The Applicant, Comstock Mining, LLC is proposing the use and maintenance of an existing dirt road with no new surface disturbance proposed (outside of maintaining the existing disturbed surface with graders and water trucks). This road is used by the public and locally referred to as American Flat Road. The proposed right-of-way (ROW) would be used for commercial mining activities to transport materials for a leach pad and ore from a patented mining claim to the applicant’s leach pad / processing facility located on private land. The road would also be used for employee and contractor traffic. Only highway-approved vehicles would be using the road under this ROW. This ROW would not authorize any construction, expansion, restriction of access to the public or addition to existing berms / creation of new berms.
The existing travel surface (excluding previously built cuts and berms) varies in width from around 24 feet to 60 feet or more. A 30 foot width would accommodate their proposed activities. All travel and new surface disturbance under this authorization would be restricted to 30 feet within the existing berms (berm to berm only) on American Flat Road. The length of the ROW would be 6,140 feet. The total acreage would be approximately 5 acres.
The authorization would be used immediately upon issuance. The ROW would be in use year-round. This would be a standard FLPMA 3-year authorization with the right to renew at the Authorized Officer’s discretion.
The mining activities within the “Billy the Kid Pit,” located on private lands, are outside the decision-making authority of the BLM under the National Environmental Policy Act. These activities are, however, subject to State and/or County permitting.
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