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CEO Blog - August 13, 2012
Monday, August 13 2012 22:43
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Q: What is happening with the start-up of operation?  How is it going?

A: In a word, excellent.

As we announced last week, we have commenced mining and we have been hauling ore from the Lucerne mine to the process area in American Flat since last Tuesday afternoon.  We also commenced crushing last Friday and we have stacked the first agglomerated ore onto the heap pad.  We will continue to stack for about two more weeks before adding solution and beginning the recovery of ore through the Merrill Crowe process. As soon as a sufficient quantity of extracted material has built up, we will proceed with our first pour, expected sometime in September. We are truly proud to be Nevada’s Newest Gold and Silver Miner!!!

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Stacking Ore Commences - Aug 10, 2012

I hope you enjoy the following video and photographs that will demonstrate in pictures the recent progress we have made in our March to Production.

Click link: http://www.comstockmining.com/march-to-production

 

 

 

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As you can see, the hauling of ore is currently utilizing street-legal trucks. We have already scheduled the process to optimize the cycling of vehicles to ensure safe and efficient haulage. A portion of the route will travel over approximately one mile of State Route 342. Local Storey County officials again acknowledged that the Company is fully authorized to use the road under normal Nevada Department of Transportation regulations. This type of hauling will continue until the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issues a new Right of Way that allows access back to our original haul road.  We are working diligently with the BLM toward a permanent solution that will further optimize the mining operation.

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On Friday, August 10th, the first ore was placed on the heap. The following photograph documents the very first bit of agglomerated ore coming off the Super Stacker. Before we know it, this small pile will grow to a heap stacked to the height of 105 feet.

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Photo by Derek Norred of Comstock Mining

 

Lastly, we enjoy spectacular skies in Nevada.  Look at this double rainbow over our facility on the Comstock.

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Photo by Thomas Chandler of Comstock Mining

 

Kindest regards,

Corrado De Gasperis

President & CEO