BATTLE MOUNTAIN – The public has until April 17 to comment on the proposed Gold Bar Mine in Eureka County.

The BLM released its draft environmental impact statement Friday for the project, which is 30 miles northwest of Eureka. The mine could create 120 new jobs in the area, according to the agency. The proposed open-pit gold mine is owned by McEwen Mining Inc.

For the next 45 days, the BLM is seeking public input on the initial analysis that will be used in developing a final decision on how the project will move forward.

A public meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 22 at the Eureka Opera House, 31 South Main St., Eureka. Nevada. BLM specialists will be available to provide information and answer questions about the proposed project.

McEwen’s proposed mine encompasses a project area of 5,362 acres of public land and 199 acres of private land located in the southwest portion of the Roberts Mountains. It is about three to five miles west of the Mt. Hope project, according to Project Manager Christine Gabriel. The actual surface disturbance proposed is approximately 20 percent of the project area, totaling nearly 1,130 acres, of which 944 acres are managed by the BLM.

After receiving the mine proposal, the BLM began its scoping process by reaching out to the public in 2015 to gather information related to the project.

The DEIS includes four alternatives that examine 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 is now asking the public to review the DEIS and provide substantive comments to help shape the final environmental analysis that will be used to guide the BLM’s decision whether to authorize the mine and how to best manage the variety of resources potentially affected.

The DEIS is available online. People with questions should call Gabriel at 775-635-4000. All written comments should be addressed to Gabriel and sent by fax to 775-635-4034, by email to blm_nv_bmdo_mlfo_gold_bar_project_eis@blm.gov or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, Mount Lewis Field Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820.

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