TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2014) - Potash Ridge Corporation ("Potash Ridge" or the "Corporation") (TSX:PRK)(OTCQX:POTRF) today announced the approval of its application to appropriate the required water rights for its Blawn Mountain sulphate of potash ("SOP") Project (the "Project").
The Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Utah Alunite Corporation, jointly applied with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration ("SITLA") to the State Engineer of the State of Utah, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights in August 2012 for the appropriation of the water rights in the Wah Wah Valley near the Project site. This regulatory approval is an important step in the development of the Project, and meets the water requirements of the Project as determined in the prefeasibility study, released in late 2013. The water rights were approved for an initial term of twenty years, subject to certain conditions, with the term being eligible for additional extensions so long as the Project continues in operation.
Guy Bentinck, President & CEO of Potash Ridge said, "We are extremely pleased to have secured these water rights which represents a significant milestone in the development of the Project. I would like to thank SITLA for their support throughout this important regulatory process. We are continuing to move the project forward in our efforts to develop the Project into an anticipated future source of SOP production."
With the Project being located on SITLA lands, Utah's public education system stands to gain substantial revenue over the life of the mineral lease. Securing these water rights was a critical component of the Project's future success and the reason why SITLA aggressively engaged with Potash Ridge to secure these water rights. SITLA director Kevin Carter expressed appreciation to the Utah State Engineer for understanding the ramifications of this project and rendering this important decision.
About Potash Ridge
Potash Ridge is a Canadian based exploration and development company focused on developing a surface Alunite deposit at the Company's Blawn Mountain Project in Southern Utah. It is expected to produce premium fertilizer sulphate of potash ("SOP") and a possible alumina rich by-product.
Located in Utah, a mining friendly jurisdiction with established infrastructure nearby, the Project is expected to produce an average of 645,000 tons of SOP per annum over a 40 year mine life. A NI 43-101 compliant Prefeasibility Study completed in November 2013 by Norwest Corporation, which demonstrated the Project is both technically and economically viable. The Prefeasibility Study, entitled "NI 43-101 Technical Report Resources and Reserves of the Blawn Mountain Project, Beaver County, Utah" dated effective November 6, 2013 is available on SEDAR.
Potash Ridge has a highly qualified and proven management team with significant financial, project management and operational experience and the proven ability to take projects into production.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect the Corporation's expectations regarding future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects. These forward-looking statements may include statements that are predictive in nature, or that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and can generally be identified by words such as "may", "will", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "guidance" or similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent the Corporation's expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Corporation, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the future financial or operating performance of the Corporation and its subsidiaries and its mineral projects; the anticipated results of exploration activities; the estimation of mineral resources; the realization of mineral resource estimates; capital, development, operating and exploration expenditures; costs and timing of the development of the Corporation's mineral projects; timing of future exploration; requirements for additional capital; climate conditions; government regulation of mining operations; anticipated results of economic and technical studies; environmental matters; receipt of the necessary permits, approvals and licenses in connection with exploration and development activities; appropriation of the necessary water rights and water sources; changes in commodity prices; recruiting and retaining key employees; construction delays; litigation; competition in the mining industry; reclamation expenses; reliability of historical exploration work; reliance on historical information acquired by the Corporation; optimization of technology to be employed by the Corporation; title disputes or claims and other similar matters.
If any of the assumptions or estimates made by management prove to be incorrect, actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Such assumptions include, but are not limited to, the following: that general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties remain favorable; that agriculture fertilizers are expected to be a major driver in increasing yields to address demand for premium produce, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as diversified protein rich diets necessitating grains and other animal feed; that actual results of exploration activities justify further studies and development of the Corporation's mineral projects; that the future prices of minerals remain at levels that justify the exploration and future development and operation of the Corporation's mineral projects; that there is no failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; that accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry do not occur; that there are no unanticipated delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of future studies, development or construction activities; that the actual costs of exploration and studies remain within budgeted amounts; that regulatory and legal requirements required for exploration or development activities do not change in any adverse manner; that input cost assumptions do not change in any adverse manner, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Corporation's Annual Information Form (AIF) for the year-ended December 31, 2013 found on sedar.com. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.