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Release Date: 07/01/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Butte BLM completes assessment of Golden Asset Mine right-of-way request

BUTTE (July 1, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has completed the environmental assessment 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 decision was to issue the Right-of-Way Grant for three years, subject to standard and special stipulations.

Smith Contracting, Inc., the applicant, wants to haul ore from the Golden Asset Mine, located on private lands, under a State of Montana Small Miner Exclusion Statement. The applicant can use the BLM road within the bounds of the existing travel plan, but the right-of-way authorization allows them to repair, use, and maintain the existing road for hauling up to 25 loads of unprocessed ore per week.   The hauling would be done when the BLM road is open from May 16 to Dec. 1, weather permitting.

An initial EA and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact were released for public comment on September 27, 2013.  The BLM received 27 written comment letters from 24 commenters.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the review process,” said Scott Haight, Field Manager of the BLM’s Butte Field Office. “The input we received helped the BLM define issues for analysis, refine the proposed action, and explore alternatives.”

The road, which was improved as a haul road for the Golden Asset/Golconda Mine in the 1980s, traverses nearly three miles on public lands managed by the Butte Field Office.

The Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Decision Record are available at the BLM Butte Field Office, at 106 N. Parkmont in Butte. The documents can also be viewed on the Butte Field Office website at

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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.

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Last updated: 07-01-2014