Forest Service to hold public meetings on Sunnyside Exploration Drilling Project Draft Environmental Assessment

Forest Service
Coronado National Forest
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 388-8300
www.fs.usda.gov/Coronado

Media Contact: heidi.schewel@usda.gov
(520) 388-8484

Forest Service to hold public meetings on Sunnyside Exploration Drilling Project Draft Environmental Assessment

TUCSON, AZ, February 23, 2021 – Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District is seeking input on the proposed Sunnyside Exploration Drilling Project.

Two public meetings will be held to provide the opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed project and ask questions related to the Draft Environmental Assessment. The meetings are informational only, no official comments will be accepted during the meetings. Official comments should be submitted as described below. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings will be held virtually via Zoom Communications video webinar. The meetings will begin with a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session. The meetings will be held on:

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/98121827981?pwd=elZMcnIxeWt3QlhvNW9VVGhkdTVVdz09

Toll-free call-in number: 888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 981 2182 7981Passcode: 147232

Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/99446395803?pwd=TS9SaUlnbDFUYkpjNEM3Y01UdUFkZz09
Toll-free call-in number: 888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 994 4639 5803       Passcode: 833560

The proposed Sunnyside Exploration Drilling Project area is located in the Patagonia Mountains in Santa Cruz County, Arizona in the vicinity of Flux Canyon. The proponent, Arizona Standard LLC., proposes to drill from up to 30 constructed drill sites on the Forest, which would result in ground surface disturbance totaling approximately 7.5 acres. The proposal is for exploration work only, including drilling. During the exploration drilling, no more than two drill sites at a time would be active. No mining, milling, or permanent facilities are being proposed. Access to the exploration drill areas would be from Flux Canyon Road, Forest Road (FR) 215, FR  812, FR 4701, and Harshaw Road. The proposed exploration activities may take up to seven years to complete. Reclamation would be completed to the standards listed in 36 CFR 228.8(g).

Pertinent information on the project are available for review on the internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=55719.

Specific written comments on the proposed project will be accepted for 30 days following the publication of the legal notice in the Herald/Review, the newspaper of record.

Written comments, including attachments, may be submitted electronically using the Public Comment Form at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=55719

Comments may also be submitted via mail to:

Sierra Vista Ranger District
District Ranger, c/o Rick Goshen
4070 S. Avenida Saracino
Hereford, AZ 85615

Please state “Sunnyside Exploration Drilling” on the envelope when submitting comments by mail.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public inspection and will be released if requested, under the Freedom of Information Act.

For additional information on the Sunnyside Exploration Drilling Project, please contact Rick Goshen, Geologist, at (520) 388-8341 or richard.goshen@usda.gov .

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