ACCESSIBILITY, PHYSIOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, LOCAL RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The Star Diamond Project area is located in the Fort à la Corne Provincial Forest situated some 60 km east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Good access is provided by paved highways, a grid gravel road system and an extensive network of forestry roads, passable to four-wheel drive and high-clearance two-wheel drive vehicles all year round. Provincial Highway 55 located to the north of the project area connects Prince Albert with several towns located directly north of Fort à la Corne to the town of Nipawin. Highway 6 runs north - south and is located to the east of Fort à la Corne.
PHYSIOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
The Star Kimberlite is situated on the north side of the Saskatchewan River, which can be crossed by bridge at either Prince Albert, to access the property from the west, or at Wapiti, north of Melfort, to access the area from the east. The Saskatchewan River is located approximately 1.5 km south of the underground and surface workings of the Star Diamond Project.
The property comprises rolling glacial topography with sandy river sediments and is drained by numerous small tributaries running south towards the Saskatchewan River. Elevation varies from 360 metres to 450 metres above sea level. Much of the land surrounding the FALC Provincial Forest has been cleared for agriculture, the forest itself, consisting of spruce, jack pine and poplar.
The climate in this region of Saskatchewan ranges from warm dry summers with temperatures averaging 23°Celsius to cold dry winters with temperatures averaging -11°Celsius. Precipitation is limited to periodic showers and snowfall and averages 405 millimetres annually.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Prince Albert is the main centre for a pool of skilled and unskilled mining personnel, with additional personnel available from the many towns in the area, which have traditionally supplied miners to the Saskatchewan potash industry and to the gold and uranium mines in Northern Saskatchewan.
Current and future water supplies have been, and will continue to be, supplied by underground sources.
In terms of future power requirements, a 230 kV powerline runs 9.6 km south of the area and a larger capacity 230 kV powerline is located 21 km to the east from the Nipawin Hydroelectric and E.B. Campbell Hydroelectric stations. In addition, a SaskPower powerline connection from the main power grid is also available from the town of Smeaton.
Telecommunications within the FALC forest are currently available through a cell phone tower located approximately 5 km south of the project area. A weather station, erected at the project site in 2006 and removed in the fall of 2008, was utilized for the collection of daily meteorological data to be used for baseline environmental studies. The data collected consisted of the following:
P&E Mining Consultants Inc. NI 43-101 Technical Report No 159 Shore Gold Inc. - Star Diamond Project Resource Estimate Update
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