VANCOUVER, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Western Pacific Resources Corp. (TSXV: WRP) is pleased to announce that it has engaged Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) to assist with the evaluation of the historic heap leaching process at Mineral Gulch.
Tetra Tech is a world-class engineering firm providing specialized services to the mining industry. They recently worked on the Sleeper Mine heap leach resource in Nevada and supported the project from test work through preliminary economics.
Initial evaluation of historic data will begin immediately, followed by sampling, trenching and preliminary laboratory studies.
Western Pacific is pleased to begin a formal evaluation of the historic heap leach pad at Mineral Gulch. Tetra Tech has the technical expertise necessary to evaluate the possibility of restarting commercial production.
Mineral Gulch is located in Cassia County, Idaho, along the southeast edge of the Black Pine Mountains, approximately 128 km southeast of Burley, Idaho. Western Pacific Resources Corp. controls 100% of the Project.
The Project encompasses the historic Black Pine Mining District and surrounding exploration ground. Western Pacific previously acquired the historical proprietary data for the property from Newmont Mining Corporation.
Sporadic small-scale gold and base-metal mining occurred in the area as early as 1915. Noranda conducted exploration programs at Black Pine between 1984 and 1990. Pegasus Mining entered into a joint venture with Noranda in 1990 and became the majority owner and operator of the Project between 1992 and 1998. The Black Pine Property produced over 500,000 ounces of gold at an average head grade of 1.5 grams from several small open pits. Historic exploration and mining efforts were generally focused on near-surface, oxidized ore bodies.
Readers are cautioned that more work needs to be completed by Western Pacific to verify the tonnage and grade potential in the heap - estimates of tonnage and grade were based on historic production records provided by Pegasus's 1997 annual report and are not NI 43-101 compliant.
About Western Pacific
Western Pacific is a gold explorer focused on acquiring advanced-stage projects in the Western United States, and has the right combination of exploration and financial professionals to succeed in making a world class gold discovery. For more information, please visit our website at www.westernpacificresources.com.
Clancy Wendt, M.Sc., a registered geologist in Arizona and British Columbia and a member of SME, SEG FAusIMM(CP) and PDAC, is Western Pacific's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Wendt has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Warwick Smith, Chief Executive Officer
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SOURCE Western Pacific Resources Corp.