Common Questions about the Mojave Precious Metals Project
Who is Mojave Precious Metals?
Mojave Precious Metals (MPM) is a resource exploration company led by geologists, engineers and professionals with decades of successful and responsible development projects around the world. MPM is a 100% owned subsidiary of K2 Gold Corporation, based in Vancouver, BC, with a focus on advancing precious metal projects in the Yukon and Southwestern US. K2 is a member of the Discovery Group, an alliance of public companies with a proven track record of responsible, sustainable, and innovative development.
MPM is a US company that holds an option on federal mineral claims in the Southern Inyo Mountains near Lone Pine, California.
Where is Mojave Precious Metals Operating in Inyo County?
MPM’s is currently exploring on the edge of a geographic area known as Conglomerate Mesa. This area has been the subject of over 30 years of geological investigation and three exploration efforts. Geologic conditions favorable to mineral development are rare and are considered in land use planning processes.
What is Currently Happening at the Site?
An exploration program was approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2018 that was limited to seven sites and 0.2 acres of surface disturbance, about the size of 2 basketball courts. That program was approved following comprehensive federal environmental review, including extensive public input, and approval by the BLM. After completing months of technical analysis, MPM determined that it would drill at only four of the seven sites, on a plot of land about the size of a football end-zone.
For this program, a very small drill rig is being used to explore to a depth of approximately 200 meters (650 feet). The entire operation will last only three to four weeks in the fall of 2020. This type of project has a minimal footprint (about 250 square feet) and very limited crew. The program eliminated the need for most water use, requiring less than 800 gallons, or about the same as used by an average household in two days.
Out of abundance of caution and at this preliminary stage, no heavy trucks were used and the site was only accessed via helicopter, to ensure minimal disturbance of the surrounding area. Worker health and safety at the four sites is of paramount importance to us and every precaution has been taken to ensure safe operations.
MPM has applied for a second phase of exploration, that would be focused along less than four miles of previously developed roads. That project – once approved -- would involve exploration on less than eight acres. The second phase is under review by the BLM and Inyo County, which will require separate environmental reviews, public input and decision-making.
What type of benefits will MPM bring to the community?
Exploration brings the need for goods and services to the community. Food, fuel, materials and support equipment is purchased or rented locally. Local specialists aide MPM in complying with state, local and federal permit conditions. Fees are paid to local government for permit reviews and issuance. Local taxes supporting critical services are generated and MPM has leased a local office to support local operations.
If current exploration develops into a mining operation, this has the potential to generate hundreds of direct and indirect jobs. Similar projects in California have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to complete over periods of 20 to 30 years. Jobs created would include construction and skilled labor jobs, as well as ongoing administrative and support services. Mining wages are regularly ranked as high-paying compared to other industries.
How will the environment be protected during exploration activities?
We are committed to environmental protection in all our work. California has the strictest exploration and mining laws in the world, and MPM following all rules and regulations under strict oversight.
The focus of our current and proposed exploration is limited to the footprint of previous projects on this site to minimize any effects. Any future work will involve modern exploration techniques that minimize surface disturbance.
If mining were to take place in the future at this site, that project would be reviewed under both federal and state environmental impact laws with extensive public review and input. This process would commonly take between three and 12 years to design and permit.
How are cultural resources being protected during exploration activities?
Current exploration is taking place entirely on existing roadways, which were themselves subject to a review of cultural resources. In addition, tribal monitors have been invited and present at initial exploration activities. MPM is committed to consideration of these important resources and values.
How can I get involved?
To start, sign up for updates here on our website. As the process goes on, there will be formal hearings and comment periods administered by the federal government (specifically the Bureau of Land Management). We will notify anyone who signs up with us in addition to public notices sent by the agency.