Mining Week events on in St. John's

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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The RNC is looking for explosives like these, missing from the IOC mining operation in Labrador City. — Submitted photo courtesy of IOC

Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be out to address the Women in Mining Forum at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

The geological survey’s annual public lecture is set for the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre on Thursday night, 7:30-9 p.m. in Salon B.

Not least of all, the Mineral Resources Review conference and trade show — a joint project of the provincial government and the provincial branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum — will run Thursday and Friday, also at the Delta.

From prospectors to active mine operators, a few bits of news are bound to come of it all.


On a pan-Canadian grid

Four think tanks — Federal Idea, the Canada West Foundation, the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation (University of Toronto) and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council — joined together recently, appointing CROP, a research agency, to get public response on a series of questions around Canada’s natural resource industries.

The results of CROP’s online survey, run from Sept. 24-30, are being released today.

The Telegram was able to obtain an advance copy.

The online questionnaires included the statement, “Canada should build an electricity grid from sea to sea so that the entire country can access Canadian electricity.”

In all, 76 per cent of people responding were “strongly” or “somewhat” in favour, out of roughly 2,000 respondents.

The positive rating ran up to 79 per cent, if looking at results only from the 231 respondents from Atlantic Canada.

In comparison, a national oil pipeline network received a 65 per cent favourable rating nationally.


Missing explosives

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has issued a warning about explosives missing from the Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC) mine site in Labrador City.

“At this time it is believed that nine sticks of dynamite have been unaccounted for at the site. Preliminary findings indicate this may be due to a discrepancy in accounting of the blasting materials,” police stated in a news release around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The RNC statement said police are “concerned about the location of these items and the potential safety risks they present to both the user and the public.”

The explosives are labeled “Powerfrac” and described as sticks, reddish in colour, one inch wide by eight inches long.


Further flights

Representatives for oil companies operating offshore Newfoundland and Labrador spoke Tuesday about their interest in extending available daily flight time for helicopter transports.

In a list of “frequently asked questions,” prepared following consultations by the companies with their offshore workers, there is a nod to exploration and potential production in locations far beyond the boundaries of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, about 350 kilometres from St. John’s.

When asked why the extension on flying time is desired, the written response includes, “We are also seeking exploration in new basins that are further from shore, making it challenging for these companies to transport workers to and from offshore installations within the current flying day.”


Added opposition in the Gulf

Oil companies looking to explore and drill for offshore oil resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are facing a strengthened opposition as of Tuesday.

The Innu, Maliseet and Mi’gmaq Nations of Quebec have announced the formation of a coalition with the goal of fighting against oil works in the Gulf if there is no recognition of aboriginal rights.

The announcement was hailed by the St. Lawrence Coalition, working to draw attention to the issue and standing in objection to Gulf oil development for years now.

“The Innu, Maliseet and Mi’gmaq have a privileged and fundamental link to the Gulf of

St. Lawrence and they will now be able to speak with a strong common voice to claim its protection against, among others, offshore oil exploration,” stated Sylvain Archambault, a spokesperson for the St. Lawrence Coalition, in a statement promoting the Innu, Maliseet and Mi’gmaq Nations’ agreement.


The Natural Resources Notebook is compiled by reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick. Do you have news from the resource sectors? Let us know at

Organizations: Convention Centre.The, Mineral Resources Review, Canadian Institute of Mining Delta Canada West Foundation Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation University of Toronto Atlantic Provinces Economic Council RNC Iron Ore Co. of Canada IOC Lawrence Coalition

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec

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