Eagle Plains Commences Fieldwork at Pine Channel Gold Project, Northern Saskatchewan, Provides Vulcan Drilling Update
Cranbrook, B.C., June 11th, 2020: Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:EPL) (“EPL” or “Eagle Plains”) has mobilized crews to commence exploration activity on its 100%-owned, 4300 ha Pine Channel project located 43 km west of Stoney Rapids, Saskatchewan. Limited historical drilling has been completed in and around the property area by past operators which resulted in the successful delineation of mineralization to shallow depths. Potential to test for further continuity at depth is considered to be excellent. Highlights from the property area include two historical occurrences which reportedly contain visible gold and graded up to 870 g/t gold (Old Cabin) and 255.7 g/t gold (Thompson Island) over narrow intervals.
Eagle Plains initially acquired a 100% interest in the project in 2018 by staking and in 2019 completed a surface exploration program to evaluate and confirm the nature of mineralization previously documented at historical showings. As reported on March 17th, 2020, 1100 ha were added to the property package as a result of a 100% purchase (less 2% NSR) with an unrelated third party.
The 2020 field program will include prospecting and soil geochemical sampling as well as detailed geological mapping and a high resolution UAV drone geophysical survey to help understand the structural controls on mineralization.
See Pine Channel Project Map here
Property Geology and History
The Pine Channel property covers seventeen SMDI mineral occurrences of gold-bearing quartz veins in fractures hosted by graphitic schists and gneisses. The fracture zones vary from 0.1 – 2.0 m in width and typically are associated with arsenopyrite, tourmaline, jamesonite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, galena and sphalerite.
Highlights from historical work include:
- Thompson Island (SMDI 1576):
- Zone 1 - 255.7g/t Au, 32.3 g/t Ag
- Zone 2 - 87.1 g/t Au, 6849 g/t Ag
- Zone 3 - 130.6 g/t Au, 18 g/t Ag
- Old Cabin (SMDI 2176): 870 g/t Au and 21.1 g/t Au at the Ridge Zone
- North Norite Bay (SMDI 2183): 407.96 g/t (14.39 oz/T) Au over 0.5 m (drill hole)
- ELA (SMDI 1574): 35.96 g/t (1.41 oz/t) Au over 0.55 m (drill hole)
- Holes G-1 and G-3 (SMDI 2329): 3.20 g/t Au over 1 m (drill hole)
- Occurrence No. 6/Occurrence No. 8 (SMDI 1581): 90.6 g/t (3.20 oz/T) Au over 0.2 m (trench)
- Cole Lake Ni-Cu (SMDI 1583): 0.45% Ni over 7.0 m (drill hole), 6.2 g/t Au, 0.01% Ni and 0.06% Cu over 3.0 m (trench)
- King/Cole South (SMDI 2177): 31.93 g/t Ag, 1.55% Pb, 0.44% Zn over 0.28 m (drill hole)
The first documented work in the Pine Channel area was in 1914. GSC Canada Paper 49-27 by J.B. Mawdsley noted native gold-bearing quartz and tourmaline veins on Channel Island. The first recorded work on the property was in 1950 by Goldfields Uranium Mines. During 1980 Golden Rule Resources completed 246 line km of airborne electromagnetic (“EM”) and magnetic surveys. Follow-up ground work located 11 significant occurrences. From 1985-1988 Colchis Resources completed VLF-EM geophysics, biogeochemical surveys, prospecting, soil sampling and trenching followed by shallow diamond drill testing of selected targets. Part of the property was covered by an airborne VTEM survey in 2013. Approximately 90 diamond drill holes have been completed on the property. Most of the holes were relatively shallow (~<100 m) using small diameter (AX) core, which is considered to be poorly suited to sampling the high grade, nuggety gold mineralization present in the Pine Channel area.
Twelve NQ drill holes were completed at the Ela in 1987, tracing the mineralized vein to a depth of 38 m with highlights including 24.52 g/t Au from 40.35 to 40.87 m in hole 87-07 and 5.27 g/t Au from 23.40-25.15 m in hole 87-11.
The above results were taken directly from the SMDI descriptions and assessment reports filed with the Saskatchewan government. Management cautions that historical results were collected and reported by past operators and have not been verified nor confirmed by a Qualified Person, but form a basis for ongoing work in the Pine Channel property area. Management cautions that past results or discoveries on proximate land are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved on the subject properties.
2019 Pine Channel Exploration Highlights
Eagle Plains completed reconnaissance-scale exploration of the property in 2019 with the objective of confirming documented mineralization. During that program, a total of 25 rock samples were collected from various known occurrences and returned values ranging from 7 ppb Au up to a maximum of 77.5 g/t (2.73 oz/T) Au.
Highlights of this work are reported below:
|SAMPLE NUMBER||DESCRIPTION||Au g/t|
|CDPCR013||2.39 kg composite of quartz / arsenopyrite float main trench area||13.6|
|CDPCR014||2.71 kg composite of quartz / arsenopyrite float main trench area||45.1|
|CDPCR015||1.3m cm chip across trench bottom; vuggy quartz with arsenopyrite||28.1|
|CDPCR016||25cm chip across trench bottom; vuggy quartz with arsenopyrite||7.4|
|DKPCR003||5.17 kg composite of quartz / arsenopyrite float north trench area||16.6|
|DKPCR004||4.9 kg composite of quartz / arsenopyrite float north trench area||13.4|
|DKPCR006||grab from 1m wide rusty quartz vein||22.2|
Eagle Plains is planning to conduct systematic exploration of the property during the 2020 with the objective of identifying drill targets for further exploration and potential development of the property.
Update on Vulcan Drill Program
Drilling activity has concluded on Eagle Plain’s 100% owned Vulcan property located 30km west of Kimberley, B.C.. Two holes were completed for a total of 977m. The Lower-Middle Aldridge stratigraphic sequence (“LMC”) known to host the nearby Sullivan deposit was successfully intercepted, with significant hydrothermal alteration noted in Hole VU20002 within the “exhalite interval” located beneath the LMC, suggesting proximity to a hydrothermal source. Hole VU20001 intersected a thick gabbroic intrusive containing a sequence of narrow graphitic seams, which were the likely source of a strong electromagnetic conductor reported in earlier geophysical surveys. Detailed results will be reported when logging and sampling activities have been concluded.
Management of Eagle Plains considers the Vulcan project to hold excellent potential for the presence of Sullivan-style lead-zinc-silver sedimentary-exhalative (“sedex”) mineralization such as that at the world-class Sullivan Mine, located 30km to the east. Although the 2020 drilling did not intersect significant sulphide mineralization, it has provided valuable information related to local stratigraphy, alteration, and geophysical interpretation which will be used to continue to refine targets for future follow-up.
Charles C. Downie, P.Geo., a “qualified person” for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and a Director of Eagle Plains Resources Ltd., has prepared, reviewed, and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release.
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 one of the top 3 jurisdictions 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 2011-2019 on Eagle Plains-related projects exceed $20M, most of which was funded by third-party partners. This exploration work resulted in approximately 30,000 m of diamond-drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work facilitating the advancement of numerous projects at various stages of development.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO
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