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Powertech seeks to drill more holes for uranium mining Print

By Staff
Northern Colorado Business Report
August 12, 2008

NUNN - Powertech Uranium Corp. has asked for permission from the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to drill an additional 10 holes in preparation for possible uranium mining on its 5,700-acre Centennial site west of Nunn.

In an Aug. 12 news release, the Vancouver, Canada-based company said it is has submitted a Notice of Intent to drill the additional holes. Four will be drilled as core holes to "demonstrate and confirm the physical parameters of the mineralized sands in the upper Fox Hills formation, the confirming units, and overlying and underlying aquifers."

Two more holes will be drilled to serve as monitor wells and four will identify an area where a proposed plant site will be located to ensure that it's not built over potential ore. The new information gathered from the 10 holes will be incorporated into Powertech's permit applications to the state, the release said.

In addition, Powertech announced "several major milestones" have been completed, including sampling of background air particulates; the collection of the fifth of eight samples of water from a network of groundwater wells in the project area; baseline radiation soil samples; surface water sampling; a cultural resource survey; and a noise survey, a vegetative sampling and a wildlife survey, all completed in June.

The company also said its Underground Injection Control Permit application is nearly complete and that several sections of its Environmental Report are in draft form, including aquifer pumping tests, baseline radiation, regional surface water hydrology and an air quality assurance report.

"I am pleased with the team's success in staying on schedule as we transition into the permit drafting phase of the project," said George Robinson of R Squared Inc., prime contractor for the mine permit application phase of the project. "The work to date clearly indicates that in-situ mining is definitely appropriate for the area."

Powertech has estimated there are approximately 10 million tons of uranium ore in its Centennial project area based on surveys taken by Rocky Mountain Energy Co. in the 1970s. The company began drilling test holes within the site last year and expects to submit its application for a permit to mine later this year.

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