Vancouver, British Columbia, September 9, 2009. Sutter Gold Mining Inc. ("Sutter" or "SGM" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: SGM) is pleased to announce that Mr. David A. Cochrane, has been appointed as Vice President -- Environmental, Health and Safety of the Company effective September 7, 2009.
Mr. Cochrane is a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist who brings almost 30 years of combined professional and management experience to Sutter Gold Mining Inc. He has a broad background of providing consulting services to many industries including mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, timber, energy, land development, real estate, waste management and resource recovery as well as federal, state and local governmental agencies. He has managed operations in both the waste management industry and environmental, engineering and earth sciences consulting.
Mr. Cochrane joins Sutter Gold Mining Inc. from Golder Associates Inc. where he has worked as a consultant since 2003 and as the Operations Manager for their northern California operations since 2005. As Operations Manager, Mr. Cochrane oversaw significant growth in Golder's operations in northern California. In his consulting capacity he managed and directed a wide range of projects for both the public and private sectors. In 2005, he was instrumental in assisting Sutter Gold Mining Company in obtaining a critical permit from the state of California allowing the emplacement of mining and milling wastes to both the ground surface and underground mine workings at the Company's Lincoln Mine Project in Amador County California. Since then he has continued to assist Sutter Gold Mining Company in obtaining other permits and regulatory approvals to develop the Lincoln Mine Project.
Mr. Cochrane previously held the position of Vice President -- Facilities, Development and Technical Services with Norcal Waste Systems (now Recology) having responsibility for environmental, health and safety and engineering for the largest employee-owned waste management company in the US. Earlier, as an engineering geologist with Emcon Associates, Inc. an earth science, engineering and environmental consulting firm and others, he focused on the evaluation and mitigation of geologic hazards, completing geologic resource inventories, assessing impacts from timber harvesting and developing geologic input for land-use planning and timber-harvesting activities. Mr. Cochrane also has contributed to the assessment earthquake hazards in California contributing to studies of the San Andreas, Hayward, Calaveras, San Gregorio, and Pleito faults funded by grants from the National Science Foundation.
Mr. Cochrane is responsible for the development, implementation and compliance of all environmental, health and safety operating policies and procedures. Mr. Cochrane will direct, coordinate and manage ongoing permitting and reporting requirements for the Federal, State and Local regulatory agencies for all of Sutter Gold's current and future projects. The Company has obtained the major operating permits for its Lincoln Mine Project in the Mother Lode Gold Belt of Amador County California. These permits and approvals include, among others: a Conditional Use Permit from Amador County and environmental review completed under the California Environmental Quality Act for a 1000-ton per day mining and milling operation, permits to discharge treated mine water and mine and mill waste issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and an approved Reclamation Plan and bond required by the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. Mr. Cochrane is responsible for maintaining compliance with existing permit conditions and obtaining the remaining operating and construction permits for the Lincoln Mine Project. Currently, the Company is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to obtain a Section 404 permit to discharge mining waste and completing design work needed to obtain the remaining operating and construction permits and amendments needed for the scaled-down, more environmentally friendly, start-up operations for the Lincoln Mine Project.
Clayr Alexander, President and CEO commented, "Sutter Gold is fortunate to attract someone of the professional caliber of David who has a proven, successful, history of working with Sutter Gold and the California regulations and regulators. In my opinion, he is one of the best professionals in the State of California in the area of permitting regulations and his expertise will significantly boost Sutter's efforts in this area. I look forward to working with David as we move Sutter Gold's Lincoln Mine Project towards completion of required permits and subsequently into becoming a new US gold producer."
About Sutter Gold Mining Inc.
Sutter is a growth oriented exploration and development company pursuing the goal of becoming an emerging gold producer.
The primary focus of the Company is the evaluation and development of the Lincoln-Comet zone of the Sutter Gold Project on the California Mother Lode Gold Belt. The Lincoln-Comet and Keystone zones contain a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate (completed in February 2008) of 612,400 tonnes (673,600 tons) grading 11.3 g/t (0.33 oz/ton) containing 223,000 ounces gold and Inferred Resources of 2,161,700 tonnes (2,377,900 tons) grading 6.6 g/t (0.19 oz/ton) containing 458,900 ounces.
SGM currently controls over three miles of the Mother Lode, with 90% of the property still unexplored. Potential exists at depth on the known mineralized zones on both the footwall and hanging wall of the Mother Lode, and on the Melones Fault, which is the principal regional structure of the Mother Lode that exists on the eastern portion of SGM's property package.
In Mexico, SGM holds the rights to the geologically similar, high-grade El Alamo district of northern Baja, where historic mining to the water table produced mined grades of 30 to 60 grams/tonne gold. Initial exploration with its joint-venture partner, Premier Gold, has demonstrated the extension of high-grade veins.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
President, CEO & Director
Sutter Gold Mining Inc.
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Robert Hutmacher, Chief Financial Officer at 303 238 1438 ext. 22
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