Field Notes
Jun. 26, 2014

Upcoming 2014 courses and workshops at Laurentian University
Goodman School of Mines
There are a number of exciting and educational courses and workshops coming up at Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines:

Resource Evaluation (Discovery to Feasibility)
Module 2: Resource Estimation, Reserve Calculation and 43-101 Reporting
September 3-5, 2014

Exploration Targeting
Module 2: Economic Aspects of Exploration Targeting
November 5-7, 2014

Geostatistics and Resource Estimation Workshop
November 17-19, 2014More

Northern think-tank tackles Ring of Fire in first report
Northern Life
A new report by the Northern Policy Institute argues an authority, similar to a port or airport authority, would be the best model to lead infrastructure development in the Ring of Fire. Authored by Nick Mulder, former deputy minister of Transport Canada, the report argues an authority model would be a more effective way to develop Ring of Fire infrastructure than a Crown Corporation. More

NOACC gets funding for mining study
Net Newsledger
Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), announced recently an investment to assist the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) explore options for maximizing the potential of Northwestern Ontario's mining supply and services companies.More

Hydro One to allow more studies on Enniskillen power station
Those worried about the well-being of the Oak Ridges Moraine may soon be getting help, on Hydro One's dime. The Municipality of Clarington and Hydro One will be working together following the company's recent change of mind regarding studies on the effects of building a transformer station in Enniskillen. Hydro One, which had opposed further studies, has reversed its position and proposes not only to allow further research but the company will also fund it.More

Kidd earns reclamation award
Northern Ontario Business
Glencore's Kidd Operations in Timmins has received the 2014 Tom Peters Memorial Reclamation Award. The award was presented during the seventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip, held recently in Peterborough. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and the Ontario Mining Association.More

Steady hands whip Detour Lake mine into shape
The Northern Miner
When you look at the careers of Detour Gold's president and chief executive officer Paul Martin and chief operating officer Pierre Beaudoin, it's almost as if both men had been groomed specifically for their task of bringing the company's massive open pit gold mine in northeastern Ontario to design capacity in under two years while hacking away at the debt on the balance sheet. More

Niagara-on-the-Lake wastewater plant work to start in August
Welland Tribune
The sight of construction workers toiling along Lakeshore Road in August will be the first steps toward building a new state-of-the art wastewater treatment plant for Niagara-on-the-Lake. "Workers will be installing pipes and infrastructure for the $42.9 million facility," said Sunil Sharma, Niagara Region's associate director of water and wastewater engineering, at an open house recently at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre.More

Tesla Gigafactory could be boon for graphite, lithium, cobalt
Seeking Alpha
Tesla Motors makes the most sought-after electric cars in the world. Those cars run on advanced electric batteries and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to build them in America. Tesla has dubbed its $5 billion pet project, the "Gigafactory," and it could be up and running by 2017, prompting the need for battery-grade materials like graphite, lithium and cobalt. More

Premier Gold updates Hardrock Project
Net Newsledger
Premier Gold has updated the Company's 100 per cent owned Hardrock Project. Recently completed work includes the completion of a geotechnical report on the proposed open pit at Hardrock for the purposes of assessing pit wall slopes. The Company, in conjunction with Golder Associates, has completed a study titled the Hardrock Mine Open Pit Feasibility Level Slope Design Recommendations.More

Rubicon on track for Red Lake mine start-up
Northern Ontario Business
Rubicon Minerals reports it's on schedule to finish construction and start production at its Phoenix Gold underground mine in Red Lake by mid-2015. With $42 million of spending to go on underground work, the company said it has completed 875 metres of a planned 8,023 metres of development at the 685-metre level. The development of a main ventilation pilot raise from the 305-metre level to surface will be finished by the end of the month.More

Evolution of geology: The plastic rock
Guardian Liberty Voice
The evolution of geology now includes a milestone, half plastic and half rock, that is layered firmly into this era's carbon footprint. Canadian geologist Patricia Corcoran, along with the captain of research vessel Alguita, Charles Moore, have discovered a new rock formation on the big island of Hawaii.More

Quantitative interpretation emerges as major geoscience tool
Offshore Magazine
The rise of deep-water exploration, together with the onshore shale boom, has altered many industry geoscience workflows. Organizations are racing to understand how to economically produce these costly modern reservoirs. For interpreters, this has meant the widespread adoption of a series of advanced workflows that are commonly defined as Quantitative Interpretation (QI). More

The results are in — APGO's 2014 Photo Competition winners
APGO thanks all who participated in the photo competition this year. We had an overwhelming number of submissions and were surprised at the strong photography talent that exists in the geoscience community. APGO asked its members to vote for their top three favourite photos. The winners were announced at the AGM and Conference on June 12th. More

California's thirst is moving mountains
California may be in the midst of a severe drought, but plump, juicy strawberries and raspberries continue to roll north by the truckload. The drought is severe — reservoirs are at record lows, wetlands are parched and rivers are so short of water that young salmon are being trucked hundreds of kilometres to help them out to sea. But water is still flowing on many Californian fields' thanks in large part to groundwater. More