Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.

Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.

August 03, 2005 17:00 ET

Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.: Drilling on Three Targets at Buffalo Hills Property in Alberta

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2005) - Robert T. Boyd, President and CEO of Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. ("Ashton" or "the Corporation") (TSX:ACA) is pleased to announce details of the summer drilling program on the Buffalo Hills property in north-central Alberta. Three large geophysical anomalies will be drilled as part of the 2005 exploration program approved by Ashton and its joint venture partners, EnCana Corporation ("EnCana") and Pure Gold Minerals Inc. ("Pure Gold"), earlier in the year. Fieldwork will commence in mid-August with drill site preparation.

The three targets were identified through airborne and ground geophysical surveys completed in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The joint venture is particularly encouraged by the size of these targets, each of which has electromagnetic and gravity signatures approximately 500 metres in width.

As indicated on the map shown at, the Buffalo Hills property is located approximately 400 kilometres north of Edmonton and approximately 85 kilometres northeast of Peace River. The three drill targets on the property are situated within four kilometres of existing access roads. Given the extensive infrastructure that is already present in north-central Alberta because of oil and gas activity, the economic threshold for a diamond deposit in this region may be lower than in other more remote regions of Canada.

The joint venture has thus far discovered 38 kimberlites on or near the Buffalo Hills property, 26 of which are diamondiferous. Samples larger than ten tonnes have been collected from five of these bodies, three of which have returned a diamond content greater than 10 carats per hundred tonnes ("cpht"). Two of these kimberlites, K14 and K91, are exposed on surface or under shallow till and each has an estimated size greater than five hectares. Samples from these bodies have returned an estimated diamond content of 12 and 13 cpht respectively. A sample collected from K252 returned the highest diamond content, 55 cpht. The estimated size of this body is two hectares.

As reported on February 3, Ashton and Pure Gold have elected to fund the 2005 exploration program. At year-end, the beneficial interests of the parties are expected to be Ashton 46.5 percent, EnCana 44.1 percent, and Pure Gold 9.4 percent.

About Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.

A leader in the Canadian diamond exploration sector, Ashton has discovered 71 kimberlites since its initial public offering in 1993. Ashton's discovery-stage work in Alberta and Nunavut complements the Corporation's advanced exploration program on the Foxtrot property in Quebec. Ashton's competitive advantages include its extensive in-house laboratory facilities in North Vancouver, dedicated exclusively to the Corporation's exploration programs.

Ashton is the operator of the exploration programs and Brooke Clements, Professional Geologist and Ashton's Vice President, Exploration, is responsible for their design and conduct, and the verification and quality assurance of analytical results.

Contact Information

  • Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.
    Brooke Clements
    Vice President, Exploration
    (604) 983-7750
    Ashton Mining of Canada Inc.
    Mike Westerlund
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (604) 983-7750