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Release Date: 11/25/11
Contacts: Melodie Lloyd 406-896-5260    

BLM Initiates Public Scoping Period

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) South Dakota Field Office (SDFO) is seeking public scoping comments on Wharf Resources’ Plan of Operation to surface-mine gold about 2.5 miles west of Lead, South Dakota.  Wharf Resources submitted a Plan of Operations to the BLM for the purpose of surface mining approximately 0.12 acres of federal mining claims.

In evaluating this application, the BLM must analyze the environmental impacts of approving the Plan of Operations in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. A 30-day public scoping period is part of the process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to the Act. 
The public scoping period begins November 25, 2011, and ends December 27, 2011. The BLM is inviting the public to provide input regarding issues and concerns that should be addressed in the EA. Written comments must be postmarked by December 27, 2011, to be considered. The Miles City Field Office is assisting the South Dakota Field Office on this project so comments may be mailed to: Jon David, Miles City Field Office, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT 59301-7000 or emailed to 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.
For more information contact Jon David at (406) 233-3665.

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.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012