Gold Mine: A significant environmental assessment is about to get underway for the Nevada business that is proposing to build a gold mine in Eastern Oregon.
BLM Has Authorised the Start of Environmental Evaluation for a Proposed Gold Mine in Oregon
On Tuesday, Paramount Gold made the announcement that the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the business’s operations plan for the Grassy Mountain mine that the company plans to build.
This means that Paramount can soon begin writing an environmental impact statement, which will open the mining project to regulatory and public scrutiny under the National Environmental Policy Act. In other words, Paramount will be able to move forward with the mining proposal.
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Glen Van Treek, president and chief operating officer of Paramount, issued a press release in which he congratulated the agency on its decision.
Van Treek stated that “our continuing work with the BLM over the course of several years has allowed us to achieve this permitting milestone.” This milestone is a first for a gold mine and recovery plant in Oregon, and it brings Grassy one major step closer to a construction decision.
The company’s goal is to create the state of Oregon’s first gold mine that uses a chemical processing method. In order to extract precious metals from low-grade ore, the chemical process mining industry often employs the use of a cyanide solution.
According to estimates provided by the firm, the proposed mine will generate around 362,000 ounces of gold and 425,000 ounces of silver over the course of eight years. The mine is located south of Vale and close to Lake Owyhee. That amounts to almost 642 million dollars worth of metal.
Before work on the mine can begin, the proposal put forth by Paramount must first get approval from the county, state, and federal governments. Permission to construct on the land has been granted to the corporation by Malheur County as well as the Oregon Water Resources Department, both of which are necessary for the operation of the processing facility and mine.
The application that the corporation has submitted for several other state permits is now being reviewed by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
The Nevada company pitching a gold mine in Eastern Oregon is set to begin a critical environmental review process. https://t.co/ROH96PWbgz
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In a statement that was released in written form, the Oregon Natural Desert Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources, recommended that Paramount “commit to adopting the most protective and safest mine development and operations plan possible for Grassy Mountain.”
According to the statement, “ONDA would be seeking to see a proposal that incorporated all of the newest technologies and best management practices to limit impacts from the proposed mine.” This is stated while the mine is creating its plan of operations and supporting documentation.
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The organization has requested that Paramount safeguard the water quality, reduce the harm to the habitat of wildlife, make plans for reclamation and disposal of waste rock, and commit to recruiting labor from within Malheur County.
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