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Prairie continues permitting process for Lublin

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Prairie Mining is continuing to make progress on the permitting process for its Lublin coal project in Poland, according to a company news release, and is on schedule to make a formal mining concession application in 1H17.

The mining concession application process comprises a deposit development plan (DPP), and environmental social impact assessment (ESIA) and an application to rezone the land where surface infrastructure is to be located.

The DDP – which documents the proper management and extraction of resources based on the pre-feasibility study – has been completed and will be submitted to the provincial mining authority in Lublin shortly, according to the company.

An application for an environmental consent decision has also been submitted to the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Lublin, along with documents detailing the procedure leading to the approval of the EISA.

The EISA must be obtained before a mining concession is granted and is expected to be submitted at the beginning of 3Q16. A decision is then expected in early 2017.

A motion to amend local land zoning has been also lodged by the company with the local authorities, which will allow for rezoning of land from agriculture to underground coal mining.

Prairie has also initiated various infrastructure projects, including works aimed at obtaining power grid connection to the project site. The development of a rail link to the project site has also been recognized as one of the main strategic investment plants for the Lublin region by regional authorities.

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