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Spokane’s Gold Reserve Inc. will appeal AMEX delisting

Spokane-based Gold Reserve Inc. has said it’s appealing plans by the New York Stock Exchange to delist its stock.

The Canadian mining company, registered in the Yukon, has its executive headquarters in downtown Spokane. The AMEX sent a notice this week telling Gold Reserve (stock symbol GRZ) it faces delisting since its key asset, a South American copper and gold mine, has been seized by the Venezuelan government.

Gold Reserve President A. Douglas Belanger said the appeal will emphasize continuing plans by the company to open new operations, at the same time it continues arbitration over the seized mine with the World Bank’s center for investment disputes.

Gold Reserve still trades on the Toronto stock exchange.

The Venezuelan national guard seized the company’s Brisas mine in October 2009. Gold Reserve has filed a $1.9 billion claim against Venezuela with the World Bank’s international court.

A final hearing is scheduled with the court in February 2012. A decision could take months after that hearing, however.

The company has said that the copper assets in the Brisas mine are roughly $4 billion. It holds about $25 billion worth of gold, according to Gold Reserve officials.

No ore has been mined yet by either Gold Reserve or the Venezuelan government at Brisas, Belanger said.

Spokane gold mining firm goes toe to toe with the Bolivarian Republic

Spokane mining company, Gold Reserve, Inc., is going after the gold. Literally.

The Spokane company — which admittedly has one classic business name, and also one of the dullest — announced on Tuesday it’s going after the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela over an unresolved mining dispute connected to its Brisas copper/gold mine in South America.

The Bolivarian Republic is one of the states of Venezuela. The Spokane company says it’s spent huge amounts to develop the project and now is denied permits to operate.

The estimated damages Gold Reserve is after: $1.9 billion, according to a press release.

The announcement said GRZ (its symbol on the AMEX exchange) has filed an arbitration claim with the World Bank, seeking resolution and compensation for alleged violations of its mining rights and claims in “the world-class Brisas gold/copper project and the promising Choco 5 gold property.”

To see a news summary of the key part of the dispute, this link can provide an overview.

Gold Reserve believes the Venezuelan government has violated various trade agreements.

On the other side of the argument, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has instructed the Ministry of Basic Industry and Mines to create a national mining company, which will allow the state to regulate the industry together with small and medium mining companies that are legally established. In previous statements, Chavez has blasted mining companies for exploiting his country’s mineral reserves and paying very little in taxes.

Gold Reserve has offices in downtown Spokane. For more information, read the continuation of this post, below.rve Inc. 
 926 W Sprague Ave 
 Suite 200 
Gold Reserve Inc. 
 926 W Sprague Ave 
 Suite 200 
 Spokane, WA 992

 Spokane, WA 99201


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