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Canadian wins right to prospect Hans Island
Description: Every year Vancouver geologist John Robins fills out applications for thousands of kilometres of prospecting permits. Last year, on a lark, he included the 1.3 square kilometres of disputed Hans Island and was as surprised as anyone when he got a
Date: 24 August 2006
Author: by Jackie Wallace
Source: Nunatsiaq News
Every year Vancouver geologist John Robins fills out applications for thousands of kilometres of prospecting permits.

Last year, on a lark, he included the 1.3 square kilometres of disputed Hans Island and was as surprised as anyone when he got a permit to explore it.

”To be honest, we didn’t put a lot of thought into it and we didn’t think we would get it,“ said Robins, of the Hunter Exploration Group.

After receiving word that the permit was approved, Robins paid $57 for a five-year licence to explore for minerals on the rocky island that lies between Ellesmere Island and northern Greenland.

”We’re very active in the eastern Arctic in mineral exploration,“ said Robins. ”And I am a big believer in Canadian sovereignty.

We saw this as a small way to do our part to help, but there was a certain element of humor in it.“

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