VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 27, 2013) - Banks Island Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BOZ) (the "Company") announces that it has received assay results from the Red Mountain Gold Project located near Stewart, BC. The purpose of the drilling was to confirm grades reported by past operators and to determine the distribution ("range") of grades as the Company believed that there was a high grade core with medium and lower grade envelopes. The Company has also completed mine planning and engineering field work this summer including a LiDAR survey and road engineering.
Diamond drilling at Red Mountain was focused on determining grade distribution, defining the high grade core of the Marc Zone, and providing a metallurgical sample for process plant design.
Assay results for two diamond drill holes have been received. Drill hole RM-13-02 intercepted a historic drillhole before reaching the mineralized zone and was abandoned.
Drillhole RM-13-01 intercepted 4.4gpt Au over 71.0m including 12.9gpt Au over 21.9m and 21.6gpt Au over 11.0m.
Drillhole RM-13-03 intercepted 6.3gpt Au over 52.5m including 16.2gpt Au over 16.8m and 32.0gpt Au over 7.2m.
Mineralized intersections are displayed in Table 1 and a drill section is displayed in Figure 1.
|Table 1 - Significant Mineralized Intersections at Kim Zone
True Width (m)
To view Figure 1, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/BOZFig1.pdf.
The Company is examining the use of different cut-off grades, mining methods, and scale of operations to determine the optimum strategy to bring the Red Mountain project into production. Based on current and historic drilling, it appears that a continuous high grade core is present in the Marc Zone at Red Mountain. This high grade core is surrounded by a medium grade envelope and this medium grade envelope is enclosed in a larger halo of lower grade gold mineralization.
The grade distribution of the Marc Zone provides several options to advance the project to production. A mine plan based on the "medium grade" envelope was examined in a Preliminary Economic Assessment disclosed by news release on June 18th, 2012.
The Company believes that there is a very good possibility to target the high grade "core" with a smaller scale operation which would allow a fast track to production at a significantly lower capital cost, while at the same time avoiding sterilization of the lower grade mineralization.
There are also interesting possibilities in examining a large scale bulk mining scenario which would include mining of the lower-grade halo of mineralization. This work would require a review of the cut-off grade used in the calculation of mineral resources, a re-calculation of mineral resources using this lower cut-off grade, and an examination of potential bulk mining techniques, including open pit mining and/or large-scale underground stoping or caving methods.
ENGINEERING FIELD WORK
The Company engaged Aero Geometrics Ltd. to carry out a 66k2 LiDAR survey over the Red Mountain Property. This survey provided data for detailed topography plus air photos, which will be used for engineering of roads, earthworks, mine accesses, and infrastructure.
The Company's road engineering consultant has recently completed detailed surveys of the deactivated Bitter Creek Access Road in order to provide a design for re-establishing access to the base of Red Mountain. This information is critical to determine costs, schedules, and permitting requirements to commence road building at Red Mountain next season.
The Company has consolidated and digitized all available engineering and environmental studies completed at Red Mountain by previous operators. There has been extensive environmental baseline work completed at Red Mountain by past operators which will be very useful for future mine permitting for the project.
The Company plans to send a mechanical team to examine the existing fleet of underground and surface machinery present on Red Mountain and prepare a work plan to bring this equipment back into service for next season's development activities.
The Company has submitted a drill core sample for metallurgical testing to SGS Canada Inc., located in Lakefield, Ontario. Metallurgical testing will include the amenability of Dense Media Separation, gravity gold recovery, flotation of sulphides, cyanidation, and other parameters necessary for detailed plant design. Metallurgical test results will be reported as received.
Ben Mossman, President & CEO states: "Management is very pleased with the results of the drilling program at Red Mountain as it confirms our belief that there are several very good options to advance the Red Mountain project to production."
Mr. Benjamin Mossman, P.Eng and Dr. Dirk Meckert, P.Geo are the qualified persons who reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Analytical work was carried out by AGAT Laboratories Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario. Quality assurance and quality control programs include the use of analytical blanks, standards, and duplicates in addition to the lab's own internal quality assurance program. Samples are fire assayed with an ICP-EOS finish to determine gold values. Samples containing greater than 10 gpt gold are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish.
The Company is a junior mining company focused on developing and exploring mineral properties located in British Columbia. For more information, please refer to the Company's website at www.banksislandgold.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Benjamin W. Mossman, P.Eng, President, Director, & Chief Executive Officer
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