VANCOUVER, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:GQM) (OTCQX:GQMNF) has learned that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("USFWS") has determined that there is no emergency to justify listing the Mohave Shoulderband snail as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
The USFWS has reviewed the petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity on January 31, 2014 (the "Petition") and has concluded that there is no imminent threat to the snail that would cause them to believe an emergency listing is required. The USFWS indicated that it would not be able to address the Petition at this time but may do so in the future, subject to funding.
The Company's response to the Petition was filed with the USFWS on March 31, 2014. This document is available on our website at www.goldenqueen.com, in the "Notices & Other Filings" section.
The Soledad Mountain Project construction work is advancing as planned.
About Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd:
The Company is developing its wholly-owned, gold-silver, open pit, heap leach operation on its fully-permitted Soledad Mountain property, located just outside the town of Mojave in Kern County in southern California. The Project will use conventional open pit mining methods and the cyanide heap leach and Merrill-Crowe processes to recover gold and silver from crushed, agglomerated ore.
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SOURCE Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.