ELKO, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tuscarora Field Office announces the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Barrick-Dee Mining Venture’s proposed Arturo Mine Project for a 30-day public review period.
The proposed project is to expand the Dee Gold Mine, an existing open-pit gold mine, currently in closure and reclamation, located approximately 45 miles northwest of Elko. The proposed project would expand the existing open-pit gold mine and construct two new waste-rock disposal storage facilities, a new heap-leach facility and new support facilities. These activities would support an estimated 240 new jobs.
The proposed project would create about 2,774 acres of surface disturbance on public land during the estimated 10 years of mining and ore processing, followed by three years of site closure and reclamation.
Approximately 808 acres of Greater Sage-Grouse Preliminary Priority Habitat (PPH) occur in the project area. This habitat would be re-established onsite at a one to one ratio, which conforms to current BLM mitigation conservation guidelines. Off-site re-establishment of PPH will be at a ratio of two to one and will occur north of the project area on about 1,600 public land acres.
A Notice of Intent was published in June 2010, initiating public scoping for this project and more than 200 letters were mailed to interested publics, other federal and state agencies as well as federally recognized tribes. A draft EIS was released for public comment on January 18, 2013 and two public meetings were held during the subsequent 45-day comment period.
Comments received on the Draft EIS in March 2013 are addressed in the Final EIS and changes were made to the Final EIS when applicable. The BLM will issue a Record of Decision after the close of the 30-day availability period.
Copies of the Final EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office and also online at the BLM Elko District Web site address: www.blm.gov/rv5c
Questions concerning this project should be addressed to John Daniel at: Bureau of Land Management, Arturo Mine Project, Attention: John Daniel, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801-4611; emailed to: ArturoMiningEIS@blm.gov; or by phone at (775) 753-0277.
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 Americas 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.