Cash Minerals sued over unpaid bills

Mining exploration firm Cash Minerals Ltd. is being sued for more than $395,000 in unpaid bills. The claim was filed in the BC Supreme Court by…

Mining exploration firm Cash Minerals Ltd. is being sued for more than $395,000 in unpaid bills.

The claim was filed in the BC Supreme Court by Vancouver-based mineral consultants Archer, Cathro & Associates on November 23.

Cash Minerals currently has an application before the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board to build a winter road to support its uranium exploration in the Wernecke mountain range, next to the Wind River.

Archer, Cathro provided consulting and geological services on these properties, referred to in the lawsuit as the “Yukon Uranium Project.”

According to Archer, Cathro’s statement of claim, Cash Minerals entered into an agreement with Twenty-Seven Capital Corp. to operate the project.

Archer, Cathro was then hired by Twenty-Seven on Cash Mineral’s behalf.

Twenty-Seven had both the right and obligation to hire the mineral consultants under the agreement, said the lawsuit.

Archer, Cathro provided consulting and geological services on the properties and invoiced Cash Minerals.

Cash Minerals paid for these services without a problem until July, 2006 when, despite demands, Cash Minerals either neglected or refused to pay.

Despite not receiving payment, Archer, Cathro continued to do work on the sites until April, 2007.

Archer, Cathro is asking for $395,889.67 in fees plus interest, the costs of the lawsuit and any other form of relief that the court sees fit.

The two firms have yet to debate the allegations in court.

Archer, Cathro declined comment as the case is still before the courts.

“Cash Minerals Ltd will be defending the alleged claim,” wrote Cash Minerals President and CEO Basil Botha in a letter to the News.

“The onus is on Archer, Cathro & Associates to prove the said claim.”

The deadline for public comment on Cash Mineral’s Wernecke Winter Trail project has been extended to December 10.

This is the second time the deadline has been pushed back.

On December 3, Cash Minerals held a community information session at the Mayo curling rink.

The assessment board extended the timetable to give members of the public who attended the open house more time to consider the information.

Contact Chris Oke at chriso@yukon-news.com

Preliminary power line

work underway

Survey crews are marking the path for a new power line from Carmacks to Pelly Crossing, says the Yukon Energy Corporation.

All the necessary permits and certificates are in place so surveying, clearing and construction for the first phase of the power line are ready to go.

Surveyors will be working on the route over the next few weeks and brush clearing is expected to start shortly.

The Selkirk and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nations issued the access and land use permits in late November and the territory sent our its permits this week, setting the stage for work to begin.

The transmission line from Carmacks to Pelly Crossing, including a spur line to the Minto copper mine, is expected to cost $27.8 million

The transmission line will connect Pelly Crossing residents to the hydropower grid and is the first phase of a plan to connect the northern and southern grids.

Yukon Energy Corporation also announced the line would be built by a partnership between Northern Tutchone First Nations, Valard Construction and Arctic Power.

Minto mine owner Sherwood Copper is providing nearly $8.8 million for its portion of the transmission line.

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board approved the project in early November.

Yukon Energy is asking residents to stay away from the area while groundwork is underway.

People are asked to wear proper safety gear and clear their presence with a project supervisor if it’s necessary to pass through. (JW)