Toronto, Ontario -- March 25, 2019 -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the first hole of its 2019 surface drill program has intersected multiple visible gold-bearing shear zones and other abundant mineralized veins over an approximately 275 metre core length. These multiple structures and gold occurrences confirm the recently-announced Area 51 discovery (see Wallbridge Press Release dated February 21, 2019) as a significant size target which increases the ultimate size potential of the gold system at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold property (“Fenelon” or the “Property”). Assay results are pending and will be reported when received. In addition, Wallbridge continues to achieve positive results from the underground drill program targeting the extensions of the other known zones at Fenelon.
FA-18-051: In addition to previously-reported assay results, in-fill sampling has now resulted in outlining additional mineralized zones within the newly discovered Area 51 gold system, including 5.16 g/t gold over 3.40 metres and 1.00 g/t gold over 5.65 metres.
18-5175-006: 5.74 g/t gold over 2.32 metres in the Naga Viper zone
18-5175-013: 3.38 g/t gold over 6.22 metres, including 5.05 g/t gold over 3.66 metres in the Naga Viper zone
19-5150-002: 5.41 g/t gold over 3.77 metres, including 12.61 g/t gold over 1.28 metres in the Naga Viper zone
“The goal of our 2019 program of 50,000 -- 75,000 metres combined underground and surface drilling was designed to prove up substantial additional underground gold resources at Fenelon in preparation for an updated 43-101 resource estimate,” stated Marz Kord, President & CEO of Wallbridge. “The Area 51 mineralized corridor is an exciting discovery that confirms the significant potential to expand the mineralized system at Fenelon. While underground drilling continues to expand resources to depth, surface drilling will test Area 51 as well as other targets property wide.”
“Area 51 has proven to be a very significant mineralized corridor. The remarkable endowment of this gold-bearing system was indicated by numerous higher-grade shear zones within a low-grade gold halo over approximately 200 m core length in hole FA-18-051. The visible gold-bearing shear zones and other abundant mineralized veins over an approximately 275 metre core length in FA-19-052 increases our confidence in the potential of this discovery,” stated Attila Péntek, Vice-President, Exploration of Wallbridge. “Surface drilling in Area 51 will initially aim for 50 to 100 metre step-outs on the known gold mineralization to test our concept of a continuous, kilometre-scale gold-bearing structure.”
The 2019 underground resource drilling, designed to extend the known zones below the 2018/2019 bulk sample development to 350 metre depth, is being carried out from the recently established 230-metre-long exploration drift on the 5130 level (~125 metre depth).
An Orevision surface IP survey to test 600 metre strike length of the gold-hosting mineralized environment northwest of the main deposit was completed by Abitibi Geophysics Inc. in February. Results of this study are being incorporated with existing geophysical data into a coherent 3D model, which will be used to guide geologic modeling and drill targeting.
A summary of the new drill hole results from the ongoing 2018/2019 underground and surface drill programs are reported in Tables 1 and 2 and also shown on the Figures below as well as on the Company website.
|Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property 2018/2019 Drill Assay Highlights (1)|
|Drill Hole||From||To||From||To||Length||True Width||Au||Au Capped(2)||VG(3)||Zone||Drill Program|
|18-5175-006||75.41||77.73||2.32||1.62||5.74||5.74||VG||Naga Viper||U/G Resource|
|18-5175-007||91.68||95.76||4.08||2.17||1.39||1.39||Naga Viper||U/G Resource|
|18-5175-012||113.67||122.65||8.98||4.17||1.79||1.79||Naga Viper||U/G Resource|
|19-5150-002||55.88||59.65||3.77||1.95||5.41||5.41||VG||Naga Viper||U/G Resource|
|Including...||1.28||0.66||12.61||12.61||VG||Naga Viper||U/G Resource|
|FA-18-042||194.05||195.00||0.95||NA (4)||1.37||1.37||East||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-046||No assay results greater than 1 g/t Au||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-047||No assay results greater than 1 g/t Au||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-048||No assay results greater than 1 g/t Au||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-050||No assay results greater than 1 g/t Au||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-051||555.00||555.40||0.40||NA||1.13||1.13||Area 51||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-051||593.50||596.90||3.40||NA||5.16||5.16||Area 51||Surface Exploration|
|FA-18-051||620.10||625.75||5.65||NA||1.00||1.00||Area 51||Surface Exploration|
(1) Table includes only highlight assay results since the latest press release. Earlier highlight intersections of the 2018 program can be found on the Company website: http://www.wallbridgemining.com/i/maps/fenelon/Fenelon-2018-UG-drilling-highlights.pdf
(2) Au capped at 140 g/t following InnovExplo's 2016 Mineral Resource Estimate.
(3) Intervals containing visible gold ("VG").
(4) Currently not enough information available to estimate true width.
|Table 2. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property 2018/2019 drill hole information (1)|
|Drill Hole ID||Local grid E||Local grid N||Elevation||Length (Metres)||Azimuth||Dip||VG/CP(2)||Note|
|FA-18-044||10750||1130||5260||651||195||-51||CP||Further assays pending|
|FA-18-051||10432||11040||5260||670||220||-51||VG||Further assays pending|
|18-5175-011||10580||10986||5177||200||191||-48||CP||Further assays pending|
(1) Table includes only drill holes for which assays are pending. For earlier holes please refer to tables in previous press releases.
(2) Drill holes containing visible gold ("VG") or chalcopyrite-bearing mineralized shear zone ("CP").
Fenelon is located in northwestern Quebec proximal to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone ("SLDZ") which hosts the Detour Gold Mine in Ontario, and Balmoral Resources' gold deposits at Martiniere. Fenelon hosts the Discovery Zone gold deposit and surrounding 4 km strike length of a gold-hosting secondary splay of the SLDZ.
Since acquiring the property in late 2016, Wallbridge has completed an updated resource estimate and a positive pre-feasibility study on the existing resource. Wallbridge has undertaken successful surface exploration drilling campaigns in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has substantially completed an underground 35,000-tonne bulk sample at Fenelon. Drilling to date has significantly extended existing zones and discovered several new parallel zones.
Drill core samples from the ongoing drill program at Fenelon were cut and bagged on site and transported to SGS Canada Inc. Samples, along with standards, blanks, and duplicates included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at SGS Canada Inc. laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to >95% passing 106 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. 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 Persons responsible for the technical content of this press release are Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA, President & CEO and Attila Péntek, P.Geo., Ph.D., Vice President Exploration for Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is establishing a pipeline of projects that will support sustainable production and revenue as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability.
Wallbridge is currently developing its 100%-owned high-grade Fenelon Gold property in Quebec with ongoing exploration and a 35,000-tonne bulk sample. Wallbridge is also pursuing additional advanced-stage projects which would add to the Company's near-term project pipeline. These discussions benefit from the operating capabilities Wallbridge demonstrated by safely and efficiently mining the Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, which was completed in October 2015. As part of this strategy, the Company recently optioned the Beschefer Project, an advanced gold property with proven size and grade-potential near Fenelon Gold. Wallbridge is also continuing partner-funded exploration on its large portfolio of nickel, copper, and PGM projects in Sudbury, Ontario, with a focus on its high-grade Parkin project.
Wallbridge also has exposure to exploration for copper and gold in Jamaica and British Columbia through its 11.3% ownership of Carube Copper Corp. (CUC:TSX-V, formerly Miocene Resources Limited, a Wallbridge spin-out of its BC assets).
For further information please visit the Company's website at www.wallbridgemining.com or contact:
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA
President & CEO
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 251
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (416) 716-8346
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