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  • Pacific American Holdings has received approval for its drilling permit until September 2024
  • This puts Pacific in a position to commence activities to support its next exploration campaign at its Elko Coking Coal Project
  • Pacific aims to improve the JORC Classification and move the project into the pre-feasibility study phase

Pacific American Holdings has received a Canadian drilling permit effective until September 2024.

The approval was granted by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in British Columbia.

Receiving the five-year approval extension puts Pacific in a position to commence activities that will support its next exploration campaign at its Elko Coking Coal Project.

“These approvals are another milestone for the company as it looks to develop the Elko Coking Coal Project,” Chairman Geoff Hill said.

The Elko Coking Coal Project is located in the Crowsnest Coalfield of the East Kootenay Coal Basin in British Columbia, Canada. It’s estimated to hold 303 million tonnes in resources.

Through its subsidiary, Pacific American Coal Canada, Pacific holds the three coal licences that comprise the Elko project.

The company is currently undertaking recapitalisation and fundraising, including introducing new partners, as it progresses to commercialisation and development of the major coking coal project.

Pacific’s submission to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources stemmed from its aim to improve its resource Classification and move the project into the pre-feasibility study phase.

The study will enable the company to develop a mine plan and finalise production schedules and product types.

“The company would like to thank the British Columbia government as well as all stakeholders for their valuable comments during the permitting process,” Geoff added.

Planned activities include engaging with drilling companies and geophysical coal loggers, short-listing construction and coal analytical companies and geotechnical consultants, and finalising a comprehensive list of risk mitigation strategies for exploration. Pacific will also complete in-field environmental and archaeological surveys.

“We are excited to have all permits in hand and have the property drill-ready for the next round of exploration,” Geoff said.

Ultimately, the Notice of Works approval allows Pacific to establish 12 new drill sites, explore the existing sites established during the 2018 drill program and construct access routes into the property to expand the coal resource base.

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