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CASA GRANDE — Elim Mining has begun a drilling program at its wholly owned Cactus Mine outside of Casa Grande off Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

According to a press release, the drilling will be used to evaluate the open pit layback opportunity at its Cactus West section and the potential for underground or open pit mining at Cactus East.

“It is rare to find a brownfields opportunity in a top tier jurisdiction with in-place infrastructure, access to workforce, readily available historic data and an environmental liability equivalent to a greenfields exploration site,” President and CEO John Antwi said.

Formerly known as ASARCO’s Sacaton Unit, the site closed decades ago. Elim has 2,548 acres in total. Copper was mined from a deep pit, and an underground mine was under development when ASARCO shut down the operation.

The drilling along with the re-assaying of historic drilling data will be used to produce an assessment for the property.

Elim Mining purchased the mine from the ASARCO Environmental State Custodial Trust on July 13 after it was approved by the site reclamation program.

“We look forward to keeping our shareholders up to date on our progress at the Cactus Mine,” Antwi said in the press release.

The company expects a construction decision will be made sometime in 2022.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.