CEO Blog - February 22, 2012
Wednesday, February 22 2012 18:34
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Q:  Congratulations on receiving your Air Quality permit that now enables production activities for 2012.  There was also news that the Comstock Residents Association (CRA) filed an appeal hoping to revoke a drilling permit.  What is your reaction to the news on the dismissed appeal?

A:   Thank you for your question.  The appeal you are referring to related to a reclamation permit that allows for safe exploration drilling in our Dayton and Spring Valley Resource Areas located in Lyon County, Nevada.

We are pleased with the State Environmental Commission’s decision to dismiss the appeal.  We view the decision as strong validation of the propriety and sufficiency of the State of Nevada’s Department of Environmental Protection (“NDEP”) due process in issuing the permit.  It also confirms that the permit complied, and will require Comstock to comply, with all applicable reclamation requirements.  We feel this permit reflects NDEP’s thoughtful and thorough consideration of public and environmental safeguards. 

We also appreciate the concerns of the residents.  In fact, the Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) that was approved by NDEP (and that has been incorporated by reference into this reclamation permit), requires independently conducted sampling and clearance of risk zones designated by NDEP as areas with the potential to contain contaminants of concern (mainly mercury used by the “old timers” between 1859 and 1906) before any new exploration-related disturbance occurs.

We feel strongly that this permit reflects the State’s thorough considerations of the unique and rich history of the Comstock and some of the potential risks presented by the possible existence of these historical contaminants.  Comstock’s compliance with the permit will ensure safe exploration and reclamation, protection of our people, the community and our disturbed, private lands.

We are perplexed that the CRA is now appealing the sufficiency of the sampling and analysis plan.  We feel the SAP is the result of a most thorough and collaborative process that included remarkable input from the residents, the County, NDEP and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Most of the people we have spoken with recently take great comfort that we have agreed to sample and clear these areas before any new disturbances occur and that NDEP is directly governing an independent sampling and analysis process, fully funded by our company.

For your convenience, we have attached a link to a local article that posted last week, after the State dismissed the appeal.

http://www.rgj.com/article/20120216/NEWS/120216009/State-turns-down-effort-b

We are proceeding with our plans for expanding our mineral resources, through this and other permits, and commencing production in 2012, in the most socially and environmentally responsible manner. 

Kindest Regards,

Corrado De Gasperis
President and CEO