North Vancouver Island aerial magnetic survey to begin

The survey will be flown along northeast-southwest lines spaced 250 m apart

Geo Data Solutions GDS Inc. has been selected to fly the airborne magnetic survey for the 2012 Northern Vancouver Island (NVI) Exploration Geoscience Project.

The survey will be flown along northeast-southwest lines spaced 250 m apart. The survey is expected to start this month and Geoscience BC anticipates being able to release this new data set in early 2013.

The NVI Exploration Geoscience project was recently announced by Geoscience BC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), with up to $530,000 in funding from Geoscience BC, and up to $400,000 from ICET for a total project budget of $930,000. In addition, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation has provided generous support for stakeholder engagement in the project development phase, through the Campbell River Regional Economic Pilot initiative.

“In Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan, we made a commitment to capitalize on our natural advantages and increase regional investment and job creation,” said Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. “The Campbell River regional economic investment pilot has made it clear that collecting and sharing this survey data is crucial and Geoscience BC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust continue to take the necessary steps toward attracting investment and family-supporting jobs to northern Vancouver Island.”

The NVI Exploration Geoscience project is designed to generate new geoscience data for northern Vancouver Island, including the communities of Campbell River, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Port Alice and Zeballos. This new regional information will help attract mineral exploration interest and investment, increase the understanding of the mineral potential, and provide local First Nations and communities with more information on the geology in their area.