Eagle Plains/Waterloo Commence Fieldwork at Ice River Rare Earth (REE) Project
Cranbrook, B.C., 19 August, 2009: Eagle Plains Resources (TSX-V:EPL) and Waterloo Resources Ltd (TSX-V:WAT.P) have commenced fieldwork on the Ice River property, located 30km SE of Golden, British Columbia. The property is host to precious metals and rare earth element (“REE”) mineralization in syenite and carbonatite dyke systems that are numerous and widespread over a 4+ kilometer-long corridor within the Ice River Intrusive Complex.
The $200,000, 2009 work program is funded by Waterloo, and consists of line-cutting and ground geophysical work, followed by detailed geological mapping and sampling. Recent work on the property was carried out by Eagle Plains in August, 2007, which completed a 5-hole, 259m drill program (see NR Feb 20, 2008). The program was successful in intersecting massive to semi-massive strataform sulfide mineralization and associated stockwork zones hosted in variably altered limestone wall-rock of the Ice River Intrusive Complex.
A surface sampling program was conducted during 2007 drilling activity and returned encouraging values including up to 3.0% REOs (total Rare Earth Oxides), and 5600 g/t Nb2O3 (Niobium / “Columbium” oxide). One 2.5 meter chip sample (JBIVR048) returned 2.4% REOs.
Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and other elements with high-tech applications, including Nb and Zr, have long been suspected as potential commodities on the property; but it was not until results from the 2005-2007 mapping and geochemical surveys that this suite of elements became fully appreciated. Other potentially economic commodities identified include nepheline syenite and sodalite, a semi-precious gem.
Previous and ongoing work by Eagle Plains at the Ice River property has focused on the economic potential of strataform/replacement massive sulphides of the Waterloo prospect (note that the “Waterloo prospect or occurrence” is not in any way connected to Waterloo Resources Ltd.) (see August 23, 2007 news release). At the Waterloo occurrence, sulfide horizons are exposed in two historical adits excavated in the early 1900’s, with historical samples returning assays up to 3.69% Pb, 16.10% Zn, 1.59% Cu, 27.30% Fe, 99.4 g/T Ag and 1.7 g/T Au (GSC Memoir 55, page 229).
Waterloo may earn a 60% interest in the property by making exploration expenditures of $3,000,000 and completing payments of 750,000 shares (on a post sub-divided basis – see also the Waterloo news release dated September 11, 2008) and $510,000 cash over a five year period. A 1% NSR is reserved for Eagle Plains. Waterloo may increase its interest in the property to 75% by delivering a bankable feasibility study by 2016.
About Eagle Plains Resources
Eagle Plains Resources continues to conduct research, acquire and explore metal projects in western Canada. In addition to holding mining royalties on various projects, the Company controls over 35 gold, base-metal and uranium projects, several with third parties including Waterloo Resources Ltd (TSX-V:WAT.P) and XO Gold Resources Ltd. (a private B.C. company). In recent years, Eagle Plains has completed option agreements with Teck Limited (TSX:TCK.B), Alexco Resource Corp. (TSX-V:AXR), Billiton Metals, Rio Algom Exploration, NovaGold Resources, Kennecott Exploration and numerous other junior exploration companies, resulting in over 53,000m (158,500’) of drilling and over $27.0 million in exploration spending on its projects since 1998.
Expenditures during 2008 on Eagle Plains’ projects were approximately $6,000,000, funded equally between Eagle Plains and third party partners. This work resulted in approximately 6,300m of drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work and facilitated 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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