Mining company to move forward with plan to mine SFNF for precious metal deposits

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A mining company filed paperwork with the state and the Santa Fe National Forest Thursday, notifying them that they plan to explore the Jones Hill area for precious metal deposits.

The Santa Fe National Forest announced Thursday it had received a plan from Comexico LLC, the American subsidiary of New World Cobalt, to conduct mineral exploration on previously identified deposits on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

Comexico also submitted an exploration permit application to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Comexico’s application proposes core drilling in the vicinity of Jones Hill near Terrero to identify base and precious metal deposits for mining.

In April, Comexico submitted two notices of intent to the SFNF requesting access to Forest Service roads that are closed to the public to stake the mining claim, collect surface samples and begin geophysical testing.

The Comexico operation is authorized under the General Mining Act of 1872, as amended, and Forest Service regulations on locatable minerals.

Since the activities requested in the notice are non-surface disturbing, they do not require analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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