Canadian Mining Journal


ZINC-LEAD: NorZinc gets good news for all-season road to Prairie Creek

The Prairie Creek zinc-lead project is inching toward commercial production. (Image: NorZinc/Canadian Zinc)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Vancouver-based NorZinc has received a positive recommendation for its proposed all-season road to the Prairie Creek zinc-lead mine 200 km west of Fort Simpson. The project has the backing of the Mackenzie Valley Review Board, subject to the implementation of several mitigative measures and the company’s plan as outlined in the submission.

The full texts of the Ministers’ Decision, and related documents and correspondence, may be viewed on the public registry website of the Mackenzie Valley Review Board.

Mineralization was discovered at Prairie Creek in 1928, but systematic exploration was not begun until the mid-1960s. In the early 1980s, the project was owned by the Hunt Brothers and about 95% complete, when the price of silver collapsed. The property hosts 8.7 million measured and indicated tonnes grading 9.5% zinc, 8.9% lead and 136 g/t silver.

Details pertaining to the Prairie Creek project are available at

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