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Timeline for the Buckhorn Exploration Proposal

Kinross Gold Corporation of Toronto, Canada, under the name Echo Bay Exploration Inc. (EBE), claims the right to explore on public lands by virtue of the General Mining Law of 1872.

2008:
 BLM approves a small-scale amount of exploration without public review. (The small scale approvals were based on a small amount of activities that could be exempt, if not part of a larger program.)

2009:
 May USDA Forest Service (FS) approves exploration on National Forest lands to determine the feasibility of possible expansion.
 December Kinross Gold Corporation, under the name Echo Bay Exploration Inc. (EBE), submits a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) to explore for  minerals on claims it owns in the name of Crown Resources on public land administered by the USDA Forest Service.

2010:
 February Kinross (EBE) submits another “Notice of Intent” (NOI) to explore for minerals.
 March Notice of Intent process is used in an attempt to segment the large proposed exploration project into smaller projects to avoid  environmental review.
 July Kinross (EBE) submits the initial Plan of Operations, entitled "Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project: BLM and USFS Plan of  Operations and DNR Reclamation Permit Application."

 Kinross (EBE) submitted a revised "Plan of Operations" to explore for minerals on claims owned in the name of Crown  Resources on public land administered by the USDA Forest Service, BLM and DNR. If approved, this plan would open up  10,000 acres to extensive exploration on an expedited timeframe.
 September The proponent requested authorization to:
 • Construct up to 675 new drill sites
 • Drill up to 965 exploration holes
 • Construct up to 33 acres of water conveyance and storage facilities
 • Develop up to eight acres of ancillary disturbance
 • Construct up to 72.3 miles (380,810 linear feet) of new drill roads
 • Utilize up to 20 drill rigs simultaneously, 24/7
 September Kinross (as Echo Bay) moves forward with drilling after DNR approves just under the amount that would require environmental  review (near the Bolster Creek tributary of Myers Creek).
 September BLM also approves a small amount of exempt exploration, claiming exemption from environmental review on account of the  small size of the segmented project pieces.
 November Scoping for proposed Buckhorn Exploration Project

2011:
 March Forest Service recognizes the proposed 2011 Drilling Program as an action connected to the larger 2012 Exploration Project  EIS; decides not to categorically exclude the additional proposed exploration.

2012:
 February Forest Service issues Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project EIS Work Plan, with map depicting proposed road building and  drilling locations near Jackson/Cedar Creek roadless area and near Chesaw, two areas of resource conflict.
 August Forest Service issues updated Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project EIS Work Plan. 

2013:
 July As part of developing new work plan draft, more thorough reports are requested in order to meet the agencies’ expectations for  an assessment of the direct impacts of exploration drilling on surface water and ground water resources. Included in the  request are: cumulative effects given the active mine, an assessment of mine dewatering impacts on groundwater levels, and  impacts of mine operations on groundwater quality.

2014:
 March As part of developing new work plan draft, more thorough reports are requested in order to meet the agencies’ expectations for  an assessment of the direct impacts of exploration drilling on surface water and ground water resources. Included in the  request are: cumulative effects given the active mine, an assessment of mine dewatering impacts on groundwater levels, and  impacts of mine operations on groundwater quality.
 MayEcho Bay Exploration (EBE, a fully owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold) announces their withdrawal of the Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project.