The Idaho federal district court issued a decision confirming Otis Gold Corp.'s right to operate at its Kilgore gold project under the five-year plan of operation given to the company in 2018.
Otis said Dec. 19 that the court's Judge B. Lynn Winmill found the U.S.' Forest Service adequately evaluated the potential environmental impacts of exploration pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act and Organic Act.
The company noted that it recently completed a drill program at Kilgore under the approved plan of operation and has an extensive drill program planned for 2020.
The judge, in his decision, found that further explanation and analysis is required with respect to ground and surface water in Dog Bone Ridge, a historically lightly explored target that Otis deems to have strong potential.
The court directed the Forest Service to update its analysis to include more information about potential ground and surface water impacts in the area.
The company said that in the interim, it has a continued right to explore at Kilgore under the plan of operation and mining law.