Mr. Travis Naugle reports
LION COPPER AND GOLD CORP. ANNOUNCES MASON VALLEY EXPLORATION RESULTS AND APPOINTMENT OF TRAVIS NAUGLE AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Lion Copper and Gold Corp. has released the assay results from the Rio Tinto stage 1 work program recently completed at its 100-per-cent-owned properties at Yerington, Nev.
Results include the following highlights:
Nearly 1,600 feet of continuous copper mineralization was intersected in drill hole YM-046 located beneath the legacy Yerington pit.
MacArthur drilling returned near-surface oxide mineralization that is stronger-than-interpreted in the current resource model (157 ft of 0.25% TCu including an interval of 58.5 ft of 0.40% TCu in drill hole QM-330).
At the Montana-Yerington prospect, located between the Yerington pit and the Ann Mason deposit, drill hole MY-001 intersected 8.5 ft of 1.64% TCu and 23.5 ft of 0.49% TCu and a lower zone of sulphide mineralization (114 ft of 0.10% TCu). This mineralization may be related to the eastern continuation of the Ann Mason deposit and also appears to remain open to the west on ground held by the Company.
Five trenches completed at the partially-covered Mason Pass oxide copper prospect, located approximately 1.5 miles south-southwest of the MacArthur pit, contain visible oxide copper mineralization. Assays from the trenching are pending.
Travis Naugle, Lion CG's CEO, states "We are very encouraged to have obtained such promising initial results from the Montana-Yerington and Mason Pass prospects, just the first among a group of twenty compelling copper targets assembled by the Lion CG and Rio Tinto exploration teams, based on decades of work by Anaconda and Company geologists (See Lion CG Mason Valley Stage 1 Work Program Presentation, May 18, 2022). We feel that the results at the MacArthur Project and Yerington pit give us even firmer footing as we advance toward our Stage 2 Earn-in decision with Rio Tinto. We are very appreciative of the value resulting from our collaboration with the Rio Tinto NutonTM team, as even evidenced by these exploration results."
Exploration Program Objectives:
As communicated in the news release dated August 22, 2022, exploration drilling objectives included evaluation of the mineralized potential beneath the legacy Yerington pit, the Montana-Yerington prospect located between the Ann Mason project and the Yerington pit, and verification work around the MacArthur Project (Figure 1). Additionally, an expansion of this year's exploration scope allowed the Company to initiate surface trenching at the Mason Pass oxide copper prospect.
Further details of the exploration program include:
Yerington Pit: One core drill hole, YM-046, totaling 1,792.5 feet, was drilled beneath the Yerington pit to test for additional sulphide mineralization below the known resource (NI 43-101 Technical Report, Yerington Copper Project, January 3, 2014). The drill hole was located on the central portion of the southern pit rim, angled northeasterly to prospect beneath the pit (Figure 2). This drill hole identified both oxide (374 ft of 0.12% TCu) and sulphide (1,222 ft of 0.13% TCu, including 75 ft of 0.23% TCu) mineralization. A portion of the sulphide mineralization is located beneath the known resource (Figure 3).
MacArthur Project: Three core drill holes totaling 2,291 feet were drilled at the MacArthur Project (Figure 4). Two of the drill holes (QM-329 and QM-330) were drilled in the central portion of the resource shell, with each drill hole intersecting oxide and chalcocite mineralization. Significant intercepts include drill hole QM-329 (371 ft of 0.16% TCu, including 76.5 ft of 0.27% TCu) and QM-330 (157 ft of 0.25% TCu, including 58.5 ft of 0.40% TCu). A portion of the QM-330 intercept is below the current resource pit shell (Figure 5). Additionally, QM-329 intersected primary sulphide mineralization (40 ft of 0.17% TCu). QM-331, drilled on the eastern edge of the resource shell, also intersected oxide mineralization (10 ft of 1.06% TCu) and a mixture of chalcocite and chalcopyrite mineralization (16.5 ft of 0.18% TCu). Please see Table 1 for additional intercepts.
Montana-Yerington Prospect: One core drill hole, MY-001, totaling 668 feet, was drilled at the Montana-Yerington prospect to test for copper oxide and sulphide potential beneath an outcropping phyllic altered leached cap. Additionally, the drill hole tested for the eastern portion of a sulphide vein that was underground mined in the early 1900s. The drill hole was angled northerly to test beneath the leach cap and prospect for the sulphide vein (Figure 6). This drill hole identified two sulphide vein structures associated with the historical underground mining operations. Intercepts include 23.5 ft of 0.49% TCu and 8.5 ft of 1.64% TCu. Additionally, a low-grade sulphide intercept was identified below these veins (114 ft of 0.10% TCu) (Figure 7) which may be an eastward continuation of the Ann Mason copper deposit.
Mason Pass Oxide Copper Prospect: An expansion of this year's exploration scope included surface trenching at the Mason Pass oxide copper prospect located approximately 1.5 miles south-southwest of the MacArthur pit. Two trenches totaling 848 linear feet were completed initially, and subsequently expanded to five trenches totaling 1,873 linear feet due to the appearance of visible oxide copper in the first two trenches. The trenches have been mapped and channel sampled at ten-foot intervals within each trench, with samples shipped to ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada. The Company looks forward to providing the results of this work in the near future.
The Company is further pleased to report the appointment of Travis Naugle, CEO, as Co-Chairman of the board. Tom Patton, Lion CG's Co-Chairman, states "We welcome Travis as Co-Chairman of the board. His leadership and engineering skills will be critical going forward, particularly as we continue to constructively partner with Rio Tinto to advance the Mason Valley projects toward production utilizing NutonTM technologies."
About Lion CG
Lion Copper and Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based company advancing its flagship copper assets in Mason Valley, Nevada, in addition to advancing its exploration projects including the Chaco Bear and Ashton properties in highly prospective regions in British Columbia, Canada.
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