Humboldt River Field Office seeks public input on the proposed Relief Canyon Mine Expansion Project

WINNEMUCCA, Nev.– The Humboldt River Field Office (HRFO) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) analyzing the proposed Gold Acquisition Corporation (GAC), Relief Canyon Mine Expansion Project located approximately 16 miles east of Lovelock in Pershing County, Nevada. Comments on the DEIS are being requested from the public and must be received by March 5. 

The proposal would extend the mine life by five years including three years of active mining and two additional years of leaching following cessation of mining. The expansion proposes to deepen the existing pit, expand and add waste rock storage facilities, heap leach pads, process ponds, groundwater dewatering facilities, and groundwater re-infiltration facilities. Upon cessation of mining, an approximately 57-acre pit lake will develop.

 HRFO will be conducting two virtual Zoom public meetings for the project. The first will be February 10 at 1 PM. To register for this session, click here. The second virtual public meeting will be February 11 at 6 PM. To register for the second session, click here. Please note, we are not able to accept formal comments via this virtual Zoom meeting platform.

During this time, the BLM will also be taking public comments on the proposed modified Plan of Operations for the Relief Canyon Mine (NVN-064634), as provided for in the Surface Management regulations, 43 CFR 3809.Information on the project and links to submit comments can be found on the project’s ePlanning site at 

Public comments can be submitted through the BLM’s ePlanning project webpage listed above or by the following methods: 


Attn. Relief Canyon Mine Expansion 

BLM Humboldt River Field Office 

5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.  

Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921 

Email, include Relief Canyon Mine Expansion in the subject line 

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time.  Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.  



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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Heather O'Hanlon