Pacific Gold Corp. has announced that its Black Rock Canyon Mine is testing geotextile tubes for dewatering tailings from the mine’s screening plant in north-central Nevada.
Previously, the company tested geotextile tubes in a lab setting with gravel ore from the mine to test the ability of the geotextile tubes to contain tailings while allowing clean water to pass through the tubes for reuse. In a press release, Pacific Gold said these lab tests were successful and the next step is a full on-site field test.
The mine plans to run its on-site stockpile of approximately 9,000 tons of gravel (approximately 25% of a month of anticipated normal production) to test the geotextile tubes in preparation for beginning full-scale mining operations.
The company said it expects to complete the field testing of the geotextile tubes by the end of October 2010.
Pacific Gold Corp. is self-described as a company focused on alluvial gold and base metals operations in western North America.