Virginia City, NV (May 29, 2019) Comstock Mining Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE American: LODE) announced today that the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation (BMRR) approved a reduction in its Lucerne reclamation bonding requirement from several successful environmental reclamation and restoration efforts.
Along State Route (SR) 342, just south of Gold Hill, Nevada, the Company completed a variety of reclamation and/or environmental restorations, including:
- The Keystone Waste Rock Facility (Keystone WRF) – 6.6 acres of regrading and revegetation;
- The Hartford Waste Rock Facility (Hartford WRF) – 3.8 acres of regrading and revegetation; and
- The Justice Surface Mine (Justice) – 12 acres, backfilling of the surface mine and grading to contour.
Progressive earthwork activities included regrading, ripping, scarifying (breaking up compacted materials) and dispersing growth media coverage. Special effort went into sloping, grading, treating and conforming the topography to natural contours. This provides long-term slope stability, prevents ponding of surface water and minimizes erosion that promotes self-sustaining, diverse and conforming native-vegetation communities.
Corrado De Gasperis, Executive Chairman and CEO of the Company stated, “Our reclamation was innovative, timely, efficient and especially effective for the regrading and revegetation efforts. We integrated progressive activities such as aerial seeding and concurrent backfilling for the Justice surface mine. The current reclamation bond amount has been reduced down to $6.75 million from over $7.10 million.”
This restoration work was performed concurrently with mining from 2013 through 2015, with contract-partner Soil-Tech, Inc. leading the revegetation efforts. NDEP’s BMRR typically requires three years to evaluate and confirm the success of revegetation. NDEP’s BMRR approved the Company’s reduced bonding requirement after reviewing documentation and inspecting the reclamation and verifying the success of the revegetation. New vegetation has been established and has provided tensile strength to slopes that are now stable and resistant to erosion. The new vegetation conforms to the natural surroundings and established native plants provide new habitat and ecosystems. There is no evidence of erosion, slumping or slope failure and the reclaimed areas blend in with the natural vegetation.
Mr. De Gasperis added, “The accelerated reduction of our reclamation liabilities is extremely rewarding and validating of our good achievements. This is the truest testament to the commitment from our ‘Comstock Responsible’ team and the purpose of our demonstrated culture. We continue pushing the envelope on the development of new, clean technologies for advanced reclamation excellence, including mercury clean up and leach pad tailings reprocessing and look forward to more announcements relating to those new developments.”
In 2015 and 2017, the Company received Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards from a committee comprised of NDEP’s BMRR, Nevada Division of Minerals, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada, and the U.S. Forest Service. In 2018, the Company also received the U.S. Department of the Interior BLM’s Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award, in recognition of the complex reclamation, deep shaft sealing and restoration of the Historic Silver Hill Mine shaft that was completed in conjunction with the realignment and rebuilding of a major portion of Nevada’s SR 342.
About Soil-Tech Inc.
Soil-Tech, Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas with a service location in Sparks, Nevada was the contractor leading the revegetation efforts. Serving the Western U.S. since 1990, Soil-Tech’s innovation in seeding native habitats and controlling fugitive dust led to the development of its Plas-Tex soil stabilization product that was used on the reclaimed slopes. Plas-Tex not only stabilizes terrain from erosion, but also offers the unique feature of facilitating plant germination when mixed with seed. Additionally, the proprietary Plas-Tex product is derived from gypsum, a naturally occurring mineral that is mined in the Western U.S. and is safe for the environment. Also, Soil-Tech installed native plantings, including evergreens such as the Single-Leaf Piñon Pine, one of Nevada’s official state trees.
About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based, gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District and is an emerging leader in sustainable, responsible mining. 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 completed its first phase of production. The Company continues evaluating and acquiring properties inside and outside the district expanding its footprint and exploring all of our existing and prospective opportunities for further exploration, development and mining. The near-term goal of our business plan is to maximize intrinsic stockholder value realized, per share, by continuing to acquire mineralized and potentially mineralized properties, exploring, developing and validating qualified resources and reserves (proven and probable) that enable the commercial development of our operations through extended, long-lived mine plans and developments that are economically feasible and socially responsible.
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Comstock Mining Inc.
Corrado De Gasperis