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Mining supporters and critics speak out as government ministers meet in New Brunswick

August 14th, 2017

by Greg Klein | August 14, 2017

This is the week that the country’s mining ministers convene with their counterparts from all Canadian jurisdictions. Taking place this year in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference will “discuss shared priorities for collaborative action to advance energy and mining development across the country.” Participants will also hear from the industry and its critics, with the latter highlighting NB’s proposed Sisson tungsten-molybdenum open pit mine.

The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation proposed reforms in six key areas that would expand the industry’s “vast socio-economic contributions to Canadians.” Not surprisingly, regulatory streamlining topped the list. The group called for an “effective, timely and co-ordinated regulatory process, from pre-environmental assessment to post-EA permitting.”

Mining supporters and critics make voices heard as government ministers meet in New Brunswick

Workers at the Sisson project, one of the world’s largest
undeveloped tungsten deposits and now site of a protest camp.

Proportionately Canada’s largest private sector employer of natives, the industry called on governments to enhance indigenous participation through “investments in health, education and skills training, and by implementing government resource revenue-sharing mechanisms.”

Looking at climate change, the CMIF warned that poorly crafted regulations could push mining “to competitor countries with less stringent climate change policies.” The group also called on governments to acknowledge the challenges of working in remote regions dependent on diesel fuel.

On a related topic, the CMIF encouraged governments to provide isolated regions with better infrastructure to “benefit both industry and local and indigenous communities.”

Concern about a shrinking land base prompted the CMIF to recommend that “mineral potential is factored into all land withdrawal decision-making processes.”

The group also called for government and industry to collaborate on a Clean Resources Innovation Supercluster, which would concentrate industry, R&D and associated small and medium-sized enterprises in one area to attract investment and develop synergies.

A coalition of native and advocacy groups, however, challenged the conference to make good on this year’s theme of Clean Growth.

“We’re not against ‘clean growth’ or ‘clean energy’ but these must not be empty words,” said Jacinda Mack, co-ordinator of First Nations Women Advocating for Responsible Mining and a community member affected by British Columbia’s 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam collapse. “We’re here to alert the public and our governments that there are still serious problems with the way mining is done in this country, and that there can’t be any clean growth or clean energy without first having clean mining.”

The coalition also emphasized its opposition to the proposed Sisson open pit mine, about 330 kilometres by road from the conference location. A partnership of Northcliff Resources TSX:NCF and a subsidiary of family-owned Todd Corp, the plan received federal environmental approval in June. Proponents describe Sisson as one of the world’s largest undeveloped tungsten deposits, with an estimated 27-year lifespan.

But a newly released report charges that the project’s “mining waste facility design is business-as-usual, using the same facility design and water cover approach used at the failed Mount Polley mine.”

Members of the Maliseet First Nations have occupied a protest camp at Sisson since early July. In February, chiefs of the six Maliseet nations signed a multi-million-dollar revenue-sharing deal with the province, CBC reported. But five of the chiefs later “denounced” the agreement, the network stated.

The coalition estimates liability for contaminated mine sites across Canada to surpass $10 billion, a figure that “can easily triple or quadruple once the true costs for site cleanup and risks from spills and failures are considered.”

Two newly elected governments join the conference this year. In November the Yukon Liberals returned to power after a 14-year hiatus. Last month B.C.’s NDP was sworn in as the province’s new government after gaining support from the three-MLA Green Party to vote down the minority BC Liberals’ Throne Speech.

Continental, Abitex report NB results of 1.17% Nickel, 0.44% Copper, 0.08% Cobalt over 28.1m

May 3rd, 2012

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(Update: On April 16, 2013, Abitex Resources Inc began trading as ABE Resources Inc TSXV:ABE.)

Continental Nickel Ltd TSXV:CNI and Abitex Resources Inc TSXV:ABE announced results from their St Stephen Nickel-Copper Project in New Brunswick. Highlights include

1.17% nickel, 0.44% copper and 0.08% cobalt over 28.1 metres
(including 3.02% nickel, 0.56% copper and 0.24% cobalt over 3.7 metres)
1.06% nickel, 0.26% copper and 0.1% cobalt over 2.2 metres
0.57% nickel, 0.47% copper and 0.04% cobalt over 2.6 metres
1.02% nickel, 0.59% copper and 0.07% cobalt over 3.2 metres
(including 2.19% nickel, 1.12% copper and 0.15% cobalt over 1.3 metres)
0.21% nickel, 0.12% copper and 0.03% cobalt over 34.2 metres
(including 0.53% nickel, 0.33% copper and 0.07% cobalt over 2.2 metres)

Continental has an option to acquire up to a 75% interest in St Stephen and acts as project operator. Continental VP Exploration Patricia Tirschmann remarked, “We are very encouraged by the recent drilling results that have returned the highest nickel grades intersected to date on the St Stephen Property. Our exploration has confirmed that the St Stephen intrusion is sulphide-bearing at numerous locations and that EM surveys are very effective at targeting the highest conductance and most sulphidic portions of the intrusion. The best nickel grades obtained so far are associated with mineralization occurring at or near the northern gabbro-metasediment contact in the vicinity of the Hanson Brook, G, Triple J and Roger’s Farm zones, and this area will be a focus of future exploration programs at St Stephen.”

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Continental Nickel Ltd
Dave Massola
416.603.8416 x 228
or Patricia Tirschmann
VP Exploration
416.603.8416 x 224

Abitex Resources Inc
Yves J. Rougerie

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Trevali reports NB Results of 1.07 g/t Gold, 50.27 g/t Silver, 0.21% Copper over 27.3m

February 6th, 2012

Resource Clips - essential news on junior gold mining and junior silver miningTrevali Mining Corp TSX:TV announced results from its Stratmat Deposit in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. Highlights include

1.07 g/t gold, 50.27 g/t silver, 0.21% copper, 4.02% zinc and 1.49% lead over 27.3 metres
(including 1.23 g/t gold, 58.18 g/t silver, 0.23% copper, 5.02% zinc and 1.8% lead over 14 metres)
1.04 g/t gold, 46.35 g/t silver, 0.2% copper, 4.47% zinc and 1.48% lead over 18.4 metres
0.93 g/t gold, 72.47 g/t silver, 0.43% copper, 7.54% zinc and 2.48% lead over 13.3 metres
0.45 g/t gold, 22.57 g/t silver, 0.33% copper, 2.31% zinc and 0.83% lead over 26.8 metres
(including 0.65 g/t gold, 36.75 g/t silver, 0.09% copper, 5.36% zinc and 2.3% lead over 6 metres)
0.92 g/t gold, 36.5 g/t silver, 0.16% copper, 3.82% zinc and 1.05% lead over 10.6 metres

The Stratmat Deposit has an inferred resource estimate of 5.52 million tonnes grading 6.11% zinc, 2.59% lead, 0.4% copper and 54.21 g/t silver. The company’s Halfmile Deposit has an indicated resource of 6.26 million tonnes grading 8.13% zinc, 2.58% lead, 0.22% copper and 30.78 g/t silver, and an inferred resource of 6.08 million tonnes grading 6.69% zinc, 1.83% lead, 0.14% copper and 20.51 g/t silver.

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Steve Stakiw
Manager of Corporate Communications

by Greg Klein