2014

Commerce Resources Corp. Intersects 2.32% TREO Over 96.66m and Expands MHREO Zone at the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit, Northern Quebec

VANCOUVER, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE) (FSE: D7H) (the "Company") is pleased to announce assay results from its 2014 winter drill program at the 100% owned Ashram Rare Earth Deposit located in northern Quebec.

The drill program, which finished on schedule and under budget, consisted of twelve near-surface holes (1,557m), located within the current defined extent of the Ashram Deposit, and further delineated the Middle and Heavy Rare Earth Oxide Zone (MHREO Zone). 

Highlights

  • Discovery of a potential in-pit extension to the MHREO Zone via the following intersections:

    • EC14-103 with 42.39m of 1.60% TREO at 11.6% MH/T(1)

    • EC14-100 with 48.87m of 1.47% TREO at 12.0% MH/T

  • Continued high grade intercepts at grades higher than the resource grade previously announced (see news release dated March 6, 2012), and central to the pit shell identified in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (see news release dated May 24, 2012).

    • EC14-098: 2.13% TREO over 172.66m, including 2.32% over 96.66m

    • EC14-101: 1.97% TREO over 162.47m, including 2.25% over 56.32m

    • EC14-099: 2.01% TREO over 81.00m

(1)    MH/T = (MREO + HREO) / TREO expressed as a percent.

The map below shows the locations of the 2014 drill holes and may be viewed at http://www.commerceresources.com/i/maps/Ashram-Drill-Plan.pdf.

President Dave Hodge comments: "The Ashram Deposit continues to exceed our expectations in nearly all respects. The winter program, which drilled holes inside the previously identified resource, not only increased our confidence in the resource model, but appears to have expanded the identified MHREO Zone, the most valuable zone in the deposit, as well as returning high grade TREO intercepts in adjacent material. Coupled with its simple rare earth mineralogy which is amenable to >40% TREO mineral concentrate grades at high recovery, our Ashram Deposit is clearly a standout in the REE space."

A complete listing of drill results may be found below.

MHREO Zone Extension

The recent infill program indicates the zone of MHREO enrichment identified within the open-pit modelled in our previous PEA extends beyond the area of the original interpretation. This is best evidenced in hole EC14-103 with 42.39m of 1.60% TREO at 11.6% MH/T and hole EC14-100 with 48.87m of 1.47% TREO at 12.0% MH/T where a clear extension of the MHREO Zone can be interpreted. To view a cross section, visit http://www.commerceresources.com/i/maps/Ashram-Cross-Section.pdf

In addition, EC14-099 bottomed unexpectedly in strong MH/T mineralization (32.48m of 1.41% TREO at 12.6% MH/T) at a depth of 192.02 m, further suggesting that a more extensive MHREO mineralizing system is present than originally indicated.

Additional MHREO mineralized intersections within the current interpreted zone include EC14-098 with 34.50m of 1.80% TREO at 10.5% MH/T (including 38 ppm Tb2O3 and 160 ppm Dy2O3) and EC14-099 with 64.50m of 1.68% TREO at 12.1% MH/T (including 38 ppm Tb2O3 and 153 ppm Dy2O3). These terbium and dysprosium grades compare favourably with some of the better known heavy rare earth deposits in the REE space (e.g. Kipawa), except at Ashram these values are complemented by considerable enrichment in neodymium and europium

Management cautions that no additionally interpreted MHREO Zone material may be attributed to the MHREO Zone Resource until such time as the resource is updated and signed off by an Independent Qualified Person under NI 43-101 Standards for Disclosure. Further, no guarantee exists that the MHREO Zone resource will be modified from its current resource extent. 

Strong TREO Intersections Returned Above Previously Reported Resource Grade

The Ashram Deposit has a measured and indicated resource of 29.3 million tonnes at 1.90% TREO and an inferred resource of 219.8 million tonnes at 1.88% TREO, based on 45 holes and 15,692m drilled. This also includes the MHREO Zone resource with 6.6 million tonnes of 1.63% TREO at 11.3% MH/T (measured and indicated), and 2.8 million tonnes of 1.57% TREO at 11.1% MH/T (inferred) (See news releases dated March 6 and May 24, 2012).

In addition to the interpreted extension of the MHREO Zone, strong TREO mineralization was also intersected in the surrounding mineralized material within the pit shell identified in the PEA. Highlighted results include: EC14-098 with 2.13% TREO over 172.66m, including 2.32% over 96.66m; EC14-101 with 1.97% TREO over 162.47m, including 2.25% over 56.32m; and EC14-099 with 2.01% TREO over 81.00m. These intersection grades are higher than the resource categories previously reported (1.90% TREO measured and indicated, and 1.88% TREO inferred).

Geotechnical Drilling

Three short holes (<25 m) were completed to assess the projected location of the dyke on Centre Pond. The information from these holes will determine whether more drilling will be required to locate the position of the dyke(s). Data collected will also assist with resource modelling and related project parameters for future development.  

Table 1: 2014 Drill Hole Analytical Results

Hole ID

From
(m)

To
(m)

Interval
(m)

Nd Oxide
(ppm)

Eu Oxide
(ppm)

Tb Oxide
(ppm)

Dy Oxide
(ppm)

Y Oxide
(ppm)

TREO
(%)

MH/T
(%)

CaF2
(%)

Comments

EC14-098

4.92

194.16

189.24

3325

112

29

122

536

2.06

7.6

8.1

Bottomed in 2.49% TREO

incl.

21.50

194.16

172.66

3397

113

29

122

534

2.13

7.4

8.3


or

97.50

194.16

96.66

3572

112

28

117

500

2.32

6.6

8.0



MHREO Enriched












4.92

21.50

16.58

2695

116

30

132

605

1.38(2)

12.1

7.2



43.50

78.00

34.50

3119

130

38

160

689

1.80

10.5

7.0



136.82

142.00

5.18

3181

137

40

175

687

1.79

11.0

4.2


EC14-099

5.10

192.02

186.92

3145

125

33

136

688

1.80

10.1

9.0

Bottomed in 1.39% TREO

incl.

77.00

158.00

81.00

3394

123

31

131

653

2.01

8.9

8.5



MHREO Enriched












35.00

99.50

64.50

3095

141

38

153

782

1.68

12.1

8.6



117.50

125.00

7.50

3714

152

41

180

800

1.99

11.2

5.4



135.50

141.50

6.00

3479

148

44

211

1032

1.86

13.2

7.8



159.54

192.02

32.48

2614

118

34

147

675

1.41

12.6

7.2

Bottomed in 11.9% MH/T

EC14-100

11.28

194.16

182.88

3041

116

28

115

528

1.71

9.2

7.9

Bottomed in 2.98% TREO

incl.

11.28

37.92

26.64

3256

124

31

125

562

1.92

8.7

7.6


incl.

87.97

127.63

39.66

3166

112

28

119

581

1.91

8.5

10.1


incl.

167.26

194.16

26.90

3780

133

30

120

529

2.26

7.5

5.9



MHREO Enriched












39.10

87.97

48.87

2866

124

32

135

628

1.47(3)

12.0

8.5



96.80

102.05

5.25

2895

112

30

137

694

1.62

10.9

7.9



105.62

112.11

6.49

2720

120

35

156

746

1.42

13.3

7.4



127.63

137.50

9.87

3068

136

31

120

512

1.49

11.3

8.7


EC14-101

10.06

172.53

162.47

3314

114

29

123

604

1.97

8.4

8.4

Bottomed in 2.60% TREO

incl.

96.00

152.32

56.32

3606

120

30

123

616

2.25

7.6

7.9



MHREO Enriched












10.06

66.30

56.24

3046

115

30

131

606

1.69

9.9

9.2



124.52

133.09

8.57

3700

147

42

182

884

2.21

10.2

5.6



150.88

161.93

11.05

3358

126

32

135

699

1.80

10.3

4.8


EC14-102

7.35

136.00

128.65

3009

100

25

103

461

1.74

8.0

7.5

Bottomed in 1.97% TREO


82.29

101.02

18.73

3248

106

27

116

527

2.16

7.1

9.4



117.19

136.00

18.81

3316

98

22

93

415

2.01

6.6

7.5



MHREO Enriched












20.50

33.69

13.19

2880

104

26

117

515

1.31

11.3

7.3



43.00

46.57

3.57

2666

112

27

116

522

1.19

13.0

4.8



59.39

69.57

10.18

2930

119

33

128

517

1.68

9.6

4.0



99.54

108.91

9.37

2490

103

22

90

386

1.00

13.3

3.3


EC14-103

17.27

157.58

140.31

2974

116

30

123

525

1.73

9.2

8.3

Bottomed in 1.65% TREO

incl.

17.27

43.50

26.23

3010

102

24

94

425

1.93

6.9

8.9
















MHREO Enriched












48.00

54.93

6.93

2960

123

31

122

526

1.62

10.0

6.1



62.15

74.75

12.60

2829

130

30

112

479

1.48

10.8

6.2



105.61

148.00

42.39

2886

127

37

160

652

1.60

11.6

7.9


EC14-104

Geotechnical hole, No Mineralization (Max 0.48% TREO)


EC14-105

Geotechnical hole, No Mineralization (Max 0.54% TREO)


EC14-106

8.86

139.29

130.43

2546

88

20

80

368

1.50

7.7

7.3

Bottomed in 1.37% TREO

incl.

89.50

129.74

40.24

2716

88

19

74

347

1.70

6.6

6.9



MHREO Enriched












71.74

78.41

6.67

2212

89

23

95

446

1.31

9.6

6.5



85.77

90.61

4.84

2776

128

33

139

648

1.50

12.0

5.4


EC14-107

7.43

154.53

147.10

3000

96

23

96

511

1.81

7.6

8.3

Bottomed in 1.71% TREO


MHREO Enriched












69.05

89.63

20.58

2777

109

29

123

625

1.52

10.6

7.2


EC14-108

Geotechnical hole, weak mineralization (Max 0.90% TREO)



EC14-109

9.40

154.29

144.89

2971

106

25

100

440

1.76

7.9

8.4

Bottomed in 2.08% TREO

incl.

13.35

39.12

25.77

2998

99

22

82

329

2.01

5.9

10.6


incl.

135.10

151.16

16.06

4030

136

33

140

632

2.26

8.4

8.2



MHREO Enriched












83.50

100.73

17.23

2770

119

30

120

516

1.33

11.9

3.4



116.33

125.50

9.17

2685

100

26

109

512

1.35

10.7

3.8


(1)    MH/T = (MREO + HREO) / TREO expressed as a percent.
(2)    Composited to account for 2.14 m of zone lost in transit, thus, preventing analysis. The interval will be re-collected from the remaining core on-site
(3)    Composited to account for 7.82 m of zone lost in transit, thus, preventing analysis. The interval will be re-collected from the remaining core on-site
(4)    All samples were sent to Activation Laboratories of Ancaster, Ontario for analysis
(5)    CaF2 is calculated based on F analysis using a conversion factor of 2.055 on the assumption all F is sourced from fluorite


NI 43-101 Disclosure
Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P.Geol., Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release. 

About Commerce Resources Corp.
Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Upper Fir Tantalum and Niobium Deposit in British Columbia and the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit in Quebec.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors
COMMERCE RESOURCES CORP.

"David Hodge"
David Hodge
President and Director
Tel:  604.484.2700
Email: dhodge@commerceresources.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information which is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  Forward looking statements in this press release include but are not limited to reference to a potential in-pit extension to the MHREO Zone; comments related to exceeding our expectations, increased our confidence in the resource model, and the most valuable zone in the deposit; interpretation of a clear extension of the MHREO Zone; suggestions that a more extensive MHREO mineralizing system is present than originally indicated; comparisons to other known rare earth deposits; references to future development and references  to any information contained in the pre-feasibility study (PEA).

These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management and its consultants at the date the information is disseminated.  They are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information.  Risks that could change or prevent these statements from coming to fruition include changing costs for mining and processing and their impact on the cut off value established; increased capital costs; changing forecasts of mine production rates; the timing and content of upcoming work programs; geological interpretations based on drilling that may change with more detailed information; potential process methods and mineral recoveries assumption based on limited test work and by comparison to what are considered analogous deposits that with further test work may not be comparable; the availability of labour, equipment and markets for the products produced; market pricing for the products produced; and despite the current expected viability of the project, conditions changing such that the minerals on our property cannot be economically mined, or that the required permits to build and operate the envisaged mine can be obtained. The forward-looking information contained herein is given as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

SOURCE Commerce Resources Corp.



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