I would not be surprised to see it delayed till the New Year.  If your going to sell something of this size you certainly don't want  uncertainty like the Fiscal Cliff hanging over head.  Judging from past actions I don't think any one has much faith in political intelligence in general. Let alone when you have hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.   If not taken care of it could not only hamper the US recovery, but heavily influence the world economy.  Europe already in a recession. The strongest nations, France bordering being in trouble and Germany definitely being strained as it cannot carry the whole Euro Zone it's self. 

  There will be someone mining here in the future.    Presently it's about timing