Western Keltic Mines Inc.

Western Keltic Mines Inc.

August 31, 2005 11:14 ET

Western Keltic Enters Kutcho Creek Project into the Environemntal Assessment Process

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 31, 2005) - Western Keltic Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) is pleased to announce that it has formally entered the environmental assessment process (EAP) with its submission of the Kutcho Creek Project to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office for review. This is a significant step on the road to developing Kutcho Creek as a producing mine. The Company is preparing material to initiate the consultative process with locally benefiting communities, a requirement of the EAP, and will begin meeting with interested parties in the project region early this fall. Presently, crews continue exploration drilling at the Kutcho Creek property, located 90 kilometers east of Dease Lake in northern British Columbia. A 43-101 compliant resource estimate at Kutcho Creek (see Press Release, January 11, 2005) has outlined measured and indicated resources at the Kutcho Deposit (using a 0.5% copper cut-off) of 13.1 million tonnes grading 1.94% copper, 2.59% zinc, 33.7g/t silver and 0.41 g/t gold; and at the Esso West deposit, an indicated resource of 2.1 million tonnes has been defined grading 3.3% copper, 5.8% zinc, 75.7 g/t silver and 0.71 g/t gold. The deposits contain 670 million pounds of copper, 950 million pounds of zinc and are open to expansion.

The 2005 drilling program is proceeding with a focus on expanding the resources at the Esso West and Kutcho deposits and evaluating additional areas where geophysical, geological and geochemical surveys have outlined targets with the potential to host additional massive sulphide deposits. At the Esso West deposit, approximately 2500 meters of drilling is underway to test for an extension of the deposit where it remains open for some 800 meters to the west. In addition, approximately 1000 meters of drilling is being carried out in the footwall of the Kutcho deposit to test for the westward continuation of a copper-zinc massive sulphide mineralized zone that underlies the deposit. This footwall mineralized zone has not been tested beyond the eastern end of the Kutcho deposit and surface mapping indicates that alteration associated with the zone extends westward for at least 1500 meters. Approximately 2000 meters of drilling is being carried out at the Jack and North Graben zones, targeting areas where previous work has identified highly prospective altered and mineralized host rocks. Maps illustrating the target areas can be viewed in a power point presentation on the company's website at www.keltic.com.

The 2005 exploration program at Kutcho Creek is being carried out under the direction Western Keltic's Vice President of Exploration, Peter Holbek, P.Geo., a qualified person under National Policy Instrument 43-101.

Western Keltic Mines Inc. is a mineral exploration and development company currently focused on the discovery and development of copper and other base and precious metal assets. In addition to advancing the Kutcho Creek project, the company is actively engaged in the hunt for additional assets to compliment its current project portfolio.

On behalf of the Board of Directors Western Keltic Mines Inc.

Brian Butterworth, P.Geo., Executive Vice-President

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Western Keltic Mines Inc.
    Brian Butterworth, P.Geo.
    Executive Vice-President
    (604) 682-8414 or Toll Free: 1-800-501-1201
    (604) 682-3727 (FAX)