Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow Project hosted a Public Presentation on July 22
Pumpkin Hollow Project staff met with the local community on July 22, 2015 at 6 PM in the Pioneer Crossing Convention Center for an update on the progress of the Project and revised feasibility study. Tim Dyhr, Vice President of Environment & External Relations gave a PowerPoint presentation full of updates and information on the Pumpkin Hollow Project with a Q&A session to an audience of over one hundred (100) people. Seven (7) station tables were set up with Nevada Copper managers and staff to answer questions regarding; Mining, Engineering & Construction, Procurement, Safety, Environment, Processing and Geology.
Key accomplishments to date include:
- Completed production headframe and hoist
- Completed 24-foot diameter production-sized shaft to 1900 feet below ground
- Developed 500+ feet of underground drift on the 1900 haulage level
- Commenced underground drilling from two stations on the 1900 level
- Installed electrical substation, ventilation fans, dewatering pumps and other underground infrastructure in the 1900 level
- Resumed surface drilling in the two open pit zones of the project
- Completed the “Integrated Feasibility Study” for open pit and underground mining operations with a single 70,000 ton per day processing facility (concentrator) which included;
- Added drill results from drilling not included in the previous feasibility studies
- Added improvements to construction, mining and processing
Tim Dyhr pointed out the tasks and steps the Pumpkin Hollow Project must first complete before production can begin:
- Finalize the land conveyance and state permitting
- Secure financing for the project
- Complete the main production shaft to 2,160 feet below the surface
- Sink a second ventilation and emergency egress shaft
- Develop the underground mine access drifts
- Construct processing facilities
- Construct water, power and road access, as well as shops and offices
- Recruit and train a workforce for mining and milling operations
- Obtain and assemble mine shovels, excavators and haul trucks and other equipment for mining
- Initiate underground and open pit mining
A Safety Award “shout out” was also announced by Tim Dyhr.
Cementation, USA, Nevada Copper’s underground shaft sinking contractor, tied for first (1st) place in the Nevada Mining Association 2015 Safety Awards in the ‘Safety, Contractors’ category. Nevada Copper, the Pumpkin Hollow Project also tied for first (1st) place in the Safety Underground Category for mine developments up to 99 employees.
The presentation also highlighted the extensive environmental studies that have been undertaken to design and operate the project in order to meet high environmental standards, as well as the environmental permitting, management and monitoring work that is ongoing to protect surface water and groundwater. Detailed reclamation plans and performance bonding (to ensure the safe and professional closure and reclamation of the mine upon completion of mining) is required before the project can be built. These plans must be reviewed every three years by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The Yerington land conveyance, as directed by Congress, will also provide distinct opportunities to convert, rather than demolish, mine facilities such as buildings, power lines, water supply and wastewater treatment, and roads for other economic uses upon completion of mining.
Environmental Specialists Tim Leedy and Mark Hanley conduct groundwater sampling and monitoring seven days a week. Four people are presently employed at Pumpkin Hollow to manage the environmental aspects of the project including a network of 25 monitoring wells. As the project transitions to production, additional management and monitoring will be conducted on air, water, mine rock, tailings and waste to insure that environmental resources are protected.