BLM Approves Long Canyon Mine Project

Elko, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office has issued the Record of Decision for Newmont Mining Corporation’s Long Canyon Mine Project to be located on the eastern side of the Pequop Mountain Range in Elko County, Nev., about 30 miles east of Wells.  The decision allows the mining operator to construct and operate a new heap leach gold mine that would consist of one open pit, one heap leach pad, a waste rock storage facility, a tailings storage facility, a natural gas pipeline from the existing Ruby Pipeline, onsite power generation plant and other ancillary facilities.  The associated disturbance would be approximately 1, 707 acres of public land, including 480 acres of split estate lands of federal surface and private subsurface.

The BLM decision was to select the North Facilities Alternative with the applicant-committed environmental protection measures and the mitigation measures outlined in the Long Canyon Mine Mitigation Plan, Appendix 2C to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The North Facilities Alternative was designed in response to environmental issues raised during internal and external scoping for the project. This alternative addresses impacts to several wildlife species, including sage grouse, cultural resources, and responds to requests from the cities of West Wendover, Nevada, and Wendover, Utah, related to potential impacts to their water supply, Big Springs and the ground water aquifer.

The Notice of Availability for the Long Canyon Mine Project Final EIS was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 9, 2015, initiating a minimum 30-day public availability period.  The FEIS is available online at http://on.doi.gov/1xYFnbB.

This decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (Board), U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Hearing and Appeals in accordance with the regulations contained in 43 CFR, Part 4.

For more information, contact Whitney Wirthlin, Project Lead, at (775) 861-6568 or BLM_NV_ELDOLongCanyonMine@blm.gov.

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