Clearing the Clutter: Mining Research, the NI 43-101, and Due Diligence



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Clearing the Clutter of Research: NI 43-101 and Due Diligence

Mining companies offer the potential for great investment returns, but they also carry many risks because of the complex science behind mining and mineral exploration. This complexity can deceive, so it is important to have standards on how companies report the technical data.

This infographic comes to us from Prospector Portal and takes a look at the events that led to the creation of the the NI 43-101, and the variety of information a mining project generates.

Why Does Mining Research Matter?

Bre-X and the Creation of the NI 43-101

The 1997 PDAC was the peak for one mineral exploration company, Bre-X. The annual event in Toronto serves as the gathering point for the global mining industry to raise capital, sell services, and highlight successes. It was there that Bre-X received an award for finding one of the largest gold deposits in the world, the Busang gold deposit in Indonesia.

Soon after the conference, Bre-X’s exploration manager fell to his death from a helicopter. There was mounting evidence that the junior’s project was a hoax and that the company’s geologist salted samples with gold from other sources.

In May 1997, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) delisted Bre-X, vaporizing $3 billion in value as the company’s shares became worthless. The fraud deceived investors and undermined confidence in financial markets.

The TSE and the Ontario Securities Commission established the Mining Standards Task Force (Read more...)