Field Notes
Sep. 18, 2014

Mark your calendar!
APGO's Regional Networking Event in Sudbury
November 5th, 2014 at 4:30pm
United Steelworkers Conference Centre, Second Hall
66 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON

More details to follow via next week's issue of Field Notes and on the APGO website. More

Ontario to create database of miners' health, study impact of vibrating machines
OHS Canada
Ontario will create a health database to keep track of miners' illnesses and exposure to a number of carcinogenic substances in the workplace, the Liberal government announced recently. The idea was one of several recommendations from an expert panel set up last December to review safety procedures in the province's mines, following the deaths of three workers in Sudbury mines within a year. The government also promised to follow through on another recommendation to have miners wear higher-visibility clothing.More

High cost of mining a challenge in Far North
Northern Life
The high cost of doing business in Canada, especially in the Far North, is the biggest challenge the mining sector faces nationally, said Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada. Gratton, who was the keynote speaker at a Chamber of Commerce event for the North America Mining Expo in Sudbury recently, said according to Mining Association of Canada research, it can cost up to two and a half times as much to build a remote mine there, than a mine near a populated urban centre in the south. More

Yves Fortier: A herald of Canada's golden age of geology
The Globe and Mail
When the astronauts walked on the moon in July, 1969, their main mission was to collect rocks and dust from the Sea of Tranquility. They were test pilots first and narrowly trained field geologists second. When Yves Oscar Fortier explored Canada's remote northern reaches in the 1940s and 1950s, he was also breaking new ground in a hostile environment. But he was a geologist through and through. More

Ontario mines still power Goldcorp
The Northern Miner
Goldcorp has been so growth-oriented over the past decade, building new mines across the Americas and snapping up gold assets left and right, it's easy to forget sometimes just how productive its Ontario gold mines are. Goldcorp's three wholly owned gold production centres in Ontario — Red Lake, Musselwhite and Porcupine — yielded an impressive 1.04 million ounces of gold in 2013, or 39 per cent of Goldcorp's company-wide production of 2.67 million ounces gold last year.More

City investigating increased wastewater flow
Bay Today
North Bay's Wastewater Treatment Plant is set to undergo more work after City Council unanimously approved the awarding of a contract to investigate and address increased volumes of wastewater flowing into the plant. The contract, which cost somewhere in the neighbourhood of $97,000, was awarded to Sewer Technologies for sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration investigation and remediation. A report given to City Council states the plant has experienced an increased amount of wastewater flowing into the plant due to heavier than usual rainfall events.More

Pele acquires key mining lease
Northern Ontario Business
Pele Mountain Resources announced recently that it has acquired a key mining lease for the mining rights on certain lands below small lakes located within the boundaries of Pele's Eco Ridge Mine project in Elliot Lake. In conjunction with the mining lease acquisition, Pele has entered into a NSR (net smelter return) royalty agreement with the previous lessee, Rio Algom, on standard commercial terms.More

Richmont Mines will drill some deep holes at Island Gold
Seeking Alpha
Richmont Mines has announced it is planning a deep exploration program at its Island Gold project in Ontario. The company will drill four deep diamond drill holes totaling 4,800 meters at an expected total cost of half a million. It looks like Richmont is taking advantage of the extremely low drill rates, as a lot of drill service operators are drilling at or even below cost to secure contracts. More

Making water stress a 'wedge' issue
Circle of Blue
Seeking clarity and comparability, Tom Gleeson wants a new measuring stick for the big thinkers trying to resolve the world's water supply problems. The groundwater expert at McGill University has two ideas, outlined in a commentary written with frequent collaborators at McGill and Utrecht University and published online in the journal Nature Geoscience. Together, the ideas are a guide-post to a future in which more people have secure water supplies.More

Wesdome drills bonanza grades from new zone at Eagle River
Canadian Mining Journal
Wesdome Gold Mines of Toronto says the 7 zone, discovered last year 200 metres north of and parallel to the producing 8 zone, has returned bonanza grades from recent drilling at depth. The company owns 100 per cent of the Eagle River gold mine 50 kilometres west of Wawa. Here are the highlights.More

Mining software company has big plans
Northern Life
After more than a decade working for information technology companies in the mining sector, Robert Patterson and Dave Peres decided it was time to start their own company. The two friends first started working together right after university, for a company called Century Systems. Century Systems developed geological data management systems for the mining sector.More

The clever plan to mine lithium from geothermal power plants' wastewater
Regardless what you think about the future of phones or wearables or cars, there is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: We will need more batteries. And for that, we'll need more lithium. One start-up has its eyes on a new source of lithium: the wastewater from geothermal power plants.More

Tesla Gigafactory will require 8 new graphite mines
Electric car producer Tesla Motors is planning to build a $6 billion lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" in 2017, doubling the 2013 global output of lithium ion batteries and creating a massive shortage of graphite — unless new mines come on line. Great Lakes Graphite is a strong candidate to fill some of that North American demand. GLK's 100 per cent-owned Lochaber project in Quebec is a large flake graphite project with a near-surface resource located close to infrastructure and end user markets.More

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050
McGill Reporter
Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016. But despite what appears to be an insurmountable problem, according to researchers from McGill and Utrecht University it is possible to turn the situation around and significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years.More

GeoFabLab prints 3-D rocks and fossils, advances geoscience research, education
Franek Hasiuk grabbed a little red ball and said it's not every day you pick up Mars. But there it was, a Mars model about the size of a golf ball and just detailed enough to show Olympus Mons, a Martian volcano nearly 14 miles high and three times the height of Mt. Everest. "You get a sense of how high it sticks up from the rest of the planet," said Hasiuk, an Iowa State University assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences and David Morehouse Faculty Fellow. "It's just spectacular."More

Wrinkles in rock may be signs of early life
Laboratory Equipment
Take a walk along any sandy shoreline, and you're bound to see a rippled pattern along the sea-floor, formed by the ebb and flow of the ocean's waves. Geologists have long observed similar impressions — in miniature — embedded within ancient rock. These tiny, millimeter-wide wrinkles have puzzled scientists for decades: they don't appear in any modern environment, but seem to be abundant much earlier in Earth's history, particularly following mass extinctions.More