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Final permits issued for Niblack Project


July 02, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - Final permits and public process documents were issued on Friday, June 29th, by the State of Alaska for the Niblack Underground Exploration Project near Ketchikan, Alaska.

The Niblack Project is a copper-zinc-gold-silver prospect in an advanced exploration phase of development. The proposed underground exploration project is located off Moira Sound on southeastern Prince of Wales Island, approximately 30 miles southwest of Ketchikan.

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Niblack anchorage
Graphic courtesy Niblack Mining Corporation

The applicant, Niblack Mining Corporation, proposes to develop 6,000 feet of underground tunneling from a single adit entry. The main focus of the underground work is to provide access for exploration drilling to test deep zones of mineralization. The project is expected to last 2 years. It will require development of a marine access and camp barge facility on the adjacent State-owned tide and submerged lands. Other surface disturbances including an access road, portal, and waste rock storage and disposal areas will be confined to private property.

Total surface disturbance requiring post-closure reclamation is approximately 5.5 acres. The proposed underground excavation will generate about 60,900 cubic yards of waste rock, most of which is benign. Approximately 14,300 cubic yards is potentially acid-generating (PAG) material which will be temporarily placed in an engineered, lined 0.85-acre storage facility. At the end of the exploration period, all PAG waste rock will be picked up and transferred back underground and the adit will be sealed.

According to a news release from Niblack Mining Corporation, with the receipt of the final permits, work crews will complete construction of the infrastructure necessary for the underground program. This includes waste rock storage sites, sediment ponds, water treatment systems, fuel tank storage, and camp facilities. The construction work, which began in April, is on schedule to meet targeted deadlines. J.S. Redpath Corporation, the Company`s underground contractor, will also begin to mobilize equipment to the property. Mobilization to the property in anticipated to last six weeks, and initiation of the portal face is scheduled to commence in August.


On the Web:

Niblack Project Information , permits, public process documents & public comment letters
Division of Mining, Land & Water
Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Niblack Mining Corporation


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