What is the relationship like for the company with the Heiltsuk First Nation?
For many years the company has worked closely with the Heiltsuk First Nation. The team at the worksite are all Heiltsuk.
How much mineral clay is there?
Rescan Environmental Engineering analyzed and 3D modeled the deposit and estimates that 389,402 metric tonnes are in situ.
Are there other similar clays out there?
No. Not to our knowledge and understanding.
What makes this clay different than other clays?
We believe the geological source of the clay, mode of deposition, location of the deposit and time all play a role in its unique mineral signature, particle size, shape, and surface area.
How can you explain sustainability in the case of a finite resource?
We have learned that very small amounts of the mineral clay may be required for dosage, measured in grams, so if measured in grams the deposit is large. Sustainability for the Heiltsuk First Nation is also measured in those means that contribute to the well-being of the economy, and the economy of the region.
Can the clay be replicated?
In situ, the clay is a complex raw ingredient, a natural mineral matrix. Replication would be difficult and likely cost prohibitive.