BLM seeks public input on Shirley Basin in-situ uranium recovery proposal


RAWLINS, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to develop the Shirley Basin in-situ uranium mine, submitted by Pathfinder Mines Corp. The proposed project would be 40 miles south of Casper on a former uranium mine that operated from the 1960s through the 1990s. Input received during this preliminary scoping period will help the BLM determine the best approach to analyzing the proposal.
The proposed Shirley Basin project would use the same in-situ recovery methods that the BLM analyzed in the Lost Creek Final Environmental Impact Statement, released Dec. 28, 2018. Because these projects are very similar, the BLM will likely refer to the resource information and impact analyses developed for Lost Creek, as appropriate, to inform the Shirley Creek analysis.
For more information about this type of project, visit the Lost Creek ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xQCzB. We will post information specific to Shirley Basin once we begin the formal analysis process.
This announcement kicks off a two-week input period, which will end on March 25, 2019. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Rawlins Field Office, PO Box 2407, Rawlins WY 82301; or by email to [email protected] For additional project-specific information, please contact Project Coordinator Annette Treat at (307) 328-4314.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

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