Host: Sam Shad Co-Host: Paul Enos, CEO, Nevada Trucking Association
Guests: Tim Dyhr, VP Environment & External Relations, Nevada Copper Corp. Pundits: James Smack, Former Nevada Republican National Committeeman
Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations, The Chamber
Chip Evans, General Manager, America Matters Media
On January 9, 2015, Yerington High School had their “College Career Day”. Nevada Copper shared with the students information on career opportunities, schooling, training and what it takes to work at a mine. Graduates from mining related subjects are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.
YHS Mining Club visits the Nevada Copper booth.
Girls love the idea of a pink hardhat.
Sophomores, Rachel Naswall, Jamie Parker and Khendra Brown inquire about mine engineering careers. All three students showed interest in Chemical Engineering/Metallurgy. Below is a description of what a metallurgy career consists of.
Metallurgists work at mineral processing sites and may specialize in either primary (extractive) or secondary (physical) metallurgy. Primary metallurgists are most often employed by the minerals industry and they may perform the following tasks:
Study and apply physical methods for separating minerals from their ores using magnetic, electric, gravity or chemical methods;
Apply methods for extracting commercial quantities of minerals from their ores;
Supervise sampling from various stages of processing;
Advise operators on changes necessary to improve the process;
Improve process methods;
Develop and control methods of storing and treating waste material, and
Prepare technical reports.
Process Engineers transform low value, impure raw materials into commercially valuable products. The main sources of these raw materials are low grade minerals, by-products of other processing operations and recycled materials. Minerals process engineers are employed in all stages of raw materials processing and, in the minerals industry, may perform the following tasks:
Process design and development;
Process control and management;
Pure and applied research;
Study and apply chemical and process metallurgy techniques;
Coordinate recovery of samples for laboratory analysis and testing;
Choose and operate a combination of treatments to produce the deired quality of products at optimum efficiency; and
Prepare cost budgets of operations to evaluate economic feasibility of processes.
Metallurgy/Processing typically suits someone who likes chemistry, maths and physics and is interested in engineering and science, has an aptitude for computing and design and has good problem solving skills. Metallurgists and Process Engineers need to be able to work as part of a team as well as independently. Good oral and written communication skills are also valued.
Requires the completion of an engineering degree at a University.
President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Dec. 19th, 2014. The NDAA includes additional provisions that contain the largest public lands package since 2009.
The provision will direct the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington. The land purchase will help the Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project realize its potential and bring high-paying jobs to Lyon County.
Click the link directly below to read an article from Dorothy Kosich at MineWeb which states that two copper projects will benefit from the provisions in the bill.
December 22, 2014
President Signs National Defense Authorization Act That Includes The Yerington Land Transfer
December 22, 2014 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is extremely pleased to announce that on December 19, 2014 United States President Barack Obama signed into law the Congressional bill authorizing the conveyance of Federal land to the City of Yerington within 180 days. Section 3009 of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), the bill signed by President Obama, directs the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington (“Yerington” or “City”). This section of the NDAA is entitled the “Land Conveyance to Yerington, Nevada”. The Company will work with the BLM, consultants and others to ensure the land conveyance is completed before June 17, 2015 within the 180 day period provided for in the law.
Giulio T. Bonifacio, President and CEO, stated: “The land transfer is now law. Nevada Copper has already begun to advance the much larger Stage 2 open pit project on an accelerated basis. In anticipation of enactment, the Company had already initiated preparation of an updated and optimized Stage 2 feasibility study, finalization of State permits and preparation of the development agreement with the City. Since 2008, the Company has a proven track record of getting necessary approvals and permits in a timely fashion, having received them for the advanced exploration shaft and Stage 1 underground mine.”
Pumpkin Hollow Project — A Clear Path to Production
Pumpkin Hollow has overwhelming support from the community, Yerington, Lyon County and the State of Nevada. Environmental baseline studies have been conducted and there are no land use conflicts, endangered or threatened species, critical wildlife habitat, sage grouse, nesting golden eagles, surface waters, groundwater conflicts with adjacent agricultural areas, cultural resources, Native American sites, wilderness areas near the project, or other issues that could delay development of the project. The Company has a water service agreement with the City sufficient to supply both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the project and will complete the land use development agreement for both mine and adjacent commercial and industrial development with the City within six (6) months. The key permit from the State of Nevada, the Water Pollution Control Permit, has been received for both the underground and open pit stages of the project. The other two key permits, the reclamation and air quality permits have been issued for the Stage 1 underground and only require modification to include the Stage 2 open pit facilities. Once the project is located within the City, the project will be governed by the development agreement with the City and there will be no further need for a Lyon County Special Use Permit. All necessary Stage 2 state permits are expected to be completed in Q2-2015, at which time construction could begin, subject to arrangement of appropriate financing.
With completion of the land acquisition set for June 2015, the Pumpkin Hollow Stage 1 and 2 development footprints will be entirely within private lands owned or controlled by Nevada Copper, and with all key development and operating permits in hand.
A fully-permitted large open pit project and adjacent high grade underground mine located entirely on private ground in Nevada is unprecedented for a junior copper developer. This situation allows the Company to conduct a thorough reassessment of its development plans for Pumpkin Hollow with the goals of optimizing the copper production profile and utilization of capital, as well as lowering of copper unit production costs.
About Nevada Copper
The Company’s advanced stage Pumpkin Hollow project in Nevada consists of a fully permitted, 6,500 tons/day Stage 1 underground copper mine development, currently in construction, and a nearby Stage 2, 70,000 tons/day open pit mine copper project in the advanced permitting phase. Assuming development as separate mines, expected average copper production for the first five years is 75 million lbs./year from the Stage 1 underground mine, and 221 million lbs./year from the Stage 2 open pit mine. Total proven and probable reserves include 5.2 billion lbs. of copper; 989,000 ounces of gold and 32.9 million ounces of silver1 . The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to roads, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met.
1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the company website at www.nevadacopper.com.
Cautionary Language This news release includes certain statements and information that may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: receiving Stage 2 permits in mid-2015, expectations regarding the future results of the feasibility study update, as well as the Company’s plans in general at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.
Forward-looking statements or information relate to future events and future performance and include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of mineral resources and mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, capital costs, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks and other mining related matters. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: requirements for additional capital; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase; global economy; no history of production; future metals price fluctuations, speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labor disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates may differ from what is indicated and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents, title matters; regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; unanticipated political risks in the United States, other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 25, 2014. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law, and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company’s business contained in the Company’s reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. For more information on Nevada Copper and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review Nevada Copper’s annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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For Immediate Release: Contact: Neal A. Patel
December 10, 2014 202-224-6244
Heller Urges Support of Lands Provisions for Nevada
(Washington, DC) – Today, United States Senator Dean Heller spoke on the Senate Floor about his support of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, specifically his support of some public lands provisions. The lands provisions include several Nevada public lands priorities that will grow the Nevada’s economy with mine expansion and development of public land.
REMARKS AS PREPARED:
“I rise today to speak in support of some of the public lands provisions that were included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.
Before I do so, I would first like to recognize the work Senators Levin and Inhofe have put into this bill and their dedication to reaching an agreement with the House so that this bill can move forward on time as it has for over 50 years.
As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I hear every day about the sacrifices service members make to protect our country.
Passing the authorization bill that helps ensure they have the equipment they need and the resources required to meet the mission they are tasked with is important.
While I am pleased the Senate will be moving forward on this bill, I would like to note that the bill’s reduction in service members’ benefits concerns me. I believe Members should have had the chance to debate and amend this, and I hope the Senate will have that opportunity in the future.
This year, the final defense bill includes several Nevada public lands priorities that will spur economic development and job creation in our state while enhancing U.S. national security. I have been working on many of these proposals since I was first elected to Congress in 2006.
I want to thank incoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowksi for her leadership and work on this public lands package.
We have been working together for years on many of the bills included in the package, and I’m glad to see them get across the finish line.
Let me first clarify that just because some of these bills are related to public lands does not mean that they do not have a direct relationship to defense and protecting our national security. My Nevada Copper bill will increase domestic production of copper, the second most used mineral at the Department of the Defense as well as directly benefitting two bases located in the State of Nevada.
Mr. President, as you may know, roughly 85 percent of the land in Nevada is controlled by the federal government. This presents our local and state governments with many unique challenges. Our communities’ economies are directly tied to the way the federal government manages those lands.
They often work closely with me to develop legislative solutions to their problems. Whereas out east, local government can acquire land on their own to build public works projects; out west we unfortunately have to get Congress’ permission.
That is why reducing the federal estate and increasing access to our public lands has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and this package goes a long way towards accomplishing these goals.
It resolves over sixty of these types of issues throughout the west. In total, over 110,000 acres of land will be removed from federal ownership and utilized for mineral production, timber production, infrastructure projects and other community development. In addition, it releases approximately 26,000 acres of current wilderness study areas, which unlocks lands to be used for multiple-use.
It is important to discuss the eight Nevada provisions today, to show my colleagues here the many hoops our western communities have to go through to take the same steps that many eastern communities can accomplish in a day’s time.
The Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act is a jobs bill that I first introduced while in the House but has been held up by Senate gridlock for years.
This bill allows the City of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to develop roughly 12,500 acres of land surrounding the Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow project site to be used for mining activities, industrial and renewable energy development, and recreation.
Senate passage is the final hurdle to more than 1,000 new jobs at an average wage of over $85,000 per year. The mine will contribute nearly $25 million in property and net proceeds taxes per year that would be distributed to the State, Lyon County, their Schools, the hospital district, and the Mason Valley Fire Protection District.
In addition, Nevada Copper plans to invest $80 million in infrastructure for the mine and processing facilities that can be utilized to support other land uses and economic development. This bill will transform the local economy of the one of the counties in our nation that is struggling most due to the recent economic downturn.
As I said before, Copper is the second most used mineral at the Department of the Defense, and is considered an essential mineral for weapons production.
Copper is also the primary mineral from which other strategic and critical metals like Rhenium are derived. A domestic supply of this important resource greatly benefits our national security.
Second – there is a provision in this package that will allow Naval Air Station Fallon to acquire over 400 acres of BLM land for a safety arc for an explosive ordinance handling facility and to construct the much needed family housing at the station. Both of these plans will greatly benefit mission operations and the quality of life for our brave service members serving there. The station first asked for these lands over twenty years ago. I am glad their wait will finally end.
Third – the package includes the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, a proposal that has been in the works in Humboldt County for nearly a decade. Just north of the Black Rock Desert, the Pine Forest offers a diverse landscape of sagebrush, aspen and rock formations. Scenic lakes and reservoirs offer world-class trout fisheries.
From the ranchers who make their livelihood on grazing allotments to conservationists’ intent on preserving a rugged landscape, anyone familiar with the place agrees it’s special.
In addition to conserving these areas the bill releases areas from wilderness that needs watershed restoration and treatment due to a high wildfire threat. It also provides for the construction of additional campsites and accommodations for motorized camping.
The initial work on the Pine Forest bill was grassroots driven, transparent, and ultimately supported unanimously by all stakeholders and local governments in this county.
Fourth – the package includes the Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act, another bill I first introduced in the 111th Congress as a member of the House. This common-sense bill conveys 275 acres of BLM lands to Elko County for a public motocross park. Additionally, it provides 373 acres to the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe for housing and tribal economic development.
Outdoor recreation and tourism are such important parts of life in Nevada. Opening up this land will benefit the residents of Northern Nevada for years to come.
Fifth – this lands package includes the Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Spring Fossil Beds National Monument Act, which is the culmination of several years of effort to conserve the ancient Tule Springs Fossil Beds while providing job creation opportunities and critical civilian and military infrastructure that will be necessary to meet the needs of the Las Vegas Valley. After working with stakeholders at every level, I am pleased that we can navigate a path forward for southern Nevada.
While serving in the House, I also introduced legislation in both the 110th and 111th Congresses to convey parcels of BLM land to the Nellis Air Force Base, to create an off-highway vehicle park in the Nellis Dunes, and to convey land to the Nevada System of Higher Education to expand educational opportunities for Southern Nevadans.
Those smaller bills were ultimately included in S.973 this Congress, so I am pleased that over six years of work on this Tule Springs legislation will finally become a reality.
The final three Nevada bills included in the lands package are newer proposals, but achieve long-term economic development objectives that the affected communities have long-pursued. The Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act provides Fernley the opportunity to purchase up to 9,114 acres of federal land within the city boundaries for the purpose of economic development.
Fernley was incorporated in 2001. Since incorporation, the City has been working with private business partners and state and federal regional agencies to develop a long-term economic development plan. These parcels have significant potential for commercial and industrial development, agriculture activities, and the expansion of community events.
Similarly, the Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act allows Carlin to purchase up to 1,329 acres of BLM lands. This city, located in Elko County, is completely landlocked by federal land. Without this legislation, it would be impossible for their leaders to meet the demand for expansion their growing population needs.
Finally, the Storey County provision conveys over 1,700 acres of BLM lands to Virginia City. These properties have been occupied for decades by individuals who purchased them or acquired them legally, yet their continued residency is trespass according to the federal government.
It is a very burdensome oversight by the federal government that must be resolved for the sake of my constituents. They have struggled for years haunted by this error that is the result of no fault of their own.
As you can see, these small public lands proposals are going to make a MAJOR impact on Nevada’s economy. They have all been developed at the local level and signed off on by the local communities
I understand my colleagues concerns that would have liked the opportunity to debate and vote on more amendments to this bill. I too, had filed a number of amendments that I would have liked to see considered and will continue pushing those priorities next year. Right now, Congress has the rare opportunity to pass this public lands package that enables important mining, energy development, ranching, and timber work to go forward generating economic and employment opportunities for my and other states and local residents. Let’s get the government off these Nevadans’ backs and allow them to do what they do best – creating jobs.”
The eight Nevada public lands priorities included in the package are:
1) Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act – allows the City of Yerington to work with Nevada Copper to expand its mining operation and create over 1000+ jobs while also providing the City with new infrastructure, job creation, and recreational opportunities.
2) Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act – conveys nearly 300 acres of BLM land to Elko County for a public motocross park while providing land to the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe for housing and community development.
3) Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act – provides the City of Fernley over 9,000 acres of federal land within its boundaries suitable for l commercial and industrial development, agriculture, and the expansion of community and cultural events
4) Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act – establishes Nevada’s first national monument while conveys BLM land suitable for economic development in Clark and Nye Counties for county and city growth and commercial development, additions to the Great Basin College in Pahrump, College of Southern Nevada, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) campuses, establishment the Nellis Dunes OHV park, and an expansion of Nellis Air Force Base.
5) Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act – establishes the Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area while directing land exchanges between the BLM and local ranchers to ensure the economic viability of privately owned ranches
6) Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act – provides the City of Carlin over 1,000 acres of federal land surrounding the City to be used for economic development.
7) Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act – conveys nearly 400 acres of BLM land to the NAS Fallon for housing and continued use by the base.
8) Storey County Lands Fix – resolves a long-standing mining townsite issue that have put private property rights in question.
On December 5th, 2014, Dan Mason began his show by talking about the bill. He stated that he is ready to celebrate passage of the bill with “Eternal Optimist” Tim Dyhr – Nevada Copper’s Vice President, Environment & External Relations.
The bipartisan Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act was put in with the NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act. It is expected to pass because it has passed for the last 52 years.
Click hereor on the image below to be redirected to the podcast. Dan Mason Begins his show talking about the bill.
Click below to read an article from the Las Vegas Review about the decision reached by Congress to clear a path for the creation of a 22,650 acre area for a national monument in Southern Nevada, as well as a sweeping set of other federal land alterations including the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act. The decision will establish new wilderness in the state and open thousands of acres to economic development.
The following information is a highlight from the Reno Gazette Journal article written by Ray Hagar. Click here to see the original article. Photo from Manuel Balce Ceneta.
The Yerington Land Transfer bill — and seven other Nevada lands bills — will be attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and should be approved by both houses of Congress by next week, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said in an exclusive interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Heller said he and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got the eight Nevada land bills attached to the NDAA after convincing colleagues in Congress that the Yerington land transfer would facilitate copper production vital to national defense.