Forbes magazine online ran a feature story entitled "How Arizona Is Helping America Reduce Dependence On Foreign Natural Resources." The author concludes, "if you had to choose a location to build a mine, few spots seem any more hospitable than Arizona. Much of the drilling will occur on state lands which are actually owned by the “Arizona State Trust” (AST) and is regulated by the Arizona State Land Department. The AST will receive a small royalty, in the neighborhood of 4-5% of revenue and 90% of those funds collected are distributed to the public school system. Second, if the mines actually do get built and go into production, each mine may create over 750 new jobs, which would become available in an impoverished area of the state. Arizona views the Holbrook Basin a as a potential economic growth engine and is not looking to be obstructionist."
The online investment site Seeking Alpha had an article focusing on Arizona potash and Passport Potash in particular, at http://seekingalpha.com/article/987051-arizona-the-next-big-thing-in-potash-grow-your-portfolio-with-this-potash-junior . The article contains a number of good external links to other articles information sources including thewww.nestedquotes.ca interactive Holbrook land and drilling map.
Last week, the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission issued permits to Passport Potash for 8 exploration coreholes on Hopi-owned lands. Passport and the Tribe recently signed an exploration agreement and these will be the first tests of mineral potential on the Hopi lands. [Right, AZGS/AZOGCC online viewer of permitted coreholes]