The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), along with other regulators working on the project, released an updated permitting schedule for the Stibnite Gold Project. In the updated schedule, the USFS has committed to releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the community to review and comment on in the third quarter of 2020.

“The team at the USFS updated the schedule after a comprehensive internal review by federal and state regulators identified areas for improvement to make the draft EIS more user accessible,” Vice President of External Affairs for Midas Gold McKinsey Lyon said. “To meet this objective and maintain the schedule, the USFS is dedicating additional resources to undertake the final review and release of the draft EIS.”

“A number of key milestones have been built into the updated timeline to keep everyone working on the project on track and on schedule,” Lyon said. “[We] hope that the additional time will make the document easier for the public to review, understand and provide feedback. We also feel confident the updated schedule will ultimately support a complete and robust record of decision at the conclusion of the NEPA process in 2021.”

She also said the updated timeline takes into account the evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, as far as can be determined.