Map of mine features. Credit Greenstone Gold Mines.

I had made arrangements to meet Dina Quenneville, Manager of Community Relations, at 1:00 p.m. Monday.

Heading south, I started snapping pictures at Barton Bay bridge. The natural gas pipeline that will feed the mine’s power plant has been buried under First Street East. Soon it will soon be buried under Main Street and under Kenogamisis Lake. At the bridge I encountered one-way traffic as workers are burying the pipeline south of the bridge. The signs suggest the line will run under the causeway and, at the bridge itself, be buried in the waters under the bridge.

Looking east from the bridge while waiting for traffic to move.
Close up of sign.
Laying the gas pipeline on the east side of Hwy. 584/Michael Power Boulevard.

On Highway 11, I drove west toward the unpaved road leading to Plant Site. At the MTO Patrol Yard, I turned into the access road and drove 2 kilometres to the Plant Site. Dina met me in the parking lot where dozens of company and private vehicles sat.

At one point, Dina advised me that some 800 workers are now involved in construction and in operations. During our interview, we never left the parking lot because of safety concerns. I resumed taking pictures at the Truck Shop to the south of the parking area and, moving counterclock-wise, kept snapping.

The Truck Shop, looking south.
Looking east towards the Power Plant in the distance. To the left is a partial view of the Office/Security, and immediately behind it rises the West End Mill. In the centre, the East End Mill is under construction.
Close shot of the Power Plant.
Close shot of construction of the East End Mill.
Looking north, the Effluent Water Treatment Plant, now operational.
Looking northwest, the effluent water pond.
Close look at the pond.
Closer shot of the pond where water from No. 1 shaft is being received.
Looking north, the MTO Patrol Yard under construction.
Closer look.

Before we parted, I expressed an interest in seeing the Starter Pit. Access is currently restricted, but she advised me where I could position myself to see the pit from a distance. I parked in the pull-off just before the junction and climbed a gentle slope about 50 metres. I was thrilled to catch a glimpse of one of the four haul trucks now on site. The pit appears to be in the slimes area of the old Hardrock Mine.

The above-ground pipe that is taking water from the old MacLeod-Cockshutt mine #1 shaft to the pond at the Plant Site.
Activity at the Starter Pit, looking east. On the left, note the size of the 240-ton haul truck which dwarfs the white pickup truck beside it. One of the two big shovels on site is excavating.
Closer shot.
Looking east at the site of the old No. 1 shaft, which is now draining the underground workings.

We are making arrangements for a guided tour later this month.

A mine haul truck. Credit Greenstone Gold Mines.

2 thoughts on “GREENSTONE MINE UPDATE Oct 3, 2022

  1. Are you the person who wrote about the G-CAOX airplane crash back in the 1920s? I have a picture from my dad’s old album. It doesn’t look like a crash site–but I don’t know. It may be a copy of a more popular photo. I would be happy to send it to you–if you are the right person–


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