Aquila provides Back Forty permit status update

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TORONTO, June 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Aquila Resources Inc. (TSX: AQA) ("Aquila"), a development-stage company advancing the gold and zinc-rich Back Forty Project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, today announced that the Company has responded to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) request for additional information pertaining to its previously filed Mine Permit Application (MPA).   To date, all four of the Company's permit applications have been deemed administratively complete.

The MDEQ's Mining Team has conducted a thorough review of the Back Forty Project MPA. The application was submitted to the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals of the MDEQ on November 12, 2015 under the requirements of Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994, PA 451, as amended (NREPA) (Part 632).  Public comments received during the public comment period were taken into consideration as part of the MDEQ's review.  

On May 9th, 2016, the MDEQ's Mining Team notified the Company of a number of areas where additional information and clarification were necessary to complete a comprehensive and accurate review of the MPA.  Part 632 allows for the request of additional information to supplement, clarify and support the projects activities proposed in the MPA. In total, the MDEQ forwarded 197 questions that required clarification and response from the Company.

Based on the regulatory review schedule encompassed in Part 632, Aquila anticipates that the MDEQ will render a proposed decision on the MPA in July 2016 pending its review of Aquila's response to the 197 questions.

"Subsequent to the MDEQ's request for additional information, we worked diligently with our consultants and technical specialists to respond in a thorough and timely manner," said Barry Hildred, CEO at Aquila Resources. "We are very encouraged with the progress of the permit review process and we look forward to an imminent decision from the MDEQ."

About Aquila Resources
Aquila Resources Inc. (TSX: AQA) is a development-stage company with strategic assets in the Great Lakes Region. The company's experienced management team is currently focused on advancing permitting activities for its 100% owned gold and zinc-rich Back Forty Project in Michigan. 

Aquila's flagship Back Forty Project is a volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit located along the mineral-rich Penokean Volcanic Belt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In its updated Preliminary Economic Assessment filed in July 2014, Back Forty demonstrated strong economics with a pre-tax NPV of $282 million ($210.8 million after-tax) and a pre-tax IRR of 38.8% (32% after-tax) based on mining 16.1M tonnes of mineralized material over the 16-year life of mine, of which 12.5M tonnes will be open-pit and 3.6M tonnes will be underground.

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