Yarmouth County mineral rich, says official

Carla Allen callen@thevanguard.ca
Published on January 17, 2012
John Wightman, a director with the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, painted a hopeful picture for mining in Yarmouth County at the Jan. 12 meeting of Yarmouth Municipal Council. Carla Allen photo

Yarmouth County is well endowed with a number of minerals says a director with the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.

 

John Wightman, who is also managing director for The Goldfields Group of Companies, briefed the Municipality of Yarmouth on Jan. 11 on some of the geological exploration work being conducted in the county.

A former teacher, Wightman has ties in the area (his father operated a tuna canning factory in Wedgeport). He outlined the geological areas of interest as stretching from Wedgeport up in a curve through Brazil Lake, Carleton, Kemptville and East Kemptville.

The minerals discovered so far – gold, lead zinc and silver – are all very viable commodities in the world economy, says Wightman, who is involved with three companies that have exploration licences in the area.

“At Kemptville we’re looking strictly at gold. We’ve found close to half a million dollars worth in the last year through diamond drilling and soil sampling,” he said.

The exploration, conducted by companies that include GreenLight Resources Inc., is boosting the local economy, with the hiring of several local professionals and firms.

“If that property goes somewhere and we can develop an economic deposit there, it could, theoretically, create 100 to 150 jobs.

“Depending on the size of the deposit it might last for five years, 10 years, 20 years,” said Wightman.

At Brazil Lake, pegmatite dikes are of interest. In talking about the potential of the site, Wightman spoke of the many different types of values in the ore body. These include lithium, a sought after element for batteries.

“We’ve probably spent $750,000 to a million dollars there in the last few years,” he said.

Wightman added that a company called Atlantic Gold has conducted extensive drilling along many of the roads in the southern end of the county.

He addressed several questions from councillors after the presentation and said that the companies he is working with did not consider the projects in this area advanced to the stage that community meetings were required, however if councillors felt it necessary, he would oblige.