PNC Exploration Canada Co. Ltd. (PNC) originally acquired the project through staking which occurred between 1985 and 1990. PNC actively explored the property until 1997 with various airborne and ground geophysical surveys and over 47,000 m of drilling in 95 diamond drill holes.
Exploration resulted in the discovery of two adjacent mineralized pods and PNC completed a non‑compliant NI 43-101 resource in 1997. Uranium mineralization is basement-hosted, fracture‑controlled to disseminated and monomineralic. Mineralization is closely related to a graphitic unit that is often brecciated. Quartzite, where present, is always below the mineralization. Sandstone above the unconformity is structurally disrupted clay (kaolinite-illite-sudoite) enriched and locally uranium anomalous. The unconformity, however, is not disrupted. The clay assemblage in the basement is dominated by kaolinite-illite-sudoite ± clinochlore. Lead, nickel, cobalt, vanadium, molybdenum, boron and gold are anomalous within the mineralized areas.
The uranium anomalous conductive trend which was been defined by ground electromagnetic surveys continues for at least 1.5 km northeast of the mineralized pods.
Additional conductors on the property remain sparsely tested or completely untested with diamond drilling to date.
JCU purchased the Christie Lake Project
from PNC in November 2000.