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Release Date: 09/29/11
Contacts: Deanna Masterson, 303-239-3671,    

BLM begins a Public Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Fairplay Mining Proposal

CANON CITY, Colo. – The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Destiny Mine proposal on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The BLM received a mining proposal in 2009 from Destiny Mining, LLC for a mining claim within a five-acre area of an 80-acre BLM parcel near Fairplay.  The mining proposal is for a small combination placer gold, sand and gravel mining operation.  A public scoping meeting was held in September 2009 to identify potential issues and environmental concerns. The BLM is now providing the Draft Environmental Assessment to the public for comment and review.

The 30-day public comment period will begin on Thursday, Sept. 29 and will end on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Written comments can be mailed to BLM RGFO Comments, 3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212; or emailed to with Destiny Mine in the email subject line.  For more information contact the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office at 719-269-8500.

Hard copies of the Draft EA will be available at the Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 East Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212, at the Fairplay Library, 418 Main St., Fairplay, CO 80440 or online at:

Comments and personal identifying information may be publicly available at any time. We cannot guarantee withholding personal identifying information.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  3028 E. Main Street      Canon City, CO 81212  

Last updated: 10-03-2011