Bitter cassava plant extract “manipueira” used as a lixiviant will sustainably leach more gold from ore than by using mercury & gold from tailings faster than using cyanide salts
We are capitalizing on years of R & D undertaken at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Norman B. Keevil (Chairman Emeritus) Institute of Mining Engineering in conjunction with Newlox Gold Ventures Corp., spearheaded by Dr. Marcello Veiga, P. Eng., Professor Emeritus and Company Advisor generated results including but are not limited to;
a Scientific publication “Leaching gold with cassava: An option to eliminate mercury use in artisanal gold mining“ proving that using the bitter cassava plant extract “manipueira” as a lixiviant leaches more gold sustainably from milled ore than by using mercury, a deadly neurotoxin used to amalgamate with the gold, which amalgam is then vaporized to our environment,
a coexistence model between artisanal miners and owners of ore processing centers wherein which the processors pay the miners a fair and agreed upon price for the assayed gold content of their ore and tailings waste eliminating miners contact with mercury,
an 80 tonne/day operational custom tailings remediation minerals reclamation plant in Costa Rica using manipueira sustainably leaching gold faster and cheaper than by using toxic cyanide salts from tailings acquired from artisanal miners supporting the coexistence model.
This outcome provided the Company knowledge and support to prepare preliminary equipment and processes flow-chart and schematics prototyping the world’s 1st 80 tonne/day mercury free state-of-the-art sustainable ore and tailings leaching center.
To make a sustainable change, we initiated climate action in the Portovelo-Zaruma mining district Ecuador 1,200 meters high up in the Amazon Andes where 87 whole ore mercury amalgamation Chilean processing centers are collectively responsible for the annual discharge of 1.9 million tonnes of acidic toxic tailings waste surface sludge poured directly into the Calera and Amarillo rivers.
This toxic pollutant laden with 222 kg of mercury provides mobility for mercury, a precursor to Methylmercury 100 times more potent than elemental mercury, 2,033 tonnes of cyanide, and potent mercury-cyanide complexes, zigzags throughout the Amazon polluting the rivers, contaminating the riverbanks, polluting the drinking water to empty 350km west into the Pacific Ocean poisoning the fish we consume, especially tuna where the mercury bioaccumulates the most.
Conversion of one of the 87 Portovelo-Zaruma Chilean processing centers to manipueira leaching mitigates further human and child in utero health threats, local and global biodiversity destruction from that center contributing to the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership overall goal by eliminating its:
monthly use of 2.2 kg mercury,
monthly use of 2 tonnes of toxic cyanide salts,
pro-rata discharge of 1.9 million tonnes of toxic tailings wastes laden with 220 kg of mercury providing mobility for mercury,
pro-rata release of 303 kg of mercury to our environment from burning gold mercury amalgams.
To accomplish our initiative, the Company is seeking $USD 1.5 million fiat equivalent to implement our Tailings Remediation Action Plan (TRAP) innovation to begin to eliminate mercury used in ore processing.
We are currently conducting a pre-Token Sales Event (T.S.E.) seeking $USD 150,000 fiat equivalent impact investment seed capital detailed in our "Impact Investment Capital Opportunity" available for download on our corporate site.
Visit our corporate site to learn what we’re doing about it and see how you can profit proudly owning sustainably reclaimed tailings gold, a globally wasted commodity to be transformed into *Limited Edition* artisanally crafted one ounce (95% 22k) gold coins or ingots
*Association of Owners of Plants of Ore Reduction, Smelting and Refining of Mineral Substances of El Oro Province
The conversion of one of 87 Chilean processing center to manipueira leaching will eliminate the monthly use of 2.2 kg of mercury, 2 tonnes of toxic cyanide salts, its pro-rata portion of the 303 kg's of mercury released annually to the environment from burning gold--mercury amalgams, and its’ pro-rata portion of 222 kg of mercury in the 1.9 million tonnes of toxic tailings waste surface sludge poured directly into the Calera and Amarillo rivers annually.
This deadly toxic pollutant discharged from 1,200 meters high in the Amazon Andes zigzags down the mountain polluting the Amazon rivers causing all sorts of biodiversity destruction while providing mobility for mercury to empty 350km west in the Pacific ocean poisoning the fish we consume, especially tuna where mercury bioaccumulates the most.
Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin and precursor to Methylmercury at 100 times more toxic than elemental mercury and with unknown biomagnification effects.
The conversion of the center will mitigate further human and child in utero health threats, local and global biodiversity destruction.
Tangible security benefits for the ~ 40,000 residents of the Portovelo-Zaruma mining district Ecuador including the ~10,000 local artisanal miners all largely having undiagnosed mercury poisoning including improvements in their health, the local and environment, terrestrial and aquatic species are derived from the elimination of the use of mercury in ore processing.
Integral to our initiative which incorporates manipueira as a lixiviant to replace mercury use, free gravity, and innovative technologies to separate and extract fine gold, is our model to acquire tailings from the artisanal miners through a transactional process known as Gold Toll Milling.
Gold Toll Milling encourages the coexistence by and between miners and processors wherein which miners receive an immediate and fair payment for their tailings and ore gold content after agreeing on the grade of their assayed gold.
With the adaption of our innovation, processors will recover more gold enabling them to pay miners a premium to the typical 30% of the gold value received from their processed ore as ~70% of their gold is lost to tailings during processing.
Gold Toll Milling eliminates the participatory miner's contact and use of mercury to the benefit of their health, livelihood, and well being.
The global production of bitter cassava plant used to make flour and beer is more than 291 million tons worldwide in 2017.
35 - 40% of the plant weight is a manipueira solution containing 287mg/l of aqueous free cyanide @ pH 5.5-6 which flour producers recklessly discard polluting their local environment, contaminating the soil, and drinking water.
The symbiosis of artisanal flour producers with artisanal gold miners can be a win-win solution to reduce environmental pollution from both sides mitigating an unintended consequence of harvesting bitter cassava plant.
Zaruma is one of Ecuador’s 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the site of ongoing human & child in utero health threats, local and biodiversity destruction since the 15th Century.
Included in our initiative is the allocation of 3% of net profit from Company operations for the purpose of funding a mercury detoxification facility and program for the Portovelo-Zaruma mining district residents.
Our innovation is applicable to the owners of whole ore mercury amalgamation Chilean processing centers in ~80 Countries which process ore using mercury.
These global processors use mercury to produce ~80% of the artisanal miner’s gold and are largely responsible for the annual discharge and release of 2,000 tonnes of mercury to our environment annually, not the wrongly accused artisanal miners.
The prototype manipueira leaching center is designed specifically to incorporate the centers existing processing equipment once remediated which includes coupling together Chilean mills to increase slurry output.
The slurry is discharged and processed using innovative centrifugal technologies, gravity, and manipueira to leach gold from tailings waste and ore eliminating the use of mercury detailed in the Company’s “Manipueira Processing Center Plant Design.”
Ecuador is being sued by Peru in an internationally supported law-suite for decades of ongoing human health threats and biodiversity destruction with damages estimated at $USD 35 billion.
Our solution will help to mitigate further damages with the conversion of one center at a time, and scalable.