- open pit copper mine
- mill average 20,000 tonnes per day
- operations commenced in 1997
- copper concentrate shipped from Stewart
- effective August 2016 Huckleberry mine operations ceased, and mine was placed on care & maintenance status
Huckleberry mine operations were shut down in August 2016, and the mine remains on care and maintenance status pending improvement of mining economics. The current focus has been to develop exploration programs to expand the resource at Huckleberry.
In 2020, a three hole drill program was completed for a total of 2,491 metres. The objective of the drill program was to test the extent of copper mineralization beneath the historic drilling in the East zone pit which produced about 50 million tonnes of ore grading 0.55% copper between 1997 and 2007. Huckleberry has two main centers of mineralization, the Main and East zone deposits, with the East zone containing higher grade copper mineralization.
The drilling beneath the East zone pit was prompted by mine planning work that indicated there is significant economic potential to expand the East zone pit at current copper prices, even considering that a large portion of the pit was backfilled with tailings during historic operations.
A Volterra 3-Dimensional Induced Polarization survey was completed over the East zone pit to infill a gap in data and aid in determining deep mineralized trends. The results from this survey and this initial drill program will be used to design a follow up drilling program.
The three cross sections below compare the Huckleberry East zone 2020 with the Red Chris East zone 2006; and the Red Chris East zone 2020. The Huckleberry East zone 2020 section looks very similar to the Red Chris East zone 2006 section. In both sections, most of the drill holes were stopped while still in mineralization. Deep drilling beneath the Red Chris East zone after 2006 has and is showing that the best grades were located at depth beneath the previous shallow drilling.
Huckleberry Mines Ltd., a subsidiary of Imperial, is owner/operator of the Huckleberry open pit copper mine. Located 88 kilometres from Houston, British Columbia, the property encompasses 23,241 hectares, consisting of two mining leases covering 2,422 hectares, and 44 mineral claims encompassing approximately 20,819 hectares.
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