Hathor Exploration Limited
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Hathor Exploration Limited

April 15, 2011 08:31 ET

Hathor Provides Update on Russell Lake Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2011) -Hathor Exploration Limited (TSX:HAT) is pleased to provide an update on its Russell Lake exploration program in the southeastern part of the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan.

Ground geophysics and first-pass diamond drilling were completed during the recent winter 2011 surface exploration program at Russell Lake (Figure 3). Details are provided below. Continued exploration on the property this summer will be planned and announced following a full compilation of all geophysical, geological and geochemical data from this program.

Diamond Drilling

Twelve (12) diamond drill holes were completed for 6780.6 m, with nine (9) drilled on the Fox Lake Trail Grid (Figure 4) and three drilled on the Christie Lake Grid (Figure 5). One drill hole in each area was abandoned before reaching the unconformity because of bad ground conditions.

While no material uranium mineralization was intersected in any drill hole, elevated radioactivity and local trace to weak uranium mineralization was intersected in several drill holes. Highlights include:

  • FLT-11-14 returned 0.054 % U3O8 over 0.3 m at 516.9 m from a fractured interval of weakly graphitic pelitic gneiss. Previous drill holes in the Fox Lake Area have also intersected fracture-hosted mineralization: FLT-08-06 intersected 0.11 % U3O8 over 0.5 m and FLT-08-05 intersected 0.065 % U3O8 over 0.3 m).

  • CL-11-08 returned 0.024 % U3O8 over 0.2 m at 406.6 m from a hematized breccia that is interpreted to be the up-dip extension of mineralization previously intersected in drill hole CL-10-03 from the Fall 2010 drill program.

Drilling at Fox Lake confirms similar geology as that seen at the nearby Phoenix Deposit (12.5 km SW) and the world-class McArthur River deposit located 22 km to the northeast. Most importantly, drilling confirmed the presence of a thick footwall quartzite overlain by Wollaston Group metasediments, including graphitic pelitic gneiss. Further, drill holes in both the Fox and Christie Lake targets intersected wide (up to 190 m in core length) zones of faulting and structural disturbance within the sandstone and basement rocks.

Intense bleaching of the overlying Athabasca Group sandstone occurs in both grid areas. It is accompanied by local sandstone desilicification and silicification, and sooty pyrite alteration. Further, a hematite and clay alteration corridor is defined by several drill holes at Fox Lake.

Ground Geophysics

  • Ground gravity surfaces were completed over 3 grids: Key Lake Grid, Grayling East and Grayling West.

  • Key Lake survey (137.5 line-km with 2710 data stations) identified a 4.0 km long NE to ENE oriented, strong gravity low that is at the apex of a magnetic-interpreted granitic dome; a similar geologic setting to Key Lake deposits.

  • Grayling East survey (59.3 line-km with 1233 data stations) identified a E to NE curving gravity low trend that correlates well with previously identified conductors and resistivity-low trends. These form an untested 200 – 600 m wide corridor that is sub-parallel to the Grayling Zone, where historic drilling intersected uranium mineralization including 3.45% U3O8 over 0.3 m and 0.4% U3O8 over 3.75 m.

  • Grayling West surveys (34.3 line-km with 712 data stations) identified the extension of a N-S fault system that is cross-cut by a number of E-W and NE-SW oriented gravity lows.

Property Description and Context

The Russell Lake Project covers both of the properties historically referred to as Russell Lake and South Russell. Combined, the properties cover approximately 71,670 ha in one contiguous block of 23 claims. Hathor controls 100% of the Russell Lake property (45,742 ha), following the successful acquisition of Northern Continental Resources (see News Release dated November 23, 2009). Terra Ventures Inc. owns a qualified 8% interest in 6 of the 8 claims on the South Russell property, carried to the completion of a positive feasibility study and announcement of intent for commercial production.

The Russell Lake property is located within the Wollaston-Mudjatic magnetic low transition zone, commonly referred to as eastern corridor of the Athabasca Basin (Figure 1). The greatest endowment of proven resources for future production within the Athabasca is within the eastern corridor, in the region immediately surrounding Russell Lake (Figure 2). The south end of the property is 15 km northeast of the Key Lake mine/mill complex. The northern end is 12 km southeast of the McArthur River mine. The Phoenix deposit, now estimated at 39 M lbs by Denison Mines/Cameco/JCU, is immediately west of the central part of the Russell Lake property (Figure 2).

Russell Lake has excellent infrastructure. The McArthur River - Key Lake haul road and associated power line run along the western margin of the property. The exploration camp is road-accessible all year round.

Alistair McCready, Ph.D., P.Geo., Hathor's VP of Exploration with responsibility for all of Hathor's exploration in Saskatchewan, and Michael Gunning, Ph.D., P.Geo, Hathor's Chief Executive Officer, are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and have reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Michael H. Gunning, PhD, PGeo, President & CEO

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Contact Information

  • Hathor Exploration Limited
    Tony Nunziata
    403-560-7040

    Hathor Exploration Limited
    Kelsea Murray
    604-684-6707
    www.hathor.ca