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TriValley Central - Coolidge Examiner: Florence Copper's Tech Sound, Project on Track
April 27, 2016
up the son of a rancher in Sonoita, Arizona. Besides learning the
importance of a strong work ethic during those long, hot days caring for
horses, cattle, and the land, my dad taught me the importance of small
town values such as honesty. Today, I’m a hydrogeologist and
environmental engineer for Florence Copper. While I didn’t follow the
same path as my father, I retain the small town values he taught me.
recent article in this paper regarding Florence Copper may have
confused some of our long-time supporters and followers of the project
because of quoted statements from a group calling themselves “Raging
River Capital.” Let me put their remarks into context: Raging River is
a small group of dissident shareholders of Florence Copper’s parent
company, Taseko Mines. Raging River only recently began buying Taseko
shares, and are now trying to take control of the company. Part of
their strategy to gain control of Taseko is to cast doubt among Taseko’ s
shareholders about Florence Copper.
Simply put, Raging
River has ulterior motives. Their statements about Florence Copper
contain scientific errors and disregard extensive third-party validation
of the site’s hydrogeological conditions that make in-situ copper
recovery (ISCR) feasible.
The Florence Copper
Project is technically sound. Your water is protected – the science is
clear on that. This is a well-studied mineral deposit that has ideal
conditions for ISCR because of its shattered nature. The ISCR technique
was successfully demonstrated at the site by another mining company
nearly two decades ago.
Florence Copper is
making great progress in both the state and federal permitting
processes. We encourage the community to participate in ADEQ’s upcoming
public hearing on May 19th regarding an amendment of our Temporary
Aquifer Protection Permit. We also expect EPA to issue our final
federal permit soon. Once both permits are issued and final, we can
begin operating our ISCR Production Test Facility.
At Florence Copper,
we strive to ensure that the public gets the facts about this project.
You can read our response to Raging River’s claims at http://tasekomines.com/proxy-contest/shareholder-materials.com.
Anyone can call us anytime for a detailed explanation of the
technology or the project’s permitting status. We are committed to
provide you with the facts about the project. The regulatory agencies
and our own integrity won’t allow anything less than that.
Written by Dan Johnson, Vice President & General Manager of Florence Copper
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