NEVADA - The Bureau of Land Management has begun the process to identify potential issues for the Environmental Impact Statement for Barrick's Arturo Mine Project.
The BLM published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS in the Federal Register on June 21, 2010 which opens a 30-day scoping period.
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues: grazing, wildlife, Native American concerns, cultural resources and water resources.
The project includes the expansion of the existing open pit, construction of two new waste rock disposal storage facilities, construction of a new heap leach facility, and the construction of new support facilities (i.e. substation and associated transmission powerline, water wells, office, and roads).
There will be a scoping meeting on Thursday, July 8, at the Elko BLM District Office from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The BLM press release for the Arturo Project can be found here.