Kingston starts environmental permit process, submits report


Kingston Resources has submitted an environment inception report (EIR) to the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority regarding its Misima gold project in Milne Bay.
It marks the start of the project’s environment permitting process.
“We are very excited to be taking the first steps down the environment approvals pathway for our Misima gold project,” Kingston managing director Andrew Corbett said.
“Our initial engagement with the PNG’s Conservation and Protection Authority has been very constructive, with the quality of the work we have presented benefitting from the operating history of the site and extensive data available to the company.”
Under the PNG Environment Act 2000, developers are required to submit an EIR for the project which outlines the planned scope of investigations to be addressed in the subsequent environmental impact statement (EIS).
As part of the process, Kingston will also formally present the EIR to PNG’s Conservation and Protection Authority to secure feedback and finalise the EIS scope.
Kingston recommenced drilling in Misima last month following the lifting of Covid-19 related travel restrictions.
The metals exploration company also said it was in the final stages of concluding a pre-feasibility study.
In an announcement to the stock market last month, Corbett said: “We are delighted to have our team at Misima back on the ground with the drill rigs turning again, working towards our goal of bringing the Misima gold project back into production.”
Misima was operated as a profitable open pit mine by Placer Pacific between 1989 and 2001, producing over 3.7 millions of ounces before it was closed when the gold price went below US$300/oz.