Skeena Resources Limited (TSX.V: SKE) (“Skeena” or the “Company”) is pleased to report assay results for the final 18 holes (6,576 metres) of the 2015 program at the Spectrum project in northwestern British Columbia.
The 2015 program delivered 8,817 drill core assays from 17,350 metres of drilling from 61 exploration holes. In addition, a total of 2,992 soil and 387 prospecting rock samples were collected. The data derived from this work will inform the resource calculation on the Spectrum project and assist in picking new drill targets for 2016.
Highlights of this final batch of drill holes include:
Hole S15-60 intersected 18.0 m grading 6.13 g/t Au beginning at a down-hole depth of 252 m, including 1.0 m grading 30.0 g/t Au, and 1.7 m grading 30.6 g/t Au. This hole is the deepest on Section 4930N and is 70 m below an intersection in S15-046 of 4.0 m grading 16.97 g/t Au.
Hole S15-055 intersected 2.0 m grading 8.27 g/t Au beginning at 204.6 m, plus a deeper interval of 1.0 m grading 23.1 g/t Au.
Hole S15-061 intersected 18 m grading 2.69 g/t Au, including 2.0 m grading 11.9 g/t Au. This interval was assayed by metallic screen analysis due to the presence of five sections containing visible gold.
The final exploration hole of the season, S15-070 intersected three zones of mineralization, including 2.0 m grading 4.6 g/t Au, 2.6 m grading 10.18 g/t Au, and 0.9 m grading 8.04 g/t Au.
This zone is located 200 m east of the Central Zone and is outlined by very strong gold in soil values and strong bedrock grab and chip samples including 0.2 m grading 18.5 g/t Au and 0.4 m grading 13.7 g/t Au (link to map). Hole S15-065 intersected 2.0 m grading 3.62 g/t Au, and a deeper intersection of 1.14 m grading 10.5 g/t Au. Including the historical drilling, this area has only been tested by three holes in total, and is open to the north, south and at depth.
300 Colour Zone
Two holes tested this zone, which has a very strong gold-in-soil anomaly and is open to the north, south and to depth. It is located 400 metres northwest and parallel to the Central Zone (link to map). Both 2015 holes intersected gold mineralization at shallow depths. Hole S15-066 intersected 2.0 m grading 4.64 g/t Au beginning at a depth of 32.0 m. Hole S15-068 intersected 48.0 m grading 1.05 g/t Au beginning at a down-hole depth of 50 m, including 2.0 m grading 3.62 g/t Au.
Table 1: Assay Intervals for Spectrum Holes S15-053 to S15-070.
|S15-053||256||-46||341||No Significant Values|
|S15-054||252||-45||256||No Significant Values|
|S15-058||265||-45||212||No Significant Values|
|S15-059||265||-65||214.30||No Significant Values|
|S15-062||263||-45||740||No Significant Values|
|S15-067||270||-50||404||No Significant Values|
All values are un-cut
True width is estimated to be 55 to 70% of down hole interval
Au analysis is by 50 g fire assay with AA finish or gravimetric finish if over 10 g/t (Actlabs Method 1A2-50 or 1A3-50)
Au analysis by 800 to 1000 g screen metallic (Method 1A4) if free gold is identified or suspected
Ag analyses by aqua regia ICP (Method 1E3), unless by 4-acid ICP if over 100 g/t Ag (Method 8 - 4 acid)
Cu analyses by aqua regia ICP (Method 1E3), unless if over 1% Cu (Method 8-AR)
Walter Coles, President and CEO of Skeena commented, “The main priority for our Spectrum team is to complete the geological model which will form the basis for a maiden NI 43-101 resource calculation to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
In the interim, we also expect to publish an updated NI 43-101 compliant resource assessment for our newly acquired GJ project which is adjacent to Spectrum and demonstrates high grade gold potential in addition to the copper already known to be present.”
An updated drill plan, table of collar information and list of intersections are available on the Skeena website. True width in the Central, Boundary and 300 Colour Zones is estimated to be 55% to 70% of down-hole intervals.
Quality assurance and quality control
Drilling is conducted under the supervision of Jacques Stacey, MSc, PGeol, and Colin Russell, PGeo. A rigorous chain-of-custody and QA/QC program, consisting of the insertion of certified standard control samples, duplicates and blanks, was applied to the NQ diameter, split half-core samples. Sample preparation and analyses for 2015 samples were completed at the Kamloops facility of Activation Laboratories Ltd. Gold is determined by 50-gram fire assay of an 800 g split. Other elements are determined by an ICP analysis following aqua regia digestion.
The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael S. Cathro, MSc, PGeo, Skeena’s vice-president of operations and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Skeena Resources Limited is a junior Canadian mining exploration company involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of prospective base and precious metal properties throughout British Columbia. The Company’s primary activities at present are the evaluation of the high-grade Spectrum Gold property in the prolific Golden Triangle of northwestern BC. Skeena’s management includes a highly experienced team of mine-finders, including Ron Netolitzky, Chairman, who was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2015.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
SKEENA RESOURCES LIMITED
Walter Coles Jr., President & CEO
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