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BLM Signs Record of Decision for Waterton’s Hollister Underground Mine Project

1 April 2014

BLM News Release

ELKO – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tuscarora Field Office issued a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Waterton Global Mining Company’s (Waterton) Hollister Underground Mine Project.

The Hollister Underground Mine Project is an amendment to the Hollister Development Block Project Plan of Operations. The project is located approximately 47 miles northwest of Elko, 38 miles northeast of Battle Mountain, and 64 miles northeast of Winnemucca in Elko County. This project is located at the old Ivanhoe or Hollister open-pit mine site.  At full production, Waterton expects to employ an estimated 220 individuals.

The plan of operations consists of transitioning the existing underground exploration project into an underground gold and silver mining operation.  The project includes 222 acres of surface disturbance on both private and public land, and consists of approximately 117 acres of proposed new surface disturbance.  Facilities include the Hatter production shaft, road improvements, construction of 11.6 miles of electric power transmission lines, continued surface and underground exploration, water removal of up to 1,100 gallons per minute, the discharge of water into Little Antelope Creek, and construction of ancillary facilities.

A draft EIS was released for 30-day public comment on June 1, 2012 and the Final EIS was released July 5, 2013 for a 30-day public review. Copies of the Final EIS are available at the BLM Elko District Office, located at 3900 Idaho Street, Elko NV 89801, and also online at the BLM Elko District website address:  http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office/blm_information/nepa/hollister_deis__6.html

Questions concerning this project should be addressed to Janice Stadelman at (775) 753-0346 or by email at jstadelm@blm.gov.