Community meetings have been held locally with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management regarding possible potash mining operations in Southwest Colorado.
Public learns about potash
by Kimberly Benedict, Journal Staff Writer - Cortez Journal.com - July 14, 2011
Mining company explains plans to drill for mineral
Economic factors and water resources were two of the topics discussed at an open house meeting hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management regarding possible potash mining operations in Southwest Colorado.
The meeting, held at Dolores County High School on Tuesday night, was part of the scoping process for an environmental assessment to evaluate potash prospecting permit applications filed by an Australian mining company, Red Metal Limited, through its subsidiary RM Potash. The company hopes to drill exploratory core sites on public lands in western Dolores and San Miguel counties.
Australian company hopes to mine potash in Southwest Colorado
by Russell Smyth, Journal Managing Editor - Cortez Journal.com - June 29, 2011
Exploration could lead to state’s 1st mine for minerals used in fertilizer
An Australian mining company hopes to find the salt of the earth in a remote area of Southwest Colorado.
Sydney-based Red Metal Limited, through its subsidiary RM Potash, wants to drill exploratory core sites on public lands in western Dolores and San Miguel counties.
If the core sites prove successful, RM Potash could develop the first potash mining operation in Colorado, said Jon Thorson, manager for RM Potash's Colorado potash project.
West End Potash Exploration Pending
by Karen James - The Watch Newspaper - March 10, 2011
Australian Company Will Seek Valuable Agricultural Product
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – If Paradox Basin in the far west end of San Miguel County is as rich in potassium-bearing compounds typically used for agricultural fertilizer as an Australian mining company suspects it may be, uranium may not be the only substance mined from that lonely landscape in the coming years.
RM Potash, Inc., a subsidiary of the Sydney, Australia-based Red Metal Limited mineral exploration company, is currently working with federal officials from the Dolores Public Lands Office to locate between one and three initial drill holes to help ascertain the feasibility of a full-scale potash mining operation in the West End, agency officials told the San Miguel County Commissioners last week.
“This company is interested in looking at the geologic viability of the formation to see if it’s something that could be developed for commercial use,” said Tom Rice, associate field manager/deputy district ranger for the Dolores Public Lands Office.
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For more information contact James Blair at the Dolores Public Lands Office, 970/882-7296.