By Michael Christianson
Representatives from Treasury Metals spoke to community members in both Dryden and Wabigoon last week to speak about, and get input, on their Goliath Gold project.
The team also gave updates on the project that has been ongoing since 2008.
In 2017 Treasury Metals initiated a preliminary feasibility study and, started a 30,000 metres drill program. They also continued to engage with Indigenous people in the area and signed a memorandum of understanding in December with the Metis Nation of Ontario.
For the coming year they plan to complete their final resource estimate and pre-feasibility study. They plan to continue engaging with local communities and First Nations as well as complete the 30,000 metres of infill and expansion exploration work.
Mining Engineer Mark Wheeler emphasized the opportunity for jobs to be created in the areas as part of the project and he said that feedback is important going forward.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty about the project but I think a lot of people are positive about it and they just want to make sure we’re doing it in a responsible fashion,” said Wheeler. “Right off the bat we talked a lot about water, water containment and then some of the other issues that come up around that. “
Indeed many who attended the evening wanted to know about the effects on Thunder Lake and the neighbouring water channels.
Wesley Webb came out to ask about arsenic in the water, which he says has been left behind by every major mining project in the area.
“They don’t have all the answers for us. What they’re doing now is keeping the public aware of what they want the public to know,” said Webb. “I think that one of the big things is we’ve had three public meetings now and no one has given us the answers to the questioned we asked in the first public meeting and that’s what they’re going to do with the arsenic that’s coming out of that rock.”
Treasury Metals pointed to the fact that collection ponds would control site water and their redesigned site drainage would minimize impact to the Thunder Lake watershed.