Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. (TSX:ME) (OTC:MPUCF) (XETRA:MOP) is pleased to announce the results from the first two drill holes testing the gold mineralization at the new Westaway Target and extensions of the West Block deposit located outside of the updated November 2019 NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate. The drilling is part of the recently expanded 18,000 m 2019/2020 winter drill program currently underway on the Company’s Golden Highway Project, 110 km east of Timmins, Ontario (Figure 1).
Drilling has intersected twelve (12) new gold mineralized veins at the new Westaway Target located over 1.0 km west of the South West Deposit and confirmed three (3) new gold mineralized veins at West Block (South West) outside of the November 2019 Mineral Resource:
“We are pleased to have drilled significant new gold mineralization at both the new Westaway Target and the extensions of West Block,” commented CEO & Chief Geologist Gary O’Connor. “We have intersected twelve new gold mineralized veins at Westaway as well as confirming three (3) new gold mineralized veins at West Block. The drill program has now successfully extended the gold mineralization over 1.0 km west of the South West deposit within a new target area. The 2019/2020 winter drill program has now been expanded with the addition of a third drill rig to continue to expand the new gold veins at Westaway, as well as drill test the resource expansion potential at West Block (South West), 55 and Windjammer South deposits. The fully funded drill program is ongoing and will continue over the winter.”
The latest assay results are from the first two drill holes, MGH19-127 and MGH19-129 completed on the 2019/2020 winter drill program for a total of 1,131 m at the Westaway and West Block targets, west of the South West Deposit (Table 2). The drill holes were testing new veins to the west of the West Block deposit and the occurrence of gold mineralized veins at Westaway located further west.
Westaway and West Block Drill Results
Drill hole MGH19-127 was drilled to test for new veins west of the November 2019 NI 43-101 resource estimate at West Block (South West) and for the occurrence of gold mineralized veins at the new Westaway Target. MGH19-127 was successful in intersecting the southern extensions of the new West Block WB-11 and WB-12 veins with intercepts of up to 3.30 m @ 2.62 g/t Au including 0.50 m @ 8.26 g/t Au from the WB-11 vein. The drill hole also intersected the new WA-1 and WA-2 veins at Westaway with intercepts up to 8.50 M @ 2.44 g/t Au including 2.45 m @ 4.06 g/t Au from WA-2.
Drill hole MGH19-129 successfully confirmed seven (7) new Westaway veins (WA-1 to WA-7) and intersected 5 new mineralized veins for a total of 12 veins at Westaway. The 7 new confirmed veins assayed up to 3.37 m @ 2.65 g/t Au including 1.25 m @ 4.88 from the WA-1 vein and up to 2.13 m @ 5.65 g/t Au including 1.41 m @ 8.03 g/t Au and including 0.70 m @ 9.98 g/t Au from the WA-3 vein. The additional 5 new veins, which require additional drilling to confirm continuity , assayed up to 5.25 m @ 6.30 g/t Au including 0.80 m @ 13.40 g/t Au from one new vein, up to 7.95 M @ 3.48 g/t Au including 0.95 m @ 13.80 g/t Au from a second new vein and 0.70 m @ 13.50 g/t Au from a third vein.
Table 1: Westaway and West Block: Selected Significant Drill Results
|Intercepts are calculated using a 2.0 g/t Au cut-off unless noted (*), a maximum of 2m internal dilution
and no top cap applied. All intercepts are reported as drill widths and estimated to be 75% to 90% of true width
Westaway Target and West Block Deposit
The Westaway Target and West Block Deposit are located within a similar geological setting as the South West deposit located over 1.0 km to the east (Figure 1). Gold mineralization is seen to occur as a series of mineralized vein structures which occur adjacent to the regional Timiskaming age banded iron formation “A” unit (“BIF-A”) and dominantly hosted within an overlying coarse grain sandstone. The mineralized quartz-pyrite veins occur as extensional vein structures associated with ankerite-sericite-silica-pyrite alteration haloes. The zones occur as steeply west dipping WNW-ESE oriented mineralized structures as per the main mineralization at South West (Figure 2). Drilling to date has confirmed the veins over a strike length of 250 m, widths averaging over 3.00 m and to depths of 500 m. Historical drill holes also intersected and confirmed the location of the veins with selected intercepts included in Table 3.
Click here for Figure 1: Westaway Location Map- Golden Highway Project
Click here for Figure 2: Westaway and West Block Deposit: Schematic Geology Cross-Section
Table 2: Drill Hole Details
Table 3: Westaway and West Block; Selected Historical Drill Assays
|Intercepts are calculated using a 2.0 g/t Au cut-off unless noted (*), a maximum of 2m internal dilution and
no top cap applied. All intercepts are reported as drill widths and estimated to be 75% to 90% of true width
All core drilling conducted by Moneta was oriented. Drill core is cut with half sent to AGAT Laboratories Inc. for drying and crushing to -2 mm, with a 1.00 kg split pulverized to -75 µm (200#). AGAT is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. A 50 g charge is Fire Assayed and analyzed using an AAS finish for Gold. Samples above 10.00 g/t Au are analyzed by Fire Assay with a gravimetric finish and selected samples with visible gold or high-grade mineralization are assayed by Metallic Screen Fire Assay on a 1.00 kg sample. Moneta inserts independent certified reference material and blanks with the samples and assays routine pulp repeats and coarse reject sample duplicates, as well as completing third-party check assays at Activation Laboratories Ltd. Gary O’Connor, FAusIMM is a qualified person under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.
The Company holds a 100% interest in 6 core gold projects strategically located along the Destor-Porcupine Fault Zone in the Timmins Gold Camp with over 85 million ounces of past gold production. The projects consist of the Golden Highway, North Tisdale, Nighthawk Lake, DeSantis East, Kayorum and Denton projects. The Golden Highway Project covers 12 kilometres of prospective ground along the DPFZ of which 4 km hosts the current 43-101 mineral resource estimate comprised of an indicated resource of 556,500 ounces gold contained within 3.82 Mt @ 4.53 g/t Au and a total of 1,174,000 ounces gold contained within 8.47 Mt @ 4.31 g/t Au in the inferred category at a 3.00 g/t Au cut-off.
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