Lone Pine, CA – March 23, 2021 – Mojave Precious Metals Inc. (“MPM”) announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has issued a decision letter with regards to MPM’s amended Plan of Operations for the next phase of exploration at the Mojave Project, located in Inyo County, California.
Steve Swatton, CEO and Director stated: “We are pleased by BLM’s decision that the amended Plan of Operations for the Mojave Project has been accepted as complete and the agency finds our plan consistent with its regulations, which require that mineral exploration activities are undertaken in a way that avoids unnecessary and undue environmental degradation. The BLM will now complete the Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).”
MPM’s application to amend its Plan of Operation Phase II exploration is based on enhanced environmental and site data collected to better facilitate the review process by addressing environmental resources and by incorporating conservation measures into the design of the project.
The project addresses potential environmental effects by utilizing the footprints of prior activities while greatly expanding the mineral information.
“MPM has spent extensive time, energy and resources to ensure that we protect the environment during mineral exploration, including using the footprint of previous operators,” stated Jodie Gibson, Vice President of Exploration at MPM. “During our last phase of exploration MPM invited cultural monitors from the local tribes on site during our work and we look forward to having them on site in Phase II.”
Carolyn Clark Loder, Director additionally stated, “The Paiute and Shoshone nations are sovereign governments recognized under the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, and court decisions and it is MPM’s priority to respect tribal sovereignty and self-governance in a regular and meaningful coordination of information.”
While the BLM decision does not authorize MPM to start its Phase II exploration efforts, the decision does formally place the project into the NEPA environmental review process.
Mojave Precious Metals is engaged in mineral exploration in Inyo County – a region with a rich and long mining history that dates to the 1800s. MPM is proud to be a part of the community, invest in Inyo County, and support its people and institutions in a responsible and respectful manner.