Bureau of Land Management extends public comment period on lithium exploration project near Wikieup


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Colorado River District Office

Media Contact:

Rod Crum, Public Affairs Specialist

KINGMAN, Ariz. — To allow more time for public participation, the Bureau of Land Management is extending the comment period on a proposed lithium exploration plan from Big Sandy Inc. The plan would allow for 145 drill sites and a bulk sample near the town of Wikieup in Mohave County. Public comments will be extended another 30 days, from May 11 through June 10, 2021.

This exploration drilling project is proposed to disturb 26 acres of public land, located within several sections east of Wikieup. Diamond core drill holes are expected to reach target depths of approximately 300 feet. The exploration drill sites would be reclaimed following the proposed activities.

This environmental assessment analyzed potential environmental impacts of Big Sandy Inc.’s proposed exploration plan. Copies of the preliminary EA will be available for public review and commenting through BLM’s ePlanning website: https://go.usa.gov/xH4vE. Comments may also be mailed to the Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401. All comments must be received online or postmarked by June 10, 2021, to be considered in the final decision.  

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the environmental assessment, contact the BLM Kingman Field Office at 928-718-3700.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal information—may be publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. After the public review period has ended, comments will be analyzed and considered in the decision-making process.

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.