC currently mines copper ore from an open pit mine on 4,480 acres and is proposing to expand into an adjoining area. Additions would include a new open pit, waste rock storage area, and process ponds. In addition to BLM’s analysis, the project would also require a pending aquifer exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency to allow fluids to be injected underground.

“The BLM manages lands for multiple use and sustained yield, including providing opportunities for responsible mineral development,” said Moab Field Manager Dave Pals. “The public can help inform our analysis of the proposed development by providing detailed comments during the scoping period.”

Notice of Intent will publish next week in Tuesday’s Federal Register to open the comment period. Comments will be accepted until June 27, 2024. More information, including how to comment digitally (preferred) and public meeting dates, is available at the BLM National NEPA Register. Comments may also be delivered to BLM Moab Field Office, Attn: Lisbon Valley Mine Plan Modification EIS, 85 Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532.

Please visit our website for further information Planning and NEPA in the BLM, or contact Planning and Environmental Specialist Jill Stephenson at 435-259-2100 or email