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GRAPHITE: Province okays the start of Kearney mine

ONTARIO – Ontario Graphite of Kearney, ON, has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to re-commission the Kearney graphite mine in the town of the same name. The company has been working with the Ontario...



ONTARIO – Ontario Graphite of Kearney, ON, has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to re-commission the Kearney graphite mine in the town of the same name. The company has been working with the Ontario government and local aboriginal communities since 2011.

Mining was suspended at Kearney in 1994. With all permits in place, the mine is on track to begin production in Q4 2013. Re-opening the mine will provide approximately 80 direct full time jobs and potentially up to three times that number in spin-off positions. The re-opened mine is expected to produce 20,000 tonnes of natural large flake, high carbon graphite concentrate annually for 30 years.

Ontario Graphite has committed to several sustainability measures when the mine re-opens. Waste rock on the property will be crushed for third party construction projects. The recycling of 85% of the water used in the mill will reduce the need to draw water from nearby lakes.

The Kearney deposit contains 43.5 million tonnes of measured and indicated resources averaging 2.34% Cg (graphitic carbon) and 12.3 million tonnes of inferred resources averaging 2.42% Cg.

More information is available at OntarioGraphite.com.