Vancouver, April 21, 2015 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) reports that the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") Tonopah Field Office has issued a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment of the Mineral Ridge Mine - Mary LC Satellite Deposit Project Amendment at Scorpio Gold's Mineral Ridge operation, located in Nevada. The BLM news release is available here: view BLM release
Scorpio Gold's 70% owned US subsidiary, Mineral Ridge Gold, LLC, submitted an Amendment to the Plan of Operations to increase the surface disturbance at Mineral Ridge from approximately 612 acres to approximately 906 acres (448 acres BLM administered land; 458 acres private land) to facilitate the development of the previously authorized Mineral Ridge Mine Project operations. The major components of the proposed activities include: expansion of the Plan of Operations boundary; addition to operations of the Bluelite and Solberry pits; addition of two new waste rock disposal areas; addition of a physical barrier to public access near the crusher; and reallocation and increase of exploration disturbance areas.
Peter J. Hawley, CEO, reports, "We are very pleased that our Amendment to the Plan of Operations has been accepted by the State and Federal regulators. I would like to thank everyone involved from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land Management and the various contractors who all came together and assisted the Mineral Ridge staff in this process. This approval allows us to move forward with our scheduled mining at the Bluelite and Solberry pits in Q2 2015. Unique to the Bluelite and Solberry deposits is that neither has been mined before, hence their high-grade core zones are preserved and expected to positively impact the grade of ore being processed at both Mineral Ridge and the Company's 100% owned Goldwedge mill facility."
About Scorpio Gold
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the producing Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Waterton Global Value L.P. (30%), and Scorpio Gold is currently entitled to receive 80% of cash flow generated. Mineral Ridge is a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The Mineral Ridge property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and lenses at exploration, development and production stages. Scorpio Gold also holds a 100% interest in the advanced exploration-stage Goldwedge property and processing facility in Manhattan, Nevada. The Company is preparing its 2015 exploration program for the Goldwedge property and is currently toll milling high-grade Mineral Ridge ore at the Goldwedge plant, which is permitted for 400 tons per day.
Scorpio Gold's CEO, Peter J. Hawley, PGeo, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this release.
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