Now It's Coal for Saskatchewan!

Now It's Coal for Saskatchewan!

Postby Oscar » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:55 am

Now It's Coal for Saskatchewan!

1) Goldsource Confirms Saskatchewan Coal Discovery

http://www.goldsourcemines.com/_resourc ... ay5-08.pdf

Analytical Results and Coal Rankings Announced TSX-V: GXS

VANCOUVER, B.C. May 5, 2008 – Goldsource Mines Inc. (the “Company”) announces the results for the 47 coal samples submitted from the Saskatchewan coal intercepts for two core holes representing 26 metres and 32.5 metres respectively of coal seam, including 22.6 metres of continuous coal in each hole. On the basis of proximate analyses, most of the coal from the two intercepts is ranked, in accordance with standard ASTM-D388, as High Volatile Bituminous C and Sub-Bituminous A. The analyses and rankings confirm the “visual characteristics” reported in the Company’s news release dated April 28, 2008.

The Company believes that the coal encountered in the drill holes is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Cretaceous age. The coal is black and moderately hard and the 47 samples have been ranked according to ASTM - D388 as follows; High volatile bituminous B (1); High volatile bituminous C (21) Sub-bituminous A (20); Sub-bituminous B (4); Sub-bituminous C (1). Overall, the initial proximate analyses for the 22.6 metres of continuous coal in each hole show a range of Calorific Values (dry basis) of 18,900 to 23,150 Kj/Kg (8,100 to 10,000 BTU/lb) with an average of approximately 21,000 Kj/Kg (9,200 BTU/lb).

The initial sulfur content ranges from 0.25 to 3.84% with an average around 1.5%. Coal intervals with partings located below the continuous coal seam intercepts have widths of 4.6 and 10.0 metres respectively. These lower intervals have Calorific Values of 13,700 Kj/Kg (5,900 BTU/lb) and 10,400 Kj/Kg (4,400 BTU/lb). J. Scott Drever, President stated: “In light of the apparent nature and quality of the coal, we are truly excited with this new coal discovery in Saskatchewan. The information to date suggests the potential to establish a significant resource tonnage in a relatively short time. We believe that the thickness of the seam, its apparent low geologic complexity and excellent thermal characteristics will make it unique, certainly to Saskatchewan and perhaps to Canada. Our next step will be to attempt to determine the aerial extent and thickness of the seam from our geophysical database. We will follow up with confirmation drilling in June or as soon as weather and permitting allow.”

Since the primary goal for drilling was to test for kimberlite and the intercepts of coal were unexpected, the standard precautions for protecting the coal from contamination from drilling fluids and extraneous moisture were not applied and therefore some of the ash and moisture contents may have been negatively affected. This suggests that the above rankings as reported may be lower than actual. Re-drilling of these two initial holes will be completed to gather more accurate coal data using standard coal drilling and sampling techniques with the potential to upgrade the presently reported coal analyses and ranking.

Tests for a Free Swelling Index (FSI), which can indicate that a coal has coking characteristics, were negative. However, the absence of FSI numbers may also be attributed to the presence of excessive drilling fluids. Further test work will be carried out using alternative procedures to test for potential coking characteristics.

The Company cautions that only 2 holes have been drilled and that continuity and geology-type (potentially low complexity) based on GSC Paper 88-21 still remain to be established with additional drilling. The reported coal ranks are considered preliminary in nature and significant further test work is required to fully evaluate the mineability and potential economic value of the coal.

In accordance with the standards for reporting coal in Canada (GSC Paper 88-21) it is judged that this coal deposit may be Low-Type B geological complexity and may be designated as a “surface” deposit type. Once seam continuity is established, the Assurance of Existence Categories of Measured, Indicated and Inferred resources can be extrapolated for distances of up to 600 metres, 1200 metres and 3600 metres respectively from known data points.

The two core holes are located approximately 50 kilometres north of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. The property is readily accessible by highway and railway which transverse the area of interest. The initial drill target area is approximately 5 kilometres from the rail line. The two holes are located 1.64 kilometres apart in a relatively flat-laying area. The coal seam top in both holes is located approximately 80 metres from surface.

Full text: http://www.goldsourcemines.com/_resourc ... ay5-08.pdf


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2) North American Gem Inc. Applies for Coal Permitting North of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan

http://www.northamericangem.com/newsrelease/2008/120/

May 7, 2008:

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) is pleased to announce that the Company has submitted coal permit applications encompassing approximately 134,168 acres in proximity to the recent Goldsource Mines Inc. (TSX-V symbol: GXS)(Goldsource) discovery, in east-central Saskatchewan. A further 5,683 acres has been acquired through a third party arms-length option agreement purchased for $7,500 plus 100,000 common shares of the Company in the first year, and another $7,500 in the second year plus 100,000 common shares of the Company. This brings the current total land staking to approximately 139,851 acres, as additional coal permitting is ongoing.

The Company will keep the shareholders aware of any progress regarding these coal permits that have been forwarded to the government of Saskatchewan's permitting office.

The time frame will be determined by the permitting office. North American Gem Inc. has submitted money in trust to the Saskatchewan permitting office. The Company has made a commitment to be active in Saskatchewan for the exploration of coal, whether it be through successful staking by the Company or through joint venture opportunities. The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. of bituminous coal in two drill holes 1600 meters apart, suggests the potential for a much larger coal system. Goldsource believes the coal it encountered is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Creataceous age (Goldsource Mines Inc., Release May 5, 2008). Coal structures of the Creataceous age are generally very large and can encompass several thousand square kilometers.

“The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. is potentially the tip of the iceberg. We believe that this could be the beginning of a new major coal region in the mining friendly province of Saskatchewan,” said Charles Desjardins, President of North American Gem Inc., “The Company plans to aggressively explore successful permits.”
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North American Gem Inc. Applies for Additional Coal Permitting North of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan Acquires Information to warrant Specific Staking
http://www.northamericangem.com/newsrelease/2008/121/

May 8, 2008:

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) is pleased to announce that the Company has submitted coal permit applications for another 118,733 acres, in addition to the previous acreage as stated in yesterdays release. This now brings the current total land staking to approximately 252,901 acres, the Company continues to add to its potential land position in proximity to the recent Goldsource Mines Inc. (TSX-V symbol: GXS)(Goldsource) discovery, in east-central Saskatchewan.

North American Gem has been contacted by another Diamond Exploration Company that has also drilled into a coal seam, in what we believe could be part of the same Creataceous aged coal system. Part of that core is presently being assayed.

“It is our immediate goal to become a major land holder in this region of Saskatchewan through successful permitting,” said Charles Desjardins, President of North American Gem Inc., “This acquired additional technical information could support the early theory of the presence of a much larger coal system.”

The Company will confirm permit grants as documentation is received regarding these coal permits that have been forwarded to the government of Saskatchewan's permitting office. The time frame will be determined by the permitting office. North American Gem Inc. has submitted money in trust to the Saskatchewan permitting office.

North American Gem has made a commitment to be active in Saskatchewan for the exploration of coal, whether it be through successful staking by the Company or through joint venture opportunities. The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. of bituminous coal in two drill holes 1600 meters apart, suggests the potential for a much larger coal system. Goldsource believes the coal it encountered is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Creataceous age (Goldsource Mines Inc., Release May 5, 2008). Coal structures of the Creataceous age are generally very large and can encompass several thousand square kilometers.
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North American Gem Inc. Continues to add to its Coal permitting position West of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan

http://www.northamericangem.com/newsrelease/12/122/

May 12, 2008:

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) is pleased to announce that the Company has submitted coal permit applications for another 96,478 acres, in addition to the previous acreage as stated in the Thursday May 8, 2008 release. This now brings the current total land staking to approximately 349,379 acres, the Company continues to add to its potential land position in proximity to the recent Goldsource Mines Inc. (TSX-V symbol: GXS)(Goldsource) discovery, in east-central Saskatchewan.

Charles Desjardins, President of North American Gem Inc. said, “The Company believes in the long term viability of this promising coal basin and has continued to stake based on the quality information that has been made available to North American Gem Inc.”

The Company will confirm permit grants as documentation is received regarding these coal permits that have been forwarded to the government of Saskatchewan's permitting office. The time frame will be determined by the permitting office. North American Gem Inc. has submitted money in trust to the Saskatchewan permitting office.
North American Gem has made a commitment to be active in Saskatchewan for the exploration of coal, whether it be through successful staking by the Company or through joint venture opportunities. The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. of bituminous coal in two drill holes 1600 meters apart, suggests the potential for a much larger coal system. Goldsource believes the coal it encountered is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Creataceous age (Goldsource Mines Inc., Release May 5, 2008). Coal structures of the Creataceous age are generally very large and can encompass several thousand square kilometers.

North American Gem Inc. would like to announce that pursuant to its stock option plan, the Company has granted incentive stock options to its directors, officers, consultants, and employees to purchase 1 million common shares in the capital stock of the company, exercisable for a period of two years, at a price of 15 cents per share. These options are subject to a four-month hold period.
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North American Gem Inc. Acquires Coal Property from Second Diamond Explorer to Hit Coal Northwest of Hudson Bay Saskatchewan Continues to add to its Coal permitting position in this new region

http://www.northamericangem.com/newsrelease/14/123/

May 14, 2008:

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) has signed an agreement with Adamas Minerals Corp. (Adamas) of Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan to grant North American Gem Inc. exclusive rights to coal, oil shale's and or all hydrocarbon discoveries on a land package on which coal permit applications have been submitted for, West of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Included in this new potential land package acquired from Adamas, the Company has also submitted coal permit applications for another 578,234 acres, in addition to the previous acreage as stated in the Monday May 12, 2008 release. This now brings the current total land staking to approximately 927,613 acres, more than doubling our current application.

In 2007, Adamas was exploring a magnetic anomaly thought to be a kimberlite target in proximity to the most recent discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. (TSX-V symbol: GXS) (Goldsource), in western Saskatchewan which has been recently shown to have a major potential for regional coal deposits. During this exploration program Adamas discovered a coal seam in the Cretaceous rock (Mannville Group Rocks) sequence containing coal similar to Goldsource. This 4 meter intercept is currently on a rush assay to Loring Laboratory out of Calgary, Alberta. This is same Laboratory that Goldsource had used and was chosen to maintain assay continuity.

Adamas has collected proprietary aeromagnetics data for the area of interest that has been made available to North American Gem Inc. to be used to further evaluate the area for coal deposits and other minerals that may be found therein. Historical data and reports suggest that coal is present to the north edge of the Cretaceous rock sequence along the shores of Wapawekka Lake to the north of the Adamas discovery and the reports further suggests that the Wapawekka out crop is likely associated with a larger deposit to the south. The Adamas intercept is directly south of Wapawekka Lake along the low lying basin adjacent to the south east of the Narrow Hills Uplands.

Goldsource made a significant coal discovery also while drilling for kimberlites in a low lying basin south east of the adjacent uplands at Pasquia Hills to the south east of the Narrow Hills intercept. The occurrence at Pasquia is roughly 80-100 km south east of the Narrow Hills and both have similar topographical features and are in the same Cretaceous rock sequence.

The Bow River coal outcrop occurs roughly 80-100km north west following the same topographic uplands leading edge which is patterned to the Canadian Shield boundaries lying north west to south east as both the Narrow Hills and Pasquia Hills are suggesting that the coal occurrences at the Bow River to the north west Wapawekka Lake and Narrow Hills central and the Pasquia Hills south east are associated with the same geological structures that would allow coal to have developed and remain intact through the glacial erosion. The regional topography clearly seen on the sedimentary basin coverage in central Saskatchewan is suggestive of similar topographic features that are highlands off set by adjacent low lands that were subject to high degrees of erosion. The continuity of coal from the Bow River out crop in the north west and the major coal discovery at Pasquia Hills Places the Wapawekka and Narrow Hills occurrence in the central portion of the regional known coal occurrences and provides the opportunity to further explore the region for additional deposits.

Air-Borne Electromagnetic surveys are well suited for regional exploration of this nature and given the known location of the Adamas Coal intercept it is likely to provide a fast track to defining regional drill targets. Charles Desjardins, President of North American Gem Inc. said, "We are excited to be a part of this discovery to the Northwest of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. We believe that this intercept along with the Goldsource find represents the possibility of a much larger coal system."
The terms of the agreement are as follows:

North American Gem Inc. will pay $7,500 and 500,000 common shares of the Company to Adamas Mineral Corp. upon signing of the agreement. North American Gem Inc. will pay an additional 500,000 common shares of the Company once drilling has commenced.

The Company will confirm permit grants as documentation is received regarding these coal permits that have been forwarded to the government of Saskatchewan's permitting office. The time frame will be determined by the permitting office. North American Gem Inc. has submitted money in trust to the Saskatchewan permitting office.

North American Gem has made a commitment to be active in Saskatchewan for the exploration of coal, whether it be through successful staking by the Company or through joint venture opportunities. The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. of bituminous coal in two drill holes 1600 meters apart, suggests the potential for a much larger coal system. Goldsource believes the coal it encountered is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Creataceous age (Goldsource Mines Inc., Release May 5, 2008). Coal structures of the Creataceous age are generally very large and can encompass several thousand square kilometers.

Mike Magrum, PEng, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical content of this news release.

Contacts North American Gem Inc., +1-604-683-5445 Email: news@northamericangem.com

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Sub-Bituminous A Coal Assayed at Adamas Discovery West of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan

http://www.northamericangem.com/newsrelease/2008/124/

May 20, 2008:

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) is pleased to have received the coal results for drill core samples recently sent to be analyzed for coal quality and integrity. Upon the arrival of the sample, it was evident that the coal had suffered some oxidization and degradation due to exposure while remaining out in the core boxes uncovered and exposed to the elements. Coal is considered to be extremely sensitive to oxidization while compared to other commodities that require no special handling during drilling or storage while in the core boxes.

Despite the likelihood of some grade loss, the samples graded Sub-bituminous A quality. This is highly encouraging as the coal would have likely deteriorated to some degree and suggests that the sample may be of better quality in an unoxidized state.

Further to the initial four meter coal intercept, it was determined that a significant layer of intact Mannville rock types were encountered suggesting that the immediate area was not subject to a high degree of erosion which has preserved the Mannville sequence containing the coal beds. It was also noted that coal partings and staining was evident in an additional four meter section directly overlying the four meter coal intercept. Even more encouraging was the identification of an additional (one meter) coal seam that was encountered twelve meters above the coal seam originally reported. This seam is also associated with apparent coal partings and staining of the Mannville rocks in a four meter section surrounding this seam. The nature of the second coal seam appears to be similar to the first (four meter) seam. Samples from this additional coal seam will be sent to Loring Laboratories in Calgary, Alberta and the results will be reported when received.

It is believed that the coal found in the Narrow Hills region remains intact and has avoided erosion through a significant stratagraphic section of the Manville. The region surrounding this discovery will be tested for thicker coal seams. The discovery of coal in the Adamas drill hole has allowed North American Gem Inc. to design an air-borne electromagnetic survey to focus on areas immediately surrounding the coal discovery, which will determine the extent of this deposit. The widespread nature of the coal drill intercepts and historical data illustrate the widespread potential for coal deposits.

North American Gem Inc. has submitted applications for coal permits to cover the entire region of the discovery and will actively begin exploration work to further evaluate the nature of the regional potential to define further coal deposits throughout.

The Company Continues Selective Land Acquisition

The Company has submitted coal permit applications for a total of 950,377 acres to date. Within this total acreage, is the ground associated Adamas Minerals Corp. (Adamas) of Prince Albert, where North American Gem Inc. has the exclusive rights to exploit coal, oil shale’s and or all hydrocarbons on the land package west of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. The potential land holdings have access to highway, CN and CP Rail, and has electrical infrastructure all running through the property.

Overview

In 2007, Adamas was exploring a magnetic anomaly thought to be a kimberlite target in proximity to the most recent discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. (TSX-V symbol: GXS) (Goldsource), in western Saskatchewan. During this exploration program Adamas discovered a coal seam in the Cretaceous rock (Mannville Group Rocks) sequence containing coal similar to Goldsource, confirming the regional potential for coal deposits. Adamas has collected proprietary aeromagnetics data for the area of interest that has been made available to North American Gem Inc. to be used to further evaluate the area for coal deposits and other minerals that may be found therein. Historical data and reports suggest that coal is present to the north edge of the Cretaceous rock sequence along the shores of Wapawekka Lake to the north of the Adamas discovery. These reports further suggest that the Wapawekka out crop is likely associated with a larger deposit to the south. The Adamas intercept is directly south of Wapawekka Lake along the low lying basin adjacent to the south east of the Narrow Hills Uplands.

Goldsource also made a significant coal discovery while drilling for kimberlites in a low lying basin south east of the adjacent uplands at Pasquia Hills to the south east of the Narrow Hills intercept. The occurrence at Pasquia is roughly 80-100 km south east of the Narrow Hills and both have similar topographical features and are in the same Cretaceous rock sequence.

The Bow River coal outcrop occurs roughly 80-100 km northwest of the project area following the same topographic uplands leading edge which is patterned to the Canadian Shield boundaries lying northwest to the southeast. This suggests that the coal occurrences at the Bow River to the northwest of Wapawekka Lake and Narrow Hills central and the Pasquia Hills southeast are associated with the same geological structures that would allow coal to have developed and remain intact through the glacial erosion. The continuity of coal from the Bow River out crop in the northwest and the major coal discovery at Pasquia Hills Places the Wapawekka and Narrow Hills occurrence in the central portion of the regional known coal occurrences outline a broad area for future exploration.

Airborne Electromagnetic surveys are well suited for regional exploration of this nature, and given the known location of the Adamas Coal intercept, it is likely to provide a fast track to defining regional drill targets.

The Company will confirm permit grants as documentation is received regarding these coal permits that have been forwarded to the government of Saskatchewan's permitting office. The time frame will be determined by the permitting office. North American Gem Inc. has submitted money in trust to the Saskatchewan permitting office.

North American Gem has made a commitment to be active in Saskatchewan for the exploration of coal, whether it be through successful permitting by the Company or through joint venture opportunities. The recent coal discovery by Goldsource Mines Inc. of bituminous coal in two drill holes 1600 meters apart, suggests the potential for a much larger coal system. Goldsource believes the coal it encountered is from the Mannville/Swan River Group of Creataceous age (Goldsource Mines Inc., Release May 5, 2008). Coal structures of the Creataceous age are generally stratigraphic and can encompass several thousand square kilometers.

Mike Magrum, PEng, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical content of this news release.
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About North American Gem Inc. North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V symbol: NAG) is a junior exploration Company based in Western Canada. The Company's primary goal is to explore for Uranium, Molybdenum, Gold, Copper, and other base metals in Canada. The Company is actively pursuing several opportunities, including the Louise Lake copper-gold-molybdenum-silver project located in British Columbia. The Company is also pursuing its uranium projects, consisting of the Whiskey Gap, Del Bonita, Western Basin, and Bonny Fault projects, all located in Alberta. In addition the Company is also pursuing its Mosquito Gulch uranium property located in the North West Territories and the Ranger Lake Uranium property located in Ontario.

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3) WestCan Uranium Corp Applies for Additional Saskatchewan Coal Permits

http://www.miningtopnews.com/westcan-ur ... rmits.html

May 13th, 2008 - Posted in Press Release, Uranium

WestCan Uranium Corp. announces that the Company has made application for additional coal permits covering a new area of interest, in accordance with the Coal Disposition Act of Saskatchewan. The time frame for granting of the permits is dependent upon regulatory requirements to process the applications.

The Company has submitted applications for additional permits in the vicinity of the Goldsource Mines Inc. discovery, north of the Town of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Management will keep WestCan shareholders aware of the status of the coal permits, which have been submitted to the offices of The Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources, located in Regina Saskatchewan on May 08th, 2008 and May 12th, 2008.

Chris England, President & CEO of WestCan commented, “The recent discovery of Coal deposits in east-central Saskatchewan has convinced management to expand its exploration commitment in the Province.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors Chris England, President and CEO WestCan Uranium Corp.

Statements about the Company’s future expectations and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are “forward looking statements”. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbours created thereby. Since these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from the expected results.

Contact: WestCan Uranium Corp. Chris England President and CEO
(604) 984-0888 Email: info@westcanuranium.com Website: http://www.westcanuranium.com Source: WestCan Uranium Corp.-

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Wescan Goldfields confirms early application for coal dispositions in Saskatchewan

http://www.miningtopnews.com/wescan-gol ... hewan.html

May 18th, 2008 - Posted in Coal

Wescan Goldfields Inc. is pleased to announce that it has applied for an extensive package of coal dispositions in the east central area of Saskatchewan. Coal permit applications covering approximately 240,000 hectares were submitted in April, in accordance with the Coal Disposition Act of Saskatchewan, immediately following the announcement of a significant coal discovery in that region. Wescan is currently in the process of acquiring a letter of comfort from Saskatchewan Energy and Resources and Wescan will promptly report upon receipt of this letter. The receipt of any actual dispositions and permits will be dependent upon regulatory approval and related time requirements to process the applications.

Wescan applied for coal dispositions adjacent to and partially surrounding the coal discovery made by Goldsource Mines Inc. (”Goldsource”), which was announced by Goldsource on April 22, 2008. The near surface intersections discovered by Goldsource were made in two holes targeting kimberlite spaced 1.64 kilometres apart in an area 50 kilometres north of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan.

Wescan is a Canadian based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares of Wescan trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol “WGF”.

For further information Darren Anderson, Investor Relations or Kirsten Marcia, Vice President of Exploration at (306) 664-2422 Source: Wescan Goldfields Inc.
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Saskatchewan Under Seige!

Postby Oscar » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:14 am

Published in the Wadena News on June 26, 2008

To the Editor -

Saskatchewan under seige!

While most of us are preoccupied with the shock and disbelief of this government’s recent musings on where they’ll build their nuclear power plant, at least three mining companies have quietly received permits to explore more than a million acres of beautiful parkland in northeastern Saskatchewan to get at the coal underneath.

The claims of just one company, the North American Gem Inc., total over 950,000 acres lying some 50 kilometers north of Hudson Bay, and include Wapawekka Lake as well as the Narrow Hills and Pasquai Hills region…a unique and fragile ecological area noted for its fishing, canoeing, tenting and bird-watching. Imagine! Coal mining, with all its inherent waste and destruction!!

Across the province, the relentless, rapacious corporate exploitation continues, without regard for the environment, people, animals, or communities. Coal mining in the northeast, stripping the land of its trees, meadows, and wetlands; oil and gas extraction everywhere to keep the war machines working in Iraq and Afghanistan; uranium mining across the entire north to supply the world with fuel for nuclear power plants and Depleted Uranium weaponry; and now, a nuclear power plant in Saskatchewan, close to tarsands at La Loche and Fort McMurray, the emissions from which are already destroying our lakes and forests.

Kids of the future: forget camping in our wilderness, drinking water from our rivers, swimming in or eating fish from our lakes. Everything – the soil, the water, the air, the wildlife - will be contaminated and ravaged for thousands of years.

This is our gift to future generations – a wasteland unfit for life!

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MEMBERS OF U.S. CONGRESS TO LEARN ABOUT SASKATCHEWAN CLEAN E

Postby Oscar » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:40 am

MEMBERS OF U.S. CONGRESS TO LEARN ABOUT SASKATCHEWAN CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVES

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News Release - June 27, 2008

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be in Saskatchewan on Monday to see firsthand some of the groundbreaking research on carbon capture and storage occurring in this province.

Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia), House Energy & Air Quality Sub-Committee; and, Representative Tim Mahoney (D-Florida) will visit the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina and the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Weyburn-Midale Carbon Dioxide Monitoring and Storage Project near Weyburn.

While at the PTRC, the members of Congress will observe presentations on:

- Saskatchewan's strategic approach to carbon capture and storage;

- SaskPower's Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture/Sequestration Demonstration Project;

- The International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Weyburn-Midale Carbon Dioxide Monitoring and Storage Project; and,

- The International Test Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture (followed by a tour of the International Test Centre).

Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd, who is also the Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, will join the Weyburn portion of the tour along with top executives from EnCana.

"Saskatchewan is a world leader in the field of carbon capture and sequestration, and this visit provides the opportunity to show these influential elected officials what our province has to offer the world in climate change initiatives that also support energy production," Boyd said. "The provincial government welcomes increased energy trade and welcomes U.S. interest in Saskatchewan's energy sector."

The delegation's time in the Weyburn area will include a meeting with top EnCana executives from Calgary and tour of EnCana's Weyburn carbon sequestration and related enhanced oil recovery project.

EnCana began working with the International Energy Agency before the CO2 was injected into the ground. Agency scientists first studied the reservoir to establish baseline knowledge in order to monitor and understand reservoir changes as CO2 was injected over the life of the project.

"This project provides a win-win for business and the environment," EnCana Executive Vice-President of Canadian Plains Don Swystun said. "EnCana is able to enhance oil recovery and eliminate CO2 from the air at the same time. We expect to store 30 million tonnes of CO2, which is equal to taking nearly 7 million cars off the road for a year."

During his March visit to Washington, D.C., Premier Brad Wall invited Chairman Boucher to lead a delegation to Saskatchewan and learn more about the province's energy research centre initiatives. Following their visit to Saskatchewan, the American delegation will travel to Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The visit was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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For more information, contact:

Jeff Welke
Intergovernmental Affairs
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6156
Cell: 306-536-1185

Alan Boras
EnCana
Calgary
Phone: 403-645-4747


Backgrounder – Clean Energy Projects

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage

• Over half of Saskatchewan’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to electricity generation and oil and gas activities. In order to reduce GHG emissions while still accessing coal, it is essential that Saskatchewan utilize technology such as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

• CO2 can be injected into oilfields as part of an enhanced oil recovery project, as now occurs at two southeastern Saskatchewan oilfields. CO2 can also be injected into saline reservoirs for storage, or into deep coal seams either for storage or to stimulate production of natural gas

• Saskatchewan is taking a leading world role in applying this technology at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and the International Test Centre (ITC) for CO2 Capture in Regina.

• The PTRC was established by the federal and provincial governments to work with industry to develop the next generation of oil production technology.

• One of the major initiatives of the PTRC is the International Energy Agency (IEA) GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project which is studying the storage of CO2 associated with CO2 enhanced oil recovery projects.

• The Weyburn-Midale project is improving understanding of geological sequestration of CO2, the mechanisms of sequestration, and the degree to which CO2 can be permanently sequestered or stored in geological formations. The information provided by the project will assist in selecting other appropriate CO2 storage sites and in designing and implementing successful CO2 sequestration or storage projects throughout the world. The project will provide a credible assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2.

• The results of the initial phase of the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project indicate that the injected CO2 likely will remain in the Weyburn and Midale reservoirs for several thousand years at a minimum.

• Saskatchewan has recently announced a $1.4 billion SaskPower Clean Coal Project to demonstrate CO2 capture for use in enhanced oil recovery in southeast Saskatchewan. The first phase of this Project involves a front end engineering and design (FEED) study, selecting technology partnerships and issuing equipment orders, leading to a decision to go ahead with the Project by 2011.

• The large volume of CO2 required for injection into oil reservoirs in Saskatchewan could be obtained from nearby coal-fired electricity generation stations using CO2 separation technology being developed by the International Test Centre (ITC) for CO2 Capture at the U of R. The ITC is developing technologies to capture CO2 from flue gases (primarily amine-based) from large industrial facilities such as refineries or
coal-fired electrical generating stations.

• CCS technology is attracting significant attention nationally and internationally. It is likely that coal will remain a major contributor to electrical generation for decades due to its distribution, abundance, and low, stable prices. This means it is particularly important to develop new technologies to address the emissions from coal-fired electricity generation facilities.

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Backgrounder - Congressmen

Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia)
First elected to the US House of Representatives in 1982, Chairmain Boucher is currently serving his 13th term. He chairs the Energy and Air Quality Sub-Committee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This Committee has been very active on issues related to climate change and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration.
More information about Chairman Boucher can be found at
www.boucher.house.gov.

Representative Tim Mahoney (D-Florida)
Representative Mahoney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007 to represent Florida's 16th Congressional District. He was named the "Most Effective New Congressman" by Congress.org's annual Power Rankings, which ranks Members' power based upon legislative accomplishments and influence.
More information about Representative Mahoney can be found at
www.mahoney.house.gov.
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Down and Dirty in Hudson Bay!

Postby Oscar » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:38 pm

Published in the Parkland Review on July 18, 2008

Down and Dirty in Hudson Bay!

Back in May, while the rest of us were still reeling from the prospect of having Bruce Power and their friends at Cameco build us a ‘clean and safe’ nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Diefenbaker, three mining companies very quietly received permits to explore for coal on more than a million acres of beautiful parkland in northeastern Saskatchewan.

Coal mining? In a time when opportunities abound for the intelligent development of truly clean and sustainable energy sources, the prospect of digging up more of the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet is making headlines – in a time when most people associate coal with the bygone Industrial Age?

One company alone, the North American Gem Inc., has a permit to explore over 950,000 acres lying some 50 kilometers north of Hudson Bay, and includes Wapawekka Lake as well as the Narrow Hills and Pasquia Hills region… a unique and fragile ecological area noted for its fishing, canoeing, tenting and bird-watching – tragically transformed into a barren and polluted moonscape!

This is economic development in 2008?


Elaine Hughes
Archerwill, SK
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Saskatchewan's 'Last Mountain'?

Postby Oscar » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:10 am

Saskatchewan's 'Last Mountain'?

...not many mountains in Saskatchewan but . . . . the same trade-off exists: “So. You don’t want uranium? Then, you’ll get coal!!!”

And the destruction and health problems……

See info below.

Elaine

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The Last Mountain

WATCH TRAILER:
http://thelastmountainmovie.com/

The Last Mountain is a new and FANTASTIC doc film about coal, and mountain top removal in Appalacia. Ontario buys coal from Central Appalacia, and that likely means mountain top removal. If we don’t get more green energy, then we get more coal and nuclear. That’s our choice.

This film needs to get out into communities across ON and Canada; pre-Ontario-election would be best. Do you have a good repertory theatre in your community that might screen this? I can hook you up with the distributors. They charge $150 per screening. CAPE has offered to help pay this fee.

Let me know how I can help facilitate this.

- angela@cleanairalliance.org

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Mineral and Energy Resources of Saskatchewan - Coal

[ http://er.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=29f ... a9b1ad5ade ]

[ . . . no date given]

Coal mining in Saskatchewan dates back to 1857, making it one of the earliest commodities to be mined in the province. Coal produced in Saskatchewan is lignite, which is a lower quality coal with relatively low heating value. However, these coals are also low in sulphur.

Only the Ravenscrag Formation contains lignite deposits of current economic interest. The Ravenscrag Formation is an extension of lignite bearing beds distributed through North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The surface-mineable deposits are located in three coal basins: Estevan, Willow Bunch/Wood Mountain and Shaunavon.

The respective average characteristics of lignite from these three basins include high moisture (37.5 per cent - 40.9 per cent) and ash (9.1 per cent -17.5 per cent) content, low sulphur content (0.3 per cent - 0.7 per cent), and low energy values as measured in gigajoules per tonne (gj/t), (15.1 gj/t - 10.6 gj/t).

Measured economic resources of immediate interest exceed 1.3 billion tonnes, utilizing current open-pit mining technology at total depths of less than 35 metres. Additional indicated, inferred and speculative reserves to the same mining depth with the same technology are estimated to be 2.6 billion tonnes. Additional resources to the same depth, but with thinner seams and poorer economics are estimated to exceed 1.2 billion tonnes for a cumulative provincial total exceeding 5.1 billion tonnes.

Saskatchewan currently is the third largest producer of coal in Canada, accounting for approximately 14 to 17 per cent of total coal production. At present there are five producing coal mines in Saskatchewan. All coal is currently surface mined from large open pit mines, employing dragline excavation with truck and shovel mining equipment.

Saskatchewan produced 10 million tonnes of coal in 1993 with a sales value of $93.9 million.

Approximately 90 per cent of coal produced is consumed in the province, almost all by mine-mouth electricity generating plants. Approximately 10 per cent is exported to Ontario and Manitoba, mostly for generation of electricity. A miscellany of small industrial and commercial consumers comprise the balance of sales.

Links at URL above:

Open the Mineral Resource Map of Saskatchewan.

Link to the Geological Atlas of Saskatchewan.

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More Links:

Mining Week taking place May 29 to June 4


[ http://www.trianglenews.sk.ca/Business/ ... o-June-4/1 ]

Published on June 4, 2011 - Staff ~ The Coronach Triangle News

Mining Week in Saskatchewan runs from May 29 - June 4, 2011. This year’s theme is “Mining: Investing in Saskatchewan’s Growth”.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association is hosting events all over the province including province wide awareness activities (including a province-wide billboard campaign) and community media interviews commence.

A number of presentations were held throughout the province by mining executives including a Women In Mining (WIM) Reception with guest speaker Betty Ann Heggie “The Stiletto Chick” at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon.

Saturday, June 4, the 43rd Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition will be held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The Emergency Rescue Team (ERT) from Sherritt Coal’s Poplar River Mine, near Coronach will be competing in the above ground category of the competition.

Sherritt Coal operates the Poplar River Mine (PRM) near Coronach, contributing to the sustainability of the community of Coronach and a number of surrounding communites. PRM is a open pit coal mine, supplying coal to SaskPower’s Poplar River Power Station.

Sherritt Coal’s mines at Estevan and Coronach, account for 60% of the Province’s baseload of electrical power.

Sherritt is the largest thermal coal producer in Canada. [ . . . ]

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Westcore Announces Letter Of Intent With Quantex For Coal-To-Liquids Process

[ http://www.newtechmagazine.com/issues/p ... 1000464641 ]

New Technology Magazine 6/7/2011 11:14:00 AM

Westcore Energy Ltd. has announced it has entered into a letter of intent with Quantex Research Corporation in respect of a proposed licence to Westcore of the Quantex coal-to-liquids process.

Some of the highlights of the proposed licence include:

The licence will provide for the right to use the Quantex coal-to-liquids process within the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The licence will become effective upon the entering into of a definitive formal agreement between the parties targeted for on or before Sept. 30. The licence will include a temporary exclusivity right to use the Quantex coal-to-liquids process within the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which exclusivity period is expected to be effective for a period of three to 3.5 years from the date of issuance. [ . . . ]

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Native Prairie is Threatened by Coal to Liquids Technology

[ http://www.saskrce.ca/files/Coal%20to%2 ... -%20v5.pdf ]

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2011 Rock'n the Classroom GeoVenture - SMA Teachers' Tour

[ http://www.saskmining.ca/index.php/news ... nture.html ]

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SASKATOBA PROJECT: Coal and Oil - Pasquia Hills, SK (map)

[ http://www.saturnminerals.com/i/pdf/4-page.pdf
Saturn Minerals Inc. is a Canadian coal and energy company focused on the resource rich regions of eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba or 'Saskatoba'. With one of the thickest coal seams intersections ever encountered in Canada at 88.98 metres, 1,240 sq. km. of coal rights and 1,524 sq. km. of oil and gas concessions. Saturn is a diversified energy explorer with both discovered assets & discovery potential.
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NuCoal Energy Corp. - South 50 Project 2009

Postby Oscar » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:33 pm

NuCoal Energy Corp. - South 50 Project 2009

http://www.nucoalenergy.ca/userfiles/
South%2050%20jan%208%202010%20%20(2).pdf
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Board of Directors:
http://www.nucoalenergy.ca/corporate/
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NuCoal’s permit areas in Saskatchewan, Canada (Map):
http://www.nucoalenergy.ca/properties/

The province of Saskatchewan has experienced considerable growth within the last two years. This growing economy includes a wealth of various commodities and has made Saskatchewan, Canada the newest hot spot for the latest technologies and investment.

The province of Saskatchewan has an established mining industry with many industry suppliers. The unavailability of human resources and clean coal technologies within the province has created an abundance of opportunities for individuals and companies around the world to participate in the growth of the clean coal industry in Saskatchewan.

The coal industry and government are investing in clean coal technologies to capture, reduce and eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants when producing energy. Coal gasification, the initial stage of the liquefaction process, allows for the removal of impurities from coal. CO2 is separated pre combustion from the synthesis gas produced by the gasification process. The captured CO2 is highly pure and can be used in enhanced oil recovery or for safe storage ‘geological sequestration’ deep underground.

This document will outline the numerous opportunities Saskatchewan, Canada has for a coal to liquids plant and its technologies.
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Conclusion – page 16
In conclusion, Southern Saskatchewan has all of the infrastructure needed for a coal to liquids plant. The area has numerous advantages whether it is access to rail or pipelines. All the moving parts come together in Southern Saskatchewan to create a location that is well suited fro a polygeneration plant.
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