The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on Mojave Precious Metals’ second round of exploratory drilling on Conglomerate Mesa.

The proposed exploratory work would involve upgrading about seven miles of existing roads to deliver equipment and personnel to 30 drill pads that would be located in the road footprint. Four drill holes could be drilled on each drill pad, for a total of 120 exploratory core drill holes, with a maximum depth of just under 1,000 feet. No new roads would be constructed and the total amount of land disturbed by the drilling program would be 12 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The Ridgecrest BLM Office is taking public comments as part of the “scoping” process that could eventually lead to development of a draft Environmental Assessment of the MPM exploratory work. The public would have a chance to also comment on any future environmental documents created under the terms of the federal National Environmental Policy Act.

The MPM Operations Plan, scoping presentation and a portal that can be used to submit comments, can by found at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013863/570.

Comments will be accepted until Aug. 30, 2021.

For more details, see the Aug. 3 edition of The Inyo Register.

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