By Sigrid Olson

Kennecott Pauses on Potomac Copper


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Kennecott Exploration Company (KEC) hosted a community conversation in Potomac Feb. 22. KEC Exploration Manager Russ Franklin explaining the Induced Polarization (IP) Survey that was done April-June of 2015. The survey was conducted to help study the bedrock to see if copper is present.

POTOMAC - Kennecott Exploration Company (KEC) of Rio Tinto will not return to Potomac for copper drilling this year.

"The bar is set high for Kennecott and mining. There is no compelling reason to go forward at this time," said KEC Regional Communities Manager Matt Jeschke at a public meeting in Potomac Feb. 22.

The drill sites at Copper Cliff and Ashby Creek are reclaimed and vacant. The core-cutting shed and warehouse on Morrison Lane will continue to be used by KEC for core storage.

After an introduction by Sara Schmidt of the Blackfoot Challenge, Jeschke and KEC Exploration Manager Russ...

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