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Western Copper approaches final mine design at Casino



WHITEHORSE, YUKON — The large scope of Western Copper and Gold’s (TSX: WRN; NYSE-MKT: WRN) proposed Casino mine in the Yukon Plateau is readily apparent during a flight into its well established camp, 300 km north of Whitehorse.

Our small fixed wing aircraft circles the heart of a large copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposit – marked by rolling hills topped by weathered bedrock – which could eventually host an open pit extending over a 3 km2 area and running 600 metres deep.

Western Copper and Gold president and CEO Paul West-Sells then points to the location of a proposed tailings facility southeast of the envisioned open pit within a valley formed by the headwaters of Casino Creek.

Western Copper is permitting the first large scale mining operation in the Yukon. This process has so far lasted almost three years, and the company is due to enter the official panel review, which it expects will last at least 24 months.

Read the entire story at The Northern Miner.