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Nov 15, 2012 11:48 PM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News

Copper Cliff still being eyed for mining opportunities

POTOMAC - Global mining company, Kennecott Exploration Company, is taking a closer look for copper in a stretch of land near Potomac.

Kennecott Exploration held a meeting in May in which they expressed interest in Copper Cliff. They did some geo-survey work and on Thursday night, they held their second town hall meeting.

The mining company says they are still interested in the piece of land.

"We were out in the area for about 20 days doing geo physical work and gathered some additional data to help us understand the geology of the area. It's certainly initial work, so it gives us a better understanding of the geology, but certainly a long way from finding metal and minerals or that sort of thing," says Matt Jeschke, Kennecott Regional Communication Manager.

Jeschke says it's still highly unlikely, the spot they're eyeing in the Garnett Mountains will turn into the next drilling hot spot, but the results of their studies are promising enough, they'll keep going.

"Right now we would like to conduct a further program, but we'll have to take it year by year. To us that means, we'll just come back as often as we have new information for people to know what we are up to," says Jeschke.

This summer Kennecott says they will do their first initial drilling and then we'll all know if the land is desirable for them to mine.

Copper Cliff is located about 30 minutes from Potomac.

Kennecott says if the community expresses an interest, they will hold another town hall informative meeting this spring.

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