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Jan 11, 2012


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Herb Rolfes
Permitting and Compliance


Drumlummon Files Operating Permit Application with DEQ


Helena - Drumlummon Gold Corporation has filed an application with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for an operating permit to authorize underground mining approximately 0.25 miles southeast of Marysville, MT in Lewis and Clark County.

The site is a historic mine site and Drumlummon is currently conducting activity at the site under a Small Miner Exclusion Statement and an exploration license. The company must obtain an operating permit because it proposes to exceed the five acres of disturbance allowed under the Small Miner Exclusion Statement. The facilities and surface disturbance associated with the mine plan would be on private lands owned or controlled by the company.

The project would consist of a 750 ton-per-day mechanized, underground mining operation. A mill would be constructed near the mine site to concentrate the ore.

The operating permit would cover a total of 614 acres. The total disturbance area would be about 52 acres, with the adits, ventilation shaft and waste rock stockpile taking up about 17 acres. The mill would be constructed several miles downstream along Silver Creek and would take up about two acres. The tailings impoundment associated with the mill would be about 19 acres. Mining disturbances would also include two underground portals, a facilities area, a development rock stockpile, a loading facility for stockpiling and loading ore, a system to dewater the mine and treat the water before discharge, and roads.

Copies of the application can be reviewed by the public at DEQ offices at 1520 E. 6th Ave., in Helena, MT. The application will also be posted on the DEQ web page: For information on the project contact Herb Rolfes, Operating Permit Section Supervisor, DEQ Environmental Management Bureau, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 by phone at (406) 444-3841 or e-mail at

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