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NOV 2014

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ROCK products • NOVEMBER 2014 20 quire processing that includes crushing, liberation and clean‐ ing/sorting (Stikine Gold, 2014). The Nonda project is 93 mi (150 km) west of the Horn River Shale Basin, consists of a quartz‐pure sandstone in 40/70 and 100 mesh sizes that is very homogeneous and has a surface exposure >7.1 mi x 0.6 mi (>11.5 km x 1 km) (Stikine Gold, 2014). The Angus project is 124 mi (200 km) south of the Montney Shale Basin, consists of quartz‐pure sandstone in 20/40, 30/50 and 40/70 mesh sizes that has a surface exposure of >3.1 mi x 0.6 mi (>5 km x 1 km) (Stikine Gold, 2014). West of Flin Flon: Hanson Lake Sands has a frac sand deposit with an estimated capacity of 800,000 tpy (Claim Post Re‐ sources Inc., 2013). Northwest Territories Fort Liard: Silica North Resources, Ltd., has an active frac sand exploration project (Levson and others, 2012). Mackenzie River: less than optimally accessible quartz‐rich sandstone of the Proterozoic Katherine Group and the Cam‐ brian Mount Clark Formation occurs along the Mackenzie River; and potentially accessible units are at Great Slave Lake (Proterozoic Preble, Kluziai, and Hornby Channel Formations and the Cambrian Old Fort Island Formation) (Levson and oth‐ ers, 2012). Also, Quaternary sand units with high frac sand po‐ tential include sand dune deposits derived from older glaciofluvial or sandy glaciolacustrine sediments, and/or sandy bedrock units (examples of these include the reworked sand units located along the Mackenzie River in the Fort Good Hope, Mountain River, Tulita, Keele River, and Fort Simpson areas, Northwest Territories) (Levson and others, 2012). As well, the sandy glaciofluvial deposits along the Liard Highway and paleo‐beach ridges and dunes along the North Arm of Great Slave Lake are considered units with high economic po‐ tential as frac sand (Levson and others, 2012). Manitoba Seymourville: Claim Post Resources, Inc. is developing a surface frac sand deposit in the Seymourville area that is targeted for production in 2015, with estimated capacity of 400,000– 1,200,000 tpy. The company has combined the Gossan and Char Crete leases into a single 2.5‐sq.‐mi project on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg, northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. These leases are across lake from Black Island, which has had historical production of white silica sand from a quarry on its southeastern shoreline (Claim Post Resources Inc., 2013). Northern Manitoba: Vickory Nickel Inc. has a prospective frac sand deposit with an estimated capacity of 500,000 tpy that is about 200‐ft. (60 m) below rock within a nickel mine (Claim Post Resources Inc., 2013). Saskatchewan Winn Bay: Preferred Sands acquired Winn Bay Sand in 2011 (Snyder, 2013). This deposit occurs in sandstone of the Or‐ dovician Winnipeg Formation (Levson and others, 2012). Lloydminster: Canfrac Sands Ltd. transports about 50,000 to 100,000 tons of frac sand per year from this deposit (Sny‐ der, 2013). Multiple Provinces Canadian stratigraphic units with future frac sand poten‐ tial exist in the Liard River Valley in British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories in the Carboniferous Mattson Formation and Cretaceous Sikanni, Scatter, and Dunvegan Formations (Levson and others, 2012). Source: Mary Ellen Benson and Anna B. Wilson, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver. Claim Post Seeks Canadian Work Permit Claim Post Resources Inc. has applied for a Mineral Exploration Work Permit through Manitoba Conservation and the Mineral Resources Division of Innovation, Energy, and Mines (IEM). The Work Permit is valid for a one‐year period for exploration work such as line cutting, exploration and geotechnical drilling. Through the application of the Mineral Exploration Work Permit, IEM will conduct Crown Consultation on the application mainly with Hollow Water First Nation and the Villages of Seymourville and Manigotagan. Consultation is usually a 4 to 6 week process. Manitoba views the consultation process as helping build positive relationships between the Government of Manitoba, Aboriginal Communities and companies like Claim Post Resources. The application for the Work Permit creates a formal process of Aboriginal Consultation for mineral exploration activities in the Province of Manitoba. IEM will facilitate the Manitoba Consulta‐ tion process and will communicate any requirements or condi‐ tions that arise from consultation or from other government departments directly to Claim Post Resources. Consultation will seek input from the Communities on concerns regarding poten‐ tial adverse effect relating to the exploration program and meas‐ ures to mitigate those concerns. An effective consultation process will allow the stakeholders to make informed decisions about the potential effects on the exer‐ cise of treaty and aboriginal rights without unduly delaying or discouraging investment in Manitoba's mineral resources, which benefits all Manitobans, including Aboriginal people who live and work near the areas of mineral exploration or development. The president of Claim Post Resources, Charles Gryba, stated: "Over the past 12 months Claim Post Resources has engaged in a number of proactive informal discussions with Hollow Water, Seymourville, cottage owners and a number of Manitoba Gov‐ ernment departments. In addition, our project engineer lives on the Hollow Water reserve thus he is continuously meeting with the community members. We are now entering the formal gov‐ ernment process of conducting open houses with both the First Nations and nearby recreational cottage communities."

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