Mineral Exploration To Benefit Northern Residents

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 14:44



The executive director of Exploration and Geological Services with the provincial government says the need for workers in the industry is increasing.


George Patterson says with the mineral exploration industry expecting an all-time spike in exploration activity in the uranium and diamond mining sectors, the government and industry must work together to ensure members of surrounding communities receive jobs.


Most of the exploration slated for 2006 will take place in northern Saskatchewan.


Patterson says drilling companies are now offering courses for drill helpers in the La Ronge area to keep up with the high demand for help.


He also notes a line-cutting course is being offered in the Athabasca region, as well.


Patterson says the record $194 million in mineral exploration expenditures forecast for this year should benefit northern communities through job creation.