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ePlanning DOI-BLM-ORWA-0000-2016-0001-EA (Goat Mountain Hard Rock Prospecting Permit Applications Modified EA)  
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NEPA Project Summary 
NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-ORWA-0000-2016-0001-EA Status:  Decision and Appeal
Project Name:  Goat Mountain Hard Rock Prospecting Permit Applications Modified EA Decision Date: 
EIS OEPC #:  FONSI Date: 
Applicant:  Ascot USA, Inc.    
Case File Number/:
Project Number 
WAOR066973, WAOR066628    
Start Date:  11/04/2014    
End Date:     
 
Project Description:
The BLM has released the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record (DR) for this Project. The Decision is subject to a 30-day appeal to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). Additional information and a citation to the applicable regulations can be found in the decision document. The 30-day appeal period closes January 2, 2019. The focus of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) is the evaluation, documentation, and disclosure of the effects of the requisite Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS) administrative actions in response to two applications for hardrock mineral prospecting permits (WAOR 066628 and 066973), submitted by Ascot USA, Inc. The prospecting permit applications involve acquired National Forest System (NFS) lands administered by the Gifford Pinchot NF. The BLM is also considering approval of an exploration plan submitted by Ascot for conducting specific exploration on the prospecting permits, should they be issued. This EA was originally completed November 30, 2012. (DOI-BLM-OR-934-2012-001-EA) It was utilized by the FS and the BLM as the basis for their decisions and findings of no significant impacts (FONSI) issued in December 2012. The Agencies' decisions, but not the EA, were subsequently vacated in a civil action before the U.S. District Court of Oregon in August 2014. To comply with the Court order and opinions, a Modified EA has been prepared by the Agencies.
Project Location:
The Permit Application Area is located approximately 15 miles south of Randle, Washington near the northwest corner of Skamania County. The Permit Application Area is within portions of Sections 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of Township 10 North, Range 6 East, Willamette Meridian, Skamania County, Washington. The Permit Application Area is also designate as Mineral Survey (MS) parcels 708, 774, 779, 1329, and 1330. The Project Area is located on and adjacent to the south facing slope of Goat Mountain. These lands are next to and extend northeast from the boundary of the 110,300-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
 
Project Lead:  Leslie Frewing    
Phone Number:  (503) 808-6088    
Email Address:  lfrewing@blm.gov    
Office(s):  State Office
Wenatchee FO
Spokane DO
Lead Office:  State Office
Counties:  Skamania    
 
Program(s):  Mining Subprogram(s):  Hard Rock (gold, silver, copper, uranium, etc.)
Cooperating Agencies:  US Forest Service    
 

Documents: 
2017 EA Document
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
BLM Finding of No Significant Impact 12/03/2018 BLM FONSI 20181002.pdf (90 KB) 
BLM FONSI Signature Page 12/03/2018 BLMFONSI_Signature.20181203.pdf (376 KB) 
BLM Decision Record 12/03/2018 BLMDecisionRecord20181002.pdf (968 KB) 
BLM DR Signature Page 12/03/2018 BLMDR_Signature.20181203.pdf (405 KB) 
News Release 12/3/2018 12/03/2018 News Release.20181203.docx (73 KB) 
USFS Decision Notice and FONSI 02/08/2018 20180208USFSGoatMtDN FONSI.pdf (772 KB) 
USFS Decision Press Release 02/08/2018 USFS  Decision Press Release20180208.pdf (449 KB) 
USFS Draft Decision Notice and FONSI 08/24/2017 USFSGoatMtnModifiedDraftDNfonsi.pdf (369 KB) 
USFS Cover Letter Draft Decision 08/24/2017 USFSGoatMtObjectionNotificationLetterSigned.pdf (286 KB) 
Legal Notice - USFS Objection Opportunity 08/24/2017 OBJECTION OPPORTUNITY USDA Legal Notice 20170824.pdf (92 KB) 
Goat Mountain Prospecting Permit EA 08/24/2017 Goat Mountain EA 20170807 508.pdf (8408 KB) 
 
2015 Modified EA Documents
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
Legal Notice - Chronicle 01/05/2016 Chronicle Legal Notice 010516.pdf (14 KB) 
Legal Notice - Columbian 01/05/2016 Columbian Legal Notice 010516.pdf (1706 KB) 
Legal Notice - Columbian 02/18/2016 Columbian Legal Notice 021816.pdf (1153 KB) 
Legal Notice - Chronicle 02/18/2016 Chronicle Legal Notice 02182016.pdf (163 KB) 
2015 Modified EA 12/17/2015 Goat Mountain MEA 20151217 FINAL.pdf (15941 KB) 
 
2012 EA Documents
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
Prospecting Permit Application for MS-774, 779, 1329, and 1300 dated 03-01-2011 09/30/2015 Ascot APOO MS 774 779 1329 1330.pdf (233 KB) 
Prospecting Permit Application for MS-708 dated 11-29-2011 09/30/2015 Ascot PROSP PERMIT APP MS708.pdf (201 KB) 
Revised Plan of Operations for Prospecting Permit dated 10-05-2011 09/30/2015 Ascot APOO 112011 All MS.pdf (4237 KB) 
BLM Initial Public Notice of Public Scoping Process dated 02-2012 09/30/2015 BLMGoatMountainProspecting PublicNotice.pdf (35 KB) 
BLM News Release of Public Scoping Period dated 02-08-2012 09/30/2015 OR 12 09 Ascot Prospecting Press Release.pdf (199 KB) 
Goat Mountain Hardrock Prospecting Permit Application EA dated 06-28-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnEA2012.pdf (6240 KB) 
BLM News Release of EA for Public Comment dated 06-29-2012 09/30/2015 OR 12 26 AscotEA Press Release 6 12.pdf (236 KB) 
BLM News Release for Extension of EA for Public Comment dated 07-27-2012 09/30/2015 OR 12 28 AscotEAComment Extension 7 12.pdf (436 KB) 
BLM Draft Finding of No Significant Impact dated 06-21-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnfonsi.pdf (86 KB) 
 
2012 Modified EA Documents
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
BLM Draft Finding of No Significant Impact dated 11-30-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnfonsi.pdf (86 KB) 
Goat Mountain Hardrock Prospecting Permit Application Modified EA dated 11-30-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnEA2012M.pdf (9130 KB) 
USFS Consent Decision dated 12-04-2012 09/30/2015 92103 FSPLT2 291643.pdf (256 KB) 
BLM Decision Record to Grant Two Prospecting Permits dated 12-20-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnDR.pdf (989 KB) 
BLM Finding of No Significant Impact dated 12-20-2012 09/30/2015 goatmtnfonsi2.pdf (299 KB) 
BLM News Release of Decision to Approve Two Prospecting Permits dated 12-20-2012 09/30/2015 OR 13 4 Ascot EA.pdf (462 KB) 
USFS Decision Notice and FONSI dated 12-3-2012 09/30/2015 92103 FSPLT2 291644.pdf (6944 KB) 
USFS Decision on the Appeal of the 12-04-2012 Consent Decision dated 04-08-2013 09/30/2015 FSPLT3 1372844.pdf (2069 KB) 
USFS Reaffirmation of 12-04-2012 Consent Decision dated 04-08-2013 09/30/2015 2820 JeromeE Perez BLM ReaffirmedConsent toBLMforIssuanceofProspectingPermits 20130408.pdf (2669 KB) 
 

Maps: 
PDF Maps 
   2017 EA Document
  Map Name Release Date Number of Maps
Ascot's Proposed Directional Drill Sites dated 01-2012 09/30/2015 1
Web Maps 

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