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Public Comment Sought On Montezuma Mines, South Sleeper Exploration Project Bond Release with the Bureau of Land Management

WINNEMUCCA, NV – The public is invited to comment on the pending final bond release on the South Sleeper Exploration Project, case file NVN092492, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Humboldt River Field Office.

On September 17, 2018, Montezuma Mines submitted a request for closure of their project and release of their financial guarantee.  A joint inspection of reclamation was completed by the BLM and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) on October 4, 2018, and it was determined that reclamation of all of the disturbance on public land appeared complete.  The BLM and the NDEP determined that the South Sleeper Plan under 43 CFR 3809 could be closed and the current financial guarantee residing with the BLM could be released.   A bond for $164,167 is currently in place with the BLM and is scheduled for full release. As part of the Federal Regulations for bond release, the public has 30 days to comment before the bond release procedures may begin. Unless provided substantive evidence that would cause us to reconsider, our office expects to initiate release of the financial guarantee on or after December 15, 2018.

The Plan of Operations (Plan) for exploration was submitted to the BLM by Montezuma Mines, Inc. in 2013, and approved by the BLM in 2016.  The project is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Winnemucca, on the western flank of the Slumbering Hills, in Humboldt County, Nevada. The project proposed a total of 100 acres of disturbance associated with mineral exploration to be conducted on public land administered by the BLM.  Of the 28.2 acres bonded for under Phase I of their Plan, approximately 4.6 acres were disturbed.

  If you have questions or comments about this bond release, contact Kathleen Rehberg, Geologist, at 775-623-1500 or by email atkrehberg@blm.gov.

Courtesy:  Fernando J. Pitones Sr., Public Affairs Officer, Winnemucca District Office