Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) is pleased to announce that exploration drilling on the Fenelon Gold Property continues to successfully expand gold mineralization with high-grade intersections at both the eastern and northwestern edges of the area tested by resource drilling to date.
In the northwest, exploration drilling has successfully expanded the footprint of Area 51, with near surface intersections including 11.60 g/t Au over 14.05 metres in FA-21-297.
In the east, exploration drilling to follow-up the discovery hole of the Gabbro Zones, East Extension (17.79 g/t Au over 16.60 metres in drill hole FA-21-219, see Wallbridge news release dated April 29, 2021), has confirmed the presence of strong gold mineralization, with the first follow-up hole (FA-21-305) returning 9.00 g/t Au over 10.00 metres. Assays for the remaining three holes drilled to the east are pending.
“We continue to be impressed by the expansion potential at Fenelon and are now, with all drilling required for our maiden mineral resource estimate completed, excited to ramp-up our exploration drilling efforts to confirm extensions of known gold zones and to discover new zones. The drilling results in this news release represent high-grade gold mineralization on the edges of our known mineralized footprint and highlight the excellent potential for future resource growth at Fenelon,” stated Marz Kord, President & CEO of Wallbridge.
The MMRE for Fenelon, along with the updated resource estimate for Martiniere, are well underway and nearing completion. The prolonged assay turn-around times due to high volumes experienced industry-wide has delayed the receipt of critical assay results in support of the MMRE. The Company now expects to announce the mineral resource statements by the end of October.
With the resource drilling in support of the MMRE completed, Wallbridge has ramped up its exploration program at Fenelon to continue expanding the footprint of the known gold system and discover additional gold zones in the vicinity of the Fenelon deposit. Regional drilling on the Company’s extensive, underexplored land package is also underway with two drill rigs currently focusing on resource expansion drilling at Martiniere and testing grassroots exploration targets on the adjacent Casault Property (see Wallbridge news release dated July 22, 2021).
Area 51, Exploration Drill Results
Exploration drilling continues to expand the footprint of Area 51, especially toward the west-northwest, where much of the major host rock, the Jeremie Diorite, remains untested. The following two recent highlight intersections from this area occur near surface, at vertical depths of 35-45 metres (FA-21-297) and 110-115 metres (FA-21-272):
|FA-21-297||11.60 g/t Au over 14.05 metres, including|
|201.00 g/t Au over 0.50 metres, and|
|117.00 g/t Au over 0.50 metres (see Figs. 1 and 3);|
|FA-21-272||3.16 g/t Au over 9.00 metres, including|
|13.20 g/t Au over 1.50 metres (see Figs. 1 and 3);|
Gabbro Zones, East Extension, Exploration Drill Results
Four drill holes were drilled this summer to follow-up on the Gabbro Zones, East Extension discovery in drill hole FA-21-219, which yielded 17.79 g/t Au over 16.60 metres (see Wallbridge news release dated April 29, 2021). All of the holes intersected alteration and mineralization characteristic of the gold-bearing system.
Assay results of an intersection in the first follow-up drill hole (FA-21-305), representing an approximately 120-metre overcut to the original FA-21-219 discovery, confirm the presence of a high-grade mineralized zone in this area:
|FA-21-305||9.00 g/t Au over 10.00 metres, including|
|18.56 g/t Au over 3.35 metres (see Figs. 1 and 2);|
Assay results for the other three holes are still pending.
2021 Drilling Program Update
In 2021, the Company is planning to complete between 150,000 to 170,000 metres of drilling, including 20,000 to 25,000 metres devoted to regional exploration on the Company’s district-scale, underexplored land package on the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend.
Assay results of eight drill holes of the 2021 exploration drill program are reported in the Table and Figures below. All figures and a table with drill hole information of recently completed holes are posted on the Company’s website under “Current Program” at https://www.wallbridgemining.com/s/fenelon.asp.
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|Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property, Recent Drill Assay Highlights (1)|
|Drill Hole||From||To||Length||Au||Au Cut(2)||VG(3)||Zone/Corridor||Section|
|FA-21-276||No Significant Mineralization (4)||9600 & 9500|
|FA-21-286||No Significant Mineralization (4)||9375|
|FA-21-305||232.00||242.00||10.00||9.00||9.00||VG||Gabbro Zones- East Extension||10800|
|Including…||236.50||239.85||3.35||18.56||18.56||VG||Gabbro Zones- East Extension||10800|
(1) Table includes only assay results received since the latest press release dated August 5, 2021.
(2) Au cut at: 100 g/t Au for the Tabasco/Contact zones; 60 g/t Au for the Cayenne zones; 50 g/t Au for the Area 51 zones.
(3) Intervals containing visible gold (“VG”).
(4) Metal factor of at least 5 g/t*m and minimum weighted average composite grade of 1 g/t Au.
Note: True widths are estimated to be 50‒80% of the reported core length intervals.
Assay QA/QC and Qualified Persons
Drill core samples from the ongoing 2021 drill program at Fenelon are cut and bagged either on site or by contractors and transported to SGS Canada Inc., AGAT Laboratories Ltd. or Bureau Veritas Commodities Canada Ltd. for analysis. In 2020 samples were submitted to either SGS Canada Inc. or ALS Canada Ltd. for analysis. Samples, along with standards and blanks that are included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at the laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. At SGS, AGAT and Bureau Veritas samples >10g/t Au are automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish or screen metallic analysis. To test for coarse free gold and for additional quality assurance and quality control, Wallbridge requests screen metallic analysis for samples containing visible gold. These and future assay results may vary from time to time due to re‒analysis for quality assurance and quality control.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Peter Lauder, P.Geo, Exploration Manager of Wallbridge.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is currently advancing the exploration and development of its 100%‒owned Fenelon Gold property which is located along the Detour‒Fenelon Gold Trend, an emerging gold belt in northwestern Québec. The Company completed approximately 102,000 metres of drilling in 2020 and currently conducting a fully‒funded 2021 program of approximately 150,000 to 170,000 metres of drilling and 2,500 metres of underground exploration development (Phase 1 of a 10,000‒metre program). The Company intends to complete a maiden mineral resource estimate on the Fenelon Gold System in October, 2021.
Wallbridge now holds several kilometres surrounding its rapidly expanding Fenelon discovery providing room for growth, as well as future mine development flexibility. Wallbridge’s land holdings in Québec along the Detour‒Fenelon Gold Trend are over 900.0 km2, improving Wallbridge’s potential for further discoveries for over 90‒kilometre strike length in this underexplored belt.
Wallbridge is also the operator of, and a 17.8% shareholder in, Lonmin Canada Inc., a privately‒held company with a portfolio of nickel, copper, and platinum‒group metals (PGM) projects in Ontario’s Sudbury Basin.
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