Lucky Minerals Inc (CVE:LJ, OTCQB:LKMNF) has welcomed a judge's ruling in Montana over the exploration licence concerning its Emigrant project in the US state.
The company and its subsidiary, Lucky Minerals Montana (LMM), submitted an exploration licence application in 2015 for the property
In July last year, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a final environmental assessment (EA) and approved the exploration licence application for core drilling.
In response to MDEQ's decision, Park County Environmental Council and Greater Yellowstone Coalition filed a lawsuit to set aside MDEQ's environmental assessment and in June this year
In June this year, they filed a motion for leave to amend the complaint and motion for Vacatur (making null and void) the exploration licence along with a previously submitted conditional notice intending to challenge the constitutionality of the Montana code.
But Judge Gilbert's order dated June 29 read: "Because the requirements of Rule 5.1 M.R. Civ. P have not been met, the court must vacate the hearing."
"We are pleased with Judge Gilbert's ruling on the matter," said Robert Rosner, president and chief executive at Lucky Minerals.
"Due process starts with strict adherence to a well-defined legal code and procedures."
Earlier this week, Lucky Minerals Inc revealed it was planning an exploration program, expected to kick off soon on its Fortuna concessions in Ecuador.
Kilometric alteration and breccia zones have been delineated following reconnaissance field visits last January and February.
Satellite imagery has confirmed results from those surveys and four zones of interest in Fortuna 3 have been outlined measuring around 1 sq km each.