BATTLE MOUNTAIN – Fire Creek Mine received a decision Jan. 29 from the Bureau of Land Management that allows it to go into full production.
The Lander County mine is owned by Klondex Gold & Silver Co. and is about 37 miles east of Battle Mountain and four miles northwest of Crescent Valley. The BLM issued the DR after it found “no significant impact” on the environment.
The environmental assessment was required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act as a portion of the Fire Creek property is located on public land administered by the BLM. The approval of the EA will allow Klondex to advance its mining and exploration activities at the Fire Creek property.
"I am grateful to the BLM and our environmental team at Klondex for a phenomenal effort in completing this EA process," Klondex President and CEO Paul Andre Huet said. "Due to their collaboration, this was an extremely efficient and professional review that addressed the needs of all stakeholders. The successful completion of this process will allow Klondex to continue unlocking value at Fire Creek while demonstrating our core value of environmental stewardship."
The project was previously authorized for 150 acres of surface disturbance within an area that measured approximately 1,988 acres on both private and public land administered by the BLM.
The new activities would create approximately 80 additional acres of surface disturbance and increase the project area by approximately 1,467 acres. This would result in a project area measuring approximately 3,455 acres with a total surface disturbance of approximately 230 acres.
No ore processing facilities are proposed and the ore would continue to be transported for off-site processing. The primary proposed surface disturbance would be related to the construction of a new waste rock storage facility that includes stormwater diversion channels and water management ponds, constructing two additional underground portals, installing additional ventilation raises and service holes to support underground mining operations, building additional facility access and haul roads, and conducting additional surface exploration activities within the existing and expanded project area.
The documents are available at: http://1.usa.gov/1YqZPcx or a printed copy can be picked up at the Battle Mountain District Office at 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.