The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Egan Field Office has issued the Record of Decision for Midway Gold U.S., Inc.’s Pan Mine Project to be located in the Pancake Mountain Range in White Pine County, about 50 miles west of Ely or 22 miles southeast of Eureka. The decision allows the mining operator to construct and operate a new heap leach gold mine that would consist of two primary open pits, three satellite pits, one heap leach pad, three rock disposal areas and a transmission line. The total surface disturbance would be approximately 3,301 acres.
The BLM decision was to select the Southwest Power Line and Waste Rock Disposal Site Design alternatives with applicant-committed environmental protection measures and the mitigation measures specified in Sections 4.2 through 4.18 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Southwest Power Line Alternative was developed to avoid potential impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse from the Proposed Action power line. The Waste Rock Disposal Site Design Alternative would involve a conventional waste rock disposal design and move waste rock away from more important Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in order to minimize impacts.
The Notice of Availability for the Pan Mine Project Final EIS was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 20, 2013, initiating a minimum 30-day public availability period. The FEIS is available online. Go to http://www.blm.gov/nv/ and click on the Ely District.
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.