De Beers to begin drilling for diamonds in northern Saskatchewan – by Alex MacPherson (Saskatoon StarPhoenix – August 19, 2016)

The world’s largest diamond mining company is expected to launch the next phase of its search for the precious stones in Northern Saskatchewan later this month.

After collecting samples and completing a low-level airborne survey, De Beers Canada Inc. will begin drilling “targets” on the 43,000-acre Northwest Athabasca Kimberlite Project it optioned from CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. earlier this year.

“I think it ticks the boxes for kimberlites, and if you’ve got kimberlites, you should be looking at them for diamonds,” said CanAlaska president and CEO Peter Dasler, referring to the igneous rock formation named for Kimberly, South Africa.

The Vancouver-based uranium exploration company staked property 750 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon in 2012, after identifying 75 possible kimberlite formations in the 2011 Saskatchewan Geological Survey.

De Beers Canada, which is part of the De Beers Group of Companies, optioned the site — which is just north of the decommissioned Cluff Lake uranium mine — in May, and began exploring it about a month later.

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