Virginia City, NV (November 3, 2010) — Comstock Mining Inc. (“Comstock Mining” or “the Company”)(OTCBB: LODE) announced today the recent acquisition of 26 unpatented lode-mining claims along the southern extension of the Occidental Lode structure in Storey County, Nevada. The historic Occidental Lode, also referred to as the Brunswick Lode, is located 1.5 miles due east of and sub-parallel to the veins of the main Comstock Lode. These claims adjoin and extend the Company’s previous holdings of six patented and six unpatented claims, significantly expanding the Company’s position on the Occidental Lode.
“The Occidental Lode is an exciting target, commented Mr. Larry Martin, Comstock Mining’s Chief Geologist. “Combining this acquisition with our prior Occidental holdings enables us to explore the substantial majority of the Occidental fault trend, leveraging our existing geological knowledge of the Comstock Lode and the Silver City fault zone.”
The properties were acquired through a lease agreement with Renegade Mineral Holdings, LLC (Renegade). The Lease has an initial term of 3 years and, in the event that the Company determines that exploration results warrant further development, then the term can be extended initially for two additional six-year terms and then continuously thereafter as long as the Company is producing on property adjacent to or in the vicinity of these new claims. The Company has also agreed to drill a minimum of 1,000 feet on the property within the first 36 months (or alternatively spend $20,000).
The agreement includes a 3% Net Smelter Return (NSR) royalty from production to Renegade with the Gold price capped at $2,000 per ounce. The Company also has the right to buy out the NSR royalty for $3 million.
The addition of the Renegade claims along the Occidental fault increases the land holdings controlled by Comstock Mining, Inc. by 520 acres, or approximately 9%. The Company’s land position in the Comstock district now totals 6,412 acres, including 892 acres of patented mining claims, and 5,520 acres of unpatented claims administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
Mr. Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock Mining Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of these high-potential exploration claims represents the methodical continuation of our consolidation of the Comstock District. We welcome the strategic relationship with Renegade and look forward to the productive exploration and development of these Occidental properties.”
About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and brought the exploration project into test mining production. The Company continues acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding its footprint and creating opportunities for exploration and mining. The goal of its strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measured and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces by 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations in 2011, with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors
This press release uses the terms “measured resources,” “indicated resources,” “inferred resources,” and “historical resources” which are calculated in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Classification system. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) does not recognize these terms and the SEC guidelines (Industry Guide 7) provide that such terms shall not be included in a registrant’s filings with the SEC (unless required to be disclosed by foreign or state law). The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. “Inferred resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an “inferred mineral resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of a measured, indicated or inferred resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us, or from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
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