Company proposes drilling in national forest area

Company proposes drilling in national forest area

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be hosting an informational meeting about the Green Mountain Exploratory Drilling Project Plan of Operations.

Pend Oreille Silica Inc. has requested to conduct exploratory drilling on Green mountain which is located on the southeast side of Lake Pend Oreille and in National Forest System lands.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Pend Oreille Silica Inc. has proposed one site for exploration, which includes an 80 foot long x 30 foot wide drill pad from which two exploratory drill holes will be drilled to a maximum depth of 200 feet utilizing a truck-mounted drill rig.

Idaho State Best Management Practices will be utilized to control sediment within the project area.

According to the Department of Agriculture the project has no impact on threatened fish or wildlife in the area.

All lands disturbed during the activities in this proposal would be reclaimed, and disturbed areas would be reseeded.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office located at 1602 Ontario Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864.

The meeting will allow the public to learn and ask questions about the proposed project.