Yes, Black Butte involves only underground mining accessed by a tunnel well outside the Sheep Creek Valley.
There will never be any mining from an “open pit”, dramatically reducing our environmental footprint and insuring continued historical uses of the land including cattle grazing and outdoor recreation.
The Black Butte Copper Project will always be an underground mine for the following reasons:
1. We have long term contractual agreements with the rancher land owners that there will never be any open pit mining on their property.
2. These types of deposits are best accessed underground as they are very deep.
3. It is the philosophy of our company that only underground mining fits this environment to properly protect it.