Pure Energy Minerals Limited is pleased to announce that the Secretary of Mining in the Salta Province, Argentina has granted the Company its environmental impact report (EIR) for the next phase of work on the Terra Cotta Project at Salar de Pocitos.
The approved EIR authorizes drilling, sampling, and aquifer testing at the TC Project, a program which may include up to 10 exploratory boreholes. In early January 2018, the Company plans to begin construction of the necessary roads and drill pads for the first holes of its expanded exploration program. Drillers are expected to collar the initial diamond core hole during the second week of January.
Walter Weinig, Pure Energy’s Vice President of Projects and Permitting, commented, “We have been pleased to work through a smooth and timely permitting process with the Secretary of Mining in Salta. Approval of the EIR allows us to accelerate exploration at the Terra Cotta Project. We have identified several promising drill targets based on the results of our mapping, sampling, and geophysical work. The electrical geophysics indicates the potential for lithium brine to considerable depth over a large area of our concessions. We are very excited to see the results from the first substantial drilling into the heart of the Salar de Pocitos.”
Pure Energy’s Terra Cotta Project is located in the core of Argentina’s lithium-rich Puna Region. Significant deposits of lithium in brine occur approximately 32 km (20 miles) north at Rincon Salar and approximately 90 km (56 miles) south at Salar del Hombre Muerto. The Pocitos Salar is directly accessible by Salta Provincial Highway 17 and enjoys excellent infrastructure, including a gas pipeline and rail line on the eastern edge of the salar and a high voltage power line only 30 km (18 miles) to the north.
Walter Weinig, Professional Geologist and SME Registered Member (SME Registered Member # 4168729), is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 and supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Mr. Weinig is not independent of the Company as he is an officer.