WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office is seeking public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hycroft Mine Expansion Project proposed in Humboldt and Pershing counties. A 45-day comment period will be held, including three public meetings. The public is invited to submit comments until the comment period ends on March 12
Additionally, the BLM will hold three public open-house meetings in Nevada on the proposal and DEIS from 6 to 8 p.m. in the following locations:
• Winnemucca, Feb. 14, at the Winnemucca Convention Center, West Hall, located at 50 W. Winnemucca Blvd.
• Lovelock, Feb. 15, at the Lovelock Community Center located at 820 Sixth St.
• Gerlach, Feb. 16, at the Gerlach Community Center located at 401 Cottonwood St.
Hycroft Resources and Development, Inc., proposes to expand the existing open pit gold mine operation and associated disturbance of 1,371 acres by an additional 2,057 acres to encompass a total of 3,428 acres on public land, and increase acres of disturbance on private land controlled by Hycroft to 1,807 acres. If approved by the BLM, the proposed project could extend the mine life about 12 years and provide about 534 jobs.
Preliminary key issues identified by the BLM and through scoping include the potential for waste rock, heap leach or pit walls to produce acid rock drainage or heavy metals; and potential visual impacts to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon-Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and the Black Rock Wilderness Area.
For further information, contact Kathleen Rehberg, project lead, at 775-263-1500.