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Pistol Bay Mining updates exploration plans for Ontario VMS-style mineralization

by Greg Klein | January 18, 2017

Holding the largest property package in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt, Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST intends to take a regional and multi-disciplinary approach to turf that has previously seen relatively piecemeal work. With that in mind, the company updated its exploration plans on January 18.

Pistol Bay Mining updates exploration plans for Ontario VMS-style mineralization

Nearly complete is an extensive review of records that include historic data from approximately 850 holes sunk between 1962 and 2007. Although the entire belt has undergone at least a few geophysical surveys, Pistol Bay plans more electromagnetics. The primary method of exploration will be VTEM Plus, with its ability to reach far greater depths than was possible 20 years ago.

Another legacy of the Confederation Lake acquisitions is a database of rock chemical analysis, mostly compiled by Noranda from 1987 to 2003. “It appears that Noranda did not make a great deal of use of the data, perhaps because of changing priorities and budgets,” Pistol Bay stated. The info could help define areas of hydrothermal alteration related to the VMS mineralizing process, aid lithological mapping and locate areas enriched in zinc and/or copper. Very preliminary study has outlined five areas suggesting intense hydrothermal alteration, one of them 3.5 kilometres long.

Characteristic of some of the past work, the project area had previously been mapped by different companies with different levels of detail, according to Pistol Bay. “There is room for substantial improvement in mapping detail and the reconstruction of the submarine volcanic history and the tectonic framework of the belt.”

It’s obviously a very well-mineralized belt and if we are smart and if we try harder we’ll maximize our chances of making Canada’s next base metal VMS discovery.—Charles Desjardins,
Pistol Bay Mining CEO

With closing of a four-year option on AurCrest Gold’s (TSXV:AGO) regional holdings, Pistol Bay’s Confed Lake package will comprise 7,050 hectares along a 43-kilometre stretch of the 60-kilometre-long greenstone belt. The company also stated it has preliminary negotiations underway to potentially acquire four more blocks of claims with significant mineral occurrences or exploration targets.

“The Confederation Lake project has experienced 50 years of exploration by well-funded companies using the best technologies that were available at the time,” pointed out CEO Charles Desjardins. “Exploring deeper using the latest geophysics is one obvious advantage that we have, but we must also use every other tool at our disposal. It’s obviously a very well-mineralized belt and if we are smart and if we try harder we’ll maximize our chances of making Canada’s next base metal VMS discovery.”

Additionally, Pistol Bay plans to file a 43-101 technical report on Confederation Lake’s Arrow zone by mid-March.

In late December the company closed the first tranche of a financing totalling $201,850.

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