VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX / MDRPF:OTCQX) today announced that the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee has adopted a resolution formally opposing the Company’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project. The Nez Perce Tribe is one of the three tribes being consulted by the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”) under the National Environmental Policy Act review process.
“Naturally, we are disappointed in the decision by the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO of Midas Gold Corp. “The resolution appears to be driven by potential impacts on natural resources resulting from the redevelopment of the former Stibnite mining district and questions the benefits of the proposed restoration work that is an integral part of our Plan of Restoration and Operations. The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee’s resolution also notes historic impacts from mining on the environment and the Nez Perce Tribe. Midas Gold is cognizant of the historic impacts of mining, which may nowhere be better illustrated than in the Stibnite mining district. We have therefore, from the outset, designed our Plan of Restoration and Operations with closure in mind by incorporating considerable restoration of legacy impacts from historic mining, and focusing on improving water quality and fish habitat, all interests that we know we share with the Tribe and that the public will become more aware of as the permitting process moves forward.”
During the past several years, Midas Gold has proactively engaged with the Nez Perce Tribe, provided open access to the site and technical information generated in respect of the current situation at the site, in addition to plans for restoration, operations, and for reclamation and closure. “We will continue to reach out to the Nez Perce Tribe in a continued effort address their concerns,” said Mr. Quin.
In parallel with the formal National Environment Policy Act (“NEPA”) process, Midas Gold is continuing its extensive community and stakeholder engagement process, which has been underway for several years. The Company has met with local communities in various settings and provided tours to the site to demonstrate the extent of the historical disturbance in the district and Midas Gold’s comprehensive plans to remediate and restore the site.
Stibnite Gold Project Permitting Background
In September of 2016, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. submitted its Plan of Restoration and Operations (“PRO”) for the restoration, re-development and operation of the Stibnite Gold Project in Valley County, Idaho. The PRO was deemed administratively complete by the USFS in December 2016, the scoping process was completed in July 2017 and the environmental analysis and alternatives assessment is currently nearing completion.
A detailed presentation on the PRO can be found at www.midasgoldcorp.com. Details of previous news releases and technical studies can be found filed under Midas Gold’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or at www.midasgoldcorp.com.
For further information about Midas Gold Corp., please contact:
Liz Monger – Manager, Investor Relations (t): 778.724.4704
About Midas Gold and the Stibnite Gold Project
Midas Gold Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiaries are focused on the exploration and, if warranted, site restoration and development of gold-antimony-silver deposits in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine district of central Idaho that are encompassed by its Stibnite Gold Project.
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