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Battle Mountain District
Release Date: 12/20/13
Contacts: Leighandra Keeven , 775-482-7834 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2014-06

BLM Seeks Public Comments on the Environmental Assessment of Mineral Ridge Gold's Proposed Plan of Operations Amendment

Tonopah, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office is seeking public comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) associated with Mineral Ridge Gold’s proposed of operation amendment. The proposed actions would occur on 229 acres of BLM-administered Federal lands and 392 acres of adjacent private lands located near Silver Peak in Esmeralda County, Nev.

The EA identifies, describes, and evaluates possible direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed amendment which includes an increase in the current plan of operations boundary, the expansion of two existing mining pits, the addition of or changes to eight waste rock disposal areas, an increase in the ore stacking height on the existing leach pad, and the rerouting of an existing power line. 

The 30-day comment period begins on December 23, 2013 and will close on January 21, 2014. Written comments received during this period will be considered during the decision-making process. The EA may be accessed at the BLM Battle Mountain homepage:  Printed copies of the EA are available at the Tonopah Field Office, 1553 S. Main Street, Tonopah, NV.

Comments may be submitted in writing to: BLM Tonopah Field Office, Attn: Leighandra Keeven, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049. Comments may also be submitted by fax at (775) 482-7810 (Attn: Leighandra Keeven) or by e-mail at

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from the public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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.

Last updated: 04-20-2015