Mr. Darin Labrenz reports
PURE GOLD INTERSECTS 56.2 G/T GOLD OVER 1.3 METRES AT RUSSET SOUTH, MADSEN GOLD PROJECT
Pure Gold Mining Inc. has released results from drilling at Russet South located on the company's 100-per-cent-owned Madsen gold project. These holes are part of the continuing 16,000-metre drill program designed to test and build continuity of high-grade gold mineralization at Russet South and, as previously reported, within the McVeigh horizon, which is in close proximity to the mine infrastructure.
"These exciting new results from Russet South continue to demonstrate the near-surface, high-grade gold endowment of the Madsen gold project," said Darin Labrenz, president and chief executive officer of Pure Gold. "Our goal is to unlock the exploration potential of the Madsen project by concurrently advancing satellite targets such as Russet South, while drill testing the expansion potential of the Madsen mine mineral resource, as was recently reported on April 4, 2016, from the McVeigh horizon. The presence of high-grade gold mineralization at Russet South coupled with a new model for high-grade expansion within the McVeigh horizon of the Madsen mine provide a compelling exploration opportunity."
Russet South is a high-grade gold occurrence that lies approximately 1.5 kilometres west of the McVeigh horizon and associated Madsen mine infrastructure. While the current drill program is prioritized on potential resource expansion within the McVeigh, a smaller subset of drilling has been allocated to the Russet South area where earlier drilling and channel sampling by Pure Gold defined high-grade gold at three separate targets. These targets share a similar geologic environment to Madsen's high-grade 8 zone resource, which is situated 1.6 kilometres downdip on the same geologic contact as the near-surface Russet South targets. In 2015, Pure Gold's drill testing of the northernmost of the three targets (Alpha) returned 8.2 grams per tonne gold over 11.0 metres from hole PG15-028 and 9.5 g/t over 3.5 metres from hole PG15-027(1).
Drilling reported herein has further established the presence of a wide zone of alteration, veining and gold mineralization within a folded contact zone. All six holes reported today tested the Alpha target and include higher-grade intervals of:
- 56.2 g/t gold over 1.3 metres in hole PG16-067;
- 22.1 g/t gold over 3.5 metres in hole PG16-069;
- Including 36.9 g/t gold over 1.8 metres.
"The reported high-grade gold intervals represent a 25-metre lateral step-out on our discovery holes at Alpha from 2015. While we continue to delineate and gain understanding of the mineralization at Russet South, we are highly encouraged that our predictive targeting is proving successful. Folded geologic contacts across the property, including those that host the 8 zone at depth and Alpha near surface, remain high-priority targets for us," said Phil Smerchanski, director, geoscience, of Pure Gold.
Assay results from six drill holes targeting Alpha at Russet South are highlighted in the table.
RUSSET SOUTH -- ALPHA TARGET SIGNIFICANT ASSAY RESULTS(i)
Hole ID From To Length Au
(m) (m) (m) (g/t)
PG16-067 111.4 115.4 4.0 2.9
incl. 114.9 115.4 0.5 15.0
128.0 129.3 1.3 56.2
159.1 160.3 1.2 4.4
PG16-069 183.5 187.0 3.5 22.1
incl. 185.2 187.0 1.8 36.9
PG16-070 No significant results
PG16-072 86.0 87.3 1.3 2.2
101.0 101.5 0.5 10.6
PG16-074 120.2 120.6 0.4 1.9
184.1 185.7 1.6 1.8
210.0 210.7 0.7 2.3
PG16-077 130.0 135.0 5.0 2.2
202.5 203.0 0.5 2.7
270.7 271.5 0.8 4.5
(i) Assay composites were calculated using uncut assays and are
reported as drilled widths and interpreted to vary between 80
per cent to 100 per cent of true widths.
Approximately 2,700 metres of diamond drilling have been completed this season in 20 drill holes at the Russet South discoveries. With the completion of the winter phase of drilling at Russet South, the drill rig will join Pure Gold's other rig at the McVeigh horizon, where drilling is targeting downplunge extensions of high-grade gold mineralization below the existing mine workings at shallow depths. To date, a total of approximately 6,715 metres of diamond drilling have been completed in 30 drill holes testing the McVeigh horizon and the upper portions of the Austin horizon at the Madsen mine site. Additional results from drill holes at both the Russet South area and McVeigh horizon are pending.
For a figure showing the location of Russet South relative to McVeigh, a plan map showing the Russet South drilling, a cross-section showing drill results from Russet South and a complete list of 2016 drill results to date, please visit the company's website.
As previously reported, the company has engaged Nordmin Engineering Ltd. to complete a preliminary economic assessment of the Madsen gold project. The base-case assessment is designed to minimize capital expenditures by employing existing infrastructure and resources, and is based on throughput of 500 tonnes per day. Pure Gold is in receipt of permits to allow expansion of the existing mill facility to more than double this rate. The study is under way with results anticipated within the current quarter.
The Madsen mine operated for over 36 years with historic production of 2.5 million ounces at an average grade of 9.9 g/t gold. The Madsen gold project hosts an operational head frame, a permitted mill and tailings facility, and access to power, water and labour. The Madsen gold project has an indicated resource of 928,000 ounces gold at 8.93 g/t Au (in 3.24 million tonnes) and an inferred resource of 297,000 ounces gold at 11.74 g/t Au (in 790,000 tonnes)(2). The mineral resource is based on 13,624 drill holes, evenly dispersed throughout the mineral resource. A robust geologic model based on 27 levels of geological mapping and chip sampling provides a solid understanding of continuity of mineralization.
In addition to the mineral resource, the Madsen gold project hosts a number of highly prospective new discoveries including the Fork zone and Russet South targets. Pure Gold believes the opportunity exists to advance these near-surface, high-grade exploration targets through the application of modern exploration science and a new understanding of the district.
(1) See press release dated March 2, 2015. (2) See the National Instrument 43-101 technical report entitled "Technical Report for the Madsen Gold Project Red Lake, Ontario, Canada," prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., dated effective Feb. 18, 2014. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Quality assurance/quality control and core sampling protocols
Drill core samples were submitted to ALS Minerals in Thunder Bay, Ont., for sample preparation by crushing to 70 per cent less than two millimetres, rotary split of one kilogram and pulverization of the split to better than 85 per cent passing 75 microns. Sample pulps are shipped to the ALS assay laboratory in North Vancouver, B.C., for gold analysis with a 30-gram fire assay and AAS finish (code Au-AA23). Samples returning greater than five g/t Au are reassayed with a gravimetric finish (code GRA21). Mineralized zones with visible gold are also analyzed by a one kg screen fire assay with screen to 100 microns. A duplicate 30 g fire assay is conducted on the screen undersize while assaying of entire oversize fraction (code Au-SCR21). Control samples (accredited standards and blanks) were inserted on a regular basis.
Qualified persons and National Instrument 43-101 disclosure
Phil Smerchanski, PGeo, director of geoscience for the company, is the designated qualified person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate, and approves of the written disclosure of same.
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