In an effort to streamline environmental regulations Death Valley National Park joined the BLM as a cooperating agency for evaluating the Modification to the Keystone Mine Plan of Operations. The project is almost entirely on BLM lands within Goler wash on the west side of the Panamint mountains.
The BLM's decision is whether to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the proposed
modification authorizing the drilling program. As outlined in this EA, the BLM's NEPA decision
will apply to land under BLM-jurisdiction, which includes the Keystone Mine site and the water line route in Goler Wash (as described for the Project). The activities associated with the transmission of water along Goler Wash Road are within the jurisdiction of BLM.
The NPS has jurisdiction over the Sourdough Springs area within Death Valley National Park.
The NPS's decision will apply to activities proposed under the modification to the extent those activities take place within the park.
A BLM Interdisciplinary Team meeting and site visit was held on February 16, 2017. Substantive issues discussed and potential impacts resulting from the Proposed Action and alternatives are summarized in the Interdisciplinary Team checklist, included as Appendix A. Resources present with the potential for significant impact are analyzed in detail in this EA. Resources either not present or present, but not affected to a degree requiring detailed analysis, were not carried forward in this EA. The rationale for determination for each resource is included in Appendix A.
Resources determined to be present with the potential for significant impact, which have been carried forward in this EA, are:
• Air Quality;
• Cultural Resources;
• Special Status Animal Species other than U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) candidate or listed species;
• Special Status Plant Species other than USFWS candidate or listed species;
• Wildlife; and
• Water and Related Resources within Death Valley National Park.
An EA will be published and posted on the internet under the BLM's ePlanning system for NEPA, available through https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/
. This EA will also be posted on the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/
. The BLM and the NPS will accept comments on the EA for 30 days. Each bureau will then issue its own decision document, a Finding of No Significant Impact and a Determination of No Impairment, if no significant impacts are identified. Throughout this process, the BLM and the NPS will coordinate and collaborate closely to make this process as streamlined as possible.
The public comment period will be open September 10th, 2018 to October 12th, 2018.