Wallbridge Continues to Expand Footprint of New Area 51 Gold Discovery at Fenelon Gold Property

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Wallbridge Continues to Expand Footprint of New Area 51 Gold Discovery at Fenelon Gold Property

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TORONTO, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its exploration drill program has significantly increased the known extent of the newly-discovered Area 51 gold system at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold property ("Fenelon" or the "Property"). Several new holes have intersected wide zones of mineralization with intervals containing visible gold. Drilling to date has indicated the presence of broad stockwork-style gold mineralization with focused high-grade veins and shear zones over a 700-metre strike length and close to 600-metre vertical extent.

In addition, resource drilling at the Fenelon Main Zone is continuing to extend high-grade shoots to depth with 26.37 g/t gold over 2.18 metres and several other visible gold-bearing intersections pending.

Exploration Drilling - Area 51 & Tabasco Mineralized Corridors

Highlights:

  • Further in-fill sampling of FA-19-052 is underway within the Area 51 intersection. Currently available continuous assay results show that the mineralized intersection grades 1.46 g/t gold over 227.80 metres, which includes the sub-interval of 2.81 g/t gold over 98.91 metres released previously (see Wallbridge Press Release dated April 23, 2019). The grade and length of this interval may be revised once final assay results are received.
  • FA-19-053 extends known strike length of the Area 51 gold system by 250 metres to the northwest.
  • 19-0925-007 confirms continuation of strong, broad gold mineralization 200 to 300 metres southeast of FA-19-052 and provides first near-surface (150 m vertical depth) intersection of the Area 51 gold system.
  • FA-19-059 provides a 30-40 metre eastward step-out and slight overcut to FA-19-052 with three occurrences of visible gold intersected within a broad, mineralized interval of approximately 225 metre core length in Area 51. Another significant zone with visible gold was intersected further down-hole at 590 m vertical depth, which is currently the deepest visible gold-bearing intersection on the Property.
  • Area 51 gold system now extends over a 700-metre strike length.

"Our ongoing exploration program continues to significantly expand the known footprint of the Area 51-Tabasco gold system. We now have indicated the presence of broad stockwork-style gold mineralization with focused high-grade veins and shear zones over a 700-metre strike length and close to 600-metre vertical extent," explained Attila Pentek, VP Exploration. "The 100-200 metre step-outs are aggressive for such gold deposits and aim to give us an early indication of the distribution of this mineralization style. As such, the results yielded by FA-18-038EXT and FA-18-040EXT are very positive in proving the continuity of this well-mineralized structural corridor and confirming our initial interpretation of this new geologic environment. We will continue with our approach of large step-outs along strike and down-dip to further define the size potential and also carry-out some of the tighter, 40 metre spaced drilling to better understand the controls on "sweet spots", such as those intersected in FA-19-052, FA-19-059, and 19-0925-007, and to start proving up a resource in the Area 51 corridor."

Three rigs (two surface, one underground) are currently active on exploration drilling, doing large-spaced step-outs to define the footprint of the Area 51 gold system which was discovered by the last hole of the 2018 program (FA-18-051), approximately 300 m west of the Fenelon Main Zone. A total of approximately 8,000 metres have been drilled as part of the 2019 exploration drill program and assay results are pending for 13 surface drill holes and four underground holes.

FA-18-038EXT, an extension of a 2018 drill hole, confirms the presence of the broad gold-bearing system within the Area 51 corridor intersecting 0.32 g/t gold over 137.43 metres, including 0.56 g/t gold over 54.63 metres, which further includes higher grade sub-intervals, like 1.33 g/t gold over 11.93 metres.

FA-18-040EXT, an extension of a 2018 drill hole, intersected a lower grade domain within the Area 51 system similar to FA-18-038EXT with 0.41 g/t gold over 134.45 metres, including 0.67 g/t gold over 33.67 metres, which further includes higher grade sub-intervals, like 1.00 g/t gold over 16.28 metres. In-fill sampling of last year's portion of the drill core revealed another zone that assayed 1.14 g/t gold over 17.28 metres.

FA-19-053 intersected broad stockwork-style gold mineralization consisting of a network of sulfide-bearing veins and shear zones with two occurrences of visible gold in the Area 51 corridor, at approximately 500 metres vertical depth, in the vicinity of historic, near-surface (150-180 m vertical depth) intersections of 6.16 g/t gold over 3.00 metres and 34.20 g/t gold over 0.32 metres.

Drill holes FA-19-054 and FA-19-056 were testing the Area 51-Tabasco mineralized corridors vertically above FA-19-052 and both intersected several mineralized zones with one occurrence of visible gold noted in each hole.

Underground drill holes 19-0925-005A, -006 and -007 also tested the eastern extension of the Area 51 system and successfully extended the known footprint of the mineralized system with visible gold reported in two of the holes (19-0925-005 and -007). Hole 19-0925-007 is particularly important, as it is the first hole intersecting strong stockwork mineralization characteristic of the Area 51 system over a broad interval at only 150 metres vertical depth, in contrast to most intersections so far, which were at approximately 400 to 500 metres vertical depth.

Drill holes FA-19-055 and FA-19-057, testing the eastern extension of the geophysical (magnetic-low) feature interpreted to correspond to the Area 51 structure, intersected sporadic veins and shear zones, as well as blue quartz-bearing alteration which appears to be similar to Area 51-style mineralization in favourable intermediate to mafic intrusive rocks. FA-19-058 tested a magnetic-low target parallel to the Area 51 structure, intersecting a potentially gold-bearing zone in the Jeremy Pluton within the target area.

FA-19-059 was testing the Area 51-Tabasco mineralized corridors slightly East and vertically above FA-19-052 and intersected a broad, 225 metre interval of typical Area 51-style mineralization with three visible gold-bearing veins observed. Another significant zone with visible gold was intersected further down-hole at 590 m vertical depth, which is currently the deepest visible gold-bearing intersection on the Property.

Resource Drilling - Main Gabbro Zones

Highlights:

  • 26.37 g/t gold over 2.18 metres (1.61 metres true width) in 19-5150-003 within the Naga Viper Zone.
  • 7.97 g/t gold over 2.54 metres (0.78 metre true width) in 19-5150-001 within the Naga Viper Zone.
  • 5.95 g/t gold over 0.69 metre (0.48 metre true width) in 19-0925 within the Cayenne Zone.
  • High-grade shoot in the western segment of the Naga Viper Zone (sections 970 and 985) now extended down to a vertical depth of 200 metres, with visible gold intersected in three drill holes. 
  • Visible gold was observed in two intersections within the Cayenne Zone.

One underground drill rig is currently active on tightly spaced resource drilling, completing 15-20 metre step-outs on known mineralization within the main gabbro below the area where the Company mined the 2018/2019 bulk sample, down to 250 metres vertical depth. A total of approximately 4,500 metres has been drilled as part of the 2019 resource drill program and assay results are currently pending for 21 underground holes.

A summary of the new drill hole results from the ongoing 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


(m)

(m)

(m)

(m)

(m)

(m)

(g/t)

(g/t)




FA-19-052

362.50

590.30



227.80

NA

1.46

1.46


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-19-052*

Including...

392.50

397.07

4.57

NA

5.14

5.14

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-19-052*

482.90

485.50

2.60

NA

4.57

4.57

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-19-052*

493.76

500.00

6.24

NA

8.71

8.71

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-19-052*

516.34

518.70

2.36

NA

5.63

5.63

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-19-052*

565.25

576.47

11.22

NA

15.93

15.93

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

19-1035-001

154.40

155.70



1.30

0.92

3.43

3.43


Chipotle

U/G Resource

19-1035-002

28.10

28.55



0.45

0.36

1.76

1.76


Cayenne

U/G Resource

19-1035-002

115.78

117.68



1.90

1.54

0.96

0.96


Naga Viper

U/G Resource

19-1035-004

121.45

122.84



1.39

1.12

1.58

1.58


Naga Viper

U/G Resource

19-1035-004

128.12

129.50



1.38

1.12

1.09

1.09


Chipotle

U/G Resource

19-1035-005

131.55

135.00



3.45

2.79

1.83

1.83


Chipotle

U/G Resource

19-1035-006

102.00

104.40



2.40

2.11

1.52

1.52


Naga Viper

U/G Resource

19-5150-001

84.32

86.86



2.54

0.78

7.97

7.97

VG

Naga Viper

U/G Resource

19-5150-003

36.81

38.99



2.18

1.61

26.37

26.37

VG

Naga Viper

U/G Resource

19-5150-010

47.70

48.80



1.10

0.91

1.15

1.15


Habanero

U/G Resource

19-0925-001

29.58

30.27



0.69

0.48

5.95

5.95


Cayenne

U/G Resource

19-0925-002

No Assays greater than 1 g/t Au

19-0925-004

FA-18-038

612.00

616.28



4.28

NA

1.02

1.02

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

638.75

639.60



0.85

NA

3.47

3.47


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

689.77

744.40



54.63

NA

0.56

0.56


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

Including...

689.77

701.70

11.93

NA

1.33

1.33


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

731.18

744.40

13.22

NA

0.78

0.78


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

775.50

776.80



1.30

NA

2.23

2.23


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

793.39

794.79



1.40

NA

1.04

1.04


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-038

839.82

840.77



0.95

NA

1.21

1.21


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-040

531.00

548.28



17.28

NA

1.14

1.14


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-040

590.45

724.90



134.45

NA

0.41

0.41


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-040

Including...

621.00

654.67

33.67

NA

0.67

0.67


Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-040

Which includes…

635.35

651.63

16.28

NA

1.00

1.00

VG

Area 51

Surface Exploration

FA-18-040

761.00

762.25



1.25

NA

1.72

1.72


Area 51

Surface Exploration



(1)

Table includes only highlight assay results received since the latest press release.

(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.

*

Previously announced interval, see Wallbridge Press Release dated Apr 23, 2019

 

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

18-5175-007

10580

10986

5177

205

228

-43

CP

Final Assays Received

18-5175-011

10580

10986

5177

200

191

-48

CP

Final Assays Received

18-1035-019

10571

10997

5214

100

193

-36

VG

Further Assays pending

19-5150-001

10595

10950

5147

181

230

-62

VG

Final Assays Received

19-5150-002

10595

10950

5147

147

222

-48

VG

Final Assays Received

19-5150-003

10595

10950

5147

102

205

-32

VG

Final Assays Received

19-5150-004

10595

10950

5147

56

227

-26

VG

Final Assays Received

19-5150-005

10595

10950

5147

132

170

-50

CP

Final Assays Received

19-5150-006

10595

10950

5147

274

178

-63

CP

Final Assays Received

19-5150-007

10595

10950

5147

90

182

-20

CP

Final Assays Received

19-5150-008

10595

10950

5147

102

152

-15

CP

Final Assays Received

19-5150-009

10595

10950

5147

63

232

-39

CP

Final Assays Received

19-5150-010

10595

10950

5147

51

228

-10

CP

Final Assays Received

19-1035-001

10502

10851

5134

177

25

-57

CP

Further Sampling Underway

19-1035-002

10502

10851

5134

150

25

-48

CP

Final Assays Received

19-1035-003

10502

10851

5134

138

23

-38

VG

Further Assays pending

19-1035-004

10502

10851

5134

165

38

-46


Final Assays Received

19-1035-005

10502

10851

5134

138

49

-43

CP

Final Assays Received

19-1035-006

10502

10851

5134

168

30

-41


Final Assays Received

19-0925-001

10595

10950

5134

111

24

-56

CP

Assays pending

19-0925-002

10595

10950

5134

87

24

-38

CP

Final Assays Received

19-0925-003

10595

10950

5134

75

24

-17

CP

Assays pending

19-0925-004

10595

10950

5134

99

25

-10

CP

Final Assays Received

19-0925-005

10397

10902

5135

48

190

-55


Assays pending

19-0925-005A

10397

10902

5135

552

190

-55

VG

Assays pending

19-0925-006

10397

10902

5135

420

180

-41


Assays pending

19-0925-007

10397

10902

5135

495

180

-5

VG

Assays pending

19-0925-008

10397

10902

5135

Underway

180

-25


Drilling Underway

19-0940-001

10417

10897

5134

111

24

-53

CP

Assays pending

19-0940-002

10417

10897

5134

105

24

-15

CP

Assays pending

19-0955-001

10430

10890

5134

105

21

-4

CP

Assays pending

19-0955-002

10430

10890

5134

102

24

-44

CP

Assays pending

19-0955-003

10430

10890

5134

120

24

-55

CP

Assays pending

19-0955-004

10430

10890

5134

141

24

-64

CP

Assays pending

19-0970-001

10444

10883

5134

117

24

-37

CP

Assays pending

19-0970-002

10444

10883

5134

111

24

-46

CP

Assays pending

19-0970-003

10444

10883

5134

150

24

-63

CP

Assays pending

19-0985-001

10457

10876

5134

117

24

-35

CP

Assays pending

19-0985-002

10457

10876

5134

117

24

-44

CP

Assays pending

19-0985-003

10457

10876

5134

135

24

-52

VG

Assays pending

19-0985-004

10457

10876

5134

168

24

-61

CP

Assays pending

19-1000-001

10471

10869

5133

Underway

24

-32


Drilling Underway

FA-18-038

10458

11053

5260

915

240

-54

VG

Final Assays Received

FA-18-040

10459

11054

5261

803

246

-48

VG

Further Sampling Underway

FA-18-051

10432

11040

5260

670

220

-51

VG

Further Assays pending

FA-19-052

10121

10605

5258

833

35

-62

VG

Further Sampling Underway

FA-19-053

10432

11043

5260

966

262

-48

VG

Assays pending

FA-19-054

10195

10553

5258

777

360

-55

VG

Assays pending

FA-19-055

10732

10561

5261

415

260

-45

CP

Assays pending

FA-19-056

10195

10629

5258

666

360

-55

VG

Assays pending

FA-19-057

10732

10561

5261

487

200

-45

CP

Assays pending

FA-19-058

10195

10553

5258

303

190

-55


Assays pending

FA-19-059

10269

10578

5258

774

360

-61

VG

Assays pending

FA-19-060

10621

10606

5260

417

260

-45

CP

Assays pending

FA-19-061

10191

10704

5257

Underway

360

-55


Drilling Underway

FA-19-062

10265

10653

5258

Underway

360

-58


Drilling Underway



(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").

 

Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (CNW Group/Wallbridge Mining Company Limited)

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 recently completed an underground 35,000-tonne bulk sample at Fenelon. Drilling to date has significantly extended existing zones, located additional parallel zones, and discovered a new gold system referred to as Area 51.

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 recently-completed 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).

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (including "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) relating to, among other things, the operations of Wallbridge and the environment in which it operates. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Wallbridge has relied on a number of assumptions and estimates in making such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the costs associated with the development and operation of its properties. Such assumptions and estimates are made in light of the trends and conditions that are considered to be relevant and reasonable based on information available and the circumstances existing at this time. A number of risk factors may cause actual results, level of activity, performance or outcomes of such exploration and/or mine development to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including, without limitation, whether such discoveries will result in commercially viable quantities of such mineralized materials, the possibility of changes to project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the ability to execute planned exploration and future drilling programs, the need for additional funding to continue exploration and development efforts, changes in general economic, market and business conditions, and those other risks set forth in Wallbridge's most recent annual information form under the heading "Risk Factors" and in its other public filings. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and such information is inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and may be beyond the control of Wallbridge. Although Wallbridge has attempted to identify important risks and factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors and risks that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Consequently, undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements. In addition, all forward-looking statements in this press release are given as of the date hereof.

Wallbridge disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, save and except as may be required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this disclaimer.

SOURCE Wallbridge Mining Company Limited

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