VANCOUVER — Regulatory approval has become murkier for Vancouver-based junior Edgewater Exploration (TSXV: EDW) at its Corcoesto gold project in Galicia, Spain.
Apparently it's a chicken-and-egg type situation where the government wants money before permits, and the company needs permits to raise money.
On Oct. 16 the company acknowledged that the Galician government's Ministry of Industry had communicated through local press that it would be freezing permit activities at Corcoesto due to the company's failure to secure roughly US$40 million in financing.
The project had been proceeding under a “Special Strategic Process” designation designed to expedite its permitting timeline.
According to president and CEO George Salamis, Edgewater is close to completing a feasibility study at Corcoesto, but was unable to secure financing "in turbulent markets and without its permits." Salamis added that dialogue with the government will continue, and reiterates that the decision does not rule out Corcoesto's development.
At the time of writing Edgewater had yet to speak with Galician authorities directly.
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