BacTech Environmental Corporation ("BacTech" or the "Company"), today announced that drilling began December 6th on the Antiguo tailings located at Telamayu, Bolivia.
Drilling on the Antiguo tailings pile will consist of holes drilled to an anticipated depth of 8 metres. Holes will be drilled on a 20 metre by 20 metre grid pattern to provide complete coverage of the tailings. Continuous sampling of the tailings material will be undertaken, with the samples analyzed for the main metallic elements of copper, silver and tin (minor gold), as well as sulphur, arsenic, etc.
Tailings material will also be sent to the Universidad Técnica de Oruro for metallurgical testing under the supervision of Dr. Ing. Antonio Salas and MSc. Ing. Octavio Hinojosa, working in conjunction with Florent Baril, Bumigeme's chief metallurgist. The drill program is being overseen on-site by local Bolivian geologists, under the supervision of Bumigeme Inc. of Montreal, Canada, with drilling services provided by Bolivia-based Leduc Drilling.
BacTech Environmental Corporation holds the perpetual, exclusive, royalty-free rights to use the patented BACOX bioleaching technology for the reclamation of tailings and mining waste materials. The Company's principle focus is a high- grade silver/copper tailings project called Antiguo, located in Telamayu, Bolivia, in association with COMIBOL, the state mining group. The Company signed an MOU with Duran Ventures Inc. to explore the viability of building a BACOX plant in Peru to treat high-grade gold/arsenic ores. Investigation has begun to identify similar opportunities in Ecuador. The Company continues to field enquiries globally with respect to additional opportunities for remediation, including licensing transactions for the technology.