BLM Issues Record of Decision for the Gold Bar Exploration Project

by NCN Staff

The area near the Gold Bar Mine in central Nevada - image - US Bureau of Land Management.

Reno – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount Lewis Field Office has issued a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of the proposed exploration and reclamation activities of the Gold Bar Exploration Project.

McEwen Mining, Inc. is based in Toronto and submitted an Exploration Plan of Operations that included the exploration activities on the Gold Bar claim block immediately outside of the Gold Bar Mine project boundary. The project is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Eureka in the southern Roberts Mountains in Eureka County, Nevada.

As of February 5 of this year, 150,000 tons of ore have been placed on the heap leach pad since starting in December 2018. Beginning in January of this year, leaching was initiated and gold is being dissolved by the cyanide solution. The company estimates that the Gold Bar Mine will produce 55,000 ounces of gold in 2019 at an all-in cost of approximately $975 per ounce.

Comments received during the 30-day comment period were reviewed and addressed in Appendix A: Responses to Public Comments.

The EA and associated Resource Reports can be viewed and downloaded from BLM’s ePlanning site located here.