SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - GFG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: GFG) (OTCQB: GFGSF)("GFG" or the "Company") announces that it has completed its Phase I and II exploration programs at its 100% owned Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project in central Wyoming, United States. In 2016, the Company planned a two-phase exploration approach that included a regional soil geochemical survey, ground-based and airborne geophysical programs over the entire property, geologic and alteration mapping and a 12-hole, 3,500 metre drill program focused on three advanced target areas: North Stock, Antelope Basin and Blackjack.
Brian Skanderbeg, President and CEO commented, "We have been able to accomplish a lot in 2016 and I am very pleased with our progress at Rattlesnake. The completion of our 2016 exploration programs, and the results to date, set the stage for GFG to take advantage of our newly consolidated land package. We have a better understanding of the district and have identified over 30 targets that remain to be tested. We look forward to the results of our 2016 drill program and to testing new regional targets in 2017. Our technical team has extensive expertise in alkaline gold systems and will take an integrated, district approach to demonstrate the potential at Rattlesnake."
2016 Exploration Programs
The Phase I program consisted of historical data analysis, regional soil sampling, an airborne VTEM geophysical survey, detailed geologic and alteration mapping and an expansion of the existing gravity survey.
Nearly 2,500 soil samples were completed in prioritized areas that extended and expanded the historic soil surveys on the property. The Phase I soil grids were designed to infill areas between existing soils grids and to expand the sampling around the main zones of known mineralization near North Stock, Antelope Basin and Blackjack. To date, the Company has received assays from approximately half of the samples and the results indicate several new target areas that have coincident anomalies in arsenic and low level gold. Anomalous arsenic in soil samples is a key indicator of gold mineralization in the Rattlesnake Hills.
The Company completed an airborne VTEM and magnetic survey that was flown on 100 metre spaced lines oriented perpendicular to the historic radiometric and magnetic survey completed by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. in 2011. The results of this new survey (See Figure 1) have outlined structures and structural intersections that play a key role in controlling gold mineralization at North Stock and Blackjack and their possible extensions. Furthermore, a group of targets on the northern section of the property, 3 to 5 kilometres north of North Stock, show similar northeast and northwest-structural controls and have associated alkaline magmatism. The interpretation of the VTEM data will play a key role in understanding the structural framework of the district and prioritizing 2017 drill targets.
To gain a better understanding of the structural geology of the Rattlesnake Hills district, geologic and alteration mapping has been completed. These results, along with Infrared Spectrometer readings of samples collected in the field as well as on drill core, are still being evaluated and will be interpreted in the coming months. Historic structural modelling of the Rattlesnake Hills district is limited and presents an opportunity to better outline and target potential zones of mineralization. Understanding the structural model is important because it will help recognize extensions of mineralization and will be used to develop, prioritize and test anomalies that are generated by the regional geochemical program.
The Company has also supplemented the existing ground gravity data with nearly 500 additional data points. As demonstrated in Figure 2, results have been modeled and outline deep seated structures in the district that may control the emplacement of the alkaline intrusive rocks. Specifically, the gravity low and gravity gradient trend associated with North stock, extends more than 2 kilometres to the northeast and is associated with mapped zones of adularia alteration and brecciation. The signature also extends to the northwest of North Stock where a strong gravity low and gradient are associated with the Goat Mountain alkaline centre and anomalous gold-arsenic soil geochemistry. The gravity data has allowed the Company to better understand the ore controls around the intrusive centres and, when integrated with other data sets, will drive drill targeting for the 2017 program.
During the fourth quarter, the Company initiated its Phase II program which included additional soil sampling and a drill program focused on direct extensions and proximal analogies at the North Stock and Antelope Basin deposits and the Blackjack target.
Soil sampling in the fourth quarter consisted of an additional 2,500 samples collected (approximately 5,000 samples in 2016). These samples were collected over newly-staked ground as well as the recently-acquired IEV ground (See press release dated October 12, 2016) and will allow a first-pass regional evaluation of the claim block. Assay results from this program are pending.
The Company also completed a 12-hole, 3,500 metre drill program that focused on the direct extensions and proximal analogies at the North Stock and Antelope Basin deposits and the Blackjack target. The bulk of the program, 9 holes (2 core and 7 RC), was at the North Stock and Antelope Basin areas and the remaining 3 holes (1 core and 2 RC) were in the Blackjack area. In addition to the 2016 drill program, there remain several high priority extensions at North Stock, Antelope Basin and Blackjack that have been permitted and are expected to be tested in 2017. Logging and cutting of the core is currently in progress and the RC samples have been sent to the lab. Core samples will be shipped to the lab as soon as the logging and cutting has been completed. The results from this program are expected to be received in the first quarter of 2017.
The drill programs at North Stock and Antelope Basin were designed to test extensions of known mineralization along trends that remain open in multiple directions. A total of 3 holes in this area were designed to test the area between North Stock and Antelope Basin where historic drilling showed mineralization hosted in Precambrian schist. A total of 4 holes tested the northwest extension of North Stock and 2 holes tested the southern strike continuity of mineralization at Antelope Basin. The drill program at Blackjack was designed to follow up on historic shallow drilling that discovered mineralization, to test for mineralization in the large-scale, east-west trending, range front fault and to test the strong soil geochemistry anomaly that extended to the northwest and northeast. A plan view map of the 2016 drill hole locations and historical drill highlights at North Stock and Antelope Basin is presented in figure 3 and the 2016 drill hole locations, historic drill highlights and gold in soil geochemistry for the Blackjack area is presented in figure 4.
Over the next several months, the structural data from the VTEM survey, the gravity survey and the field mapping will be integrated with the geochemical data, the historic drill data and the deposit model to generate and prioritize targets for a 2017 drill program. Based on the encouraging results, the Company will continue to take a district scale, multi-disciplinary approach to discover new zones of mineralization at the Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project. The pending assay results from the 2017 drill program are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2017.
Brian Skanderbeg, P.Geo. and M.Sc., President and CEO, is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.
GFG Resources Inc. is a publicly traded precious metals exploration company headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, whose shares trade on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange (GFG) and on the OTCQB (GFGSF). The Company owns 100% of the Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project, a district scale gold exploration project located approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Casper, Wyoming U.S. The geologic setting, alteration and mineralization seen in the Rattlesnake Hills are similar to other gold deposits of the Rocky Mountain alkaline province which, collectively, have produced over 50 million ounces of gold.
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All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (referred to herein as "forward-looking statements"). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the future price of gold, success of exploration activities and metallurgical test work, permitting time lines, currency exchange rate fluctuations, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of exploration work, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims and limitations on insurance coverage. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate" or "believes", or the negative connotation thereof or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results, "may", "could", "would", "will", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connotation thereof.
All forward-looking statements are based on various assumptions, including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, the assumed long-term price of gold, that the Company will receive required permits and access to surface rights, that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labour, and that the political environment within the United States will continue to support the development of mining projects in the United States. In addition, the similarity or proximity of other gold deposits of the Rocky Mountain alkaline province to the Rattlesnake Hill Gold Project is not necessary indicative of the geological setting, alteration and mineralization of the Rattlesnake Hills Gold Project.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of GFG to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: actual results of current exploration activities; environmental risks; future prices of gold; operating risks; accidents, labour issues and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining government approvals or financing; and other risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties are not, and should not be construed as being, exhaustive.
Although GFG has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. In addition, forward-looking statements are provided solely for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of our operating environment. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements in this news release are made as of the date hereof and GFG assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws.
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