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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, May 3, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chanefel@nv.blm.gov

BLM Seeks Public Participation on Bald Mountain Mine – North Operations Area EIS

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office and Barrick Gold Corporation representatives are scheduled to meet with the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, Eureka Opera House, 31 South Main, Eureka, Nev., to get input on the proposed consolidation and expansion of the Bald Mountain Mine and Mooney Basin operations.

The North Operations Area Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate the potential impacts that expanding the Bald Mountain Mine and Mooney Basin operations may have on human, natural and cultural resources, as well as determine what measures would be necessary to mitigate or reduce the impacts. These two adjacent mines (Bald Mountain Mine and Mooney Basin Mine) will be combined into one plan of operation called the North Operations Area.

The expansion would include the extension of existing open pits, expansion of existing rock disposal areas and heap leach facilities, and construction of a truck shop, as well as the continued operation, reclamation, and closure of the existing Bald Mountain Mine and Mooney Basin operations, including mine offices, truck shops and warehouse, haul roads, ore stockpiles, access road, diversion ditches, power transmission lines, water wells and pipelines, process solution transmission pipelines and landfill.

Under the proposed action, there would be an additional disturbance of 3,808 acres. The proposed disturbance is on unpatented mining claims on BLM-administered public land. Project access will continue to be via existing public roads.

The formal public scoping process concludes at 5 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2007. Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely Field Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, Nev., 89301.

For more information, contact Project Manager Lynn Bjorklund, at (775) 289-1893 or at Lynn_Bjorklund@nv.blm.gov.

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Last updated: 05-10-2007