James Moorhead and Patrice Roy
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
The Bureau de la connaissance géoscientifique du Québec (BCGQ) of the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) is currently planning geoscientific knowledge acquisition projects in order to guide work in Québec over the next five years. As part of this exercise, it will be consulting active members of the mine exploration community to obtain their opinions of its proposals.
To standardize the project preparation process, the MERN has identified five criteria that will be used to select the areas in which knowledge acquisition activities will be carried out:
The purpose of the proposed projects is to complete or improve geoscientific knowledge in the chosen areas. The findings will be used as a basis for more specific studies of mineral potential designed to identify regions with high mineral potential and encourage mine exploration work, which is vital for the maintenance and development of Québec’s mining industry.
The consultation will take the form of a survey that will be posted online within a few weeks. It will be open to all mineral exploration sector stakeholders. Respondents will be asked for their opinions of the MERN’s geoscientific knowledge acquisition proposals. The MERN will use the findings from the survey findings to establish a priority order for its projects.
A consultation workshop on the five-year plan (by invitation only) will also take place during Québec Mines 2015. At the workshop, participants will first be informed of the BCGQ’s geoscientific proposals for the period 2016-2021, and will then be divided into discussion panels. Each panel will focus on one of Québec’s major geological divisions (Nunavik, Eeyou Istchee-James Bay, the Abitibi and Pontiac Subprovinces, Grenville Province, Appalachan Province), and will assess the relevance of the projects proposed by the BCGQ’s geologists for that division.
If you would like additional information on the consultation, please send your questions to Francine Béchard: Francine.Bechard@mern.gouv.qc.ca