March 6, 2013 (Source: Oracle Mining) Vancouver, BC — Oracle Mining Corp.(TSX:OMN)(OTCQX:OMCCF)(FRANKFURT:OMC) is pleased to announce that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) has granted an amended Aquifer Protection Permit (“APP”) which is one of a series of permits that is required before a reactivation of the Oracle Ridge Copper Mine project near Tucson, Arizona (“Oracle Ridge”) can occur.
“Receipt of the Aquifer Protection Permit for the Oracle Ridge project is an important milestone for Oracle Mining and for our technical and consulting team,” said Mr. Alan Edwards, Oracle Mining’s CEO. “With the Air Quality permit and Aquifer Protection Permit now in hand, Oracle Mining has advanced the project permitting timeline significantly since acquiring the former producing mine in 2010.”
The amendment to the existing APP for the project incorporates the proposed new tailings design for the site that is being evaluated. The new design incorporates Best Available Demonstrated Controls and Technology, including a fully lined dry stack tailings impoundment designed to zero discharge standards, a storm water diversion system and monitoring wells.
Oracle Ridge Mining, LLC (“ORM”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Mining, applied to the ADEQ in late September 2011 for an expedited Aquifer Protection Permit process. The application was accepted October 5, 2011 by the ADEQ. ORM submitted the Aquifer Protection Permit application on January 31, 2012.
ORM posted financial assurance in the amount of $2.1 million as a requirement to receive the amended APP. Financial assurance was provided through the issuance of a surety bond by a third-party insurer requiring a collateral deposit of 40% of the overall value of the financial assurance.
We have not made any production decision with respect to Oracle Ridge. A decision to proceed with production will be based upon the Corporation establishing a current mineral resource estimate and the results of a feasibility study demonstrating economic and technical viability, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101″).
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kevin Francis, SME RM, Vice President Technical Services for Oracle Mining Corp., a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.
Oracle Mining Corp. (TSX:OMN)(OTCQX:OMCCF)(FRANKFURT:OMC) is a Vancouver, Canada-based corporation that is the sole owner and operator of Oracle Ridge Mining, LLC and the Oracle Ridge Copper Mine located 24 km northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Oracle Mining is managed by an experienced team of mining professionals with extensive operating and financial experience.
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