Eagle Plains Commences Geophysical Program on Iron Range Project, Southeastern British Columbia
Cranbrook, B.C., May 29th, 2017: Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:EPL) (“EPL” or “Eagle Plains”) has mobilized field crews to commence a ground-based Induced Polarization “I.P.” geophysical program on the 70,000 ha property located near Creston, BC. The Iron Range is owned 100% by Eagle Plains and is considered to hold significant potential to host gold and/or base-metal mineralization.
Scott Geophysics of Vancouver has been contracted to carry out a minimum of 23 line-km of IP survey overlying the Talon Zone, which was discovered in 2010. The program is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete and is designed to further refine the current interpretation of geological features controlling mineralization within the Talon Zone.
The Iron Range property was acquired by staking by Eagle Plains in 1999 and covers an extensive area approximately 10km x 60km in total area which overlies the regional Iron Range Fault System (“IRF”). A well-developed transportation and power corridor transects the southern part of the property, including a high-pressure gas pipeline and a high-voltage hydro-electric line, both of which follow the CPR mainline and Highway 3. The rail line provides efficient access to the Teck smelter in Trail, B.C.
A summary map outlining features of the property may be found here: http://www.eagleplains.com/sites/default/files/Iron%20Range_2016.pdf
Previous Exploration Highlights
Drilling in 2010 by Eagle Plains and previous partner Providence Capital Corp. (now Desert Star Resources Ltd.) at Iron Range resulted in the discovery of the Talon Zone, where drill-hole IR10-010 intersected two intervals of strong and continuous mineralization including 14.0m grading 5.10g/t gold, 1.86% lead, 2.10% zinc and 75.3g/t silver, and 7.1m grading 8.10g/t gold, 2.84% lead, 3.07% zinc and 86.6g/t silver (EPL news release December 21st, 2010). Previous drilling 10km north of the Talon Zone in 2008 by EPL intersected gold mineralization in drill-hole IR08006, which assayed 7.0m grading 51.5g/t (1.50 oz/ton) gold (EPL news release April 20th, 2009).
Management of Eagle Plains considers the Iron Range project to hold excellent potential for the presence of both iron-oxide gold (“IOG”) and Sullivan-style lead-zinc-silver sedimentary-exhalative (“sedex”) mineralization. Rocks within Iron Range property boundaries are of the same age and composition as those which host the Sullivan deposit, located 70km to the northeast.
The Sullivan mine was discovered in 1892 and is one of the largest sedex deposits in the world. Over its 100+ year lifetime, Sullivan contained a total of 160 million tons of ore averaging 6.5% lead, 5.6% zinc and 67 g/t silver, resulting in 298 million ounces of silver, 18.5 billion pounds of lead, 17.5 billion pounds of zinc, and significant quantities of associated metals; collectively worth approximately $40B at current metal prices. Management cautions that past results or discoveries on proximate land are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved on the Iron Range property.
About Eagle Plains Resources
Based in Cranbrook, B.C., Eagle Plains continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada. The Company is committed to steadily enhancing shareholder value by advancing our diverse portfolio of projects toward discovery through collaborative partnerships and development of a highly experienced technical team. Managements’ current focus is to preserve its treasury while advancing its most promising exploration projects. In addition, Eagle Plains continues to seek out and secure high-quality, unencumbered projects through research, staking and strategic acquisitions. Since 2012, Eagle Plains has added to its portfolio a number of new projects exceeding 130,000 ha targeting mainly gold, uranium and base-metals in Saskatchewan, a highly-prospective mining jurisdiction which was recently recognized by the Fraser Institute as the best place in the world in terms of Investment Attractiveness. Throughout the exploration process, our mission is to help maintain prosperous communities by exploring for and discovering resource opportunities while building lasting relationships through honest and respectful business practices.
Expenditures from 2011-2016 on Eagle Plains-related projects were approximately $16.0M, which was funded by Eagle Plains and, for the most part, by third-party partners. This exploration work resulted in approximately 15,000 m of diamond-drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work facilitating the advancement of numerous projects at various stages of development.
Technical aspects of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Mike McCuaig, P.Geo.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO
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