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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (376)3/13/2002 12:16:31 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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From the Nano thread

To:FR1 who wrote (55)
From: J.E.Currie Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 12:12 PM
Respond to of 57

FR1,
Re: "I mean something we can invest in."

First of all the new issue of Red Herring has a great interview on "Nano-Newt" Gingrich which explains this "next big thing" in lay language.

Secondly, BMD.V by no means has a product but that doesn't necessarily mean you don't want to invest. Those with an investing interest in NANO would do well to wait a few years. Those who understand the tremendous risk reward in speculating now can benefit greatly with the basket theory.

BMD.V is one that has greatly decreased it's risk, increased reward and also presents a double whammy with it's mineral exploration side. The Press Release of March 7, 2002 is long, about 20 pages, however I am very encouraged by the fact that they are very different in that on the NANO side they are writing additional patents on “Naturally Occurring Nanoparticles”. I believe that 99% of all other Nano R&D is on the “synthetic” end.

On the mineral side, IF they are able to fire assay and I would say that the probability is quite high (read Purchase of Fire Assay in Press Release), in that the independent third party had to be certain to rec’d step two. Additionally with the protocols set so strict there was no way someone could come up with the right answer. Almost like a six number lottery.

Precious metals are a hedge against a downturn in the market, and Exploration and Development Mining stocks can represent great returns, along with the NANO kicker BMD.V can be a very intriguing play.

newswire.ca

birchmountain.com

This is not a rec’d, rather just some offer of my due diligence for the Nano thread.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (377)4/2/2002 5:16:42 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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Here's to the good guys out there of which JB was definitely way up on the list. A big salute to you my friend. This is a day we were waiting for.
Jimymac

“News is that nanotechnology research is slated to receive one of the largest budget increases in U.S. president George W. Bush's fiscal 2003 science budget. The increase--17 percent to $679 million--is the latest proof that the U.S. government likes what it sees in the novel science of manipulating matter with atomic precision. And now that the respected journal Science has named nanoelectronics as the breakthrough of the year, it appears that the influential science press does, too.”

“In a new survey, the NBA asserts that the field is already a $45.5 billion industry that could grow to $700 billion by 2008. The New York-based trade group boasts such advisers as Newt Gingrich, a former U.S. speaker of the House; Steve Jurvetson, a high-profile venture capitalist at the VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson; and David Holtzman, a former chief technology officer at Network Solutions. The NBA concludes that VCs will invest more than $1 billion in nanotech this year. How the field has grown--or has it?”

“Some nanotech defenders--for instance, Josh Wolfe, an NBA cofounder and a leading voice in nanotech --have sought to distance themselves from the numbers. But they are quick to point out that even if the methodology that produced the $1 billion estimate is flawed, the figure still could turn out to be true.”

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Birch Mountain Resources Ltd - News Release
Birch Mountain discovers natural platinum nanoparticles
Birch Mountain Resources Ltd BMD
Shares issued 33,647,122 Apr 1 2002 close $.350
Tuesday Apr 2 2002 News Release

Mr. Douglas Rowe reports
NATURAL PLATINUM NANOPARTICLES REPORTED BY BIRCH MOUNTAIN'S M ...
Birch Mountain Resources has discovered natural platinum nanoparticles in sedimentary rock. The discovery was made by Birch Mountain scientists using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) at the microscopy and imaging facility, department of cell biology and anatomy, faculty of medicine, University of Calgary. The platinum nanoparticles were found by STEM examination of a less than 100-nanometre thick, 20- by 24-micrometre cross-section cut from a platinum microparticle using a focused ion beam (FIB). The platinum microparticle was identified by environmental scanning electron microscope analysis of the rock. The location of the platinum microparticle on the sample mount was noted and the mount was sent to Fibics Inc., Ottawa, Ont., for preparation of the FIB section by the lift-out technique (www.fibics.com/MS_FIBTEMLiftout.html).
STEM analysis of the FIB section shows that the platinum microparticle is a composite particle made up, in part, of successive bands of platinum up to 500 nanometres thick. The platinum bands are composed of laminae of three- to 20-nanometre platinum nanoparticles and nanoparticle totals. Images of the platinum microparticle and nanoparticles are available on the company's Web site www.birchmountain.com.
Birch Mountain initially hypothesized in 1999 that the precious and non-precious metal microparticles it and others had observed in sedimentary rocks were made up of much smaller nanoparticles. Evidence supporting this hypothesis was obtained in 2000, when Birch Mountain identified natural copper and iron-oxygen nanoparticles in sedimentary rocks. Subsequently, Birch Mountain's scientists have shown that some non-precious metal microparticles are totals of these smaller nanoparticles. The work reported here is consistent with Birch Mountain's hypothesis that precious metal microparticles can comprise totals of precious metal nanoparticles.
These results show that platinum nanoparticles exist in nature and can total to form platinum microparticles. This disclosure should not be interpreted as scientific or technical information in respect of any exploration, development or production activities on any mineral property material to the company. These results do not imply, nor can they be used to infer, economic value. Birch Mountain will continue this work now that it has established the viability of the FIB section technique for examining natural microparticles and nanoparticles.
Mr. Glen R. De Paoli, MSc, PGeo, senior project geologist, carried out or supervised the work described in this news and is identified as the qualified person.
WARNING: The company relies upon litigation protection for "forward-looking" statements.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (378)4/7/2002 10:02:02 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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By: scredly $$$$$
07 Apr 2002, 09:06 PM EDT Msg. 771 of 771

Nanotechnology: A New World Is Born
Josh Wolfe, 03.14.02, 7:00 AM ET

NEW YORK - Don't confuse the stock market with the real world. The tech stock balloon is busted, shattered, gone. But the technology revolution is just getting started. Looming just ahead is what may well be its most exciting phase--nanotechnology. This will be bigger than the Internet and more far-reaching. It will create vast new wealth. It will destroy a lot of old wealth. And it will shake up just about every business on the planet.

Nanotechnology gets its name from the measurement called a nanometer, which is one-billionth of a meter--1/75,000th the size of a human hair. A nanometer comprises around four individual atoms. Here's why that matters so greatly: When we get down to this small size, the classical laws of physics change. Once they can manipulate atoms--which combine to form molecules, the building blocks of our natural world--scientists can create new building blocks that produce new materials with the exact properties they desire: smaller, stronger, tougher, lighter and more resilient than what has come before.

Nanotechnology will lead to incredible advances, some merely practical, others almost sublime. On the most mundane level: scratch-proof glass and tiles that shed dirt and never need cleaning. On a more sophisticated level: precision drug-delivery systems; computers the size of a sugar cube that could hold the entire Library of Congress; and building blocks to produce new materials with the exact properties desired. Already super-strong drill bits are being produced by a company called Nanodyne.

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I sat on a top-level panel on nanotechnology. Among the other participants were former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, National Science Foundation chief Mike Roco and Meya Meyyappan of NASA's Ames Nanotechnology Group. Gingrich was not exaggerating when he declared flatly, "Nanotechnology is our country's future." The others agreed.

But here's the danger: While the U.S. gained an early lead and never lost it in the computer and Internet revolutions, it is not the early leader in all areas of nanotechnology. Japanese scientists have already developed a lead in nanoscale circuits. Engineers in Germany are busily using nanotechnology to protect surfaces from dirt and grime.

So we have some catching up to do. When he was still in politics, Gingrich joined hands with his arch political enemy Bill Clinton to foster the National Nanotechnology Initiative in January 2000. Government spending on nanotechnology began in 1998 with about $115 million. Now the Bush Administration has grabbed the ball and is running with it: Bush has asked Congress to appropriate $679 million for 2003 to help us catch up.

This time the Europeans are determined not to be left behind. European governments, led by Germany, the U.K. and France, spent $164 million on nanotech in 2000. The European Union's Framework Program supports Nanotech above and beyond individual country's programs: For 2002-2006 the European Union has allocated $1.2 billion.

Europe is already an important Nanotech incubator. Germany's Nanogate Technologies GmbH is using nanotechnology to produce a coating about 100 nanometers thick that renders surfaces such as tiles and sinks stain- and scratch-resistant, and markedly easier to clean.

Nanogate has high hopes for its new coating. Some 4 billion square meters of ceramic tile are sold every year. Tilemakers can charge a premium for the coated tile and are expected to become eager customers for the nanotech product. The company expects to develop branding for its Sol-Gel product in the same way that 3M (nyse: MMM - news - people ) has with Scotchgard and Intel (nasdaq: INTC - news - people ) with PCs.

Nanogate takes a material to be coated, applies a layer of adhesive nanoparticles and then adds another layer of non-adhesive nanoparticles that bind to the first layer. The outermost part of this layer prevents other particles, like dirt and grime, from binding to it.

One customer, Duravit, a German bathroom-fixture manufacturer, already sells a broad line of products using Nanogate's technology. Nanogate-treated toilets, sinks and tubs are practically self-cleaning. Nanogate also sells the technology as a wax coating for about $25, and you apply it yourself. No U.S. companies offer competitive products yet, but DuPont (nyse: DD - news - people ) is working hard to catch up.

This is admittedly small stuff compared with tiny computers and targeted drug delivery, but it demonstrates how companies that master the technology will be able to produce an endless array of innovative products. Already Nanogate is extending its technology to industrial uses to keep machines and engines running cleanly and efficiently to eliminate downtime.

Privately owned Nanogate is still tiny, with sales this year of maybe $2 million, but Chief Executive Ralf Zastrau expects growth of between 50% and 100% over the next several years. Were it not for Ralf's heavy investment in R&D, I believe the company would be profitable ahead of its current projection of 2003.

Another promising nanotech company, spawned on the campus of University College in Dublin, is privately owned Ntera. Ntera's first product is NanoChromics, an ultra-thin display that looks like regular paper but can change what it displays, just like a computer screen or LCD. An initial $400,000 from the Irish government and European Union programs got Ntera started, but the company has since raised $26 million from private investors, including Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and the Intel 64 Fund.

Several U.S. outfits are testing the same waters, but less successfully than Ntera. E-Ink (an MIT spinoff) and Gyricon (a Xerox Palo Alto Research Center spinoff) are making similar products but with a less efficient process. These companies rely on microscopic beads that change color when voltage is applied to them. One side is black, the other white. One side is positively charged, the other negatively. When electricity is applied, the particle can flip to the desired color and create a display bit. If enough of them line up, you can create the words on a page.

But whereas E-Ink and Gyricon require expensive custom-designed manufacturing facilities and new equipment to produce their displays, Ntera's technology is specifically suited for existing plant and equipment used by LCD manufacturers, which already dominate the electronic display market.

Ntera recently signed a co-development agreement with Merck (nyse: MRK - news - people ) to supply product to LCD manufacturers. In time, this process will be integrated at the LCD manufacturer's facility. There should be a lively market for the product. Retailers such as Macy's spend about $250,000 a week changing their in-store paper displays. Ntera's technology could save them worthwhile amounts.

Ntera is on a roll. It expects its NanoChromics line to generate 70% of next year's projected $4 million in sales, with the remainder coming from recently acquired Swiss firm Xoliox. Xoliox moves nanotechnology into yet another business. It uses similar materials to create a battery that lasts longer and produces energy more efficiently. With a focus on near-term revenue, an annual growth rate of nearly 100% and a pipeline of additional nanotechnologies in the works, Ntera is poised for tremendous expansion.

Right now Europe also seems ahead in developing nanotechnology to create materials for industries like cosmetics and textiles. Among the big European multinationals active in nanotechnology are BASF (nyse: BF - news - people ), Bayer (nyse: BAY - news - people ), Merck and Henkel Group.

This early European head start may not last, however. Lacking the U.S.'s deep capital markets, the Europeans depend more on government support, which is a cumbersome process. Ultimately there will be a surge in strategic alliances in this area as big U.S. companies partner with companies abroad. Already Procter & Gamble (nyse: PG - news - people ) has announced a partnership with BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) to create multidisciplinary centers of excellence for nanotech.

These are the early days in nanotechnology. Any businessperson and any business that neglects its promise will live to regret it. There are as yet relatively few direct ways to invest in the business, but this will change fairly quickly. Meanwhile, investors need to know which established companies are riding this wave of the future and which are not.

This report is dedicated to seeing that you stay up to speed on changes that may beggar all those that have gone before.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (379)4/23/2002 8:44:43 AM
From: Chuca Marsh
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NR out last nite: Big Bear Grizly Diamonds, me on NANO Process It & They Will COME and DRILL- NANOTECH PRODUCTS.
Chucka
Birch Mountain Resources Ltd - News Release
Birch Mountain arranges scaled down financing
Birch Mountain Resources Ltd BMD
Shares issued 33,647,122 Apr 22 2002 close $.320
Monday Apr 22 2002 News Release

Mr. Douglas Rowe reports
Birch Mountain Resources has elected not to close the private placement financing reported in Stockwatch on Jan. 9, 2002. Instead, Birch Mountain intends to raise up to $525,000 as a first step in a multistaged financing to advance the company's natural nanoparticle research and precious metal assay verification programs, together with continuing corporate activities. The company intends to issue 1.5 million units priced at 35 cents per unit, each unit consisting of one common share and one common share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional common share for $1.00 for a period of six months from closing.
The company also announced that its board of directors has approved and it has received the conditional approval of the Canadian Venture Exchange for a new stock option plan pursuant to the new CDNX policies on stock option plans adopted in November, 1999. The total number of shares issuable upon the exercise of all options granted under the plan shall not exceed 3,392,674 common shares. This is in addition to the 3,313,750 stock options currently issued and outstanding pursuant to the terms of the existing stock option plan. Adoption of the plan is subject to final approval of the shareholders and the CDNX.
Mineral technology division
Birch Mountain has been advised by its U.S. patent counsel that the patent examiner has indicated allowability for a portion of the original claims, which cover part of the originally claimed subject matter. Birch Mountain has, upon advice from its U.S. patent counsel, decided to limit the original application to those allowable claims and to place the application in condition for allowance and permit the patent to be issued. The remaining claims will be pursued in a continuation application. The divisional application previously filed to cover the product claims is pending and Birch Mountain is awaiting action by the U.S. Patent Office on that divisional application. The international PCT application, corresponding to the original U.S. patent application is currently pending and under preliminary examination by the PCT examining authority.
Mineral exploration division
Birch Mountain has filed its 2002 exploration assessment report with Alberta Department of Energy in the amount of $5.15-million for work conducted from April, 2000, to March 31, 2002, on its Athabasca and Birch Mountain exploration properties. The assessment expenditures have been applied to 55 metallic and industrial minerals permits covering 360,675 hectares. The expenditures included in the 2002 assessment report are sufficient to retain Birch Mountain's priority permits for the next two years or until the expiry of their 10-year term, whichever is earlier. Additional assessment-eligible work has been completed and will be available for future assessment reports. All permits in the Birch Mountain exploration property have been retained, in accordance with the option agreement with Shear Minerals Inc. and Marum Resources Ltd. The Athabasca exploration property has been reduced by 348,800 hectares in order to retain lands considered to be most prospective for precious metals. Birch Mountain maintains its core exploration land in Athabasca comprising 48,785 hectares (120,548 acres) held under metallic and industrial mineral leases and 360,675 hectares (891,228 acres) held under metallic and industrial mineral permits.
WARNING: The company relies upon litigation protection for "forward-looking" statements.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (378)6/28/2002 4:10:22 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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Birch Mountain Resources Ltd.
CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. (BMD:TSX Venture Exchange and BHMNF:OTC BB), ("Birch" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce, further to its news release dated April 22, 2002, that, in response to investor interest, it now intends to complete a non-brokered private placement of up to 2,145,000 units ("Units") at a price of $0.35 per Unit, increased from the 1,500,000 Units previously announced. In an initial closing of this private placement, the Corporation has issued 881,652 Units for gross proceeds of $308,580. No agent's fees or commissions were payable on this transaction. Each Unit consists of one common share and one non-transferable share purchase warrant, exercisable at a price of $1.00 per share for a period of 14 months, rather than 12 months as disclosed on April 22, 2002.
The Corporation expects to conduct additional closings of this private placement prior to the end of the month.

In other business, the Corporation has formed an Industrial Minerals Division to take advantage of opportunities for the sale of limestone for the production of aggregate (gravel) from its Athabasca property.

The work by independent consultants to resolve inter-laboratory differences in the results of assay verification tests described in the news release of May 14, 2002, has been initiated.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, resources and reserves, exploration results, research and development results, and the future plans and objectives of Birch Mountain are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Birch Mountain's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in documents that are available to the public at www.sedar.com and www.freeedgar.com.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

For further information

Douglas Rowe, President & CEO or Don Dabbs, Vice President & CFO, Tel (403) 262-1838, Fax (403) 263-9888, www.birchmountain.com
To request a free copy of this organization's annual report, please go to newswire.ca and click on reports@cnw.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (381)6/28/2002 4:11:33 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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Natural Gold-Silver-Palladium Nanoparticles Reported by Birch Mountain's Mineral Technology Division
CALGARY, June 20 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd.'s (BMD:TSX Venture Exchange and BHMNF:OTC BB) ("Birch Mountain" or the "Corporation") Mineral Technology Division has identified natural gold-silver-palladium nanoparticles in sedimentary rock. The nanoparticles were observed during transmission electron microscope ("TEM") examination of a focused ion beam ("FIB") section prepared to follow-up the identification of natural platinum nanoparticles reported in the news release of April 2, 2002. The FIB section was prepared from a gold-silver microparticle detected by Birch Mountain scientist Ms. Kyla Arden, M.Sc., in an uncoated rock chip sample using the environmental scanning electron microscope at the Microscopy and Imaging Facility, Department of Cell Biology, University of Calgary (www.cell.ucalgary.ca/CBA.nsf/MIF?OpenPage). The FIB section was prepared from the gold-silver microparticle by Fibics Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, using the "lift-out" technique (www.fibics.com/MS_FIBTEMLiftout.html).
TEM analysis of the FIB section by Birch Mountain scientist Mr. Glen De Paoli, M.Sc., P.Geol., at the Microscopy and Imaging Facility revealed that the microparticle is an aggregate comprising 5-10 nanometre ("nm") sized nanoparticles composed of gold and silver with minor palladium, intermixed with smaller, 0.5-2 nm sized nanoparticles that are believed to be composed of iron and sulphur. The microparticle has no obvious layered structure like that previously reported for the platinum microparticle. The aggregated gold- silver-palladium nanoparticles form an open structure with significant porosity. Further TEM work is required to precisely map the distribution of elements within the microparticle.

Birch Mountain's Mineral Technology Division is actively pursuing the emerging field of mineral nanotechnology which the Corporation defines as the science and technology of the detection, characterization and recovery of natural precious and base metal nanoparticles. Over the past decade, scanning electron microscope imaging of some sedimentary rocks that have only experienced geologically low temperatures has shown them to contain a diverse assemblage of precious and base metal microparticles (micrometre sized particles). More recently, high resolution examination by TEM has revealed some of these microparticles to be aggregates of much smaller base and precious metal nanoparticles (nanometre size particles). The metal nanoparticles occur naturally as solitary particles and in aggregated form as microparticles.

Nanoparticles are recognized in the scientific literature as an intermediate form of matter that is larger than the atom or molecule, but smaller than normal crystalline materials. Matter in this intermediate size range exhibits distinct physical, chemical and quantum properties that may differ from those of either the bulk crystalline state or the atomic/molecular state. Birch Mountain's Mineral Technology Division has developed and submitted patent applications covering processes for and products of the recovery of natural metal nanoparticles.

Corporate: Birch Mountain announces that it has received approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to extend the expiry date of the following warrants: 992,383.5 warrants which were to have expired on June 21, 2002, have been extended to December 6, 2002; 408,614 warrants which were to have expired on June 25, 2002, will now expire on December 6, 2002; and 9,782 warrants which were to have expired on June 30, 2002, will now expire on December 6, 2002. The exercise price of all warrants will remain $1.50 per share.

Birch Mountain's technical divisions operate under the direction of Hugh J. Abercrombie, Ph.D., P.Geol., Vice President, Exploration, who is identified as the qualified person in accordance with Section 1.2 of National Instrument 43-101.

Disclosure: To clarify disclosure of technical results, Birch Mountain has established three operating divisions: Mineral Technology, Mineral Exploration and Industrial Minerals. Disclosure under the Mineral Technology Division will not be linked to any mineral property material to Birch Mountain. Mineral technology results do not imply, nor may they be used to infer, economic value. Only when criteria specified in National Instrument 43- 101 and Appendices 3D and 3F of the TSX Venture Exchange Corporate Finance Manual are met, including the requirement for an independent technical report by a qualified person, will results be attributable to mineral properties material to Birch Mountain.

Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, resources and reserves, exploration results, research and development results, and the future plans and objectives of Birch Mountain are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Birch Mountain's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in documents that are available to the public at www.sedar.com and www.freeedgar.com.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

For further information

Douglas Rowe, President & CEO or Don Dabbs, Vice President & CFO, Birch Mountain Resources Ltd., Tel (403) 262-1838, Fax (403) 263-9888, www.birchmountain.com
To request a free copy of this organization's annual report, please go to newswire.ca and click on reports@cnw.

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (382)6/28/2002 4:14:34 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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By: jimymac $$$
26 Jun 2002, 08:05 AM EDT Msg. 13547 of 13568
(This msg. is a reply to 13541 by MALDIKER.)

Management Integrity
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posted June 26, 2002

“The integrity of management will have more to do with the value of your investment than just about anything else, and yet almost no one pays any attention to it.”

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (383)6/28/2002 4:16:17 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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By: jimymac $$$
26 Jun 2002, 09:06 AM EDT Msg. 13550 of 13568
(This msg. is a reply to 13539 by tweeter.)
Tweeter,
The stooges will not win.

BMD fought "City Hall" and won. That cannot happen without a base of standing in the community that reflects a test of time integrity, ethics and moral conviction to stand for what is right. That they could call on those for help during the arduous journey speaks to that which only test of time honor enjoys.

I find it interesting that the theories espoused along this way have/are proven up and the potential for this company that we once conversed are still intact. My DD says we are close and that the last pieces of the puzzle are being put in place. IMO I have two ways to be made whole and the first one is buying this stock at these levels.

Eric Charters is a sceptic yet out of the box thinker who has a long test of time credibility at Silicon Investor. We have wrangled over the Prairie Gold Model for years. Again it comes down to the "Process" stupid. He is a great read.
JE

To:J.E.Currie who wrote (3344)
From: E. Charters Tuesday, Jun 25, 2002 10:54 PM
Respond to of 3345

I worked on the Birch Mountain area for Tintina mines
for two years. My impression from my own field work, and
from other's interpretation is that there is gold in the rocks in that area. This is supported by the following observations by myself.
1. I panned and observed gold from numerous streams in the area. I also microscope work on the samples, observing gold.

2. I crushed and panned limestone in the area, and observed one grain of gold in one sample.

3. I observed rusty mineralized limestone in the area on frequent occasions.

4. Streams that contain gold, are near rusty mineralized bedrock.

5. Other prospectors historically have mined placer gold in the area. This is in literature.

6. Lac MInerals assayed samples for 6 months in their lab in Colorado, prior to taking an option with Tintina. They were in the process of coring rock, and assaying it when taken over by Barrick, who dropped the program.

7. I talked to people from the GSC who had stream sediment and microscopy programs underway in the area, who were finding and photographing precious metals and they were of the opinion that the precious metals had a local origin.

8. It is widely hypothesized that most precious metals deposits in placers have a local origin worldwide.

9. I talked to Suncor and Syncrude Engineers who had tailings programs to recover precious metals from the Tar Sands tailings that they had engineered. They estimated up to 9 dollars gold, platinum and other metals in their tailings. This has to be from bedrock, as the oil sands are actually a bedrock formation. Many undisturbed but unconsolidated deposits in the area from post Cambrian times are in fact rock formations but have the consistency of clay or sand.

10. As an assayer I know that is extremely difficult to assay rock that has hydrocarbons in it for several reasons. This reported problem compounded the perception of the lack of integrity in discovery reports.

11. Other reports of precious metals in oil sands are found in Australia, Russia, Colorado, and Venezuela.

12. The basement fault that runs through the area that contains the gold, also runs through Yellownkife, a known hardrock gold area.

13. The rocks in the area resemble in many ways the silica poor Carlin formation limestones in Nevada. This was conveyed to me by a geologist, Ken Darke.

I still think more works needs to be done, but my suspicions are that some formations in the area may be auriferous and processes would need to be found to make that stuff economic.

EC>:-}

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (384)6/28/2002 4:17:49 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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By: jimymac $$$
26 Jun 2002, 10:45 AM EDT Msg. 13552 of 13568
(This msg. is a reply to 13551 by Colreb.)
Colreb,

FYI

To: AMCL
200, 708 11th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2R 0E4
Canada
403-264-9496

FM: James E. Currie

It is my understanding that you participated in a independent audit at the behest of the CDNX and Birch Mountain Resources, and that Birch appealed the ruling due to what they claimed was a apprehension of bias. I understand the DECISION OF THE LISTED COMPANY REVIEW PANEL ruled in favor of Birch in that among other issues the AMCL was not acting as a independent technical auditor and in fact allowed Mr. Robert Holland to dictate the outcome of your report. Would you agree with or deny that finding?

Further, are you still being investigated and by who?

Thank you in advance for your response.

James E. Currie

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To: J.E.Currie who wrote (385)6/28/2002 4:34:03 PM
From: J.E.Currie
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To: AMCL
200, 708 11th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2R 0E4
Canada
403-264-9496

FM: James E. Currie

It is my understanding that you participated in a independent audit at the behest of the CDNX and Birch Mountain Resources, and that Birch appealed the ruling due to what they claimed was a apprehension of bias. I understand the DECISION OF THE LISTED COMPANY REVIEW PANEL ruled in favor of Birch in that among other issues the AMCL was not acting as a independent technical auditor and in fact allowed Mr. Robert Holland to dictate the outcome of your report. Would you agree with or deny that finding?

Further, are you still being investigated and by who?

Thank you in advance for your response.

James E. Currie

"errors in the AMCL report etc." , i.e. "With respect, it is difficult to understand how Mr. Holland could or should possess this "vetting" authority on a report ultimately prepared over the signature of the experts at AMCL - particularly strange is the fact that in its written submissions to the Panel, the Exchange highlighted the ability of the Exchange to seek out the assistance of outside experts when it lacked the necessary expertise "in house". If this explained why AMCL was ultimately retained, why would an officer of the Exchange yet think it appropriate to hold some sort of "vetting power".

It is not necessary to proceed further in the discussion of the claim of an apprehension of bias. We repeat that we have received nothing from the Exchange that attempted to undercut, clarify or interpret these various reported events and conversations. In the end, therefore, we conclude that Birch Mountain has satisfied us of the existence of an apprehension of bias and we are not satisfied that it could be comfortably and fairly remedied,"

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