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Teck to resume mineral exploration near Babbitt

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 12/12/19

BABBITT— Teck American Inc. has proposed to restart mineral exploration not far from the proposed NorthMet mine, located about five miles south-southeast of Babbitt.

Teck has filed plans with …

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Teck to resume mineral exploration near Babbitt

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BABBITT— Teck American Inc. has proposed to restart mineral exploration not far from the proposed NorthMet mine, located about five miles south-southeast of Babbitt.

Teck has filed plans with the Department of Natural Resources to resume exploration for metallic mineral deposits just east of the NorthMet deposit. Teck has drilled in this area since 2007 on an intermittent basis.

PolyMet Mining is still seeking financing to develop the NorthMet deposit, which contains low-grade copper, nickel and platinum group metals. Permits for that mine remain suspended due to unresolved court action.

Teck plans to drill exploratory borings in bedrock on nine sites using the diamond core drilling method. The borings will be drilled and then temporarily or permanently sealed following regulations set by the Department of Health.  Teck also proposes to drill holes for environmental purposes on eight sites.  Drilling methods for these holes may include sonic, reverse circulation and diamond core.   

All exploration work in wetlands, including much of the drilling, will occur in winter when the ground is adequately frozen.  New temporary access trails are proposed to reach some drill sites.  These trails will be brushed and built on snow and ice. 

Work may occur other times of the year on an intermittent basis when soil conditions permit. 

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR’s exploration plan webpage.

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