2008-11-06

Geoscience BC Releases QUEST-West Airborne Gravity Survey

Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of the QUEST-West airborne gravity survey today at 12:00 pm Pacific Time in Nelson BC, at the Minerals South Conference organized by the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC.

The QUEST-West airborne gravity survey covers an area of over 40,000 square kilometers, and includes the communities of Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Topley, Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers, Terrace and Kitimat. This area is significantly affected by the infestation of the Mountain Pine Beetle. The QUEST-West Project is designed to stimulate exploration industry interest and investment in the area, and develop economic diversification opportunities for the communities in this region.

"This airborne survey is contributing a significant amount of new data on the geology and mineral potential of a large area of BC's interior," said BC's Minister of State for Mining, Gordon Hogg. "The results of the QUEST-West surveys will help to direct industry exploration investment and help to stimulate new mineral discoveries in Mountain Pine Beetle affected areas of the Province."