BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has approved Golden Sunlight's permit for a new underground gold mine at Whitehall.
Company general manager Dan Banghart tells the Montana Standard that the new mine won't mean new jobs but it will extend the life of about 140 positions already at the mining operation.
The new Apex mine will be located due north of a current mine, east of Butte.
The new permit amendment that was approved Tuesday by DEQ will extend the life of mining until 2021.
Banghart said there are an estimated 150,000 ounces (4.2 million grams) of recoverable gold in the Apex project.
Banghart said Golden Sunlight will continue to explore the ore deposit at Apex with the hope that it can continue the life of the mining beyond 2021.
Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com