Corvus Gold JV Partner to Commence Test Production at High-Grade Gold Deposit, Terra Project, Alaska
VANCOUVER, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Corvus Gold Inc. ("Corvus" or the "Company") - (TSX: KOR, OTCQX: CORVF) is pleased to announce that the Company's joint venture partner WestMountain (OTCBB: WMTN) has indicated they will complete on-site installation of the bulk sample gold mill and will commence test production this summer. Under the Company's existing joint venture agreement, Corvus will receive 49% of the gold production plus a net smelter royalty (NSR) of 0.5% to 5% at no cost until WestMountain completes the required work commitments by the end of 2013. The 2012 partner funded exploration and development program should significantly advance the Terra Project where the current inferred resource totals 168,000 ounces gold at an average grade of 12.2 g/t gold (Summary Report on the Terra Gold Project, McGrath District, Alaska, June 15, 2010). Planned work for the 2012 season as indicated by the Company's JV partner includes:
- Complete installation of the bulk sample on-site gold mill and commence gold production
- 1,200 meters of core drilling to further extend the Ben Vein Gold structure
- Gustavson & Associates to complete resource update and technical report expected in Q4 2012
- Commence engineering work to support Scoping Study on an underground mining operation expected in Q2 2013
- Initiate surface work program on the Camp Creek Midway porphyry target
Jeff Pontius, Corvus CEO, stated: "The potential to see initial gold production from the Terra Project is an exciting step for Corvus Gold in leveraging its non-core assets to support the development of our 100% wholly owned North Bullfrog, Nevada Project toward anticipated production. Corvus' Alaskan projects represent significant downstream growth potential for both major new gold discoveries and to augment our future anticipated production profile."
About the Terra Project
Terra Gold Corp. ("Terra Alaska"), a subsidiary of WestMountain, is Corvus' joint venture partner on the Terra project. Terra Alaska has the right to earn a 51% interest in the Terra Gold Project from Corvus by spending a total of USD 6.0M. Terra Alaska can further increase its ownership to 80% with an additional USD 3.05M investment bringing to a total of USD 9.05M capital investment over a four-year period until the end of 2013 with their 2012 work commitment being approximately USD 1M. Raven Gold is entitled to an NSR of between 0.5% and 5% on all precious metal production and a 1% NSR royalty on all base metal production.
The Terra Gold Project is a high-grade gold vein system with a current NI 43-101 Inferred resource of 428,000 tonnes at 12.2 g/t gold (using a cutoff grade of 5.0 g/t gold) for contained metal content of 168,000 ounces. The project's primary focus is the Ben Vein, where 28 drill holes completed to date have returned 111 vein intersections of over 3 g/t gold. Initial metallurgical work has indicated a high recovery rate via gravity circuit, illustrating potential for near-term production. Given the high-grade nature of the gold veins, coupled with the favourable mining configuration and gravity recovery characteristics, the deposit may be amenable to near-term gold production. Further information on the Terra Project can be found at http://www.corvusgold.com/projects/alaska/terra/.
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
WestMountain has advised the Company that all exploration work on the Terra property has been carried out under their direct control and supervision. All sample shipments are sent to ALS Chemex in Anchorage, Alaska, for preparation and then on to ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada, or Vancouver, B.C., for assay. ALS Chemex's quality system complies with requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:1999. WestMountain has its own quality assurance/quality control programs in place. WestMountain has advised that the technical information provided by WestMountain and contained in this news release was reviewed by Greg Schifrin, CEO, a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.
All of the foregoing information has been provided by WestMountain, the parent company of the operator, Terra Gold. Jeffrey A. Pontius (CPG 11044), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed, but not independently verified, the WestMountain information that forms the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Pontius is not independent of the Company, as he is the CEO and holds common shares and incentive stock options in Corvus.
About Corvus Gold Inc.
Corvus Gold Inc. is a North American focused gold exploration and development company with projects in Nevada, Alaska and Quebec. The Company's projects represent a spectrum of early-stage to advanced exploration and development gold opportunities. Corvus is committed to building shareholder value through a rapidly advancing gold project in Nevada and new growth discoveries on its other assets. The Company looks to advance its earlier and more risky discoveries via partner funded exploration work into carried and or royalty interests that provide shareholders with exposure to low financial risk potential gold production.
On behalf of
Corvus Gold Inc.
(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius
Jeffrey A. Pontius,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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 for the identification of a higher grade zone or zones at North Bullfrog, the potential for any mining or production at North Bullfrog or Terra, the potential for the identification of multiple deposits at North Bullfrog, the potential for the existence or location of additional high-grade veins, the potential for additional resources to be located between certain of the existing deposits, 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. In addition, information with respect to the proposed activities of Ocean Park on the Chisna property, the proposed activities of Alix on the West Pogo property and the proposed activities of WIA on the Terra property, have been provided by the respective joint venture partners, who are each the operator of the respective joint ventures and, as such activities are not within the control of the Company, the Company takes no responsibility for the accuracy of such statements. 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 or any of its joint venture partners 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 or its joint venture partners may produce or plan to produce, the inability of the Company or any of its joint venture partners to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its or their activities, the inability of the Company or any of its joint venture partners to produce minerals from their properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement their respective business strategies, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's latest Annual Information Form 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.
Cautionary Note Regarding References to Resources and Reserves
National Instrument 43 101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators which establishes standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. Unless otherwise indicated, all resource estimates contained in or incorporated by reference in this press release have been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") Standards on Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council on November 14, 2004 (the "CIM Standards") as they may be amended from time to time by the CIM.
United States shareholders are cautioned that the requirements and terminology of NI 43-101 and the CIM Standards differ significantly from the requirements and terminology of the SEC set forth in the SEC's Industry Guide 7 ("SEC Industry Guide 7"). Accordingly, the Company's disclosures regarding mineralization may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by companies subject to SEC Industry Guide 7. Without limiting the foregoing, while the terms "mineral resources", "inferred mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "measured mineral resources" are recognized and required by NI 43-101 and the CIM Standards, they are not recognized by the SEC and are not permitted to be used in documents filed with the SEC by companies subject to SEC Industry Guide 7. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability, and US investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a mineral resource will ever be converted into reserves. Further, inferred resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the inferred resources will ever be upgraded to a higher resource category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of a feasibility study or prefeasibility study, except in rare cases. The SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute SEC Industry Guide 7 compliant "reserves" as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit amounts. The term "contained ounces" is not permitted under the rules of SEC Industry Guide 7. In addition, the NI 43-101 and CIM Standards definition of a "reserve" differs from the definition in SEC Industry Guide 7. In SEC Industry Guide 7, a mineral reserve is defined as a part of a mineral deposit which could be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time the mineral reserve determination is made, and a "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis of designated reserves and the primary environmental analysis or report must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority.
Caution Regarding Adjacent or Similar Mineral Properties
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 are not indicative of mineral deposits on the Company's properties.
This press release is not, and is not to be construed in any way as, an offer to buy or sell securities in the United States.
SOURCE Corvus Gold Inc.