Manitoba could be on verge of mining boom

(CP) - An Alberta company has quietly acquired mineral claims over a large swath of southeastern Manitoba, suggesting the region could be on the verge of a mining boom.

Ruth Bezys, president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association, says it's not known what they're looking for, but speculation is it could be lithium.

She tells CTV Winnipeg that lithium might be found running along limestone rocks, which exists in the Steinbach area, or it could be diamonds and gold hiding below.

The geologist says lithium is a hot commodity, as it's used to make batteries, cell phones and antidepressants.

Bezys says it could be years before anything is taken out of the ground.

(with files from CTV Winnipeg)