Enthusiastic Crowds at PDAC
April 2005 by Leonard MelmanNearly 11,000 attended this year’s Prospector and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto. Joe Hamilton, president of the Convention Planning Committee, beleived he knew why the numbers were so high.
It’s really a kick to watch a boulder weighing several tons moving out of your dredge hole and onto the cobble pile being pulled by a cable attached to your portable winch.
What better place to dredge for gold in the early 1970s than downhill from the largest gold mine in the US? Gold prices were rising, and it was a good time and place to shop for a prospect.
President George W. Bush lifted the executive moratorium on oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which was first established by his father, President George H.W. Bush, in 1990. The current president has argued that the United States should be “drilling for more oil here in America to take the pressure off of gasoline prices.”
The Rock Creek Mine, a silver and copper mine proposed for the southern Cabinets near Noxon, Mont., will mean more human-bear confrontations and a shrinking bear habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
• This is a friendly reminder
• Homebuilders’ case may help miners
• “Ecological resources must be protected…”
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Progress Report on Washington State Small-Scale Regulations • Pediments • Bill to Allow Mining of Coeur d'Alene Basin • Dredging Below the Homestake • Looking Back • Picks & Pans: The Glory Hole • Fraser Institute Survey Results Rank Best (and Worst) Mining Locales • Synclinal Oil • Small-Scale Prospecting & Mining (A Little History) • Higher Zinc Price Creates Opportunity • Government Appeals Miner Injury Case to Supreme Court • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver