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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Oct. 3, 2008
CONTACT: Chris Worthington: (775) 635-4144

Cortez Hills Expansion Project Final EIS
Available for Public Review

Battle Mountain, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District Office (BMDO) has released the Cortez Hills Expansion Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The FEIS Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 3, 2008, which starts a 30-day public review of the FEIS.

The FEIS analyzes the potential effects of the proposed Cortez Gold Mines (CGM) amendment to Pipeline/South Pipeline Plan of Operations, which would provide for expansion of existing gold mining and processing operations in Lander and Eureka counties.

The proposed project would require a new surface disturbance of 6,633 acres, including 6,412 acres of public land administered by the BMDO and 221 acres of private land owned by CGM. Existing CGM mining and processing facilities are located in three main areas in the Cortez Gold Mines Operations Area. These areas are referred to as the Pipeline Complex, Cortez Complex, and Gold Acres Complex.

Mitigation measures have been identified, as needed, to minimize potential environmental impacts and to assure the proposed project would not result in undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands. In addition, the FEIS includes an analysis of cumulative impacts, including a comprehensive evaluation of potential impacts to Native American cultural values.

The review period for the FEIS will close Nov. 3, 2008. Written comments may be sent to the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, Attn: Stephen Drummond, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820, or fax to: 775-635-4034. A copy of the FEIS can be obtained at the BLM Battle Mountain District Office, or by contacting Stephen Drummond at (775) 635-4000. The FEIS also is available on-line at: