BLM seeks public comment on proposed exploratory drilling project east of Bullhead City


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Colorado River District Office

Media Contact:

Dolores Garcia, Public Affairs Specialist

KINGMAN, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office has completed an environmental assessment and is seeking public comment on the proposed Arizona Silver Exploration US, Inc (ASE) Philadelphia Exploration Project. The proposed exploration drilling project is located approximately 7.5 miles east of Bullhead City along the west side of the Black Mountains in Mohave County. 

An exploration plan submitted by ASE to the Kingman Field Office includes plans to conduct a phased exploration drilling program and up to 0.34 acres of surface disturbance. Activities would include the construction of up to two 50-by-50-foot drill pads, drilling up to 20 core holes from each pad, regrading up to 600 feet of an existing access routes (including widening the access routes to approximately 15-feet). Staging areas would be located on patented/private lands and are not included in this analysis of the proposal. Reclamation would commence as soon as practicable following drilling program completion, approximately 3 to 15 months afterwards depending upon results.

The environmental assessment is located on the BLM’s National NEPA Register.

The public comment period is for 30 days, beginning on March 4, 2024, and ending April 3, 2024. Electronic comments may be submitted via the National NEPA Register. Written comments may also be submitted to BLM Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the environmental assessment, contact the Kingman Field Office at 928-718-3700. If you have any project related questions, please contact Paul Misiaszek at or at a 928-718-3700. 

For further information please contact the Kingman Field Office at 928-718-3700.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.