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Battle Mountain District Office
Release Date: 05/15/13
Contacts: Jon Sherve , 775-635-4164 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2013-12

BLM Approves the Cove-Helen Underground Mine Project

Battle Mountain, NV - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office issued a Decision to approve the Plan of Operations for the Cove-Helen Underground Mine Project. The mine area is 26 miles southwest of Battle Mountain, Nev., on State Highway 305.

“After a thorough permitting process, I am pleased to announce the approval of this important gold processing project,” said Douglas Furtado, District Manager for the Battle Mountain District. “The BLM worked closely with the mine proponent to ensure the Cove-Helen Project is permitted in an environmentally responsible manner.”

The Cove-Helen Underground Mine Project will disturb 465.32 acres of public lands. The project will be located on a previously disturbed mine site and will employ up to 37 people. 

The Decision to approve the Plan of Operations for the Cove-Helen Underground Mine Project, and the Environmental Assessment are posted on the Battle Mountain BLM website at

For further information on the Cove-Helen Underground Mine Project or to obtain a printed copy of the Environmental Assessment and Decision, contact Jon Sherve, Assistant Field Manager, Non-Renewable Resources at (775) 635-4164 or email

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.

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