TORONTO, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, OTCQX:WLBMF) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the commencement of its 2023 drill program to test new exploration targets surrounding the 2023 Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) footprint at its Fenelon gold project (“Fenelon”), in addition to exploration drilling at Martiniere and other prospective greenfield targets on the Company’s Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend Property.
In February, Wallbridge mobilized three drills to Fenelon to test some of the prospective areas surrounding the existing deposit, which are described in more detail below. These were developed through the interpretation of combined geologic and geophysical data as well as, where present, historic drill results.
Attila Péntek, Wallbridge’s Vice President, Exploration, commented:
“In addition to drilling in the vicinity of the Fenelon deposit targeting larger step-outs on the existing zones (see March 6, 2023 Press Release), our 2023 drill program is testing various targets on a regional scale. These will focus on areas of promising geology such as favorable host rocks and structures with the objective of identifying new zones of mineralization elsewhere on the Company’s 830 km2 Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend Property. In April two of the drills will be mobilized to Martiniere to commence exploration drilling with similar objectives of assessing the deposit’s size potential and discovery of nearby zones.”
2023 Fenelon Exploration Drill Targets
The Jeremie Diorite has been identified as a key host rock for gold mineralization at Fenelon, which is associated with quartz veining within the body itself (Area 51 and Ripley), as well as along the contact of the intrusion (Contact Zone) and into the sediments (Tabasco and Cayenne). In addition to the diorite, the Jeremie Fault represents another key control on the distribution of the gold mineralization. It is interpreted as a long-lived fault with multiple stages of activation, of which one phase is interpreted to be linked to the mineralizing event.
The 2023 drill program at Fenelon will focus on testing exploration targets on the property using knowledge that has been gained through the development of the Fenelon resource since discovery. In addition to the immediate extensions of known zones, several targets have been identified in the area surrounding the Fenelon deposit (see Figure 2) that are of interest for this year’s program:
Target 1) Northwest magnetic low: This target was identified through the re-processing of the 2020 drone-magnetics data, revealing geophysical signatures that are comparable to the Jeremie Diorite. Preliminary results from the first two 2023 drill holes testing this target area have intersected a unit that is visually comparable to the Jeremie Diorite, containing zones of alteration with trace chalcopyrite mineralization. These results have established a large area of favorable geology for future exploration.
Target 2) West magnetic fold: In many orogenic gold deposits, the hinges of folds play an important role in controlling gold mineralization. A potential fold hinge has been identified through geophysics, approximately three kilometres to the west of the deposit.
Target 3) Jeremie Fault corridor to the west: Based on magnetic signatures, the Jeremie Fault is interpreted to extend several kilometres beyond the western limits of the Fenelon deposit.
Target 4) Magnetic high and electro-magnetic (“EM”) plates: A massive sulfide layer, similar to the one occurring adjacent to the Fenelon deposit, exhibiting strong magnetic and EM responses can be traced across the property providing new exploration targets to the east.
Target 5) Jeremie Fault corridor to the east: This target is immediately southeast of, and interpreted to be within, the same geologically favourable gold hosting environment as Target 4.
Target 6) East magnetic low: Approximately three to four kilometres to the east of the deposit is a magnetic low that has a similar signature to the Jeremie Diorite with a corresponding E-W structure.
Figure 1. Wallbridge’s Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend land package
Figure 2. Fenelon Gold, Total Magnetic Intensity and Geology
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Christopher Kelly, M.Sc., P.Geo., Senior Geologist of Wallbridge.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is focused on creating value through the exploration and sustainable development of gold projects along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend while respecting the environment and communities where it operates.
Wallbridge’s flagship project, Fenelon Gold (“Fenelon”), is located on the highly prospective Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend Property in Québec’s Northern Abitibi region. An updated mineral resource estimate completed in January 2023 yielded significantly improved grades and additional ounces at the 100%-owned Fenelon and Martiniere properties, incorporating a combined 3.05 million ounces of Indicated gold resources and 2.35 million ounces of Inferred gold resources. Fenelon and Martiniere are located within an 830 km2 exploration land package controlled by Wallbridge. The Company believes that these two deposits have good potential for economic development, especially given their proximity to existing hydro-electric power and transportation infrastructure. In addition, Wallbridge believes that the extensive land package is extremely prospective for the discovery of additional gold deposits.
Wallbridge also holds a 19.9% interest in the common shares of Archer Exploration Corp. (“Archer”) as a result of the sale of the Company’s portfolio of nickel assets in Ontario and Québec in November of 2022.
Wallbridge will continue to focus on its core Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend Property while enabling shareholders to participate in the potential economic upside in Archer.
For further information please visit the Company’s website at www.wallbridgemining.com or contact:
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA
President & CEO
Tel: (705) 682‒9297 ext. 251
Victoria Vargas, B.Sc. (Hon.) Economics, MBA
Investor Relations Advisor
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Information Concerning Estimates of Mineral Resources
The disclosure in this press release and referred to herein was prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 which differs significantly from the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The terms "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" used in this press release are in reference to the mining terms defined in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Standards (the "CIM Definition Standards"), which definitions have been adopted by NI 43-101. Accordingly, information contained in this press release providing descriptions of our mineral deposits in accordance with NI 43-101 may not be comparable to similar information made public by other U.S. companies subject to the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.
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