BATTLE MOUNTAIN – The Bureau of Land Management is allowing work to begin at the Gold Bar site, after completing its analysis of McEwen Mining Inc.’s proposal for the mine.
The project will be located approximately 30 miles northwest of Eureka in the Southern Roberts Mountains and is expected to create 120 new jobs.
The Record of Decision was signed by the BLM on Nov. 7. The Final Environmental Impact Statement, made available for public review on Oct. 7, included four alternatives that examined the mine’s range of potential impacts to natural resources in the area, such as water resources, air quality, vegetation, wildlife, livestock grazing, recreation and cultural resources.
The BLM approved the proposed action, which includes a number of environmental protection measures and is in line with BLM priorities, including working with agency partners to promote multiple-use on public lands, promoting job creation and supporting working landscapes.
Total project disturbance will be approximately 1,129 acres, with approximately 946 acres on public land administered by the BLM Mount Lewis Field Office and 183 acres on private land. The project includes an open pit gold mine with four open pits; mine access roads; waste rock disposal areas; crushing, screening, and agglomeration facilities; a heap leach facility; an adsorption, desorption, and recovery plant; and ancillary facilities.
Relevant documents are available on the BLM ePlanning website and hard copies of these documents are available for review at the Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian Road in Battle Mountain, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.