Forest Officials to hold public meeting; seeking comments on proposed drilling project

Black Hills National ForestNEMO, S.D. – The Northern Hills Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest will hold a public meeting for comments on a proposed exploration drilling project near Nemo.

The meeting will be held at the Nemo Community Hall – 12746 Nemo Rd, Nemo, SD – from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8.

All comments on the proposed project will be considered before a final decision is made, but the comments need to be submitted by June 22.

The project would have up to 32 exploratory drilling sites, measuring roughly 30 by 50 feet and the drill holes would be about three inches in diameter and 200 feet deep, in order to search for iron minerals on National Forest System (FNS) land.

The current proposed location is heavily forested terrain, and all sights would be returned following drilling activities. The project is exploratory drilling, not mining.

It is expected to last a year or less, but if the project lasts longer than that, additional environmental analysis might be needed.

You can submit comments to Steve Kozel at 2014 N. Main St., Spearfish, SD 57783. Comments can be submitted through e-mail (, online here, by telephone (605-642-4622), or fax (605-642-4156). It’s asked that the project name be included in the subject line when submitting comments through email.

For any questions regarding the project, call Steve Kozel or Chris Stores (Natural Resources Planner) at the phone number previously listed, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest, visit the website here.

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