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Vancouver, B.C., June 27, 2018 – Aurcana Corporation (TSX:AUN, OTCQB:AUNFF - "Aurcana" or the Company") is pleased to advise shareholders that it has received net proceeds of US$582,651 from a mediated settlement of its eminent domain dispute against Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC (“Trans Pecos”) at the Shafter Silver Project in Presidio County, Texas. Cash proceeds are net of all fees and expenses incurred.
Trans Pecos constructed a pipeline to transport natural gas between the Permian Basin and Presidio, Texas for delivery to customers in Presidio and Chihuahua, Mexico. The route of the pipeline crossed the Shafter property, owned by Rio Grande Mining Company (“RGMC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aurcana. The Company had been in discussions with representatives of Trans Pecos concerning safety, the near and long-term impacts of a pipeline on the Company and Shafter, and alternate routes for the pipeline easement.
In March 2016 the Company was made aware that Trans Pecos filed a lawsuit against RGMC to acquire the proposed easement through exercise of its alleged power of eminent domain. The Company engaged counsel to challenge the public use of the pipeline project and, in the alternative, to ensure it received fair compensation for the impact of the proposed pipeline on the market value of the property and the Company’s Shafter operations. In June 2018 the Company entered into a Permanent Easement Agreement granting the requested easement to Trans Pecos. The proposed settlement included the cash compensation for the land taken by Trans Pecos, industry-standard indemnity clauses against future damages, certain limitations on blasting parameters within a measured set-back from the pipeline right-of-way, and rights of access to the Company’s roads at Shafter.
The pipeline is now built and operational. The pipeline right-of-way does not impact on any proposed resumption of operations at Shafter and should be of long-term benefit to the economy of Presidio County and its citizens.
ABOUT AURCANA CORPORATION
Aurcana Corporation owns the Shafter Silver Project in Texas, US. The Shafter Silver Project was put on care and maintenance in December 2013.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURCANA CORPORATION
“Kevin Drover”, President & CEO
For further information, visit the website at www.aurcana.com or contact:
Phone: (604) 331-9333
Gary Lindsey, Corporate Communications
This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “expect”, “estimate”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “predict”, “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. In particular, this press release contains forward looking statements concerning the anticipated future results of mining activities on the Shafter property, including economic results thereof. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward looking statements because the Company cannot give any assurance that they will prove correct. Since forward looking statements address future events and conditions, they involve inherent assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of assumptions, factors and risks. These assumptions and risks include, but are not limited to, assumptions and risks associated with the result of drilling and exploration activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed timeframes, risks related to future metals prices, that equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred, that plant and equipment function as specified, that no unusual geological or technical problems occur, and that laboratory and other related services are available and perform as contracted.
Management has provided the above summary of risks and assumptions related to forward-looking statements in this press release in order to provide readers with a more comprehensive perspective on the Company’s future operations. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits the Company will derive from them. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and, other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.