The Bureau of Land Management is analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed heap-leach mine in the remote southwest corner of Tooele County, where a historic mining district has tapped deposits of valuable metals for a century and a half.
Desert Hawk Gold Corp., based in Spokane, Wash., seeks to develop the Kiewit Mine Project on 104.5 acres of private, state and federal land in the Clifton Hills, about four miles outside the town of Gold Hill, according to a draft environmental assessment released earlier this week. The public has until March 12 to submit comments on the project, which aims to drill 350 to 500 exploratory holes over a 660-acre area to determine the extent of silver and gold deposits.
Kiewit covers the existing Herat Mine, a small operation acquired by Desert Hawk from Dumont Nickel Inc., which had invested at least $7 million developing mining claims there before running out of funding, according to Desert Hawk President Rick Havenstrite. His project would also tap lands and claims owned by Utah-based Clifton Mining Co.