Meet Our Regional Geologist
Interm Project Manager Peter McEwen answers questions from Paul Jago, our Regional Geologist during the Walter Energy, Brule Mine Tour at the Coal Forum.
Ever wonder who collects the data for mining that we see all over the news? For example, that there was $8.6 billion of mineral production in BC for last year, or that $44 million was spent on exploration for the Peace Coal field last year. The answer is our Regional Geologist. For Northeastern BC our Regional Geologist is Paul Jago.
Jago has been at this job for about a year and has background as a geologist in the private sector as well. He says, “I’m the regional geologist for this area based out of Prince George. I cover the Omineca region, which is the north central part of the province, and the northeast.
There are five geologists across the province,” he continues, “This job is different than an Exploration Geologist or a Mine Geologist. With the private sector it’s a lot more project-focused, and you learn a lot about the deposit you are working on, to a very specific degree. With this job, because it’s regional, I have to understand the geology over the entire northeast corner of the province. I have to understand the basic tectonics and how it relates to a variety of different ore deposits, including coal.”
Regional geologists have a very important role in the collection of mineral data for the province. Jago collects information by doing pre-arranged visits to mines in different stages of operation. He says, “During field season, I’ll get in the truck and drive out to exploration sites and mines. I get together with the chief geologist or project geologist and then do a tour around the property. I ask questions, take pictures and gather information. I also research news releases, notices of work and any information source that would give me an idea of how mineral development is happening in the area.”
With this data Jago gets ready to share his finding with the world. He says, “Then, actually starting next week, I will be putting together an annual report. I do a chapter for each region which summarizes activity for the year,” he continues, “I have to be able to report on all deposit types in a way that makes sense to people. It can all be broken down by commodity. Our data gets used and reused within government.”
Paul Jago was one of the many interested parties who attended the Coal Forum. He says, “The Coal Forum was excellent! I got to fill in a few gaps in my research by talking to people, seeing the presentations and meeting new people.”