VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Animas Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ANI) is pleased to announce that Sonora State (Mexico) governmental authorities have granted the Company Provisional Restitution of the disputed lands within the Santa Gertrudis mining district (Santa Gertrudis Gold Project). This action in effect gives the Company complete physical control of and access to the disputed properties, and it is considered to be a major advancement towards a favorable, final resolution of the surface land tenure issues in the area.
During the week of 17 June 2012, the Sonora State Attorney General (Procurador) Lic. Carlos Navarro ordered the Ministerio Publico in Magdalena to grant Animas Provsional Restitution (Restitución Provisional) of all disputed lands within the Santa Gertrudis mining district. Subsequently, on 23 June 2012, authorities from the Ministerio Publico in Magdalena, Sonora accompanied by police officials from the PEI (Policía Estatal Investigadora) opened all access routes to the disputed properties, and it is believed that on 25 June 2012 the Ejido Seis de Enero (the local "Ejido" who control land access in this area) and a local mining promoter were officially notified of the Ministerio's actions.
While it has never been disputed that Animas owns all mineral rights within the conflict area, the existing surface access agreement that Animas has with the local Ejido was being violated and access to the property was blocked by new fences.
While the Restitución Provisional does not completely resolve the surface land issues at Santa Gertrudis, the case is now free to move on to the State court system where Animas is likely to win the case.
Immediately subsequent to the Restitución Provisional, Animas began a program of historic heap leach sampling for the purpose of evaluating the economic viability of restarting gold production from the existing heap leach pads at Santa Gertrudis.
About Animas Resources Ltd.
Animas Resources Ltd., a North American mineral resource company focused on acquisition and discovery, consolidated the Santa Teresa District's Santa Gertrudis precious metal and related deposits and prospects within a 562 square kilometer land holding. Our mission is to grow Animas through development, discovery and acquisition of high-quality mineral deposits and to build upon the historic gold resource base at Santa Gertrudis, Mexico, and maintain a pipeline of only the highest quality projects.
This news release was prepared by Company management, who take full responsibility for its content.
John R. Wilson, President & CEO
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