Vancouver, British Columbia — DESERT MOUNTAIN ENERGY CORP. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: DME | U.S. OTC: DMEHF | Frankfurt: QM01) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the “MOU”) with the City of Flagstaff (“Flagstaff”) for mutual cooperation and strategic development of helium and hydrocarbon resources in the greater Flagstaff region and Coconino County, Arizona. The initial Term is one year. Under the MOU, the parties agree to work together on a cooperative basis to evaluate potential resources and, if mutually beneficial, to develop reasonable plans for strategic development. It is agreed that the parties shall share all available relevant technical and geological data and that the Company shall fully consult with Flagstaff concerning each major exploration, drilling, development and production program in the area.
Flagstaff is the largest city in Northern Arizona and serves as the cultural, educational, economic, governmental and community center of the region, as well as the county seat for Coconino County. It comprises over 64 square miles of prospective ground for helium and hydrocarbons at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The Company presently controls leases aggregating approximately 18,234 acres in Coconino County in its Heliopolis Project. The Company’s aggregate holdings in Arizona’s Holbrook Basin are now approximately 39,742 acres.
The objective of the MOU is to encourage appropriate economic development in the region in order to create cash flow for Flagstaff and local communities, with a view toward furthering local education, job creation, increasing local and regional infrastructure and generally increasing the well-being of the people. At the same time, maintaining and preserving the ecosystem and beautiful Northern Arizona landscape and environment as a long-term legacy is a major priority. Hence, planned economic development will be mindful of preserving the environment and not impinging significantly on the rights and customs of local indigenous communities.
Flagstaff has agreed to work with the Company on a cooperative basis to encourage access to areas identified as highly prospective for helium and hydrocarbon resources so long as those areas are not in designated national or state parks or are otherwise recognized as highly sensitive. The parties agree to work together to limit the environmental impact of the work and production programs whilst allowing for the successful extraction of valuable resources. Flagstaff has granted the Company easements over certain of its ground in order to properly effectuate the Company’s programs, subject to restrictions.
According to Irwin Olian, CEO of the Company, “We are very gratified to have gained the support of the City of Flagstaff for our exploration and development programs in Coconino County, Arizona. We look forward to working with Flagstaff on a cooperative basis to develop plans for strategic development of helium and hydrocarbon resources in the region in a manner which creates a minimal footprint and is highly sensitive to environmental, cultural and community issues. At the same time, we believe Flagstaff can be the beneficiary of significant cash flow, job and infrastructure development from development of these resources. We view this as a “win-win” situation for all concerned.”
About Desert Mountain Energy
The Company is an exploratory resource company engaged in exploration and development of helium, oil & gas and mineral properties in the Southwestern United States. Until September 5, 2018, the Company also owned the Yellowjacket Gold Project in Atlin, British Columbia, which it had been developing. The Company has its executive offices in Vancouver, Canada. The Company was incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, on April 30, 2008, and was formerly named African Queen Mines Ltd. It initially received certain southern African assets in a spin off transaction related to the acquisition of Pan African Mining Corp. by Asia Thai Mining Co., Ltd.
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