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Argonaut Gold Receives Federal Government Approval of Magino Environmental Assessment

TORONTO , Jan. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - Argonaut Gold Inc. (AR.TO) (the "Company", "Argonaut Gold" or "Argonaut") is pleased to announce it has received a positive Decision Statement for the Environmental Assessment ("EA") under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for its 100%-owned Magino Project ("Magino Project", "Magino" or the "Project") from the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

This decision follows a thorough and science-based environmental assessment conducted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency with participation of Indigenous groups, the public and federal departments including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Health Canada and Transport Canada. 

Pete Dougherty , President & CEO stated: "The approval of the EA is the completion of a major milestone for the Magino Project, a process that included cooperation of the Company, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and the Canadian government to the benefit of all stakeholders.  Magino is a strategic, long-life asset located in the attractive mining jurisdiction of Ontario , Canada.  As demonstrated in our Feasibility Study published December 2017 , the size, location, existing infrastructure and economics of the Project give Argonaut significant flexibility to explore options around Magino on our own or with partners. Our plans in 2019 are to continue our work to secure other key authorizations required for the Project, as well as continue our detailed design and engineering efforts."

Subsequent key authorizations underway for Magino include but are not limited to the conclusion of the Provincial EA, the construction permit, the Mine Closure Plan and the Schedule 2 authorization.  The Company anticipates the conclusion of the Provincial EA later in the first half of 2019 and subsequent authorizations during 2020.

For further information on Magino, please see the report as listed below on the Company's website or on www.sedar.com:

Magino Gold Project

Feasibility Study Technical Report on the Magino Project, Ontario, Canada dated December 21, 2017 (effective date November 8, 2017)

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities laws concerning the proposed transaction and the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Argonaut Gold Inc. ("Argonaut" or "Argonaut Gold").  Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimated production and mine life of the various mineral projects of Argonaut; synergies and financial impact of completed acquisitions; the benefits of the development potential of the properties of Argonaut; the future price of gold, copper, and silver; the estimation of mineral reserves and resources; the realization of mineral reserve estimates; the timing and amount of estimated future production; costs of production; success of exploration activities; and currency exchange rate fluctuations.  Except for statements of historical fact relating to Argonaut, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "believe," "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur.  Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Argonaut and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking statements include changes in market conditions, variations in ore grade or recovery rates, risks relating to international operations, fluctuating metal prices and currency exchange rates, changes in project parameters, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated.  Although Argonaut has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Argonaut undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws.  The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements to the extent they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed.  Comparative market information is as of a date prior to the date of this document.

About Argonaut Gold

Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production. Its primary assets are the El Castillo mine and San Agustin mine, which together form the El Castillo Complex in Durango, Mexico and the La Colorada mine in Sonora , Mexico.  Advanced exploration projects include the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur, Mexico , the Cerro del Gallo project in Guanajuato, Mexico and the Magino project in Ontario , Canada.  The Company also has several exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America .

SOURCE Argonaut Gold Inc.


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