PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — New data was revealed by Geoscience BC at the AME Roundup conference on Tuesday about the mineral composition and the potential to support mining in Northeast BC.
The Search Phase III project data highlights where mineral deposits may be with more accuracy than ever before, which will help the mining sector, communities, First Nations, and governments to plan future land use and attract investment. Phase III saw helicopters equipped with ultra-sensitive magnetometers flying 80 metres off the ground over 9,600 square kilometres of remote land in north-central and northeastern BC.
The Survey was conducted in the northwest part of the Peace River Regional District, from the proposed Kemess Underground mine south to near Mackenzie. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall welcomed the publication of the results.
“Globally, the increased demand for technologies like smartphones and electric cars is also increasing the demand for metals and minerals produced in British Columbia,” said Mungall. “Geoscience BC projects like this are critical to sparking exploration, discovery and ultimately the production of metals such as copper which are used for these items every day.”
Commenting on the release of the results, Geoscience BC Vice President of Minerals and Mining Bruce Madu said: “Search Phase III highlights new potential deposits containing metals like copper in a region that has been home to several mines in the past. It’s an exciting example of how new science can be used to drive investment and stimulate our economy.”
Now that results are published, Geoscience BC will continue to work with First Nations and other communities in the project area to demonstrate how they can best use the new data. All results – from raw data to a series of summary maps – are available publicly for free in Geoscience BC’s report.