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Elko District Office
Release Date: 06/25/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-050

BLM hosts Open Houses on Draft EIS for the Proposed Hollister Underground Mine

ELKO, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tuscarora Field Office is hosting several open houses for public comment and feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Rodeo Creek Gold’s (RCG) proposed Hollister Underground Mine Project.

The DEIS is available for a 45-day public comment period. Comments on the Draft EIS are due to the BLM Tuscarora Field Office by close of business July 16, 2012.

Three public meetings are scheduled:

• The BLM Office in Battle Mountain on June 26 at 5 p.m. The office is located at 50 Bastian Rd.
• The BLM Office in Elko on June 27 at 5 p.m. The office is located at 3900 E. Idaho St.
• The Human Development Center in Owyhee, Nev. on July 5 at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The Center is located 1284 OPD Road.

The Hollister Underground Mine Project is located approximately 47 miles northwest of Elko and 64 miles northeast of Winnemucca in Elko County. This project is located at the old Ivanhoe or Hollister open-pit mine site. At full production, RCG expects to employ an estimated 200 individuals.

The proposed project consists of transitioning the existing underground exploration project into an underground gold and silver mining operation. The proposal includes a total of approximately 222 acres of surface disturbance on private and public land, which includes approximately 117 acres of proposed new surface disturbance. Existing facilities, such as the portal, water treatment facilities, rapid infiltration basins, waste-rock storage facility, and shop would be utilized. Proposed facilities include the Hatter production shaft, road improvements, the construction of 11.6 miles of electric power transmission lines, continued surface and underground exploration, water removal of up to 1,100 gallons per minute, the discharge of water into Little Antelope Creek, and construction of ancillary facilities.

Copies of the Draft EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office and also online at the BLM Elko District Web site address:

Comments should be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Hollister Underground Mine Project, Attn: Janice Stadelman, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801-4611; e-mailed to:; or faxed to (775) 753-0255. Questions concerning this project should be addressed to Janice Stadelman at the above address or by phone at (775) 753-0346.

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015