A vein of fluorspar discovered in the area near St. Lawrence by Canada Fluorspar Inc. has been renamed in honour of a founding shareholder of the company.
The “Grebes Nest Vein” will be known as the “AGS Vein,” in recognition of Arthur Gordon Stollery.
Stollery died in 2011, after 17 years of working to prove up resources and bring back a fluorspar mine to St. Lawrence, through Burin Minerals and then Canada Fluorspar Inc.
His career saw him also serving as a director and senior officer with: Consolidated Morrison Explorations Ltd., Morrison Petroleums Limited, Northstar Energy Ltd. and Highpine Oil and Gas Limited.
“We believe that the name change is a fitting tribute to the man who founded the company and believed additional fluorspar was on the
(St. Lawrence) property” said Lindsay Gorrill, Canada Fluorspar president and CEO, in a statement issued Tuesday.
Former premier and Liberal MHA Roger Grimes dropped by The Telegram offices Monday for an interview focused on Voisey’s Bay, but was kept in for questions on a few other topics.
One was the Lower Churchill project, and Grimes said he might never look back at the Muskrat Falls development and see it in a positive light.
“It’ll be plagued forever with doubters like myself because they won’t give me the information. And it’s my company,” he said, of the project proponent and Crown corporation Nalcor Energy.
As a member of the public, Grimes said, he wants to know the value of project contracts being awarded and believes information on completed contracts should be made available — specifically whether or not there have been overruns on the work.
Forestry of the future
The Canadian Institute of Forestry’s annual general meeting and conference finished up in Corner Brook Sept. 18. Having opened the conference, provincial Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall said he spoke afterward with attendees, taking in the latest on everything from wood pellets to pulp.
In an interview this week, he said the Dunderdale government will be pressing to strengthen forestry in Newfoundland and Labrador, specifically through greater co-operation between businesses, in the interest of maximizing product diversity and profit.
“The forestry of the future is going to be different from the forestry of the past,” he said, adding conference-goers noted to him the importance of forestry-related research and innovation.
More on the province’s review of calls for expressions of interest for timber resources in central Newfoundland and Labrador will be available today at thetelegram.com and in the next print and digital editions.
Offshore helicopter review
The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a review of helicopter operations in the North Sea. It will be jointly conducted by the CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency, with an independent expert panel advising.
“Although there has been considerable effort by regulators, operators and the offshore industry to minimize the risk of North Sea helicopter operations, there have been five accidents in the past four years, two of which tragically resulted in fatalities,” the CAA has posted.
The latest crash was last month, when a Super Puma AS332 helicopter crashed about a mile away from Shetland, killing four people.
As part of the review, operator decisions, current operations, previous incidents, helicopter airworthiness and both pilot training and performance will all be put under the microscope.
Results are scheduled to be released in early 2014.
Away for meetings
Two ministers are away this week for meetings, both with the potential to bring new government statements or actions relevant to the natural resource industries.
Advanced Education and Skills Minister Joan Shea spent Tuesday with provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers in Toronto.
A statement from Shea’s department said topics were to include skills training and labour market agreements.
Labrador Affairs Minister Nick McGrath, meanwhile, is in Fort McMurray, Alta., until the end of today, along with other ministers handling Northern development initiatives.
Topics for the Northern Development Ministers’ Forum include things like housing, but also communications and benefits agreements.
The Natural Resources Notebook
is compiled by reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick.
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