80,000 honey bees help Canadian junior get back to business in Spain

Vancouver-based Astur Gold Corp. may proceed with their Salave gold project in Asturias, Spain after soil contamination was found to be minimal.

Spanish NGO Wild Animal Protection Fund – at the request of Astur Gold – used the pollen and nectar of two colonies of 40,000 honey bees to determine the levels of heavy metals in the soil.

The NGO's director, Roberto Hartasánchez told Spanish newspaper El País that the "simple, quick, natural and efficient method" cost less than $500.

Astur Gold, along with other Canadian juniors, hope to return gold mining to the Iberian peninsula, a practice largely abandoned since the last days of the Roman Empire.