Canadian Mining Journal


GOLD-COPPER: Discovery mobilizes equipment for Willa bulk sample

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Discovery Ventures of Vancouver has begun mobilization of surface equipment to rebuilt the road access to a pair of portals in the Willa gold-copper mine in the Slocan district. Two excavators, a Cat bulldozer and a rock truck will take a 10,000-tonne bulk sample from the property.

The road work to the portals should be done by mid-January 2016. Then the company will rebuild the landings for both portals and provide new water discharge lines that will create a proper mine water management program. A new settling pond system is also to be built. The areas around the portals will be cleared to provide safe zones for collaring the portals, which is anticipated to commence in approximately two weeks.

The proposed mining method at Willa be primarily long hole with shrinkage used in certain stopes. Long hole stopes will have minimum widths of 5 metres but may exceed 30 metres in some blocks. Shrinkage stoping methods will be applied in cases where the mineral width is less than 5.0 metres. Ore will be processed in the MAX mill near Revelstoke.

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