Q&A

Who is Arizona Standard?

Arizona Standard is a subsidiary of Barksdale Capital, a publicly traded mineral exploration company.

What are we exploring for?

Arizona Standard is exploring for copper, zinc, lead and silver.

Why is Arizona Standard exploring in southern Arizona?

Arizona is the top base metal producing state in the USA and has a rich history of both exploration and mining, so there is a significant amount of historic data that can be used to develop exploration ideas and opportunities.

Why do you need to drill?

Old-timers used to explore by digging pits or simply mining into the hillside to see what was there – if you go for a hike in the Patagonia Mountains you’re likely to see these scars in the various canyon walls. In the modern age, we can minimize impacts and increase the confidence of our models by drilling holes into the ground and analyzing the rock that we pull out. Like all scientists, we need data to test our hypothesis and drilling is the most efficient way for us to collect that data without causing major impacts (such as mining).

Where will you get your water for drilling?

Water is necessary to cool the diamond tipped drill bits. When we started putting together our permit application we recognized that water quality was a key concern for local stakeholders, so we’ve designed a plan that trucks in clean water that is purchased from municipal water systems.

Where are sensitive bird species in the area – how will you ensure that they are not affected by the work program?

The Project Area contains known occurrences of two federally listed bird species: the Mexican Spotted Owl and the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo. Potential impacts to these species from the proposed program will be evaluated by Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists and specific measures designed to eliminate or mitigate impacts to these species will be developed, as appropriate.

What happens if you find what you are looking for?

Our primary objective is to locate and quantify the amount and quality of mineral resources within the Sunnyside claims area. If an economic resource is identified, we will de-risk the project by collecting additional drill data and completing additional studies (hydrological, geotechnical, metallurgical, biological, etc.). Any work beyond studying the mineral resources would require additional permitting and a new project proposal.

What happens if you don’t find what you are looking for?

If we fail to find an economic resource, we would likely stop our drilling program, complete our remediation activities, and shift our focus to another exploration project.

What type of disturbances will occur?

Disturbances, in general, will be minimal. The total area impacted is less that 12-acres.

These impacts include minor road upgrades and repairs that will occur on pre-exiting roads as well as the construction of new drill pads and temporary roads. We are focused on using the existing road system for as much of our work as possible so that we can minimize disturbance as much as possible. All new roads and drill pads will be reclaimed and reseeded following the completion of project activities.

Will you be drilling 24/7 for seven years?

Maybe. This is what we’ve requested from the U.S. Forest Service, but we won’t know what our actual schedule will look like until we are done with the NEPA process.

How many trucks will you have on the road each day?

If we have two active drill rigs, which is the maximum under our permit, there will be several support vehicles that will be on the roads each day. These vehicles will include a water truck, which will make a few trips a day on Flux Canyon road to fill our water tanks, as well as a couple of pick-up trucks that will be used to transport the drilling staff and the Arizona Standard geologist to and from the drill rigs on each shift (12 hour shifts). Additionally, maintenance crews and drilling foremen will be on the roads to check in on the drills from time to time. In an average day we estimate that there will be up to 30 round trips completed during a day, with most of these occurring during daylight hours. If we only have one drill rig active the number of trucks on the road will drop. Additionally, the water truck will only work if we need water, so if water consumption is low, we’ll use that vehicle less.

What ensures that you’ll clean up after the work ends?

As part of the permitting process, we work with the U.S. Forest Service to develop a reclamation plan. Reclamation for the drill pad begins as soon as the work at that pad is completed and the temporary roads will be reclaimed at the end of the drilling program. Funds necessary to complete all these works will be deposited in a trust account prior to the initiation of drilling.

What type of jobs can be expected in the future?

When we receive approval to begin our drilling programs, the following types of positions will need to be filled:

  1. Arizona Standard
    1. Geologists
    2. Geotechnical staff
    3. Administrative staff
  2. Contracted Services
    1. Drill company
    2. Water haulage
    3. Earthworks (road construction & maintenance; reclamation)
    4. Reclamation company
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