TORONTO, ONTARIO -- 07/25/07 -- Glencairn Gold Corporation (TSX: GGG)(TSX: GGG.WT)(AMEX: GLE) announces that mining operations at the Bellavista Mine in Costa Rica will be suspended immediately due to concerns over recent ground movements. Glencairn is taking this precautionary measure until a full technical analysis has been completed and required remedial action has been implemented.
After initial review by a number of Costa Rican and international consultants, the Company believes that this movement is in part caused by water saturation due to abnormally high rain fall during the past several years. In some areas of the leach pad and waste pile, local ground movements have been identified in the range of one centimeter per day. Extensive ground monitoring has been undertaken and a number of remedial measures are underway to reduce ground movement including de-watering wells, surface water control, and redistribution of the weight load. Based on earth movement patterns in Costa Rica, the geological structure at the site, and the opinions of its experts, the Company does not believe that there is a risk of sudden earth movement at this time. However, continued small movements could compromise the sub-liner, liner and drain system. As a further precautionary measure, all cyanide application has been immediately suspended.
The Company expects advanced stage studies and analysis to be completed within the next few weeks. An update on the results of these studies and remedial measures being taken, along with the expected impact on the operation for the remainder of 2007, will be provided as soon as it is available.
"Glencairn has assembled a first class team of national and international experts including the original design engineering firm at Bellavista, and has installed extensive monitoring and modeling stations" said Peter Tagliamonte, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are committed to resolve the ground movement issue in a proper, safe and effective manner and have a permanent solution in place as soon as possible".
A conference call and webcast will be held Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. To participate in the conference call, dial 416-340-8010 or, toll free in North America, 1-866-540-8136. You may also listen to the webcast at www.glencairngold.com. An archive of the conference call and webcast will be available on the Company's website.
About Glencairn Gold Corporation
Glencairn is a gold producer with mining and exploration activities focused in Central America. The Company operates the Bellavista Mine in Costa Rica and the Limon Mine in Nicaragua and plans to convert a third mine, the Libertad Mine in Nicaragua, to conventional milling and expand annual gold output. It holds a 60% interest in the Cerro Quema advanced gold project in Panama and a 100% interest in the Mestiza gold property 70 kilometres from the Limon Mine. The Company focuses on efficient and productive mining practices to establish a firm base of quality operations. Glencairn is committed to growth by optimizing current operations and expanding mineral reserves at existing mines.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, the future price of gold, expectation that a solution to the ground movement at Bellavista will be found, estimated recoveries under the milling plan, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital for the mill project, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations of insurance coverage and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation and regulatory matters. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".
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Glencairn Gold Corporation is a growing gold producer with mining and exploration activities focused in Central America. The Company operates the Bellavista Mine in Costa Rica and the Limon Mine in Nicaragua and plans to convert a third mine, La Libertad Mine in Nicaragua, to conventional milling and expand annual gold output. It holds a 60% interest in the Cerro Quema Project in Panama and a 100% interest in the Mestiza Project 70 kilometres from the Limon Mine. The Company focuses on efficient and productive mining practices to establish a firm base of quality operations. Glencairn is committed to growth by optimizing current operations and expanding mineral reserves at existing mines.
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