Quebec gold company moving from 'junior' to 'senior' in Nova Scotia

Quebec-based exploration company Ressources Appalaches Inc. is one permit away from reopening the Dufferin gold mine in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

The province's Labour Department OK'd the mine's equipment and procedures with regard to worker safety.

"We’ve been told that we’re nearing completion of [the reopening] process,” said Jean-Claude Morel, executive vice-president of Ressources Appalaches on Thursday. The company filed for industrial approval in May.

If Ressources gets the next permit, the Dufferin mine will be the first new underground mine to operate in Nova Scotia in decades.

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