Nickel drilling resumes after bushfire

Nickel drilling resumes after bushfire

11 February 2010

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Australia —  The proponents of a nickel mine in northern Tasmania say their drilling program has resumed after a recent bushfire in the area.

Part of the site of the proposed open-cut nickel mine in bushland behind Beaconsfield was burned in last month’s big bushfire.

Andrew Mortimer, of Sydney-based Proto Resources, says work was disrupted for a month, but it is now back on track.

“They’re doing heritage surveys at the moment, we’re doing all of the water testing and the flora and fauna as well,” he said.

“We’re speaking to the local landowners and they’re very supportive and we’re working through the community consultation, talking to the council and the local community over the next few weeks, and we’re very pleased with the progress that we’re making.”

The company says test drilling has shown the quality of the nickel is slightly better than expected and the deposit is closer to the surface.

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