Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX-V: AOT) (OTCQX: AOTVF) is pleased to announce the fifth set of results from its 2019 drill program at the Premier Project near Stewart in northwestern British Columbia.
Highlights of this release include:
The Company commenced its 2019 drill program in April and has released four batches of results so far. This news release summarizes the results from the fifth batch of 23 drill holes of the 2019 program. All holes were drilled in the vicinity of the S1 pit at the Big Missouri Ridge located about 5km to the north of the Premier mill.
Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot Resources commented, “One of our goals in 2019 was to improve the confidence and knowledge of our resources by drilling closely spaced drill patterns required for economic studies and future financing requirements. The results to date speak for themselves as we continue to report high-grade hits in the mineralized zones. With the infill drilling nearing completion, our focus is shifting to exploration drilling in highly prospective areas outside of our known resources.”
This news release presents the results from 23 drill holes, comprising 3,321 metres of drilling, completed from five separate pads to the west (19BM-09) and northeast (19BM-22, 19BM-23, 19BM-24 and 19BM-37) of the historic S1 pit (see Figure 2). The results from these drill holes are summarized in Table 1 and the pad locations are listed in Table 2.
The drill holes from pad 19BM-09 complete a large infill pattern that seeks to upgrade the classification of the mineralized zone to the west and southwest of the S1 pit where Westmin mined the Big Missouri zone in the 1990s until the strip ratio became prohibitive in this pit. The aim of the program was to consolidate the resources in this area and to define a contiguous resource for underground mining purposes. The infill program is necessary to upgrade a part of the inferred resources at Premier to the indicated category in order to qualify these resources for conversion to reserves in upcoming engineering studies prior to project financing. Under current regulations inferred resources are not eligible to be converted to reserves in the course of a feasibility study.
The drill holes from the other four pads aim to achieve the same purpose on the other side of the existing pit. Mineralization in this area is relatively close to surface and has previously not been defined as well as the area to the west of the pit. The infill drilling has established contiguous zones in this area and continues to hit high-grade gold at predictable depths.
At the time of writing the drilling at Big Missouri has been completed and two rigs are turning at Silver Coin where over 80% of the infill pattern is completed. Initial drill results from this area that was acquired by Ascot in late 2018 should be available for reporting shortly. One drill rig is currently turning at the Prew zone near the Premier mill and a second rig will be added there when it has completed its tasks at Silver Coin. The fourth rig is testing exploration targets.
Figure 1 Image of the S1 pit area at Big Missouri looking northwest showing the location of the drill pads discussed in this release. The drill holes for each pad are listed in Table 2.
A photo accompanying this announcement is available at
Table 1 Summary of drill results from Big Missouri
Table 1 Continued
True width is believed to be approximately 70-90% of reported intercepts. The drill hole numbers that are missing in the sequence have assays pending.
Table 2 Drill pad locations
|Pad #||UTM N||UTM E||Elevation||Hole no.|
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Lawrence Tsang, P. Geo, the Company’s Senior Geologist provides the field management for the Premier exploration program. John Kiernan, P. Eng., Chief Operating Officer of the Company is the Company’s Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
Analytical work is being carried out by SGS Canada Inc Ascot’s quality-assurance and quality-control program includes the use of analytical blanks to monitor for cross contamination, certified reference material standards to assess analytical accuracy, and duplicate samples to quantify sampling precision. This is in addition to the internal quality assurance program employed by SGS.
Samples are dried and weighed by SGS. They are then crushed to 75% passing 2mm, with 250g split and pulverized to 85% passing 75µm. Samples are processed on site by a mobile lab supplied by SGS and run by SGS personnel. All splits are sent to SGS in Burnaby. There, all samples are digested using aqua-regia with an ICP-AES finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples over 100ppm silver are digested with aqua regia and then volumetrically diluted before an ICP-AES or AA finish (up to 1,500ppm). Samples over 1,500ppm silver are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples over 10ppm gold are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Identified or suspected metallic gold or silver are subjected to “metallics” assays. Sampling and storage are at the Company’s secure facility in Stewart.
About Ascot Resources Ltd.
Ascot is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on re-starting the past producing historic Premier gold mine, located in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. The Company continues to define high-grade resources for underground mining with the near-term goal of converting the underground resources into reserves, while continuing to explore nearby targets on its Premier/Dilworth and Silver Coin properties (collectively referred to as the Premier project). Ascot’s acquisition of IDM Mining added the high-grade gold and silver Red Mountain project to its portfolio and positions the Company as a leading consolidator of high- quality assets in the Golden Triangle.
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