HALIFAX, June 1 /CNW/ - Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon") (TSX:GAM and NYSE:GRS): Fred George, President and Chairman of Gammon Gold, is pleased to announce that the Company has received Presidential approval for the absolute freehold title acquisition of its 4,275 hectares Ocampo land package and has subsequently become the first gold mining company headquartered outside of Mexico to own exclusive land rights and titles for the property used in its operations. The more common practice for mining companies operating in Mexico is to enter into a land rental agreement with the local Ejito land owners. Gammon made the strategic decision to negotiate the freehold title purchase of its land package in order to avoid any potential disruption of its operations.
In early 2008, Gammon successfully finalized the purchase of the current Ocampo land package with the local Ejito land owners for cumulative purchase costs of CDN$4.5 million. Upon the completion of this part of the transaction, the Company then submitted its application to the Mexican government to begin the final stage of the land ownership process. On Friday, May 29, 2009, a Presidential Decree signed by Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico, was issued, formally granting all property rights and titles to the Ocampo land package to Gammon, thereby securing the development of present and future mining operations at Ocampo.
"We are very pleased to have received formal Presidential approval ratifying Gammon's freehold title property rights at our flagship Ocampo mine" stated Rene Marion, Chief Executive Officer of Gammon Gold. "The completion of this unprecedented transaction further assures that the Ocampo mine will continue to operate without any threat of disruption associated with property use rights."
About Gammon Gold
Gammon Gold Inc. is a Nova Scotia based mid-tier gold and silver producer with properties in Mexico. The Company's flagship Ocampo Project in Chihuahua State achieved commercial production in January 2007. Gammon Gold also operates its El Cubo operation in Guanajuato State and has the promising development Guadalupe y Calvo property in Chihuahua State. The Company remains 100% unhedged.
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