Corvus Gold Completes Key Infrastructure Milestones for Proposed North Bullfrog Development Plan
TSX: KOR OTCQX: CORVF
- Key infrastructure elements in place (water, power and highway access)
- Signed MOU with US Bureau of Land Management (Primary permitting agency) to define baseline characterization requirements for a mining plan of operations
- Regulatory Agencies reviewing baseline characterization plans for hydrology, rock geochemistry and biology
- Water quality sampling wells installed and operational
- Metrological station completes 17 months of data collection
- Advanced metallurgical optimization studies underway for Yellowjacket deposit and metallurgical characterization of low-grade deposit complete
VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Corvus Gold Inc. ("Corvus" or the "Company") - (TSX: KOR, OTCQX: CORVF) provides the following update on key infrastructure components for the potential development of its 100% owned North Bullfrog project:
In December 2013, the Company completed the purchase of a 440 acre fee simple parcel of land located about 30 miles north of the North Bullfrog project area which carries with it 1,600 acre-feet of irrigation water rights within the Sarcobatus Flats water basin. Cost of the land was USD 1,000,000. This water right is significant because it provides all water presently anticipated to be required under the conceptual North Bullfrog mine plan. The first phase of the hydrologic characterization program was completed during the 2013 drill program which successfully identified a potential water production well site in the Sarcobatus Flats (Nevada State Water Basin 146) within the northwest portion of the North Bullfrog Property. The test well, NB-WW-10, penetrated over 300 metres of alluvial material with a static water level beginning at a depth of 55 metres and sustained air lift water production in excess of 100 gpm for several hours. The Company has begun to register the purchase of the water rights with the Nevada State Engineer ("NSE"), and will begin to make application to the NSE to move the production point to North Bullfrog, and change the application to mining.
PQ core materials drilled in 2013 have been used to develop composites for metallurgical testing of quartz vein and stockwork mineralized material from the Yellowjacket area. Assaying of the core has been completed and construction of a group of five composite samples has begun. Additional cyanide bottle roll testing is currently underway at particle sizes of 80% passing -0.075 mm, -1.7 mm, -6.3 mm and -19 mm, and initial results are expected by late February 2014. Column leach tests will be conducted for 80% passing -6.3 mm and -19 mm particle sizes and are projected to begin in early February 2014. In addition, advanced metallurgical testing is being conducted on the potential benefits of milling the higher grade Yellowjacket material as this potential resource appears to have significant growth potential.
Vat leaching, Run of Mine type tests are also underway on Sierra Blanca mineralized material at nominal sizes of 100 mm, 150 mm, and 250 mm. In addition, the Company is initiating preliminary tests on higher grade sulfide material at depth which could represent a future resource potential.
The upgrade of the main power line, located along Highway 95 along the east side of the North Bullfrog Property, by Valley Electric Association is nearly complete. The upgraded capacity of the line exceeds the current projected requirements of the North Bullfrog Project. The Company contributed USD 28,500 for the line upgrade.
Nevada Highway 95, connecting Las Vegas and Reno, passes North Bullfrog approximately 1 mile to the east, and received extensive maintenance upgrade during the summer of 2013. The highway has been re-surfaced between Las Vegas and a point to the north of the North Bullfrog Project, thereby providing for efficient road access to the site. The Company will be making application for the necessary rights-of-way for road traffic from the highway to the proposed mine facilities.
Carl Brechtel, Chief Operating Officer, stated: "The acquisition of water rights now completes all of the major infrastructure components necessary for the potential development of a mining operation at the North Bullfrog project. Having available water, power and road access located close to the conceptualized heap leach pad and pit will provide the framework for what we anticipate would be a low cost and efficient operation. Corvus anticipates completing an updated PEA before the end of Q1 2014."
In January 2014, Corvus Gold Nevada Inc. executed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Tonopah Office of the US Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") for definition of baseline characterization requirements and development of a mining plan of operations at the North Bullfrog Project. Characterization plans for hydro-geologic modeling studies, rock geochemical studies and biologic/wildlife studies have been developed and have been reviewed by BLM specialists. The Company is in the process of responding to comments and additional requirements received from the BLM with respect to such plans.
A total of seven additional hydrologic test wells were drilled during 2013 to facilitate water level monitoring and water quality sampling stations located around the North Bullfrog Project. These wells have been equipped with down-hole sample pumps. A network of nine surface springs is also being sampled in the greater area around the project site to ensure completeness in regional characterization.
A meteorological station was constructed during August 2012, and has now accumulated 17 months of continuous data.
Rock geochemistry characterization work has been underway since 2012, with both Acid-Base accounting static testing and Humidity Cell Testing data collected for the initially proposed pre-Yellowjacket high-grade discovery mining plan. Initial data have formed the basis of the geochemistry characterization plan document, which is now being updated to reflect the addition of the newly defined Yellowjacket deposit to the updated proposed mining plan.
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
Jeffrey A. Pontius (CPG 11044), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that form the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Pontius is not independent of Corvus, as he is the CEO and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
Carl E. Brechtel, (Nevada PE 008744 and Registered Member 353000 of SME), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has supervised execution of the work outlined in this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Brechtel is not independent of Corvus, as he is the COO and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
The work program at North Bullfrog was designed and supervised by Russell Myers (CPG 11433), President of Corvus, and Mark Reischman, Corvus Nevada Exploration Manager, who are responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project log and track all samples prior to sealing and shipping. Quality control is monitored by the insertion of blind certified standard reference materials and blanks into each sample shipment. All resource sample shipments are sealed and shipped to ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada, for preparation and then on to ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada, or Vancouver, B.C., for assaying. ALS Chemex's quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:1999. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Finally, representative blind duplicate samples are forwarded to ALS Chemex and an ISO compliant third party laboratory for additional quality control.
About Corvus Gold Inc.
Corvus Gold Inc. is a North American gold exploration company, which is focused on advancing its 100% controlled Nevada, North Bullfrog project towards a potential development decision. In addition, the Company controls a number of other North American exploration properties representing a spectrum of gold, silver and copper projects. Corvus is committed to building shareholder value through new discoveries and leveraging noncore assets via partner funded exploration work into carried and or royalty interests that provide shareholders with exposure to gold production.
On behalf of
Corvus Gold Inc.
(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius
Jeffrey A. Pontius,
Chief Executive Officer
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This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and US securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements regarding the anticipated content, commencement and cost of exploration programs; anticipated exploration program results; the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves; the potential to increase the existing estimated resource at Yellowjacket; the Company's expectation that it will be able to secure efficient access of the size and capacity required by any mine at North Bullfrog from Nevada Highway 95 and that it will be able to secure any required easements in that regard; the Company's expectation that the upgraded capacity of the Valley Electric Association power line will exceed the current projected requirements of the North Bullfrog Project; the Company's expectation that any mining operation at North Bullfrog would be a low cost and efficient operation; the potential for higher grade sulfide material to exist at depth and for any such material to represent future resources; the potential for the Company to be able to move the production point of the recently purchased water rights to North Bullfrog and to change the application to mining; the expectation that the newly purchased water rights will be sufficient to provide all water presently anticipated to be required under the conceptual North Bullfrog mine plan; the potential for any mining or production at North Bullfrog; the planned completion of an updated preliminary economic assessment for the North Bullfrog project, whether in Q1 2014 or at all; the potential for the Company to secure or receive any royalties in the future; business and financing plans and business trends, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, variations in the market price of any mineral products the Company may produce or plan to produce, the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, the Company's inability to produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's 2013 Annual Information Form and latest interim Management Discussion and Analysis filed with certain securities commissions in Canada. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties.
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This news release contains information with respect to adjacent or similar mineral properties in respect of which the Company has no interest or rights to explore or mine. The Company advises US investors that the mining guidelines of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") set forth in the SEC's Industry Guide 7 ("SEC Industry Guide 7") strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned that the Company has no interest in or right to acquire any interest in any such properties, and that mineral deposits on adjacent or similar properties, and any production therefrom or economics with respect thereto, are not indicative of mineral deposits on the Company's properties or the potential production from, or cost or economics of, any future mining of any of the Company's mineral properties.
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