Prophecy Appoints Ron Espell as VP, Environmental and Sustainability to Lead Gibellini Vanadium Project’s Permitting

Critical Minerals & Rare Earths, ESG & Cleantech

October 29, 2018 (Source) — Prophecy Development Corp. (“Prophecy” or the “Company“) (TSX:PCY, OTCQX:PRPCF,Frankfurt:1P2N) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Espell as the Company’s Vice-President, Environmental and Sustainability, effective November 14, 2018, to lead the environmental permitting efforts for the Gibellini vanadium project (“Gibellini“). Mr. Espell will report to Gerald Panneton, the Company’s President and CEO.

Mr. Espell is a highly-regarded specialist in US federal and Nevada state mine permitting, with over 30 years of experience in corporate environmental management, permitting in conformance with applicable regulatory and performance standards, mine waste management, reclamation and closure planning.

Prior to joining Prophecy, Mr. Espell was the Corporate Environmental Director of McEwen Mining Inc. (“McEwen Mining“). Within 18 months from the time he joined McEwen Mining, Mr. Espell led his team to successfully obtain the Gold Bar project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) approval from the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM“) Battle Mountain District office in November 2017. Mr Espell was the chief liaison with federal and Nevada state regulatory agencies for permitting, compliance, and regulatory program development.

Mr. Espell comments: “I am very pleased to join this dynamic Prophecy team to work on the exciting Gibellini vanadium project. I am confident of the project’s merits and Prophecy has already established very good project permit ground work which I will continue on and collaborate closely with federal and state permitting agencies, local communities and all stake holders to make Gibellini the first primary vanadium mine in the US.”

Gerald Panneton, Prophecy’s President and CEO comments: “Ron has demonstrated his ability to deliver EIS in Nevada on time and under budget. He is an outstanding team leader with creative problem solving skills and he pays meticulous attention to detail. His deep knowledge of environmental assessments and permitting, and his well-liked persona makes him a great pleasure to work with. Ron is an excellent addition to our Prophecy team.”

The Gold Bar project is in Eureka County, Nevada, approximately 40 miles northwest from the Company’s Gibellini vanadium project. Both projects are overseen by the BLM Battle Mountain District office and share many similarities in terms of mining and recovery method, capital expenditure and throughput.


Gold Bar

Gibellini Vanadium




Recovery method

Heap Leach

Heap Leach

Strip Ratio waste tons / ore tons



Throughput tons per day



Capex US$

$81 million

$121 million
(includes 25% contingency)

EIS permit date






Overseen by

BLM Battle Mountain

BLM Battle Mountain

Table 1. Table comparing mining attributes of Gold Bar and Gibellini projects. Both projects are located in Nevada, USA. The Gibellini project attributes are taken from it’s May 29, 2018 PEA which includes inferred resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Prior to his time with McEwen Mining, Mr. Espell was a Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting and Vice President Environment for Gibellini’s prior operator, where he lead efforts in the preparation of Gibellini’s baseline studies and Plan of Operation.

Ron Espell’s wealth of experience includes being an Environmental Management Specialist at the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, as well as working for 17 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Barrick Gold Corporation, from being Environmental Superintendent, Environmental Manager of Barrick Goldstrike, Regional Environmental Director – Australia Pacific, and Corporate Environmental Director, where he led the development and implementation of environmental policies and programs having oversight of all mine site environmental and hydrology permitting, reporting and monitoring activities, and compliance with all federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations in the US, Africa, South America and Australia.

Mr. Espell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geology from California State University in 1984, and throughout his career, has actively participated in the development of natural resource education programs.

Qualified Person

The technical content of this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Danniel Oosterman, VP, Exploration. Mr. Oosterman is not independent of the Company in that he is employed as a consultant to the Company and most of his income is derived from the Company. Mr. Oosterman is a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.

About Prophecy

Prophecy is developing the Gibellini project – the only large-scale, open-pit, heap-leach vanadium project of its kind in North America. Located in Nevada, Gibellini has the largest NI 43-101 compliant measured and indicated primary vanadium resource known in the USA and is currently undergoing EPCM and EIS preparation. Further information on Prophecy can be found at



“Gerald Panneton”
President and CEO

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