Published by the Terrace Standard – view article online
Published: December 16, 2008 6:00 AM
Increased mineral exploration in the Terrace area is the hope following the release yesterday of a re-analysis of stream sediment samples first taken 30 years ago.
Updated techniques applied to the 2,128 samples taken by the federal and provincial governments in 1978 now indicate a higher likelihood of mineral presence than first thought.
THERE COULD be gold in them thar hills around Terrace thanks to the release of data yesterday. From the left are Lael McKeown, who helped spearhead a re-analysis of stream sediment samples taken 30 years ago, Janine North from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, Sam Harling from the Terrace Economic Development Authority, Dr. Lyn Anglin from Geoscience BC and Byng Giraud from the Mining Association of B.C.
The effort began with Terrace resident Lael McKeown several years ago when she was involved with the Terrace Economic Development Authority and now includes a number of agencies, including the Northern Development Iniatitive Trust and spearheaded by Geoscience B.C.
Results of this project are anticipated to stimulate mineral exploration interest in the Terrace area by providing new, high-quality geochemical information on an area considered to have good potential for new mineral discoveries, indicates a press release.
This project was carried out by Noble Exploration Services Ltd., with project funding provided by Geoscience BC in conjunction with the Terrace Economic Development Authority, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, Kitimat-Terrace Industrial Development Society, and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
"This information and the interest that it will generate among prospectors and companies helps to attract investment and exploration activity to our region,” said Sam Harling from the Terrace Economic Development Authority.
"Regional geochemical data is one of the basics of the mineral explorer’s toolkit," said Wayne Jackaman of Noble Exploration Services, working under contract to Geoscience BC
"The new data set released today is one of the most comprehensive collections of regional-scale stream sediment geochemical information in the province. Not only does it indicate a number of exploration targets, the results can also assist more detailed geological research and environmental studies".
Geoscience BC is an industry-led, industry-focused, non-profit organization. Its mandate includes the collection, interpretation and delivery of geoscience data and expertise to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia. Geoscience BC works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations and communities to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to BC.