ALPINE, UT, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Desert Hawk Mining, Clifton's partner at Kiewit, has just received approval to expand the current Kiewit open pit operations to the east. This should roughly double the size of the pit, substantially increasing both the rate of production and the mine life.
New drilling, revealing a continuation of the grades of the open pit to the east of current operations, shows that the system is not limited to the immediate area of the current pit. This has confirmed the potential for the deposit to be significantly larger than had previously been anticipated. As Rick Havenstrite, president of Desert Hawk, put it: "All that has been previously known is that the mineralized structures from the Kiewit pit outcrop 500 feet to the east of the original pit. Due to topography it has not been previously feasible to drill in this area. We have been working for two weeks to develop a haul road and pre-strip the new zone. The haul road is complete and the first production drill pattern was shot this week. About 50,000 tons of waste has already been removed. Based on this drilling we have confirmed the geologic continuity. The deposit remains wide open in nearly every direction." We expect further drilling to produce a certifiable resource by this time next year.
Torrential rains this spring, unusual for this desert area, have diluted the chemicals used to extract the gold and have slowed recoveries. With the return of normal weather, more gold bearing rock is being loaded onto the leach pad and recoveries are improving. Clifton is looking to release new production numbers before the end of the summer.
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SOURCE Clifton Mining Company