McCall, ID –A decision signed by the Krassel District Ranger on October 1, 2012 authorizing continued exploratory drilling by Midas Gold in the Stibnite Mining District of the Payette National Forest has been reversed during the administrative appeal review process. In accordance with NEPA regulations, the Payette Forest Supervisor reversed a decision that would have authorized drilling in 26 drill areas on National Forest system land from 139 drill pads, and associated activities that included a well, construction of 0.3 miles of access road, a water line and a rock source. The decision was reversed to allow the Forest time to gather additional information about closed well drilling systems.
Midas Gold’s plan of operations for implementation of this project will not be finalized until a new or supplemental decision is made by the Forest. The Forest will next determine how to augment the information on how closed well drilling systems serve to protect ground water from potential impacts of exploration drilling. Once additional information is added to the project record the Forest will continue to respond to this reasonable Plan of Operations from Midas Gold by issuing a new or supplemental decision, or by providing further analysis documents. The public will again be asked to comment on this project. If you have questions about this decision please call Anthony Botello at 634-0601."