COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO, Jul 12, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) -- Timberline Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:TBR)(NYSE Amex:TLR)(NYSE MKT:TLR) ("Timberline" or the "Company") anno unced today that the Company has received notification from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) that its application for the required water discharge permit (MPDES Permit) for the Butte Highlands Joint Venture Gold Project is substantially complete. Timberline announced the submission of its initial application in late-March 2012, with subsequent amendments submitted in June.
Timberline CEO Paul Dircksen commented, "Since we assumed day-to-day project management earlier this year, we have made steady progress toward obtaining the water discharge and operating permits at Butte Highlands. This notification from the MDEQ increases our confidence that we will have the MPDES Permit by year-end. Meanwhile, we continue to acquire necessary information to support our Hard Rock Operating Permit application. We believe we are on-track to obtain final permits and to commence gold production at Butte Highlands by mid-2013. The MDEQ requires all sources of water discharge, such as mine de-watering, to obtain and comply with an MPDES Permit. The goal of the Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) program is to control point source discharges of water such that quality in state surface waters is protected.
Telling state of affairs when notice of a completed application is viewed as progress. We're still looking at mid-2013 as the new projected start of production. But as we've seen, those projected dates can slip.
Does anyone even care anymore? Paul Dircksen should be removed as CEO of this company - he's a Geologist not a business person or a leader. Epic failure on his part to reassure his investors and shareholders. Management really is part of the problem with this company.