EPM Mining Ventures Responds to Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance's Petition For Immediate Stay

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - EPM Mining Ventures Inc. (TSXV: EPK) ("EPM") announced that on November 4, 2011, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance ("SUWA") filed a "Petition for Immediate Stay" with the Interior Board of Land Appeals ("IBLA") requesting a stay of "effectiveness" of the February 17, 2011 decision by the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") to offer the dry lakebed of Sevier Lake, in Millard County, Utah, United States, for competitive leasing for potash development.

The Petition for Immediate Stay effectively seeks to halt EPM's commencement of exploration activities.  EPM has ten days to respond and intends to vigorously defend against SUWA's Petition and believes that SUWA's claims lack merit.  Lance D'Ambrosio, Chief Executive Officer, said "the BLM has conducted a thorough environmental review over the last three years, including public comment, and has permitted the project to move forward at every decision.  We believe that SUWA's latest intervention is a desperate and inappropriate attempt to circumvent the traditional process." 

Through the competitive lease sale, EPM acquired the federal potash leases covering approximately 95,172 acres (the "Sevier Lake Property").  In addition to acquiring the BLM leases, EPM is working to obtain BLM approval of its exploration and mining plans, necessary rights of way and water permits, and all other permits, licenses and approvals needed to explore and develop the potash resources.  On October 28, 2011, BLM issued the Sevier Dry Lake Exploratory Testing Environmental Assessment Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact, which authorizes certain ground disturbance associated with exploration drilling to allow EPM to conduct brine resource confirmation sampling, certain hydrologic investigations to establish baseline conditions prior to the extraction of brine, and a geotechnical study to support the development of a potash facility to be designed and permitted in the future.  As with the environmental assessment to support the competitive lease sale, the environmental assessment to support EPM's proposed exploration drilling program has included a robust evaluation of environmental impacts and project alternatives and mitigation measures to reduce impacts to surface and groundwater resources, wildlife, air quality, and public safety.  EPM expects the Department of Interior Office of the Regional Solicitor to forcefully defend BLM's decision to authorize exploration drilling. SUWA had previously appealed the BLM leasing decision and the parties await a decision on the merits from the IBLA. 

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SOURCE EPM Mining Ventures Inc.

For further information:

Lance D'Ambrosio
Chief Executive Officer
(801) 485-0223

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