See How This Company Will Mine For Gold In Laramie County Wyoming
Another Western gold rush?
Maybe - but in a different way. You'll see how in the video below.
The state of Wyoming benefits from this project with a 5% royalty, earmarked for education.
Rather than panning for gold or digging into a mountainside, picture an open-pit mine about 20 miles west of Cheyenne.
If the project is approved it will be located just next to Curt Gowdy State Park. But for those who enjoy Curt Gowdy as a playground, don't worry. You will still be able to visit the park and you won't see what's going on just up the road.
While folks have been recreating in that area under their feet there has been a lot of prime natural recourses.
There is gold and copper and many other metals like zinc and silver.
"I'm not a geologist, I just spend a lot of time hanging out with them," said Jason Begger, the local project spokesman for the CK Gold Project ."They say it's very common for different types of metals to sort of commingle. And so having a deposit with multiple metals is fairly common." (Wyoming Public Media).
Here is U.S. Gold Corp's video on how the project will work in Wyoming.
The only problem with the process might be water.
"All told, the water consumption for that process is about 750 gallons per minute, which is a lot," he said. "But really it compares to about 180-acre irrigation. So it's not an obscene amount of water. It's not something that would suck up all the wells or cause significant harm to the area." (Wyoming Public Media).
One option is to use the excess water from other industrial users or purchase some from the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. Those pipes are just a few miles away.
This project has a few years before it really gets going. A recently released pre-feasibility study came out in December. Next comes a final feasibility study as the last step before the open ground.