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BLM Soliciting Comments on Environmental Assessment for Cortez Underground Exploration Plan of Operation

Cortez Gold Mines has submitted to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office a proposal to conduct underground exploration. The purpose of the underground exploration is to locate and delineate precious metal deposits for potential future underground development and mining. The underground exploration would define deep mineralized zones and evaluate the rock quality for potential future underground development and mining. The proposed underground exploration would include underground workings, exploration drilling, and test mining; potential ventilation raises/escape passes; surface support facilities; road upgrading and construction; waste rock placement; water management that may require surface dewatering wells, underground collection and pumping systems, pipelines, and a cross-valley pipeline; and construction of a 120 kV line to the portal site.

The BLM is seeking public input on the environmental assessment (EA) by initiating a 30-day period of public comment starting December 15, 2005. If you would like a copy of the EA, or if you would like any additional information, please contact Christopher Worthington at (775) 635-4144 or Jon Sherve at (775) 635-4164.

Written comments can be sent to the above address, attn: Cortez Underground Project Lead. Comments should be postmarked or otherwise delivered to the BLM Battle Mountain Field Office by close of business January 13, 2006, to ensure full consideration.

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Last updated: 03-26-2015