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File Created: 30-Oct-1999 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)
Last Edit:  30-Oct-1999 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)

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Name GHOST CREEK OIL SHALE Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 103F049
Status Showing NTS Map 103F08W
Latitude 053º 24' 18'' UTM 08 (NAD 83)
Longitude 132º 20' 02'' Northing 5920637
Easting 677226
Commodities Bitumen Deposit Types A06 : Oil shale
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The area along Ghost Creek, west of the Yakoun River is underlain by sediments of the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Kunga Group and conformably overlying Lower Jurassic Maude Group. The upper most formation of the Kunga Group, the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Sandilands Formation, locally contains oil-bearing black argillites and shales.

A drill hole collared along MacMillan Bloedel's Branch 46 logging road, 0.6 kilometre northwest of Ghost Creek intersected a 242 metre section of Sandilands Formation, comprised of thinly interbedded siltstone, argillaceous siltstone, variably tuffaceous sandstone and shale, with minor lenses and interbeds of limestone. Bitumen is locally present throughout the section and is somewhat more abundant in the mid third of the interval at about 70 to 128 metres depth. Here, bitumen and oil seeps occur in fractures and brecciated zones.

A surface exposure of oil shale is reported to occur 4.8 kilometres up Ghost Creek from the Yakoun River, in the immediate vicinity of the drill hole. The exposure consists of a 30-metre thick section of oil shale striking east and dipping 15 degrees north.

This showing was diamond drilled by Intercoast Resources some time prior to 1985.

EMPR AR *1921-38
EMPR BULL 54, pp. 50-61,178,179
EMPR FIELDWORK 1997, 19-1-19-14
EMPR OF 2000-14
EMR MP CORPFILE (Skaist Mines Ltd.)
GSC BULL *365, pp. 10-16
GSC MAP 1385A; 5-1990
GSC MEM 88, p. 171
GSC OF 2319
GSC P *81-25, pp. 49-52; 86-20; 88-1E, pp. 221-227; 89-1H; pp. 19-22; 90-10, pp. 51-58, 163-172
GCNL #217, 1975; #173, 1976
N MINER Mar.4, 1982