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SEG September 2018 Enews Update

SEG is building a couple of events this fall around our Cordilleran rock suites collection in the Rock Room

  • On Friday September 14 we’re hosting a barbeque in the SEG Rock Room just for the fun of it.  We announced in August that we had to cancel the golf game but we still need an excuse to get together in the fall, so join us in mid-month for a FREE end of season barbie at the Rock Room
  • On October 24 we’re hosting JoAnne Nelson, Emeritus Scientist with the BC Geological Survey for a public event and then for a more intimate Rocks and Rambling at the Rock Room.
  • Start planning for your ad in the 2019 SEG directory. Deadline for paid ads or free listing is November 15.
  • The SEG booth at the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair attracted a steady stream of people to talk rocks with almost 380 entries in the “Guess the Gold” contest.
  • We also took part in the Electric Vehicle display in Smithers on August 24 in conjunction with the Community Energy Association to make the connection between EVs and the minerals industry. See the infographic above.

Fall Barbeque, Friday September 14, 5 to 7 pm, #101 3423 Fulton Avenue in Smithers

After a summer of record forest fires, drought and what continues to be a busy field season, we all need to kick  back a bit. So SEG is planning a fall barbeque – just for the fun of it. Join us on Friday September 14 at the Rock Room #101 3423 Fulton Avenue in Smithers for some hot dogs and hamburgers.

It’s also our way of saying sorry for having to cancel the annual golf game. We think an evening comparing notes from the summer, plans for the fall and FREE hotdogs and hamburgers may help make up for it.  Plus we have a special guest some of you may remember – Henk  van Alphen won the trip to the Smithers contributed by these sponsors:

  • Airfare - Central Mountain Air
  • Truck - Northwest Truck Rental 
  • Sightseeing - SilverKing Helicopter 

JoAnne Nelson, Emeritus Scientist BC Geological Survey, Wednesday October 24

Many of you know JoAnne Nelson from her work with the BC Geological Survey and you know she retired last year. That means she’s free to speak to us about her career.  She’s going to cover a lot of bases for us next month.

Wednesday October 24 JoAnne will be the featured speaker at the Bulkley Valley Research Centre’s Seminar Series  during the noon hour. Her presentation is called ‘The Road North’ and it goes into her first summers in the Cassiars.  Then later in the day we’ll host her at a special Rocks ‘n Rambling from 4:30 to 6:30 at the SEG Rock Room where the topic will be……rocks and lots of them. The next day October 25 we’re hoping for a session of our regular Brown Bag lunch with the various provincial ministries in which JoAnne will talk about the Hazelton Arc.

I’ll have more details on JoAnne’s 2-day, multi-event visit in the October newsletter.

SEG Directory, Deadline November 15

The SEG directory is first stop shopping for any company planning work in northern BC. It provides both hard copy and online versions with paid ads and/or free listings. The deadline to advertise or be listed is November 15th, 2018Check out the rates for the paid advertisements.  If anyone is interested in advertising they can contact Elaine Konschuh at to get the ad specs and anything else you may need.

SEG at BV Fall Fair

As usual Smithers Exploration Group welcomed the public to its booth at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition August 24-27. Entries in the Guess the Gold were up a bit to 380 and it was busier this year, possibly due to the people displaced by the fires. The photo props were really popular this year as well.  Thanks to Lorie Farrell, Ted Vanderwart and Richard Beck for staffing the booth, which was an informative blend of geological information, training opportunities and outreach information.

Electric Vehicles Display Friday August 24

On August 24 SEG participated in the Electric Vehicle display in Smithers in conjunction with the Community Energy Association.  We were there to let people know about the powerful connection between EVs and the minerals industry. The Community Energy Association had lots of information plus a couple of EVs that people could test drive. They are conducting a survey looking at the charging options for electric vehicles in the north. Check out info on the survey here.

But the one thing missing from their display might have been information on where the materials for EVs come from, so SEG was ready with a display, stats and hand samples of the metals involved. Here are some of the stats, thanks to Mining Association of BC:

  •  A clean energy vehicle can require up to four times the amount of copper as a standard combustion engine
  • An electric car can require more than 80 kg of copper.  
  • BC is Canada’s largest producer of copper
  • The average car requires about 630 kg of metallurgical (steelmaking) coal to produce
  • BC is Canada’s largest producer of steelmaking coal
  • BC is Canada’s only producer of molybdenum.  Molybdenum is used in the steel making process.
  • Aluminum is used in breaks and casings. 
  • An aluminum cooling fan is used to ensure even temperature distribution for the lithium ion battery cells.
  • An electric car can require up to 80 kg of aluminum
  • BC produces one of the lowest carbon footprint aluminum is in the world

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