The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Sierra Front Field Office in Carson City, Nevada has received a right-of-way (ROW) application by Comstock Mining for the construction, maintenance and use of the "Lucerne haul road" across public land segments between their Lucerne pit mining operation and heap-leach processing facility. To evaluate their request, the BLM will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
Comstock Mining is currently mining in the Lucerne and Billy the Kid Pits, southwest of Gold Hill along State Highway 342, in Storey County, Nevada. The mining and heap-leach operations are located on privately-owned lands. The haul road would cross several public land segments. Comstock Mining is also proposing to make the haul road an exclusive use road. Use of the haul road could reduce Comstock Mining’s use of State Highway 342 as a haul road.
In order to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act, an EA is required to evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative effects to the human environment from the right-of-way (ROW) authorization.
The public scoping period closed on February 19, 2013 and on March 28, 2013 the BLM published a Scoping Report (see Documents).