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Release Date: 10/26/12
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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Assessment for Potassium Prospecting and Exploration Application Near Egnar (10-26-12)

DOLORES, Colo. – On Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office posted an environmental assessment that analyzes Potassium (potash) Prospecting Permits and the associated exploration plan submitted by RM Potash for public comment.

The proposed plan is located about 15 miles north of Dove Creek and U.S. Highway 491 (aka US 666) near Egnar within San Miguel and Dolores counties. If the application is approved, the operator could apply for a lease to begin exploration later this year.

“Exploration will help determine the presence of a mineral deposit, and core drilling helps confirms the potash thickness and grade,” said James Blair, BLM geologist.  “We look forward to reviewing public comment as we consider the application for exploratory activities.  If the applicant determines that a valuable deposit is present and decides to develop the resource, then the applicant can apply for a potash lease.”

The six-permit application covers a total of 9,954 acres. The total disturbance area is estimated at about 19 acres.  This includes core holes limited to a 250 foot by 250 foot pad (~1.4 acres) and associated road improvements (up to 20 feet wide) on three access roads.

Potash is the common name for a group of naturally occurring minerals containing the element potassium (K), which is a leasable mineral under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. Beds of rock salt containing layers of potash minerals were deposited in southwest Colorado during the evaporation of an ancient marine sea. Potash is most commonly used as a component of fertilizer, but is also used in a variety of other chemical and industrial applications, such as steel manufacture, ice melting and water softening.

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Comments should be submitted in writing by Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, to the Tres Rios Field Office, Attn:  RM Potash EA, 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO 81323, fax 970-882-6841 or

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.

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.

  29211 Highway 184      Dolores, CO 81323  

Last updated: 10-26-2012