Talon Metals recently has begun a series of community information sessions updating their progress on detailing the extent of the high-grade nickel mineralization that is known to exist within the Tamarack Project. I was able to attend the first of these sessions which was held at the McGregor Community Center.
Jessica Johnson along with numerous Talon staff members reviewed the project history and outlined present-day operations. The presentation was followed by an informal audience question and answer period.
Talon’s workforce continues to grow now consisting of 83 employees. Sixty-five are working on sight at Tamarack and 18 are working remotely in support of the project. Work continues 24/7 to refine the Tamarack Project - Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) #3 technical report that was issued in 2021.
The 359-page report confirmed a significant deposit of mineable nickel exists at the sight. The report outlined in general terms the economic feasibility of recovering those minerals with an underground mine. The PEA report set the stage for gathering the more extensive data required to develop a detailed operational mining plan.
Once a mining plan has been completed and submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that will trigger and an extensive environmental review process. The environmental review process will determine if the mining plan can be conducted while still effectively protecting the environment.
Upon completion of the environmental review process, and only with a favorable conclusion, would the federal and state agencies then begin issuing actual permits that would allow mining to commence.
Over the past year, Talon’s drill crews have extracted an additional 20 miles of core samples further reinforcing the initially favorable data contained the PEA. Additionally, Talon has installed 17 new environmental monitoring wells within the quaternary aquifer. The wells will provide a picture of the quality and quantity of water that exists between the surface and the shallow bedrock.
Talon has added staff to their environmental team. This summer biological surveys will be conducted examining plant and animal species, as well as continued water sampling of local lakes and streams
If you are interested in learning more about the Tamarack Project, I strongly encourage attendance to one of the remaining community information sessions.