My Take on Snow Lake

My Take on Snow Lake

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Toke Mountain (My Take on Snow Lake, Aug. 9, 2019)

A stockpile of arsenic-bearing material known locally as ‘Toke Mountain,’ highlighted in red, is located just East of the Snow Lake Mine Mill.
Photograph By JIM PARRES

 

This week’s column cobbles together a raft of local mining announcements, which have accumulated over the last month or so.

Firstly, earlier in July, BacTech Resources announced that the company had signed a letter of intent with GMR Inc. to license BacTech’s proprietary bioleach technology as part of an effort to develop a viable metallurgical solution to process a government owned stockpile of a-bearing material at Snow Lake. The company further announced that it would collaborate with Dundee Sustainable Technologies (DST) as a technology partner in developing a potential solution for problems encountered in their December 2011 proposal to remediate the stockpile.

Those problems were: a dramatic drop in the price of gold at the time, prohibitive costs in bring the iron to arsenic ratio to a proper processing level, limestone suitable to be used in the process wasn’t available in the quantity required locally.

“Our return to Snow Lake is predicated on Dundee Sustainable Technologies providing a solution to the unstable arsenic product we generated in our earlier work that killed the project,” said Ross Orr, CEO of BacTech. “The stockpile has a deficiency in iron, leading an unstable ferric arsenate product after bioleaching. By passing this unstable material to be vitrified the arsenic can be safely disposed. We look forward to re-engaging in the Snow Lake project.”

The second announcement came from Rockcliff Metals Corporation and is very good news indeed. On Aug. 1 Rockcliff announced that a 100,000 metre drill program will commence in August and continue non-stop to December of 2020.

“We look forward to the start of the largest drill program in Rockcliff’s history,” said Rockcliff’s President and CEO Alistair Ross.  “The objectives of this very large drill program are to expand existing resources at several of our deposits, assist in advancing several of our key projects through the pre-feasibility phase, as well as to explore for significant new grass roots discoveries on our very prospective land position. The success of the drill program will be an integral part of Rockcliff’s growth strategy as we work to transition the company into Manitoba’s next mining company.”

Initial drilling will commence on the Company’s Rail and Bur properties, followed by drilling on its Talbot and Tower properties located south of Snow Lake. A minimum of five drills will be deployed in August to carry out this phase of the drill program. This phase of the drill program will total approximately 50,000 metres and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.  Between the start of drilling next month and the end of 2020, drilling is also planned on numerous grass roots targets and at least eight other properties currently held by the Company that are known to host VMS mineralization.

CYR Drilling International Ltd. from Winnipeg, Manitoba and Westcore Drilling Limited from Snow Lake, Manitoba were awarded drilling contracts by the Company.

Also on Aug.1, but with news of an unfavourable variety, Hudbay Minerals Inc. announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued a ruling in the lawsuits challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s issuance of the Final Record of Decision (FROD) for the company’s Rosemont project in Arizona.

The Court ruled to vacate and remand the FROD such that Rosemont cannot proceed with construction at this time. The company believes that the Court misinterpreted federal mining laws and Forest Service regulations as they apply to Rosemont and will appeal the Court’s decision to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision,” said Peter Kukielski, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “We strongly believe that the project conforms to federal laws and regulations that have been in place for decades. We will be appealing the decision as we evaluate next steps for the Rosemont Project.”

Finally, Snow Lake Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tanco Mining Corporation of Canada to fast track their Thompson Brothers Lithium Project.

Under this MOU, Tanco Mining and Snow Lake Resources will work collaboratively to explore all possible collaborations, with the view of delivering economic benefits to both parties. The agreement identifies a range of initiatives that may be pursued, including investigating processing of the Thompson Brothers material utilizing the Tanco infrastructure and Tanco supporting financing options for project infrastructure. In addition, other means will be investigated to maximize local employment with added economic benefits for the Town of Snow Lake, Winnipeg and environs, which headquarter each operation.

My Take on Snow Lake

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Members of the Snow Lake Hospital Auxiliary and Health Centre staff members – Dr. Michael Haldorson is centre in the back; to the left of him is former health centre Dr. Neil Macleod.
Photograph By MARC JACKSON

As a tradition and sign of the Northern Health Region’s appreciation, each Christmas season, a luncheon recognizing the service and spirit of the Snow Lake Hospital Auxiliary, volunteers, and Snow Lake Health Centre personnel and residents is held in the Health Centre. This year, due to budget constraints, the event was to be cancelled. That is until one of Snow Lake’s newest residents stepped in and took on the role of Santa, so to speak.

Dr. Michael Haldorson said that rather than see it falter, he would pick up the costs of the celebration … and so the on-again/off-again gathering was on again! It appeared some staff members were so impressed, they dressed to honour the occasion … wearing co-ordinated Christmas-themed scrubs!

With adorned tables situated throughout the building’s corridors and waiting room, decorations on walls as well as the waiting room tree … and with all of the aforementioned folks mingling to and fro, the smell of the afternoon meal was enough to set a mouth to watering. If that didn’t do it, the sight of the sumptuous buffet surely would. Close to 50 people took part in the annual event and the meal was prepared by staff in the Health Centre kitchen.

Asked for his thoughts after the event, Dr. Haldorson stated that the meal was amazing. He added that he is enjoying Snow Lake and his position here. Noting that he just couldn’t let the year go by without the perennial gathering being held, he said he was happy to pick up the cost for the meal.

In other news, Snow Lake Resources (SLR), a company in the process of floating a January 2019 initial public offering, held an information session in the Snow Lake Motor Inn on the evening of Friday Dec. 21.

The gathering served to introduce their chief operating officer Dale Schultz to residents and give folks an overview of himself, the company, as well as the mineral they are exploring for… lithium.

Schultz began by giving a synopsis of the company, which included a bit of its history, prior to explaining the importance of lithium on the world stage. Noting that lithium brine deposits were once seen as the more gainful way of exploiting the resource; the view is slowly changing towards hard rock deposits, due mainly to problems with costs and the method of processing lithium from brine.

Schultz explained the favorable geology of Manitoba and the Snow Lake area in respect to spodumene (the host rock of lithium crystals), prior to getting into the resource that his company has on the east side of nearby Wekusko Lake.

He summarized the drilling and other types of exploration done on the claims SLR holds in the area, noting that they currently have a 6.3 million tonnes at 1.38 per cent Li2O resource mapped out.

With plans to diamond drill 12,000 more metres in the New Year, they hope to expand those numbers and eventually bring the property into production. In this respect, he outlined several conceptual ways of mining the deposit and getting the product to market.

After a brief question-and-answer session, the audience showed appreciation for the presentation and the possibility of a new employer in the area with a loud round of applause. Schultz thanked attendees and talked one-on-one with people afterwards, prior to resetting his visual aids for a reprise presentation to a new audience later that evening.

Snow Lake Resources Presents on Wekusko Lake Lithium Project

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Snow Lake Resources presents on Wekusko Lake Lithium Project

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Marc Jackson

Snow Lake Resources (SLR), a company in the process of floating a January 2019 Initial Public Offering, held an information session in the Snow Lake Motor Inn on the evening of Friday December 21st.
The gathering served to introduce their COO Dale Schultz to residents and give folks an overview of himself, the company, as well as the mineral they are exploring for… Lithium.
Schultz began by giving a synopsis of the company, which included a bit of its history, prior to explaining the importance of lithium on the world stage. Noting that Lithium Brine Deposits were once seen as the more gainful way of exploiting the resource; the view is slowly changing towards hard rock deposits, due mainly to problems with costs and the method of processing lithium from brine.
Schultz explained the favorable geology of Manitoba and the Snow Lake area in respect to spodumene (the host rock of lithium crystals), prior to getting into the resource that his company has on the east side of nearby Wekusko Lake.
He summarized the drilling and other types of exploration done on the claims SLR holds in the area, noting that they currently have a 6.3 million tonnes @ 1.38% Li2O resource mapped out.
With plans to diamond drill 12,000 more metres in the New Year, they hope to expand those numbers and eventually bring the property into production. In this respect, he outlined several conceptual ways of mining the deposit and getting the product to market.
After a brief question and answer session, the audience showed appreciation for the presentation and the possibility of a new employer in the area, with a loud round of applause. Schultz thanked attendees and talked one on one with people afterwards, prior to resetting his visual aids for a reprise presentation to a new audience later that evening. MJ

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My Take on Snow Lake

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Lithium occurrence on the east shore of the Wekusko Lake Thompson Brothers property.
Photograph By DALE SCHULTZ

It has been 62 years since the first bit cut core on the Thompson Brothers lithium property. In the ensuing years, numerous companies and several successful drill campaigns have turned the property situated on the northeastern shore of Wekusko Lake into a hive of activity and a positive prospect for the otherwise struggling economy of Northern Manitoba. It seems logical, that if markets for smartphones and electric vehicles are growing now and expected to expand in the future, lithium will remain one of the hotter commodities worldwide.

A newly formed private company called Snow Lake Resources (SNOW) is in the process of going public in the New Year. SNOW will be the vehicle tasked with proving up and expanding the resource within the Thompson Brothers property. The current JORC resource (a mandatory system for the classification of mineral exploration results) stands at 6.3 million tonnes at 1.38 per cent Li2O, as defined by the previous operator of the project, Nova Minerals.

The current Snow Lake Resources project manager is Dale Schultz; he’s been involved with the project for about a year. In that time, 4,805m has been drilled on three different Pegmatite dykes (geological occurrences that host rare minerals) within the Thompson Brothers Cluster.

Contacted by phone and email, Schultz advised that pending SNOW’s early 2019 initial public offering (IPO), there are plans to drill a further 12,000m in the first quarter of the year. “We plan on drilling 10,000m at the Thompson Brother Cluster,” Schultz said. This is in the area that the 6.3 million tonne resource estimate was completed on. He notes that the resource in this area is open at depth and along strike to the north-east and south-west. “During the winter drill campaign, we will drill around 2,000m at the Sherritt Gordon Cluster, where historical drilling from 1942 confirms spodumene (a source of lithium) at shallow depths of less than 20 metres,” he said. “We expect to hit these dykes between 100 to 200 metres below the surface. There is also a possibility of drilling on the newly discovered Grass River Dyke, where a recent prospecting sample returned a value of 3.78 per cent Li2O.”

Currently, SNOW is focused on proving up the resource and expanding on the project in respect to the recent discovery within the Grass River area. The company intends to complete their winter drill program in order to achieve an inferred resource and a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) by the end of 2019. They, of course, want to complete that PEA prior to beginning any discussion in relation to exploitation of the resource.

With a 62-year history behind the property, many may wonder what makes this project and SNOW special. “This project is led by a capable team, intent on fast tracking development of the Thompson Brothers lithium project and maximizing shareholder value,” said Schultz. “Since I started this project, I drilled 2800m into the known TB1 and TB2 dykes, and every hole hit spodumene. TB1 and TB2 host 100 per cent of the JORC resource. In fact, our last hole was the best hole yet (TBL-24 = 1.55 per cent Li2O over 23 metres). The project is now 100 per cent controlled by Snow Lake Resources. We have a 10,000m resources drill program planned on the TB1-/TB-2 Dykes, with a further 2,000m designed to define the Sherritt Gordon Cluster and possibly drill a few holes on the Grass River Dyke (GR-1) where a recent sample returned an assayed at 3.78 per cent Li2O. Also, our land package consists of 5,596 hectares, with only 5 per cent having been explored to date. We are intent on creating a stable source lithium supply to end user battery manufacturers and providing jobs to the good people of Snow Lake … who we honour with our company name,” he added.

Schultz says that he senses Snow Lake wants to be a source of job creation in Manitoba. “In light of recent events in Flin Flon, our goal is to have completed a positive feasibility study on the Snow Lake Lithium assets and commence mine construction by 2021,” he said. “With the support of government and the people of Snow Lake, we aspire to be a source of employment for Manitobans in the coming years.”

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