BLM and USFWS seeks public input on the proposed Hycroft Mine Phase II Expansion Project


CONTACT: BLM, Taylor Grysen, (775) 623-1500, tgrysen@blm.gov; USFWS, John Heil, (916) 414‑6636, john_heil@fws.gov

WNNEMUCCA, NV – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office (BRFO) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to analyze and disclose environmental impacts associated with Hycroft Resources and Development, Inc.’s (HRDI’s) proposed Hycroft Mine Phase II Expansion Project (Project) and to request for authorization to remove six inactive (i.e., outside of the nesting season) golden eagle nests and an incidental take under the  Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act). The BLM is the lead agency in development of the DEIS. The proposed Project is located in Humboldt and Pershing Counties, Nevada approximately 55 miles west of Winnemucca, Nevada. The BLM and USFWS will accept written comments on the DEIS during the 45-day public comment period which ends on June 30, 2019.

The BLM will hold public meetings on June 5th at the Pershing County Community Center, 820 6th St., Lovelock, NV from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on June 6th at the Winnemucca Convention Center, 50 W. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The public is being asked to comment on the DEIS which analyzes environmental impacts associated with Hycroft Resources and Development, Inc.’s (HRDI) proposal to expand mining and ore processing activities and to disturb golden eagles and their habitats at the existing Hycroft Mine. The proposed expansion consists of extending the mining period from 2024 to 2039, extending ore processing activities to 2041, and constructing a tailings storage facility.  The proposed Project would affect eagle nests and territories; therefore, HRDI has requested authorization from the USFWS to remove inactive eagle nests and receive a 30‑year incidental take permit for golden eagles under the Eagle Act.

Under the proposed expansion total mine-related surface disturbance would increase by 8,737 acres, from approximately 6,144 acres to 14,881 acres. The DEIS analyzes impacts to natural, cultural, mineral and visual resources; transportation and access; and social economic values.

Written comments related to the proposed Hycroft Mine Phase II Expansion project may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Mining Expansion Comments:

Contact: Taylor Grysen, BLM Project Manager

Phone:   (775) 623-1500

Fax:       (775) 623-1503

Email:    wfoweb@blm.gov

Mail:      Bureau of Land Management

               Black Rock Field Office

               5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.

               Winnemucca, NV 89445

Eagle Take Permit Comments:

Contact: Heather Beeler, USFWS Project Manager

Phone:   (916) 414-6651

Fax:       (916) 414-6486

Email:    fw8_eaglepermits@fws.gov

Mail:      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

               Migratory Bird Program, Pacific Southwest Region

               2800 Cottage Way, W-2605

               Sacramento, CA 95825

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Additional information regarding this proposed project is available online at: https://go.usa.gov/xEmuU.

For more information, contact Taylor Grysen, BLM Project Manager, at (775) 623-1500.