Canadian Mining Journal


Peter George fined for QP role in Barkerville and early Rubicon reports

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia has reached a consent order with Peter Thomas George in which he has agreed to pay a fine of $15,000 and pay $20,000 towards APEGBC’s legal costs for a disciplinary proceeding concerning a technical report that he wrote as the designated “Qualified Person” (QP) in August 2012 about Barkerville Gold Mines’ (TSXV: BGM) Cow Mountain deposit in B.C., and two technical reports he authored in 2011 for Rubicon Minerals (TSX: RMX) about the company’s F2 deposit in Ontario’s Red Lake camp.

“He’s admitted to all the charges, so we did not need to proceed to a public hearing,” Efrem Swartz, APEGBC’s director of legislation, ethics and compliance, told The Northern Miner by telephone from his office in Vancouver. “George’s license was not revoked, but he must partner with other professional geoscientists to produce mineral resource or reserve estimates.”

Swartz noted that the British Columbia Securities Commission was the complainant in the case against George and that the QP admitted that not only had he demonstrated unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence, but that the Barkerville report and the Rubicon reports fell below the standard expected of a reasonably prudent QP and professional geoscientist in similar circumstances.

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