A mining company says its exploratory drilling for zinc in the Pennines is looking very promising.
The drilling is taking place in the Nenthead area, near Alston.
It was once a big mining area and in its time had one of the most productive lead mines in the country.
Canadian company Minco wants to bring mining back to the area around Nenthead if the mineral supplies are sufficient.
It could lead to the creation of between 300 and 500 jobs.
The exploratory work is expected to take several years.
A miners' wheel was unveiled in Kirkconnel as part of this year's 'Day of the Region' celebrations. The monument, on Polveoch Terrace, just off the main street, was opened by councillors, children and local people.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
A miners wheel has been unveiled in Kirkconnel to launch a weekend of activities throughout Dumfries and Galloway to highlight what rural communities have to offer.
Local primary pupils joined others from the area to unveil the sculpture for the Day of the Region celebrations.
Dumfries and Galloway's 'Day of the Region' is being launched in the old mining town of Kirkconnel today.
A miner's wheel is being unveiled to mark the start of the project, which encourages communities to make the most of what's on their doorstep.
More than 250 events, funded by the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER project, will take place in ten communities on Saturday.
A consultation is being launched on how to improve the way the coal industry is regulated in Scotland.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing says the move is part of Scottish Government efforts to save and create jobs and ensure appropriate restoration of coaled-out mines.
It comes before a Holyrood debate on open-cast mining this afternoon.
Scottish Coal and Aardvark TMC both collapsed earlier this year.
Glenmuckloch mine in Dumfriesshire was one of several sites at risk of being left untouched, after a court ruled liquidators did not have to pay to clean them up.
A restoration project only got underway because of a collaboration between Hargreaves, the Duke of Buccleuch, Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Mines Trust.
Five hundred jobs could be created if plans go ahead to bring lead and zinc mining back to a village in the Pennines.
Commercial mining started in Nenthead near Alston more than 300 years ago, and after it reached a peak in the middle of the 19th century, before declining.
An Irish mining company thinks there might be previously undiscovered resources still there as John Bevir reports:
In the report John speaks to Dick Phillips fromAlston Moor Parish Council and local resident Alex Martin.
Nenthead used to have a mine, but it was closed and turned into a museum.
The new plans have attracted some criticism because of the impact on the local environment, but the company behind the plans have been quick to point out that current mines are significantly cleaner than mines used to be.
They have also warned that the vast majority of exploration works do not lead on to mines being opened, but have said they won't know for certain until more boreholes are drilled.
$1million is being spent on drilling exploratory boreholes, which could lead to the creation of a new lead and zinc mine in the North Penines.
If the project goes ahead, up to 500 jobs could be created at the mine just outside the village of Nenthead, near Alston, just a few miles from the border between Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria.
One 350 metre borehole has already been drilled by the mineral exploration company Minco Plc.
Two further boreholes are planned, which could rise to eight, depending on what the initial ones reveal.