Talisker Initiates Engagement, Engineering and Provincial Permit Amendment Process for Expanded Productionat the Bralorne Gold Project
Bralorne currently holds a Major Mine Operating Permit, M-207 (the "Mine Permit"), issued under the Mines Act (British Columbia). The Mine Permit, which was amended and updated in 2017 (before it was acquired by the Company in 2019), allows for an operations area of approximately 683 hectares and includes a tailings storage facility, mill site and associated surface and underground facilities. The Mine Permit also provides for an underground mining and surface processing operation at an average production rate of 100 tonnes per day or an annual maximum of 36,500 tonnes.
Bralorne also holds a permit under the Environmental Management Act (British Columbia) (the "EMA Permit") allowing for the management, treatment and discharge of process and contact water from the site.
Proposed Expansion and Permit Amendment
Talisker has initiated work to update Bralorne's underground mine plan to support an increase in production to a proposed 1,500 tonnes per day. This expanded production would come from within the existing permitted mine boundary and take advantage of both underground and surface infrastructure already in place at the site. Material extracted from this expanded production rate is proposed to initially be hauled offsite for processing at one of the nearby permitted custom milling facilities in the Province.
Talisker has also initiated discussions with the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (EMLI) on steps to complete a permit amendment process for the existing Mine Permit to support the proposed expanded mine production. This review process is expected to advance formally in the near term.
Terry Harbort, CEO of Talisker, commented, "As we near the end of our drill program and build our resource base for Bralorne, the expansion and amendment of our Mine Permit lays the future pathway for a robust 100,000 ounce per year producer. These next steps are key to unlocking the enormous value in the Bralorne camp for all of our stakeholders."
Indigenous Relationships and Engagement
Talisker prides itself on the meaningful and constructive relationships that have been built with Indigenous communities throughout the southern parts of British Columbia. This includes members of the St'át'imc nations whose lands the Bralorne Gold Mine property is a part of, the St'át'imc are the original inhabitants of the territory which extends north to Churn Creek and to South French Bar; northwest to the headwaters of Bridge River; north and east toward Hat Creek Valley; east to the Big Slide; south to the island on Harrison Lake and west of the Fraser River to the headwaters of Lillooet River, Ryan River and Black Tusk.
Talisker has an Exploration Agreement and close working relationship with one of the St'át'imc communities, the Bridge River Indian Band ("Xwisten"), whose traditional territory includes Bralorne (see the press release dated September 14, 2020). In the context of the future expansion and development of Bralorne and consistent with commitments under the existing Exploration Agreement, Talisker intends to work with the leadership of Xwisten to advance the development of an Impact Benefit Agreement between Xwisten and Talisker.
Chief Ina Williams of Xwisten commented, "We are pleased with Talisker's meaningful engagement and commitment to building a trusting and long-lasting relationship."
All activities being proposed by Talisker in its expansion and permit amendment process will continually be shared with and discussed with the management, technical advisors and leadership of Xwisten to ensure all necessary measures are in place to protect the natural environment, culture and heritage of the Bridge River area.
Xwísten is part of the St'a?t'imc Nation, whose territories extend from Pavilion in the northeast to Skookumchuck and Port Douglas in the south. The traditional territory of Xwísten includes the entire watersheds of the Yalakom and Bridge Rivers between Mission Ridge on one side and the Blackhills Creek and along Camelsfoot Range on the other. Currently, Xwísten has 460 registered members led by one Chief and four Councillors who oversee Xwísten's area of interest on behalf of their community.
Talisker also prides itself on having strong relationships with the communities of southern British Columbia in which the Company operates. This includes Bralorne, the Bridge River Valley and the other communities of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District. The approach of the Company throughout considering the future of the Bralorne mine complex will be to engage openly and transparently, seek input through the conceptualization, design and permitting process, listen and act on concerns when they are brought forward from the community.
About Talisker Resources Ltd.
Talisker (taliskerresources.com) is a junior resource company involved in the exploration of gold projects in British Columbia, Canada. Talisker's projects include two advanced stage projects, the Bralorne Gold Complex and the Ladner Gold Project, both advanced stage projects with significant exploration potential from historical high-grade producing gold mines, as well as its Spences Bridge Project where the Company holds ~85% of the emerging Spences Bridge Gold Belt and several other early-stage Greenfields projects. With its properties comprising 296,983 hectares over 346 claims, three leases and 198 crown grant claims, Talisker is a dominant exploration player in the south-central British Columbia. The Company is well funded to advance its aggressive systematic exploration program at its projects.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance and include statements related to: completion of the drill program and release of a maiden resource; expanding production and amendments to the Mine Permit; and Talikser's future plans. The use of any of the words "could", "intend", "expect", "believe", "will", "projected", "estimated" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on Talisker's current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to Talisker. Although such statements are based on reasonable assumptions of Talisker's management, there can be no assurance that any conclusions or forecasts will prove to be accurate.
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