The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is here.
We designed a Plan of Restoration and Operations where restoration and operations go hand in hand. In fact, modern mining can’t happen without required environmental mitigation. So, to fully review the project we suggest the reader note that the impacts of mining, as stated in the Executive Summary, should be compared with the extensive voluntary and required mitigation proposals provided by Midas Gold and discussed throughout the DEIS document and in Appendix D.
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Mining Impacts: (Executive Summary, Draft Environmental Impact Statement)
Here you will find the executive summary of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement as prepared by the US Forest Service. The Executive Summary only compares the impacts of mining versus the baseline conditions at site without incorporating the benefits of the required and voluntary mitigation that complete the Stibnite Gold Project. These are described elsewhere in the DEIS, especially in Appendix D.
Restoration and Mitigation: (Appendix D, Draft Environmental Impact Statement)
Mining projects are required to provide mitigation for many of the environmental impacts they create. Here you will find a summary of the mitigation actions required by the US Forest Service and additional mitigations proposed by Midas Gold to minimize or fully offset project impacts and improve the site over existing conditions. Once the mitigations are settled by the regulators, bonding requirements will be established for the applicable reclamation and mitigation and will need to be in place before construction or mining begins. Appendix D sections include:
- Preliminary and Proposed Mitigation Measures
- Conceptual Stream and Wetland Mitigation Plan_Part 1
- Conceptual Stream and Wetland Mitigation Plan_Part 2
Midas Gold’s Preferred Plan: (Alternative 2, Draft Environmental Impact Statement)
The DEIS analyzes five alternatives. Alternative 2 represents the refinements and improvements to the original Plan of Restoration and Operations (Alternative 1 in the DEIS) submitted by Midas Gold to the U.S. Forest Service through the review and analysis. We believe Alternative 2 represents the best opportunity to mitigate impacts, reduce known risks and create a feasible project.
Mitigation Proposal: (Midas Gold Document Submitted to U.S. Forest Service)
Here is the full list of mitigations proposed by Midas Gold to the U.S. Forest Service for the Stibnite Gold Project to ensure the project area is left better than it is today. If approved, all applicable actions described here would become part of the permit requirements and bonded to ensure they are completed.
Mitigation Plans: (Referenced in the DEIS)
- Stibnite Gold Mitigation Plan
- Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mitigation Plan
- Fishway Operations and Management Plan
- Conceptual Stream and Wetland Mitigation Plan | Part 1 | Part 2 |
- Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Plan
- Water Quality Management Plan
- Reclamation and Closure Plan
- Stream Functionality Assessment and Stream Design
Mitigation Briefing Papers: (Midas Gold)
- Access and Transportation: Public Lands
- Access and Transportation: Mine Traffic (Miles of Roads)
- Access and Transportation: Change in Traffic Volume
- Roadless Area: Proposed Facilities
- Roadless Area: Proposed Roads within IRAs
- Surface Water and Groundwater Quantity
- Tribal Right Access: Operations Area Boundary Restrictions
- Wetlands and Riparian Areas
DEIS Sections by Chapter:
The DEIS on the Stibnite Gold Project is prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is structured as follows:
- Executive Summary, which summarizes the content of Chapters 1-4, that is the effects of the proposed actions before considering potential mitigation measures.
- Chapter 1 – Purpose and Need. Chapter 1 describes the purpose of and need for action related to the SGP and various agencies responsibilities related to the SGP.
- Chapter 2 – Alternatives. Chapter 2 summarizes alternatives considered, including the proposed action, for the SGP.
- Chapter 3 – Affected Environment. Chapter 3 describes the existing natural and human environment that would potentially be affected by the SGP.
- Chapter 4 – Environmental Consequences. Chapter 4 describes the environmental consequences of implementing each of the alternatives described in Chapter 2 before considering potential mitigation measures.
- Appendix A – Provides a consistency review and amendments required to the Payette and Boise Forest Plans in order to implement the SGP.
- Appendix B – Provides a Clean Water Act evaluation framework for the SGP.
- Appendix C – Provides detailed tabulation of the affected areas related to the SGP, before considering potential mitigation measures.
- Appendix D – Summarizes mitigation measures that could offset or mitigate the environmental consequences detailed in Chapter 4. There are three documents:
- Appendix E – Summarizes the geological resources and geotechnical hazards information for the SGP.
- Appendix F – Summarizes the Air Quality and Climate Change considerations related to the SGP.
- Appendix G – Summarizes Solis and Reclamation Cover Materials.
- Appendix H – Summarizes Vegetation and Botanical Resources.
- Appendix I – Summarizes Wetlands and Riparian Resources.
- Appendix J— Summarizes Fish Resources and Fish Habitat.
- Appendix K—Summarizes Wildlife.
- Appendix L—Summarizes Cultural Resources.
- Appendix M – Summarizes Public Health and Safety.
- Appendix N – Summarizes Recreation.
- Appendix O – Summarizes Scenic Resources.
DEIS Sections by Resource:
**As the DEIS notes, Midas Gold’s effective Proposed Action is Alternative 2
- CH 2: Alternatives | Alternative 1, 2, 3, 4
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.1-1 – 3.1-2
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.1-1 – 4.1-20
Geologic Resources & Geotechnical Hazards
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.2-1 – 3.2-38
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.2-1 – 4.2-24
- APPENDIX | E: Geologic Resources and Geotechnical Hazards
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.3-1 – 3.3-40
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.3-1 – 4.3-74
- APPENDIX | F: Air Quality and Climate Change
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.4-1 – 3.4-18
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.4-1 – 4.4-32
- APPENDIX | F: Air Quality and Climate Change
Soils and Reclamation Cover Materials
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.5-1 – 3.5-22
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.5-1 – 4.5-50
- APPENDIX | G: Soils and Reclamation Cover Materials
Surface Water and Groundwater Quantity
Surface Water and Groundwater Quality
Vegetation: General Vegetation Communities, Botanical Resources, and Non-Native Plants
- APPENDIX | H: Vegetation: General Vegetation Communities, Botanical Resources, and Non-native
- H-4: (Alternative 1)
- H-4: (Alternative 2)
- H-4: (Alternative 3)
- H-4: (Alternative 4)
Wetlands and Riparian Resources
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.11-1 – 3.11-30
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.11-1 – 4.11-72
- APPENDIX | I: Wetlands and Riparian Resources
Fish Resources and Fish Habitat
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.12-1 – 3.12-102
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.12-1 – 4.12-206
- APPENDIX | J: Fish Resources and Fish Habitat (Including Threatened, Endangered, Proposed and Sensitive Species)
Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat
(Including Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Sensitive Species)
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.13-1 – 3.13-94
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.13-1 – 4.13-116
- APPENDIX | K: Wildlife
Land Use and Land Management
Access and Transportation
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.17-1 – 3.17-23
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.17-1 – 4.17-24
- APPENDIX | L: Cultural Resources
Public Health and Safety
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.18-1 – 3.18-22
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.18-1 – 4.18-36
- APPENDIX | M: Public Health and Safety
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.19-1 – 3.19-14
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.19-1 – 4.19-74
- APPENDIX | N: Recreation
- CH 3: Affected Environment | 3.20-1 – 3.20-12
- CH 4: Environmental Consequences | 4.20-1 – 4.20-56
- APPENDIX | O: Scenic Resources
Social and Economic Conditions
Tribal Rights and Interests