Comstock Mining haul road changes under consideration

Leon Thomas, Field Manager for the BLM Sierra Front Field Office, on Monday presented Lyon County Commissioners with information regarding a request by Comstock Mining to amend their current haul road Right of Way (ROW) permit.  A ROW permit is required to cross public lands.

The original permit was issued to Comstock Mining by BLM is for use of public land segments along the American Flat Road as the haul road between the pit area and the heap leach mill.  The new application, submitted by Comstock Mining to BLM on August 29, 2012, is requesting to include the ‘Lucerne Haul Road’ for use as an alternative haul road across public land segments.

No mining is associated with the request.  All Comstock mining is on private lands associated with the Lucerne and Billy the Kid pits and located in Story County.  The original Special Use Permit was issued by Story County in 2004 and amended in 2011.

The BLM has determined an Environmental Impact Study is not required and an Environmental Assessment will be the proper level of compliance.  The Environmental Assessment will include biological and cultural inventories.

In the process of informing the public and to take questions, a 30-day Public Scoping period has been established between January 17 and February 16, 2013.  The BLM is also scheduled to appear before the Story County Commission at 2:00PM, January 15; and the Story County Planning Commission on January 17 at 6:00PM.

The BLM has scheduled two public Scoping opportunities:

  • January 22 – 6:30 to 8:30PM at the Carson City BLM offices
  • January 29 – 6:30 to 8:30PM at Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City

These meetings will not be in a hearing format, but presentations will be made at 6:45 and 7:45PM

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