The Canadian company conducting exploratory drilling in Gogebic County says they are making sure their impact to the surrounding area will be kept to the minimum.
Highland Copper Company recently began its drilling program at its Copperwood project.
Of the 35 planned confirmatory holes, 12 are to be drilled at the westernmost edge of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, west of County Road 519.
Highland received a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and expects to complete those twelve holes by the end of March.
Despite objections from environmental groups, Highland says they have worked closely and cooperatively with the DNR, making every change to the Company’s drilling plan as requested.
Steps taken include operating only on frozen ground, using tracked drill rigs on existing roads for access to drill hole locations and avoiding cutting trees when feasible.
Highland says they also have a full remedial plan in place, which will be executed when drilling is complete.
They say the vast majority of the Park, including the Presque Isle River watershed, will remain unaffected by this exploration program.
The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has expressed outrage over the project and what they say was a lack of public input.
Here is the full press release from Highland Copper Company:
LONGUEUIL, CANADA–(Marketwired – Feb. 14, 2017) – Highland Copper Company Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HI) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the commencement of a drilling program at its 100%-owned Copperwood project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A. This program is designed to upgrade the current inferred resources at the eastern section of the Copperwood copper-silver deposit, obtain metallurgical samples and carry out further geotechnical studies to refine a mining plan.
Highland Copper plans to drill up to thirty five confirmatory holes totalling about 6,800 meters of core. Twelve of the thirty five planned drill holes are located in Section 5 of Gogebic County, at the westernmost edge of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness Park west of County Road 519 (see attached map). The Company expects to complete these twelve holes by the end of March.
For the twelve holes currently being drilled in Section 5, the Company applied for and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (“MDNR”) issued a use permit allowing the Company to conduct exploration drilling under strict conditions. The Company has worked closely and cooperatively with the MDNR, making every change to the Company’s drilling plan as requested. To insure minimum impact to the land surface during the drilling program and to provide protections to natural resources to the greatest extent possible, several operating provisions have been put in action, including operating only on frozen ground, using tracked drill rigs on existing roads for access to drill hole locations and avoid cutting trees when feasible. The Company has in place a full remedial plan, which will be executed when drilling is complete. The vast majority of the Park, including the Presque Isle River watershed, will remain unaffected by this exploration program. The Company’s employees and drill contractors are working with the MDNR Parks and Recreation Division to monitor activities and insure compliance with the permit.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
The Company maintains a rigorous QA/QC program with respect to the preparation, shipping, analysis and checking of all samples and data from the properties. Quality control for drill programs at the Company’s projects covers the complete chain of custody of samples, including verification of drill hole locations, core handling procedures and analytical-related work, including duplicate sampling, check analyses at other laboratories and the insertion of standard and blank materials. The QA/QC program also includes data verification procedures.
The technical information contained in this news release has been approved by Carlos H. Bertoni, P. Geo., Highland’s Executive Vice President, Project Development. Mr. Bertoni is a qualified person as defined in NI 43-101.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such statements include without limitation the Company’s drilling plans and objectives. Such statements reflect the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Actual results may be materially different from those current anticipated. Many factors, known and unknown, could cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to: the weather may impact the Company’s ability to complete the drilling program; the uncertainty of exploration results; the availability of funds to complete the drilling program; governmental and environmental regulation. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and information, except as required by law. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Highland Copper Company Inc. is a Canadian exploration company focused on exploring and developing copper projects in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A. The Company has 189,198,483 common shares issued and outstanding. More information about the Company is available on the Company’s website (www.highlandcopper.com) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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