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Proposal by K2O, Inc. for Potash Mining near Hatch Point

June 29, 2012
by John Weisheit

New information: The federal lease to K20 Potash for exploratory drilling has expired for lack of payment.

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COMMENT PERIOD OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2012 FOR THE K2O POTASH ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

BLM Web Page: General Announcements

BLM Web Page for K2O Potash

K2O EA Fonsi Roads 2011

K2O Hatch Point EA

App D Fugitive Dust Control Plan
App E Air Emissions Inventory
App F VI SCREEN Air Modeling Results

Map 1 Proposed Action
Map 2 Dismissed Locations
Map 3 Soils
Map 4 Recreation
Map 5 Visual
Map 6 Pronghorn
Map 7 Vegetation
Map C1 Riparian

The Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of exploratory drilling for potash-a powdery salt commonly used in fertilizers.

Under the proporal, K2O Utah LLC, would drill four exploratory core holes in the Hatch Point/Canyon Rims area of San Juan County. The proposed action would disturb approximately 39 acres.

Send written comments to:

Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532

Phone: (435) 259-2100

Written comments may also be submitted via email to:

BLM_UT_MB_Comments@blm.gov

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE SCOPING PERIOD IS PROVIDED BELOW FOR THE HATCH POINT POTASH EXPLORATION PROJECT

NOTE: SCOPING COMMENTS WERE DUE JULY 30, 2012

K2O Utah, Inc. (proponent) has submitted an Exploration Plan to explore for potash in the Hatch Point area of San Juan County. In the Exploration Plan K2O proposes to drill and collect core samples from four of five locations in the Hatch Point Area to explore for potash resources. A total of five proposed core hole locations are proposed, however depending on geologic data obtained after drilling the first two holes, only four of the locations would be constructed and drilled. Amount of proposed surface disturbance (new access road construction, upgrades to existing roads and drill pads) is approximately 38.9 acres. The core hole sampling project is proposed to begin during the fall of 2012.

The public review and comment period for the proposed action will begin on the publication date of this notice and will continue until July 30, 2012. Send written comments to the BLM Moab Field Office, noted below. Comments will be used to develop issues and alternatives for an environmental assessment. The proposed action and maps may be reviewed during business hours at:


Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 E. Dogwood Avenue
Moab, Utah 84532
Phone: (435) 259-2100
Office Hours:
7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The proposed action and maps may also be viewed on the Internet at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Doolittle (435) 259-2141.


Published in The Times-Independent, Moab, Utah June 28, 2012.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

K2O, Inc. (Potash Minerals  Limited)

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