Eagle Plains/CRC Execute Option Agreement for Acacia Project, Central British Columbia
Cranbrook, B.C., January 15th, 2018: Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (“EPL”:TSX-V, or “Eagle Plains”) has executed an option agreement with CRC Minerals Inc. (a private B.C. company), (“CRC”) whereby CRC may earn up to a 75% interest in the 4715ha Acacia property located 45.0 km north of Kamloops in central British Columbia. The property area has been held by Eagle Plains since 2001 and carries no underlying royalties or encumbrances. Under terms of the agreement, CRC may earn a 60% interest by completing $2,500,000 in exploration expenditures, make cash payments totalling $250,000 and issue 1,000,000 voting-class common shares to Eagle Plains over 5 years.
The Acacia property is considered to have excellent potential for hosting volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) deposits. These deposits typically contain both base and precious metals, and occur in clusters and/or stacked lenses. The property covers a fertile stratigraphic assemblage which hosts a number of nearby, on-strike base and precious-metal VMS deposits including the Rea Gold, K7, Twin 3 and past-producing Samatosum Mine, located approximately 2.5 km northwest of current property boundary. Past drilling within target stratigraphy northwest of current property boundary returned values from trace quantities up to 10.6 g/t Au, 335.3 g/t Ag , 3.13 % Zn, 2.74% Pb, and 0.55% Cu over 2.37 m. Management cautions that past results or discoveries on proximate land are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved on the Acacia property.
Extensive work in the area was completed following the discovery of the Samatosum and Rea deposits in the mid-1980s. Geological mapping, geophysical surveys, thousands of soil samples and over 125 drill-holes were completed in target stratigraphy within 4.0 km of current Acacia claim boundaries but exploration in the area and elsewhere in the province virtually ceased during the mining downturn in British Columbia following the Windy Craggy decision in 1993. Previous fractured ownership and the cessation of work in the 1990s resulted in large gaps in drilling of high-potential stratigraphy within current Acacia property boundaries.
A location and summary compilation map may be found here:
A comprehensive compilation and target generation exercise was completed by Eagle Plains in early 2017 which included 13,461 soil, 1023 rock and 51 silt samples, 45 trenches, 26 drill-holes and numerous geological and geophysical surveys from past operators Homestake Minerals, Omni Resources, Falconbridge Copper and Esso Minerals.
Fieldwork during the summer of 2017 was carried out by TerraLogic Exploration Ltd. of Cranbrook B.C. which resulted in soil geochemical sampling and prospecting.
CRC intends to carry out fieldwork on the property during 2018, with budgets and program scope to be determined.
Technical aspects of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Mike McCuaig, P.Geo.
Proposed Plan of Arrangement - Taiga Gold Corp.
As announced on October 23rd, 2017, Eagle Plains intends to spin-out specific Saskatchewan gold exploration properties in the Seabee/Santoy area, including the Fisher Project, to a new publicly-listed entity named Taiga Gold Corp. on a 2:1 ratio through a plan of arrangement expected to be completed in early 2018.
About Eagle Plains Resources
Based in Cranbrook, B.C., Eagle Plains continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada. EPL 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 second 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 2011-2017 on Eagle Plains-related projects were approximately $16.5M, 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.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO
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