Click HERE for Sept 21, 2015 Update from the BLM

The Kirkland Mining Company
owns unpatented placer and lode claims on 320 acres of BLM land located at 13N 4W Section 28 Quarter SW. The company estimates that A BILLION TONS of material is contained within its mining claims.

Click HERE for chemical analysis of the material.

Click HERE for AZ Mining Permit Guide

The company recently purchased a small private property adjacent to the claims on which they plan to place a road, an office, fuel storage, and refueling station. This private property is EXEMPT from County zoning restrictions because it is a Mining Operation.



Kirkland Mining Company has communicated to local citizens a two phase approach:


Phase 1: Remove the stockpile of mined and crushed material on the surface. This pile was left after the mine closed down in 1985. It looks like a big sand dune. The Company has submitted an application to the BLM to remove 42,000 tons of material in a 4 acre area. THE BLM WILL COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO ANY DECISION ON THIS APPLICATION. In the meantime, the Company is proceeding with preparing the site. From a regulatory perspective this is referred to a “saleable minierals”.

Phase 2: Begin new open pit mining operation somewhere in the interior of the total 320 acres. This operation could include a rock crusher, and could eventually (read “if market conditions remain positive”) lead to obliteration of the entire 320 acres including the riparian side canyons. From a regulatory perspective this is referred to as “locatable minerals”.



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Primary Market:
Finely crushed tuff rock is used to replace a percentage of the cement in concrete mixtures.
Why is this desirable?
  • May be cheaper than cement
  • May give concrete mixtures an improved ability to set-up while immersed in water
  • Is considered a “green alternative” because it does not emit CO2 (whereas cement does, over time)


Required Permits:

The Kirkland Mining Company must obtain permits from a number of government agencies. The BLM Hassayampa Field Office collects all the permits and the Mining Plan of Operation and issues the final approval to commence mining operations. Click HERE for contact information for government agencies involved.


BLM Geologist Dave Eddy’s Remarks:

The following remarks are used with permission of the BLM:

“From what we understand, Kirkland Mining's (KM) long term plan consists of two parts: the initial removal of the stockpile with the goal of building a market for the material and proving the viability of the mining process, and if that is successful, then submitting a plan of operations to propose creating an open pit mine to excavate bedrock to provide the resources for continuing operations.  The BLM considers the material (volcanic tuff) to be a "common variety" mineral material and thus available for disposal through mineral materials sales under the 43 CFR 3600 regulations.  The operator (KM) has the option of  asserting that it believes the material to be an "uncommon variety" and therefore locateable under the mining laws, which would allow development under the 43 CFR 3809 regulations.  To resolve that disagreement, the BLM would have to perform a "common variety determination" which consists of field sampling and mapping of the resource, data and market analysis, and other related tasks, a lengthy and costly exercise, the costs of which would be borne by the claimant (KM).  At this time, it is our understanding the KM wishes to pursue all activities, proposed and long term, as mineral materials disposals.  As of now, only the plan of operations for the stockpile removal has been submitted.  BLM is aware that KM has been conducting field activities such as mapping and sample collection, which as long as no mechanized earth moving equipment is utilized, are considered "casual use" and can be conducted by any individual or company on most BLM lands with no approval required (except in certain designated areas such as National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and the like).

As part of the analysis of any proposed action requiring BLM approval (such as a mineral material sale) an environmental impact analysis is conducted.  The level of said analysis depends on the expected level of impacts.  Small proposals of limited extent with minimal direct impacts are generally done under a CX (Categorical Exclusion).  Relatively minor modifications to existing activities are generally analyzed in a DNA (Documentation of NEPA Adequacy) tiered off of a larger document, and larger activities will require an EA (Environmental Assessment).  EISs (Environmental Impact Statements) are reserved for very large actions with significant impacts such as large power line projects or Field Office wide resource management plans.  A CX or DNA can be elevated to an EA if there are special circumstance such as significant public interest or controversy.  The level of analysis is generally determined by the expected scope of the activity but can be elevated by decision of the Field Office Manager.”




Click HERE for the Arizona Mining Permit Guide which applies to Phase 2 described above, “locatable minerals”


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