GFG Resources Inc. (TSX-V: GFG) (OTCQB: GFGSF) reports new assay results from its 2022 Phase 1 drill program at the Montclerg Gold Project, located 48 kilometres (“km”) east of the prolific Timmins Gold District in Ontario, Canada (See Table 1 and Figures 1-3) which has produced over 70 million ounces of gold. The Company’s 2022 Phase 1 program was completed in April and consisted of 4,200 m and 17 drill holes testing multiple targets along the Montclerg gold system. To date, the Company has announced assays results from 12 holes and expects to announce the remaining five holes in the coming weeks.
Today’s assay results from the MC Central and step-out drilling to the east confirmed the continuity and robust character of the gold mineralization at Montclerg. Infill drilling in the MC Central zone returned the broadest interval drilled by GFG to date of 1.60 g/t Au over 70.4 m and is interpreted to relate to a thickened section of the Upper and Lower Main zones. Step-out drilling validated the Company’s thesis that gold mineralization extends to the east by successfully intersecting gold mineralization 530 m east of the MC Central zone. (See Table 1 and Figure 2).
In the second half of 2022, GFG plans to drill an additional 4,000 – 6,000 m at Montclerg and has initiated a significant regional exploration program focused at its Montclerg and Goldarm properties that includes geophysics, till sampling, prospecting and mapping.
“The results from our most recent drill program continue to highlight the potential to significantly expand the Montclerg gold system”, stated Brian Skanderbeg, President and CEO of GFG. “The fact that we continue to drill both bulk tonnage and high-grade mineralization gives us confidence that the Montclerg gold system is robust. And with the many underutilized mills nearby, the opportunity to create value for our shareholders increases with every drill hole. We are excited to resume drilling in the third quarter and confident that we can continue to grow the Montclerg gold system as it remains open and underexplored along strike and at depth.”
Table 1: Recent Assay Results from Phase 1 2022 Drilling at the Montclerg Gold Project*
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Au g/t||Zone|
|MTC-22-021||50.3||72.0||21.7||1.51||MC Central Upper Main|
|MTC-22-022||31.8||38.8||7.0||0.60||MC Central Upper Main|
|and||91.7||95.9||4.2||0.78||MC Central Lower Main|
|MTC-22-023||17.6||88.0||70.4||1.60||MC Central Upper Main|
|and||124.5||133.2||8.7||2.46||MC Central Upper Footwall|
*Drill intercepts are presented using a 0.20 g/t Au cut-off and as drilled length. Composites include internal dilution of up to 3 m at grades less than 0.2 g/t Au. True width is estimated to be 50 to 90% of drilled length.
Technical Commentary of Assay Results
The Company completed 17 holes in its Phase 1 2022 drill program at Montclerg (See Table 1 and Figures 2-3). This 4,200 m drill program was designed to complete infill and step-out holes over a one km segment of the Montclerg gold system. Infill drilling focused on the MC Central panel testing for extensions of the Upper and Lower Main zones and the high-grade Upper and Lower Footwall zones. Step-out drilling tested the MC West, MC East and the CX targets. Detailed analyses of today’s assay results are outlined below.
MTC-22-021 was designed to test the MC Central Upper Main Zone as well as the Upper Footwall Zone approximately 20 m west of MTC-21-005 which returned 4.82 g/t Au over 26.0 m (See news release dated February 10, 2022). The hole intersected a broad zone grading 1.51 g/t Au over 21.7 m and ended in mineralization as the hole was terminated prematurely. The zone consisted of strong sericite altered felsic volcanics with a total of 5% quartz carbonate veins which form parallel as well as oblique to fabric of the felsic volcanic host rock. Veins often contain a strong pyrite and arsenopyrite halo as well as up to 1% fine-grained disseminated sulphides within the wall rock.
MTC-22-022 was drilled to test the extent of the MC Central Upper Main Zone. The hole successfully intersected 0.60 g/t Au over 7.0 m in a silicified felsic volcanic with trace disseminated pyrite throughout as well as 5% irregular veins with strong pyrite and arsenopyrite halos. At the contact between the felsic volcanic and the mafic volcanic a second mineralized zone was intersected and returned 0.78 g/t Au over 4.2 m. The zone consisted of 3% quartz carbonate veins with 1% disseminated pyrite and 3% vein halo arsenopyrite.
MTC-22-023 yielded the best bulk tonnage results thus far on the property intersecting 1.60 g/t Au over 70.4 m in the MC Central Upper Main Zone. The zone is hosted in pervasively sericite altered felsic volcanic, with up to 30% quartz-carbonate veinlets with an average of 2% arsenopyrite and 0.5% Pyrite. MTC-22-023 also intersected the Upper Footwall Zone returning grades of 2.46 g/t Au over 8.7 m, including 7.75 g/t Au over 1.8 m. The footwall host unit consists of strongly ankerite altered mafic volcanic with 2% wispy quartz-carbonate veinlets. Mineralization consisted of fine-grained disseminated pyrite and arsenopyrite of 1-3%.
The MC Central target hosts the Upper Main, Lower Main and Upper Footwall zones as outlined in GFG’s April 28th release (See news release dated April 28, 2022). MTC-22-021, MTC-22-022 and MTC-22-023 were drilled as step-outs west of section MTC-21-005. These recent results show that infill drilling can increase the width and grade of the zones, illustrated by hole MTC-22-023 which intersected 1.60 g/t Au over 70.4 m. The Upper Footwall Zone which has been historically poorly tested continues to return higher grade mineralization. Hole MTC-22-023 intersected 2.46 g/t Au over 8.7 m, inclusive of 7.75 g/t Au over 1.8 m, showing continuity of this zone to the east. The MC Central target continues to show a robust shallow mineralized package that remains open in a number of directions and GFG will continue to aggressively target this horizon in future drilling campaigns.
MTC-22-024 is a 530 m step-out hole east of the main MC Central target where limited drilling has been completed. This hole tested the entire stratigraphic package and intersected similar lithologies to that seen in the MC Central target. The best results were in mafic volcanics grading up to 0.74 g/t Au over 7.7 m, including 3.0 g/t Au over 1.3 m. This zone is similar in character to the Lower Footwall Zone consisting of light beige-grey, strongly ankerite and sericite altered mafic volcanic. Smokey quartz and quartz-tourmaline veins are associated with fine grained dusting of 10% pyrite and 1% arsenopyrite. The drill hole also intercepted significant porphyry dyking anomalous in gold and a strongly pyritized basaltic package similar to that which hosts the Croesus Mine to the east. There is no historic drilling further to the east of this drill hole and the Company views prospectivity to the east as very high.
MTC-22-025 is a 370 m step-out hole designed to test the eastern extension of mineralization of the MC Central target. The hole intersected 1.37 g/t Au over 3.4 m in mafic volcanics. The mineralization formed in a weakly brecciated mafic unit with moderate silica carbonate and sericite alteration. Locally up to 10% arsenopyrite and 1-3% blebby pyrite was observed.
The mineralization observed in holes MTC-22-024 and MTC-22-025 show the same stratigraphy and indeed similar styles of mineralization in the mafic volcanics that is seen in the MC Central target. A more significant drill program is warranted and will be a focus of future drill programs.
The remaining five drill holes from the Phase 1 2022 program are currently being processed and the Company expects to report these results in the coming weeks. For the remainder of 2022, the Company plans to complete an additional 4,000 – 6,000 m of drilling at the Montclerg Gold Project and has initiated its regional exploration programs and drill target development across the Goldarm Property. The regional surface programs include airborne geophysics, sonic and conventional till sampling programs, prospecting, mapping and data compilation. To aid in the Company’s surface programs, GFG has also partnered with Metal Earth to drive a variety of regional initiatives designed to better understand the belt scale architecture and gold potential of the Pipestone Deformation Zone where the Company’s hold over 200 square km.
Following the successful initial metallurgical test work that exceeded recovery rate expectations at the Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project (See news release dated March 15, 2022), the Company’s option partner, Group 11 Technologies Inc. will proceed to conduct further in-situ recovery analyses and data review. The technical review will further assess the amenability and recovery rates for extracting gold using an eco-friendly water-based solution. Next steps to advance the RSH Project in H2 2022 are to include additional laboratory tests, large diameter drill testing and related project permitting. A more detailed update on activities at Rattlesnake Hills will be provided as they are available.
Figure 1: Regional Map of GFG Gold Projects in the Timmins Gold District
Figure 2: Montclerg Gold Project Plan View Map
Figure 3: Montclerg Gold Project Cross Section Map of MC Central Zone
About the Montclerg Gold Project
The Montclerg Gold Project is part of the recently consolidated Goldarm Property which consists of more than 15,000 hectares and covers over 30 km of the prospective Pipestone and North Pipestone deformation zones which hosts multiple gold deposits and mines in one of the most prolific gold districts in the world. The Project is strategically located east of the prolific Timmins Gold Camp and is surrounded by significant infrastructure (See Figure 1). The Project consists of patented and unpatented mining claims that cover 10 km of the highly prospective Pipestone Deformation Zone.
About GFG Resources Inc.
GFG is a North American precious metals exploration company focused on district scale gold projects in tier one mining jurisdictions, Ontario and Wyoming. In Ontario, the Company operates three gold projects, each large and highly prospective gold properties within the prolific gold district of Timmins, Ontario, Canada. The projects have similar geological settings that host most of the gold deposits found in the Timmins Gold Camp which have produced over 70 million ounces of gold. The Company also owns 100% of the Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project, a district scale gold exploration project located approximately 100 km southwest of Casper, Wyoming, U.S. In Wyoming, the Company has partnered with Group 11 through an option and earn-in agreement to advance the Company’s Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project with a technology that could revolutionize the gold mining industry.
All scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been prepared under the supervision of Brian Skanderbeg, P.Geo. President, CEO and Director of GFG, a qualified person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.
Drill intercepts are historical and presented using a 0.20 g/t Au cut-off and as drilled length. Composites include internal dilution of up to 3 m at grades less than 0.2 g/t Au. True width is estimated to be 50 to 90% of drilled length.
Sampling protocols, quality control and assurance measures and geochemical results related to historic drill core samples quoted in this news release have not been verified by the Qualified Person and therefore must be regarded as estimates.
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