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Release Date: 03/21/14
Contacts: Whitney Wirthlin , 775-861-6400 ,
News Release No. ELKO 2014-024

BLM seeks public comment on Proposed Long Canyon Mine Project Draft EIS

ELKO, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wells Field Office announces the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Newmont Mining Corporation’s (Newmont) Long Canyon Mine Project proposal for an open-pit gold mining operation to be located approximately 30 miles east of Wells, Nev. The notice opens a 45-day public comment period that will end May 5, 2014.

Three public meetings will be held at the below locations and dates:

April 15, 2014; 6-8 pm (Pacific Time)
Wendover Community Building
112 South Moriah Ave, Wendover, UT

April 16, 2014; 6-8 pm
Elko Convention Center
700 Moran Way, Elko, NV

April 17, 2014; 6-8 pm
Wells City Hall
525 6th Street, Wells, NV

The proposed mine would be located on the eastern side of the Pequop Mountain Range, about 32 miles west of West Wendover, Nev., and five miles south of Interstate 80. Currently, Fronteer Development, a subsidiary of Newmont, is authorized to disturb up to 115 acres for exploration purposes. The associated disturbance for the proposed operations is 4,194, of which 1,874 acres are public land, including 480 acres of split estate lands, and would encompass the existing 115 acres of disturbance from exploration activities. The projected life of the mine is eight to 14 years, including construction, operations, closure and post-closure monitoring. An estimated annual workforce would be approximately 300 to 500 people during the life of the mine.

Comments received during the scoping period in July 2012 were addressed and evaluated, and appropriate issues are incorporated into the Draft EIS as project alternatives. Copies of the Draft EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office and online at the BLM Elko District website address:

Comments should be mailed to: BLM, Long Canyon Mine Project, Attention: Whitney Wirthlin, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502; emailed to:; or faxed to (775) 861-6711. Questions concerning this project should be addressed to Whitney Wirthlin at the above address or by phone at (775) 861-6568.

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: 04-17-2015