Eagle Plains Commences Drilling on Black Diamond Silver Project, South-eastern British Columbia

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Cranbrook, B.C., 06 June, 2012: Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (EPL:TSX-V) has commenced diamond drilling on its 100% owned, road-accessible 1,600 ha Black Diamond project located 35km west of Invermere, B.C. The claims were originally staked in 1993 and were explored by a partnership which included current directors and senior officers of Eagle Plains. The property was transferred into Eagle Plains in the late 1990’s. 

Black Diamond Summary

The property contains a prominent structure which hosts quartz vein material up to 8m in width and locally contains high-grade silver, lead and zinc mineralization. Located within the Toby Creek area, the steeply-dipping north/south-oriented structure is exposed for approximately 760m vertically and is interpreted to have at least 3.5 km of strike-length within property boundaries. Historical pits, trenches and tunnels are located along irregular, exposed intervals over 3kms. 

Black Diamond saw limited production in 1906-1907. Tunnels up to 65m in length were driven into mineralization in three separate areas over 790m (2600’) on the north side of Toby Creek. Historical production of 47 tons of ore was reported, containing 1,929 oz. Ag (40.0 oz/t), and 15,801 lbs. Pb (63%)(source: MEMPR MINFILE). Zinc-rich material was probably left as waste, as evidenced by inspection of waste dumps.

In 1995, a four-hole, helicopter-supported drilling program was completed, funded by a private partnership. Four holes were drilled from a single set-up for a total of 179.1m. Results ranged from trace values to the best intersection in Hole 95-02 at 28.0m to 31.0m, which graded 93.73 g/t silver, 9.66% lead and 5.17% zinc over 3.0m, with elevated amounts of cadmium (true thickness estimated at approximately 1.4m).

Concurrent with the 1995 drill program, continuous panel-sampling of an historic 66m-long tunnel located 60m vertically below the drill set-up returned an average of 746.3 g/t silver, 25.0% lead and 4.95% zinc over a 24m section which ran along the structure. Within this section, 6m of the tunnel length assayed 1444.7 g/t silver, 50.4% lead and 5.37% zinc. 

The high-grade vein mineralization is interpreted to be representative of a possible feeder structure which may present opportunities for larger manto-type deposits located elsewhere along the structure within host rocks in areas where exposure is limited. 

Current Program:

A single 400m drill hole is planned to further test the structure during this current exploration program.

Supervision will be provided by J.K Ryley of TerraLogic Exploration Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Plains based out of Cranbrook, B.C. Contract diamond drilling services will be provided by FB Drilling Ltd., also of Cranbrook. The project will be conducted under the overall supervision of C.C. Downie, P.Geo., hereby identified as the “Qualified Person” under N.I. 43-101. 

Further details on the project may be found here

About Eagle Plains Resources 

Eagle Plains continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada. Since 1992, EPL has been acquiring and developing early stage projects utilizing an in-house team of geologists, technicians and specialists. Considered a prolific project generator with over 35 properties, EPL invites joint venture participation to expedite development, reduce risk and enhance exposure to discovery. 

Current third party agreements if maintained to completion expose EPL to over $55M in exploration expenditures, $6M cash and 15M shares in partner companies. Completed agreements have yielded over $5M in exploration spending, $900,000 cash to EPL and a total of 12M shares of partner companies including Alexco Resource Corp., NovaGold Resources Inc., Giyani Gold Corp. and numerous others. 

Expenditures during 2011 on Eagle Plains-related projects were approximately $9.1M, which was funded by Eagle Plains and third-party partners. This exploration work resulted in approximately 9400m diamond drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work facilitating the advancement of more than 15 projects at various stages of development. Exploration is currently underway for an aggressive 2012 season with many individual exploration programs planned, most of which will be funded by third- parties in relation to ongoing option agreements. 

The contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Tim J. Termuende, P.Geo.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO

For further information on EPL, please contact Mike Labach at 1 866 HUNT ORE (486 8673)
Email: mgl@eagleplains.com or visit our website at http://www.eagleplains.com

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