A joint venture is formed between Chuck Fipke, Stu Blusson, and BHP Billiton Ltd
for the NWT Diamonds Project (renamed the EKATI Diamond Mine in 1997.)
The first diamonds in NWT are discovered by BHP and Dia Met at Point Lake. This
discoverysparks the NWT "diamond rush" - the largest staking rush in North
BHP submits its Environment Impact Statement (EIS) on the EKATI DIamond Mine to
the federally appointed Environmental Assessment Review Panel (EARP).