CALGARY, April 2 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. ("Birch Mountain"
or the "Company") (BMD: TSX and AMEX) is pleased to provide a corporate
Birch Mountain has received regulatory approval to construct the South
Haul Road to connect the Muskeg Valley Quarry with the planned East Athabasca
Highway (the "Highway"). The survey work is complete and quotes for tree
removal are being evaluated. Clearing will begin shortly and major
construction work will commence when proposed agreements are in place with the
developers of the Highway.
On March 30, 2007 the Company completed a $15,500,000 senior secured
credit facility with Brookfield Bridge Lending Fund Inc. to provide financing
for the continued development and construction of the South Haul Road, mineral
permits acquired in December 2006 and for general corporate purposes. The
Company plans to repay the facility via funds from corporate revenues and
agreements with the developers of the Highway.
The Company reached an amicable agreement for an off-quarry use of
limestone belonging to Birch Mountain. Both parties were satisfied that there
would be no impairment of future business relations.
The 2006 investment in the development of the Muskeg Valley Quarry has
provided the Company with an annual production capacity of up to 9 million
tonnes of processed aggregates with the potential for an additional 2 million
tonnes of material that does not require processing. This annual production
capacity enables the quarry to operate efficiently within the seasonal
constraints of the aggregates business in northeastern Alberta.
Recent Government of Alberta publications predict a continuing high pace
of construction in the oil sands region. This provides confidence that the
projections for aggregates sales, for the year 2007 and beyond, contained in
the 2006 Technical Report are realistic. In the last four months of 2006, the
Alberta Energy and Utilities Board issued approvals for three multi-billion
dollar oil sands projects located within 25 kilometres of our quarry.
The Company will be hosting a one hour analysts' conference call at
11:00AM Eastern, 9:00AM Mountain for one hour on Tuesday April 3, 2007. A copy
of the slides will be available on the Company's website at
www.birchmountain.com on Tuesday morning, in advance of the presentation.
Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains certain
forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of
historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements
regarding potential mineralization, resources and reserves, exploration and
development plans and results, anticipated capital expenditures and financing
thereof, anticipated outcomes and timing of regulatory applications and
approvals and the future plans and objectives of Birch Mountain are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There
can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Certain amounts in the financial statements are based on
estimates using the best currently available information and assumptions of
management. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Birch Mountain's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in
documents that are available to the public at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.
For further information:
For further information: Douglas Rowe, President & CEO, or Derrick
Kershaw, Senior Vice President, Birch Mountain Resources Ltd., Tel (403)
262-1838, Fax (403) 263-9888, www.birchmountain.com; or Steve Chizzik, Equity
Communications, Tel (908) 688-9111