The Barnes Lake Phosphate Project covers 12.3km2 in British Columbia. It is located 32km south of Sparwood and 27km east of Fernie.
In 2013 a site visit completed preliminary exploration in preparation for a planned trenching and drilling programme in 2014. The Company, located historical drill holes from previous work carried out in 1968 and 1978 where phosphate was found within 10 meters of the surface. Hence, the existing claim holdings were extended to include these drill holes and extend the mineralized zone. Tenement 1020873 was granted by the British Columbian Ministry of Energy and Mines. It comprises of 629 hectares and the new tenement area surrounds the existing tenement 1011319.
Fertoz’s Barnes Lake Project lies within the Fernie Basin, a broad, curvilinear syncline lying with the Rocky Mountain fold and thrust belt and covering roughly 2,000km2 in south-eastern BC. The basin hosts widespread phosphatic shales, pelletal phosphorite and lesser limestone, siltstone and sandstone units of the Jurassic Fernie Formation. Historical surface trenching at Barnes Lakes have included results of 20.9% to 32% P2O5.
The first documented exploration of the area was undertaken in 1975 followed by percussion and diamond drilling in 1977 and 1978. The Barnes Lake phosphorites were again investigated in 1990 with geological mapping, sampling, hand trenching and backhoe trenching carried out. Eight backhoe trenches and two hand trenches were dug along strike on the west side of Michel Creek (Figure 1). The trenching results confirmed the continuity of the phosphorites and the continuity of grade along strike.
Barnes Lake is suitable for open-pit mining and has a resource potential of 250,000 tonnes. The project would be developed to target the domestic phosphate market.