Anson Resources Limited (ASX: ASN) has submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the USA, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to commence drilling at its Green River Lithium Project (Project) in the Paradox Basin in Utah.
The drilling programme is designed to deliver a maiden lithium JORC Mineral Resource at the Project, which would substantially increase the company’s exisiting JORC Mineral Resource inventory in the Paradox Basin; Anson’s flagship Paradox Lithium Project, located 50km to the south-east, has a current JORC Mineral Resources of 1.04Mt of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) and 5.27Mt of Bromine.
Drill Programme Details
The Green River Project comprises a total of 1,261 placer claims over an area of 106.2sq. km (10,620ha).
Anson plans to conduct a three-well re-entry programme, with brine sampling and pump testing, on the targeted clastic zone horizons and the Mississippian units at the Green River Project. The program is designed to support the conversion of the Project’s Exploration Target to a JORC Mineral Resource.
The company aims to commence the drill programme as soon as the NOI has been accepted by the BLM. Drill pads remain in place from previous drilling. This will ensure minimal new ground disturbance.
In addition, the drill pads are located close to existing roads, which means no new access routes will need to be created. Both these factors will contribute to minimal impact on the environment, social and recreational activities within the Project area. The use of areas where there has already been ground disturbance is consistent with Anson’s aim of developing a sustainable project and minimising environmental impact.
The programme may be readily extended, as all equipment is either on-site at the Green River or Paradox Projects.
Drilling records indicate that the targeted geological units at Green River are continuous from the nearby Paradox Project and have similar properties. Drilling of the Mississippian units has resulted in brine flowing to the surface at Green River, which did not occur at the Paradox Project. This provides the potential for reduced operating costs at Green River, as no mechanical pumping may be needed to extract brines from depth.
The NOI submitted to the BLM is the for re-entry of three wells all located adjacent to regional geological structures with potential to assist in the future extraction of brines – as evidenced by the bubbling cold, saltwater springs and geysers at the Green River project.
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