U.S. Gold Corp. receives key permit for CK Gold Project
U.S. Gold Corp. announced that it has received its Industrial Siting Permit (ISP) for its CK Gold project in southeast Wyoming.
“The ISP, which is the first of two critical permits necessary for the construction and operation of the proposed mine at the CK Gold Project, is a requirement for all projects in the state of Wyoming projected to exceed $253.9 million in construction and mine capital costs. This includes all capital needed for the entire project build-out beyond the initial capital costs anticipated by the applicant,” U.S. Gold wrote in a statement.
The second major permit package is the Mine Operating Permit and Mine Closure Plan, which the company said it expects to be approved as early as the first half of 2024.
“The ISP application is of significant importance in the regulatory process to protect those who may be impacted by large industrial capital investments,” George Bee, President and CEO of U.S. Gold said. “We have been very impressed by the professionalism, dedication and promptness demonstrated by the agencies in handling our permit applications. Currently, we are addressing Wyoming Department of Environmental Protection – Land Quality Division (DEQ-LQD) comments received following the initial technical review of our Mine Operating Permit application and Closure Plan, which was submitted to the agency on Sept. 13, 2022. The DEQ-LQD also governed by statute, follows a rigorous process that involves a full assessment of the application by specialists tasked with safeguarding public interest and environmental protection for the proposed activities.”
“While copper-gold mining has not recently been permitted in the state of Wyoming, state agencies are well versed in regulating the extractive industry,” said Bee. “It is evident that a high level of diligence is being brought to bear by the authority to assess and regulate the proposed activity. The opportunity to develop a mine in Wyoming is considered exceptional at a time when other jurisdictions pose challenges to developers, despite good faith efforts to promote beneficial economic activity. We recognize a growing demand for copper and gold, and we are pleased that Wyoming, a state steeped in history of meeting the nation's resource needs, possesses the experience, desire, and capacity to continue fulfilling that role in a positive and professional manner, prioritizing the well-being of its people and the environment.”
The intent of the DEQ-ISD permitting process is to ascertain the regional impacts during construction and mine operation and release state funds to local governments to offset anticipated impacts. It was determined in 2022 that the CK Gold Project's capital costs would exceed the investment threshold established by statute. The company engaged consultants to complete socio-economic, noise, traffic impact and water yield analysis studies for inclusion in the ISP application. The CK Gold Project description and notification were mailed to 120 governmental agencies and interested parties in Albany and Laramie counties. Following notifications in local papers, two open houses were held by the company in Cheyenne and Laramie providing the public an opportunity to engage with Company representatives.
Following feedback and having collected the confirmation of the receipt of the project description and notification, the finalized ISP application was submitted to the DEQ-ISD on February 21, 2023; subsequently a hearing was scheduled with the Industrial Siting Council on May 10, 2023.