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Anson Resources Secures Critical Utah Water Permit for Lithium Project by Proactive Investors

Utah’s Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights, has approved an application filed by Blackstone (NYSE:) Minerals NV LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anson Resources Ltd (ASX:ASN, OTCQB:ANSNF), for water (brine ) to apply ) for lithium extraction at Green River Lithium Project.

This is the first permit approval Anson has received from the division for the production of lithium from brine at the Green River Project.

The permit allows the non-consumptive use of 19 cubic feet per second (0.54 cubic meters per second) of brine for processing via a lithium extraction method before being returned to the geological formation from which it was extracted. Because all brine is returned to the source, the division has classified its use as non-consumptive.

Additionally, the division notes that the company has submitted a Subsurface Injection Control (UIC) Technical Report for a “UIC Class 5 Used Brine Return Well” to the Utah Division of Water Quality, which is currently under review.

“This approval is significant as it is the first granted to the company by the State of Utah for the processing of brine for lithium mining in Green River,” said Bruce Richardson, executive chairman and CEO of Anson.

“The company is rapidly moving through the government permit application process, which is supported by the acquisition of private land at Green River.”

Meters of lithium extraction plant

The four planned extraction wells will be located on private land, which the company acquired in September last year. These extraction sites are just meters from the proposed lithium extraction facility.

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Map showing the Green River Lithium Project’s proposed extraction and disposal wells.

“The planned extraction wells will be on that land, a brownfield site where surface disturbance has already occurred,” Richardson said.

“Importantly, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that there was no link between the brine Anson plans to extract and surface water, including rivers and groundwater systems, and that the process the company has decided to use to extract lithium and the Returning waste brine to the Paradox Formation is a non-consumptive process, unlike evaporation ponds.

“This process has less impact on the environment, which is one of our main objectives.

“The Green River Lithium Project continues to develop at a rapid pace with the recent completion of the Boysdaba #1 well and the commissioning of the Sample Demonstration Plant.

“The company will continue to develop the Green River Lithium Project to realize greater shareholder value.”

No obstacles

The division further determined that the water had not been appropriated and that no existing water rights existed for brine extraction at this source.

In addition, it was determined that withdrawing brine from the specified depth would not impair existing rights, impede more beneficial water uses, or adversely affect water supplies.

Anson has already received all necessary federal government approvals for lithium production at Green River and is making significant progress on several Utah permit applications.

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