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Mineral Exploration Operation conducted by Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. (Pertains to Mineral Exploration Near Rochford, SD)


Exploration Notices of Intent. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a restriction letter for Exploration Notice of Intent (EXNI) 427 on June 9, 2017 in accordance with South Dakota Chapter 45-6C. For more information, please go to the Minerals and Mining New EXNI webpage. Under the Notice of Intent, Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc is conducting exploration drilling for gold and associated minerals on private land located in the West half of Section 24, and the Northwest quarter of Section 25, Township 2 North, Range 3 East. All drill holes will be plugged as required under state regulations, and all surface disturbance will be reclaimed.

On September 27, 2019, Mineral Mountain Resources applied for a new EXNI for the same private land area covered under EXNI-427. The new EXNI will allow the company to drill additional holes at a deeper depth not to exceed 5,000 feet. For more information, please go to the Minerals and Mining New EXNI webpage. All drill holes will be plugged as required under state regulations, and all surface disturbance will be reclaimed.

The Exploration Notices of Intent does NOT allow mining.  In the event the company decides to pursue a mining project, a mining permit is needed which requires public notice and the opportunity to petition and participate in a contested case hearing.

Temporary Permit to Use Water. Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. also applied for a temporary permit on December 19, 2017, to use water from Rapid Creek for mining exploration purposes as required by South Dakota Codified Law 46-5-40.1.  After reviewing the application for a temporary permit, the chief engineer issued a temporary permit with qualifications on January 2, 2018, with an expiration date of May 1, 2018.  The temporary permit allows use of up to 1.8 million gallons of water at a pump rate of 200 gallons per minute for exploration drilling for testing to assess mineral potential.  Monthly reporting of the amount of water pumped is to be provided to the chief engineer and will be posted to this webpage. The temporary permit does NOT allow water use for production mining. In the event that production mining is pursued, a regular water right permit would be needed which requires public notice and the opportunity to petition and participate in a contested case hearing.

Questions and Answers About the Project. If you have a particular question or concern concerning Mineral Mountain's exploration activities under EXNI-427 or the temporary water right, an answer may be found in the Mineral Mountain EXNI-427 and Temporary Permit for Use of Public Water Q&A Summary.

 

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