VANCOUVER, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Calico Resources Corp. (TSXV: CKB), (OTCQX: CVXHF) (the "Company" or "Calico") is pleased to announce they have completed their second major advance in the State of Oregon Division 37 Chemical Process Mining Program. All pre-mining environmental, economic and cultural baseline study work plans have been approved by the State of Oregon. The Company is now implementing these studies and concurrently preparing the necessary operating and reclamation plans along with state, local and federal applications. This approval culminates an eight month cooperative program with the State of Oregon and involved federal and county agencies.
"Calico has achieved a second significant milestone in our efforts to permit the Grassy Mountain Gold Mine", stated Buck Morrow, President and CEO. "Calico is pleased that the TRT voted unanimously to approve the Final Order. We have remained focused on the permitting effort, and it will continue to pay important dividends. The permitting process has proceeded in a timely fashion and well within estimated cost. We are now moving forward to prepare the Consolidated Permit Application, working closely with the Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals Industries (DOGAMI). Approval of this single-package, total-permit authorization will allow the project to be constructed in a timely fashion."
On March 11, 2013, Calico was advised in a letter from Gary Lynch, DOGAMI Assistant Director of Regulation, Mined Land Regulation, that the Technical Review Team (TRT) had approved Calico's baseline date work plans to study pre-mine conditions for environmental economic and cultural resources at the proposed mine site in Malheur County, Oregon. This culminates an extensive interactive review process involving over 13 state, county, and federal agencies. The final order can be viewed at the DOGAMI website at http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/nr/press-release-2013-03-11.pdf.
"This is a significant milestone in the Oregon chemical process mine permitting regulations, and Calico is the first company in Oregon to proceed this far in the Oregon permitting process," said Gary Lynch, DOGAMI Assistant Director of Regulation, Mineral Land Regulation and Reclamation Program.
"Calico is now moving ahead to complete the environmental data collection component of the permitting process. More importantly, this approval allows us to prepare all necessary regulatory applications needed to build the project. We have already begun to prepare the operating plan, reclamation and closure plan, and certain permit applications", said Vance Thornsberry, VP Exploration. "We are very excited about this progress and our strong working relationship with the State of Oregon, Malheur County, and involved federal agencies. The DOGAMI Division 37 Chemical Process Mining Consolidated Permitting Process is designed to streamline and/or unify the complex environmental permitting process in which we operate today within the mining industry. The process is working, and we are pushing ahead with confidence."
"For some areas of baseline study, one year of data will be needed to assemble a consolidated application. During the one-year period of baseline data collection, Calico Resources will also develop the project's operating plan, reclamation and closure plan, alternatives evaluation, and financial security analysis for all reclamation and post-closure monitoring program costs, all of which are required under Oregon law to support the project's consolidated permit application." (http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/nr/press-release-2013-03-11.pdf DOGAMI press release March 11, 2013)
The proposed Grassy Mountain Gold Mine Project is located in Malheur County, Oregon, approximately 25 miles south-southwest of Vale, Oregon. The project area includes patented and unpatented lode mining claims, as well as private land currently under lease for mineral exploration and development. The proposed underground mine, mill, and ancillary facilities are all located on patented mining claims or private fee land controlled by Calico. The areas are linked by road on federal managed by the Bureau of Land Management. . Calico is proposing to construct an underground mine and surface mill complex to develop the Grassy Mountain gold resource.
Michael F. McGinnis, Calico's Project Manager/Exploration, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 is not independent of Calico, as that term is defined in NI 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
On behalf of the Board,
Arden (Buck) Morrow
President and CEO
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SOURCE Calico Resources Corporation