Mineral Exploration

Winter 2019

Mineral Exploration is the official publication of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

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62 Mineral Exploration | amebc.ca PHOTO: DENNEHY/AME Naturally, his least favourite part of the job is dealing with fatalities. Since beginning work as a mine inspector in 1986, Flynn has investigated 19 fatal accidents. All but three occurred during the late 1980s after the Eskay Creek gold discovery touched off an exploration frenzy in B.C. Among the deaths were four young men drowned when their canoe overturned in Tatsamenie Lake during high winds in 1988. When Flynn discovers an infraction, it can result in a mine closure, a revoked or withheld permit, an increase in the level of the reclamation bond or a fine. He had to close one operation temporarily, for instance, when the mine opened to much media fanfare but without a second exit from the underground workings required under the B.C. Mines Act. Flynn says that his team is highly professional, with years of experience working in industry as engineers, foremen or mechanical bosses so they know what to look for when they visit a mine for inspection. "Don't even think of coming to government until you have 10 to 15 years of industry experience," he says. "Miners know when they are dealing with someone who doesn't know what they're talking about." Doug and Judi L'Orsa (Hedley Award winner). Northcoast Helicopters is a local company that takes pride in providing our customers with excellent customer service for jobs of all sizes. We specialize in aerial work. Our crew makes us who we are – local and highly experienced in mineral exploration jobs in mountainous terrain. Completing jobs safely in the toughest conditions is our speciality! Aircraft: AS 350 | Bell 205 | Bell 214 Main Base: Terrace B.C northcoasthelicopter.com North Coast Helicopter.indd 1 2019-11-14 1:03 PM

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