The Silvertip (formerly Midway) Project property has a long history of mineral exploration dating back to 1955. Since then, a number of companies have held mineral claims, and undertaken extensive exploration activities. The Silvertip deposit was discovered in 1957 and has seen many different companies’ advance it to the stage it is right now. Various exploration programs including an exploration ramp and two bulk samples have been taken as part of the project development. Extensive environmental baseline sampling, environmental effects modelling and preparation of the environmental applications were prepared in 2012.
Mining activities to-date on the Project have included over $40 million in exploration work, comprising approximately 2.4 km of underground workings and over 71,000 m of surface and underground drilling. As a result, there are a number of existing facilities at the Project site including a mine portal, underground workings, a camp, and various support facilities (e.g., water well, fuel storage, access and site roads, core storage facilities, and settling and polishing ponds).
The Project site is located in northern BC, approximately 16 kilometers south of the Yukon border and 90 km southwest of Watson Lake. The Site is located within the Silvertip Creek valley, in the Tootsee River watershed.
JDS Silver has prepared the permit application using the information and findings from previous owners and is advancing towards a Mines Act Permit in Q3 2014. Mining operations will be via underhand cut and fill with cemented paste fill allowing for maximum recovery of the high value ore. Milling will use conventional crushing, SAG mill, ball mill for comminution followed by flotation of lead and zinc concentrates.
Tailings disposal will be via dry stacked tailings to ensure the maximum environmental protection. Waste from the mine is primarily limestone and non-acid generating.
First Nations Partnership
Working with our partners the Kaska First Nation, JDS Silver has signed a Social Economic Participation Agreement for the life of the Silvertip Mine.
Our focus is to provide a safe and healthy working environment for our employees, contractors and visitors. Improving our health and safety performance requires a consistent and holistic approach.