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Release Date: 10/18/13
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-490-0367 ,

Butte BLM extends public comment period on mine right-of-way application

BUTTE (Oct. 18, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has extended the public comment period on a right-of-way application to improve, use and maintain an existing BLM road to haul ore from the Golden Asset Mine on private lands located near Jefferson City, Mont. The BLM will accept public comment on the proposal until Nov. 1, 2013.

During the federal government shutdown, the public was unable to view the Environmental Assessment pertaining to the application on the BLM’s website where it had been posted earlier. That webpage is now available for accessing the document.  In addition, copies of the EA are available for public viewing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Boulder and at the Boulder Community Library.

The EA addresses the application for a right of way along a road which crosses public lands en route to a mining operation on private lands.

The road, which was built as a haul road for the Golden Asset/Golconda Mine in the 1980s, traverses a total of about three miles on public lands managed by the Butte Field Office. The applicant, Smith Contracting, Inc., needs the authorized haul route across public land to haul gold/silver ore from the Golden Asset Mine, which is located on private inholdings within BLM public lands.

The hauling would be done when the BLM road is open from May 16 to Dec. 1 and, weather permitting, for up to three seasons. The applicant estimates they would haul up to 20 loads or 560 tons per day for four to six days per week. At this rate, it could take as little as 15 weeks to haul the estimated 50,000 tons, but mining rates, weather interruptions, and the seasonal road closure, warrants an authorization for three seasons to complete the hauling.

The Environmental Assessment and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact are available for public review at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Boulder, the Boulder Community Library and at the BLM Butte Field Office, at 106 N. Parkmont in Butte. It can also be viewed on the web at

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information or to submit comments, please contact Mike Wyatt at (406) 533-7600 or

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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.

Butte Field Office   106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701  

Last updated: 10-18-2013