Pretium Resources Inc.
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Pretium Resources Inc.

August 22, 2011 16:10 ET

Pretium Resources Inc.: Brucejack Project Drilling Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2011) - Pretium Resources Inc. ("Pretivm") (TSX:PVG) is pleased to report drilling results from the Brucejack Project where ongoing drilling in the Valley of the Kings Zone continues to intersect high-grade gold mineralization, and the potential for high-grade structures has been identified in other zones on the property. (See Table 1 for the most recent 35 holes.)

Valley of the Kings Zone

Selected highlights include:

  • Hole SU-176 intersected 0.5 meters with uncut grades of 2,810 grams of gold and 1,030 grams of silver per tonne (1.6 feet averaging 81.9 ounces gold and 30.0 ounces of silver per ton);
  • Hole SU-190 intersected 2.0 meters with uncut grades of 1,094 grams of gold and 263.5 grams of silver per tonne (6.6 feet averaging 31.9 ounces gold and 7.7 ounces of silver per ton).

The bonanza-grade intercepts from holes SU-176 and SU-190 noted above were both intersected on section down dip from an intercept from hole SU-12 grading 16,949 grams per tonne gold and 8,696 grams per tonne silver. The bonanza-grade intercept from hole SU-176 was intersected approximately 30 meters down dip from the high-grade SU-12 intersection.

The high-grade intercept from hole SU-190, intersected approximately 125 meters down dip from the high-grade SU-176 intersection, occurred in a much longer lower-grade mineralized interval grading 3.47 grams per tonne gold and 10.4 grams per tonne silver over 119 meters at the bottom of hole. These results demonstrate the continued opportunity to add to both the high-grade and low-grade resources outlined to date at Brucejack.

Other Zones

Hole SU-151, the deepest hole drilled to date on the property, was drilled in the Bridge Zone to a depth of 1,047 meters to test for high-grade and bulk tonnage gold mineralization. Hole SU-151, which ended in mineralization due to equipment constraints, intersected 185 meters grading 0.58 grams of gold and 3.5 grams of silver per tonne at the bottom of the hole, demonstrating that the gold mineral system remains open to depth. In addition, anomalous copper, molybdenum and rhenium values were encountered in the lower half of the hole.

Drilling at the Bridge Zone, as well as the West, Gossan Hill, Galena, SG, Shore, Waterloo and Bonanza zones continues to encounter high-grade structures and broad widths of significant gold mineralization.

A drill program of over 70,000 meters is now in progress on the Brucejack Project with eight drills on site, and with the Valley of the Kings Zone remaining a focus. Assay results for completed drilling will be reported as they are received over the course of the season.

Table 1: Selected Brucejack Project Drill Results, August 2011 (SU-149 to SU-191)(1,4)
Hole Collar Dip/ From To Interval Gold Silver Capping
No. Coords. Azimuth (meters) (meters) (meters) (g/t) (g/t) (2)
Valley of the Kings Zone
SU-171 6258028N
426455E
-50/180 1.61 18 16.39 1.32 15.5
56 76.3 20.3 0.85 7.2
SU-174(3) 6257756N
426406E
-55/360 192.78 202.0 9.22 1.89 2.7
401.5 404.5 3.0 4.26 8.0
464.5 467.5 3.0 25.6 21.6
656.49 689.5 33.01 0.98 5.5
SU-176 6258252N
426502E
-47/180 5.0 46.0 41.0 1.08 8.9
305.13 317 11.87 8.42 16.8 1 Au sample cut
Incl. 305.13 305.63 0.5 628 283.0 uncut
335.78 340.51 4.73 22.4 122.2 1 Au sample cut
Incl. 335.78 336.28 0.5 2,810 1,030 uncut
339.86 340.51 0.65 26.2 51.2 uncut
SU-177 6258028N
426455E
-55/180 50.0 77.29 27.29 0.90 5.3
133.5 223.5 90.0 0.86 6.1
SU-182 6257901N
426402E
-50/360 107.5 139 31.5 1.69 8.9
224.0 227.0 3.0 66.7 29.8 1 Au sample cut
incl. 224.0 225.5 1.5 139.5 51.8 uncut
327.0 342.0 15.0 12.42 9.8
incl. 340.46 342 1.54 113.5 43.1 uncut
375.0 385.0 10.0 2.20 60.3
incl. 379.5 380.58 1.08 13.75 72.5
SU-188 6258041N
426342E
-45/360 51.0 95.0 44.0 0.93 14.5
134.0 171.5 37.5 2.91 14.1
160.5 161 0.5 431.0 152 uncut
SU-190 6258252N
426502E
-52/180 10.62 51.5 40.88 1.03 7.0
384.0 397.5 13.5 1.86 8.4
433.5 450.53 17.03 10.8 22.7 1 Au sample cut
incl. 435 436.5 1.5 67.6 31.3 uncut
incl. 450.03 450.53 0.5 700.0 436 uncut
484.97 485.47 0.5 39.6 71.2
499.0 618.0 119.0 3.47 10.4 2 Au samples cut
incl. 520.68 522.66 1.98 1,094.0 263.5 uncut
Bridge Zone
SU-151(3) 6257175N
426697E
-75/360 3.0 42.0 39.0 0.99 8.0
179.5 302.5 123.0 1.20 8.4
Incl. 188.5 191.5 3.0 10.2 14.1
313.86 593.0 279.14 0.80 10.5
Incl. 542.05 545.0 2.95 8.0 127.4
862.5 1047.9 185.4 0.58 3.5
Incl. 1014.5 1022.0 7.5 1.81 3.1
SU-158 6257412N
426481E
-50/360 12.0 13.5 1.5 26.7 28.6
79.5 81.0 1.5 16.0 11.0
138.5 144.5 6.0 3.14 45.5
237.5 239.0 1.5 106.5 37.0
266.0 267.5 1.5 9.42 6.9
SU-161 6257412N
426381E
-50/360 61.0 62.5 1.5 20.2 17.1
84.42 134.5 50.08 1.42 7.3
Incl. 110.0 111.5 1.5 13.2 4.1
SU-165 6257625N
426373E
-50/360 39.58 96.5 56.92 0.97 4.8
129.5 131.0 1.5 12.40 14.4
254.5 256.0 1.5 9.40 11.6
SU-166 6257327N
426431E
-50/360 197.5 243.5 46.0 2.55 5.0 1 Au sample cut
Incl. 200.5 206.35 5.85 15.7 12.2 1 Au sample cut
Incl. 204.84 205.31 0.47 171.5 89.0 uncut
294.97 295.46 0.49 47.5 13.7
SU-169 6257627N
426470E
-50/360 51.0 57.0 6.0 3.02 27.7
55.5 57.0 1.5 9.20 29.2
SU-175(3) 6257327N
426431E
-58/360 112.5 144.0 31.5 1.38 3.7
280.5 309.37 28.87 0.88 7.1
West Zone
SU-154(3) 6258717N
426576E
-59/225 82.0 109.5 27.5 7.80 548 2 Ag samples cut
Incl. 82.0 90.0 8.0 27.8 2,528 uncut
133.5 143.81 10.31 8.87 35.0 1 Au sample cut
Incl. 139.48 139.98 0.5 218.0 152.0 uncut
189.5 313.0 123.5 0.86 5.2
414.5 459.33 44.83 1.31 7.9
SU-162 6258717N
426576E
-50/225 60.5 102.5 42.0 3.70 363.0 3 Ag samples cut
Incl. 76.0 84.73 8.73 13.05 897 uncut
Incl. 98.93 101.0 2.07 4.46 1,724 uncut
159.66 183.5 23.84 2.07 19.1
206.0 262.5 56.5 0.87 7.9
Gossan Hill Zone
SU-152 6259325N
426275E
-50/230 137.0 161.0 24.0 1.58 5.1
SU-172 6259116N
426677E
-50/360 13.5 20.0 6.5 1.36 139.8
219.0 226.67 7.67 2.31 26.5
incl. 224.16 224.66 0.5 14.8 280.0
SU-178 6259116N
426677E
-43/360 10.0 24.0 14.0 0.55 133.2
221.5 223.38 1.88 6.14 10.3
SU-181 6259116N
426677E
-56/360 143.5 215.0 71.5 2.02 7.5
incl. 154.0 164.0 10.0 10.01 19.6
incl. 157.5 159.0 1.5 55.3 42.4
SU-183 6259220N
426605E
-45/360 73.0 86.5 13.5 1.08 2.5
131.84 133.5 1.66 5.36 30.5
163.5 165.0 1.5 4.50 2.8
SU-185 6259116N
426677E
-61/360 13.25 27.0 13.75 0.78 70.4
50.9 51.6 0.7 3.85 5,330 uncut
157.5 193.5 36.0 1.08 4.5
207.0 208.5 1.5 8.77 4.1
SU-186 6259220N
426605E
-65/360 79.5 107.1 27.6 0.92 2.3
134.0 150.5 16.5 1.11 42.5
Waterloo Zone
SU-149 6258097N
425990E
-44/45 40.5 98.5 58 1.59 4.7
Incl. 65.52 67 1.48 23.7 18.5
222.0 231.0 9.0 1.97 5.3
SU-156 6258097N
425990E
-54/45 77.0 118.5 41.5 1.38 5.1
238.82 247.5 8.68 3.46 6.7
Incl. 246.05 247.5 1.45 11.05 9.7
268.5 270 1.5 7.78 22.9
SU-159 6258097N
425990E
-61/45 59.5 104.5 45 0.68 4.1
SU-180 6258068N
426032E
-52/45 8.9 44.5 35.6 0.65 5.6
80.0 167.79 87.79 0.79 3.9
177.07 204.5 27.43 0.63 4.7
SU-189 6258068N
426032E
-65/45 9.97 35.5 25.53 0.78 4.5
56.5 83 26.5 0.81 3.7
90.5 116 25.5 0.80 2.6
140.0 189.5 49.5 0.86 3.1
261.78 295 33.22 0.90 6.3
Galena Hill Zone
SU-168 6258395N
426865E
-50/180 46.0 167.0 121.0 1.11 12.7
152.51 153.2 0.69 28.9 21.4
SG Zone
SU-179 6259970N
425840E
-50/192 109.0 125.5 16.5 0.76 3.6
139.0 140.5 1.5 10.90 2.9
SU-184 6259970N
425840E
-50/12 63.0 76.5 13.5 3.02 5.0
incl. 67.9 70.1 2.2 9.92 7.2
Shore Zone
SU-153 6259310N
426780E
-50/40 202.0 205.0 3.0 4.56 71.2
247.0 248.0 1.0 27.2 1,010 uncut
SU-173 6259660N
426910E
-50/220 228.5 258.5 30.0 1.27 30.4
Bonanza Zone
SU-187 6260070N
425600E
-50/225 10.0 14.5 4.5 1.71 2.1
SU-191 6260200N
425980E
-50/192 114.5 140.0 25.5 0.62 2.6
(1) True thickness to be determined.
(2) Unless otherwise indicated as uncut, all gold assays over 130 g/t were cut to 130 g/t and all silver assays over 2,100 g/t were cut to 2,100 g/t.
(3) Hole ended in mineralization
(4) All samples were submitted for preparation and analysis by ALS Chemex at its facilities in Terrace, B.C. All samples were analyzed using multi-digestion with ICP finish. Samples over 100 ppm silver were reanalyzed using four acid digestion with an ore grade AA finish. Samples over 1,000 ppm silver were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples with over 10 ppm gold were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. One in 10 samples was blank, one in 20 was a standard sample, and differing one in 20 samples was a field duplicate one-quarter split core assayed at ALS Chemex in Vancouver, B.C.

Kenneth C. McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, Pretium Resources Inc. is the Qualified Person (QP) responsible for the Brucejack Project exploration program.

About Pretivm

Pretivm is creating value through gold at its advanced-staged exploration projects Brucejack and Snowfield, located in northern British Columbia. Pretivm is advancing the high-grade, underground gold opportunity at Brucejack and the open pit opportunities at both Brucejack and Snowfield.

(SEDAR filings: Pretium Resources Inc.)

Forward Looking Statement

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