Bloomberg Reports: July 14, 2019
David Stringer reports that Rio Tinto has discovered a large copper/silver/gold deposit in western Australia. Apparantly Rio Tinto thinks the deposit is so promising that it may leapfrog ahead of Rio Tinto’s proposed Resolution Copper project that would destroy Oak Flat.
Dependent on further exploration work, the discovery — where Rio now has as many as 190 staff, about 12 drilling rigs and is constructing a gravel airstrip — could move ahead of the Resolution project in Arizona in the producer’s pipeline.
Note that the article also reports that Rio Tinto is running into problems building the underground block cave portion of their Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia. The underground portion of the Mongolian mine has the same block cave design as what Rio Tinto is planning for Oak Flat.
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