VANCOUVER, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Western Pacific Resources Corp. (TSXV: WRP) is pleased to announce that a second reverse circulation drill rig has been added to its Mineral Gulch project in southern Idaho.
The drill program consists of 33 drill sites and will total approximately 10,000 meters of reverse circulation drilling.
"By adding a second drill rig we will be able to advance our drilling program to assure we complete our phase I drilling before the snow begins to fall in the higher elevations," says Curt Everson, Exploration Manager for Western Pacific.
In addition, a major soil program will begin this week to help fill in and better define the 3,000 meter by 4,500 meter +100 ppb gold-in-soil anomaly that covers the center portion of the property.
"Since several of the mined deposits on the property were discovered by Noranda using the results of this soil data, we anticipate finding additional areas of interest by expanding the soil grid to include previously unsampled areas," says Curt Everson.
About Mineral Gulch
Mineral Gulch is located in Cassia County, Idaho, along the southeast edge of the Black Pine Mountains, approximately 80 km southeast of Burley, Idaho near the Idaho/Utah border. Western Pacific Resources Corp. controls 100% of the project which was acquired through the staking of 345 unpatented mining claims. The project encompasses the historic Black Pine Mining District and surrounding exploration ground.
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 mining effort between 1992 and 1998. The Black Pine mine produced 520,000 ounces of gold at an average head grade of 1.5 grams from several small open pits. Historic exploration and mining efforts have generally focused on the near-surface, oxidized ore bodies.
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.
Curt Everson, M.Sc., P.Geo., is Western Pacific's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of any 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.