Mosquito Gold still needs to get a seal-of-approval for Clean Water Act compliance, but the Canadian firm passed a major hurdle today when the U.S. Forest Service rejected an appeal of its CuMo Exploration Project on National Forest land northwest of Idaho City.
Mosquito wants to begin exploratory drilling as early as June on approximately 2,900 acres of the Boise National Forest. The exploration would include up to 137 drill sites and construct more than 10 miles of temporary roads. Mosquito says there is a potential for 6 billion tons of metals coming from the area, including molybdenum, copper, silver and tungsten. Company officials say if they are successful, the CuMo mine could become one of the largest concentrations of combined minerals of this type in the world.
The Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, Sierra Club and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society challenged the plans, but the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service turned down the appeal.