Pan Mine Project Record of Decision
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Egan Field Office has issued the Record of Decision for Midway Gold U.S., Inc.’s Pan Mine Project. The decision allows the mining operator to construct and operate a new heap leach gold mine which will consist of two primary open pits, three satellite pits, one heap leach pad, three rock disposal areas, a transmission line, and other ancillary facilities. The total surface disturbance will be approximately 3,301 acres. The project will be located in the Pancake Mountain Range, in White Pine County, Nevada, approximately 50 miles west of Ely and 22 miles southeast of Eureka.
The decision of the Egan Field Office Field Manager, BLM Ely District, is to select the Southwest Power Line Alternative and the Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative along with the applicant committed environmental protection measures included in the Plan and the mitigation measures specified in Sections 4.2 through 4.18 of the Final EIS. The Southwest Power Line Alternative was developed to avoid potential impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse from the Proposed Action power line. The Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative would involve a conventional waste rock disposal design and move waste rock away from more important Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in order to minimize impacts.Â
The Notice of Availability for the Pan Mine Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 20, 2013. The 30-day public availability period ended on December 19, 2013. Project materials may be viewed at the BLM Ely District Office, 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
This decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (Board), U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Hearing and Appeals in accordance with the regulations contained in 43 CFR, Part 4.
For more information, contact Miles Kreidler, BLM Ely District mining engineer, at (775) 289-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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