Laramide Resources has submitted a notice of intent to Division of Oil and Gas and Mining for a mine permit in the State of Utah.
The company said that the notice of intent is applicable where the surface disturbance area is less than five acres.
In late October of 2010, Laramide had submitted a notice of intent to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen its La Sal II mine located in San Juan County, Utah, which was followed by the completion of the acquisition of the La Sal Project in September 2010 from Homestake Mining, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold.
The requested plan of operations was submitted to the BLM in December and the BLM is currently reviewing it for completeness.
The State of Utah will withhold final permitting until the BLM completes its review and approves the Plan of Operation.
Laramide is working closely with the BLM to expedite the review process.
The La Sal project was earlier permitted and developed by Homestake in the late 1970s and an existing 1,200m access drive should facilitate a rapid startup scenario once permits are granted.
The site is 60 miles from Denison’s Mines White Mesa mill at Blanding, Utah, one of only four permitted mills in the US.