Mineral Exploration

Winter 2016

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

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54 Mineral Exploration | amebc.ca Fertoz Limited continued progress on a Mines Act permit application for the Wapiti East rock phosphate mine, a proposed seasonal, shallow, open-pit mine with production of up to 75,000 tonnes per year over 20 years. Construction of a linkage road was followed by additional trenching of a permitted 17,500-tonne bulk sample. Organic certification for the fertilizer product was obtained. Green Mountain Jade Inc. returned to Ogden Mountain to mine and explore for nephrite jade, and a private individual initiated a bulk sample at Pishon Green Jade. First Amber Mines Inc. drilled at Bowron River for amber-bearing coal. Coal HD Mining International Ltd. completed an underground bulk sample at Murray River. Geotechnical drilling, engineering and environmental studies continued to support a Mines Act permit application. Both the application and federal environmental assessment were under review. An underground longwall mine with a 4.8-million-tonne-per-year saleable coal production is proposed. Glencore plc continued engineering and environmental studies to support the Sukunka environmental assessment application (under review). An open-pit mine with saleable coal production of up to three million tonnes per year is proposed. Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. released an updated NI 43-101 report for the No.1 Mine at the Wapiti River project with a 562.6-million- tonne coking coal resource in the measured and indicated category. Fourteen mineable seams with a total average thickness of 29.5 metres are modelled to a depth of 900 metres. The report describes a three-level underground longwall mining operation with a production rate of 10 million tonnes per year for nearly 47 years. In the Groundhog Coalfield, Atrum Coal NL completed a revised prefeasibility study for Groundhog North, describing a small-scale underground starter mine and staged development. The Phase 1 mine could produce up to 880,000 tonnes per year of ultra- high-grade anthracite coal (including 43 per cent inferred resources) for 28 years. The company received permit approval for a bulk coal sample of up to 100,000 tonnes and use of an existing railbed for ground-based access. A joint exploration agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation was entered into for Panorama North, and a drilling program started in October. NORTH CENTRAL (OMINECA) AND NORTHEAST REGIONS

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