BLM mining for comments on gypsum operation |

BLM mining for comments on gypsum operation

The Bureau of Land Management Glenwood Springs field office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the American Gypsum Mine modification near Gypsum.

The EA has been prepared to analyze the environmental impacts associated with the proposed Gypsum Mine expansion development, and associated mitigation designed to lessen the impacts.

BLM is evaluating a mine plan amendment prepared for approval by the American Gypsum Co. American Gypsum has mined ore at its existing mine, located just north of Gypsum, since 1990. The ore is used to produce wallboard at the company’s plant, also in Gypsum.

The wallboard plant processes approximately 600,000 tons of gypsum ore per year and is considered an integral part of the economy for Gypsum and Eagle County.

At the current mining rate, the existing ore body will be exhausted in about seven years. To continue operations, American Gypsum needs to prepare a new ore body for mining within the next five years.

In order to minimize surface disturbance and related resource values, the company has outlined a new ore body that would have a “small footprint” and lend itself well to successful reclamation. The deposit is estimated to hold reserves enough to provide resources for the next 20 to 25 years, depending on future market conditions and assuming that it contains ore that is of acceptable consistency and purity.

The mine plan amendment must satisfy the requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology.

Questions can be directed to Jim Wilkinson of the BLM Glenwood Springs field office by calling 947-2808 or 970-244-3085. Comments should be submitted in writing to the BLM by Friday, Aug. 16. Send comments to the Field Office Manager, Glenwood Springs Field Office, P.O. Box 1009, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

Copies of the EA are available at the office in West Glenwood or by calling 947-2800.

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