Two procedures for development of exploration tactics in British Columbia

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 878, 1985

J.H. SHILLABEER, Suncor, Inc. Calgary, Alberta

Rational exploration requires the prior selection of areas possessing excellent geological potential and minimum hazards to commercial development. Within an over-all strategy of grass-roots exploration, two procedures for selecting areas for (i) coal and (ii) metals exploration are described. The procedures explicitly balance infrastructure requirements and environmental concerns for areas of geological merit not alienated in parks and reserves. Through consensus, priorities are attached to those areas meriting closer scrutiny and field reconnaissance.
Keywords: Exploration development, Planning, Coal exploration, Metals exploration, Project generation, Decision analysis, Environmental concerns, British Columbia.