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Equitorial Exploration to drill for NWT lithium

June 28th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 28, 2017

The rig returns to a Northwest Territories hardrock lithium project for the first time in a decade as Equitorial Exploration TSXV:EXX heads to the field in July. About 30 kilometres from the former Cantung tungsten mine in the territory’s southwest, the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group project will also undergo mapping, channel sampling and resampling of drill core from 2007 when two holes struck intervals of 1.2% Li2O over 10.94 metres and 0.92% over 18.27 metres.

Equitorial Exploration to drill for NWT lithium

Red paint marks a channel sample
interval from last year’s field work at LNPG.

Summer drilling will test the vertical extent of lithium-cesium-tantalum-type pegmatite dyke swarms now identified at about 300 metres in depth and 13 kilometres in strike. The dykes are well exposed on cirque walls of the mountainous terrain, the company stated.

Channel sampling last year brought assays up to 1.13% Li2O, 71.1 g/t Ta2O5 and 0.03% SnO2 over 10.35 metres. That included a sub-interval of 1.86% Li2O, 116.7 g/t Ta2O5 and 0.05% SnO2 over 6.3 metres.

Three specimen samples released in October brought results up to 2.85% Li2O, 28.1 g/t Ta2O5 and 0.05% SnO2.

Equitorial filed a 43-101 technical report on the LNPG project in March.

In Utah last May, the company staked another 1,092 hectares, expanding its Tule Valley lithium project to about 2,792 hectares. That gives Equitorial the entire Tule Valley Basin, which the company describes as a closed basin which could be similar to Nevada’s Clayton Valley. Equitorial also sees Clayton Valley similarities in the company’s Gerlach property in Nevada.

Equitorial Exploration files 43-101 for NWT lithium project

March 17th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 17, 2017

Citing highly encouraging results, a 43-101 technical report has been completed and filed for Equitorial Exploration’s (TSXV:EXX) Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group property in the Northwest Territories.

Equitorial Exploration files 43-101 for NWT lithium project

LNPG’s mountainous terrain could undergo drilling this year.

Also referred to as LNPG or the Li property, the project underwent sampling last year, with results reported in October and September.

Field work traced lithium-cesium-tantalum pegmatite dyke swarms over a combined length of 13 kilometres on the property’s mountainous terrain, the company stated. The dykes’ vertical extent has been traced for 300 metres through natural exposure and drilling in 2007. “Where sampled, each dyke swarm is up to 52.6 metres wide and contains multiple dykes that range from 0.2 to 10 metres in width.”

This year Equitorial anticipates resampling the 2007 core, drilling, channel sampling, mapping and prospecting.

Located in the southern NWT just east of the Yukon border, LNPG sits about 30 kilometres from the former Cantung tungsten mine. In addition to the NWT hardrock project, Equitorial has begun the acquisition of two lithium brine projects in Utah and Nevada, proximal to the Tesla Gigafactory #1.

Canada down to one NDP government as Tories take Manitoba

April 19th, 2016

by Greg Klein | April 19, 2016

The Orange Wave once predicted for Canada took another fall April 19 when Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives brought the New Democratic Party’s 17-year reign to a decisive end. At press time other media outlets stood in for the still-silent Elections Manitoba by proclaiming a Tory majority. Last time around, in 2011, the score was NDP 37, PCs 19 and Liberals one.

That leaves Alberta as Canada’s sole remaining NDP jurisdiction, one that’s increasingly at odds with its federal counterparts over their radically resource-restricting LEAP Manifesto.

Canada down to one NDP government as Tories take Manitoba

A former teacher, founder of a financial services
company and federal MP, premier-elect
Brian Pallister represents a Winnipeg riding.
(Photo: Manitoba Progressive Conservatives)

Manitoba’s NDP failure was easier to predict than the federal party’s lackluster performance in October’s national election. Some observers date the downfall to 2013 when NDP premier Greg Selinger raised the provincial sales tax, breaking budget legislation as well as an election promise. Brian Pallister’s PCs promised a PST rollback.

On mining issues, the NDP pledged to increase the province’s Mineral Exploration Assistance Program, support the Manitoba Geological Survey’s work with explorers, improve mining investment and tax credit processing “and make sure companies open up more exploration on undeveloped leases.”

Somewhat platitudinously, the PCs promised to create a “framework” on the duty to consult natives and to “build respectful and effective partnerships” for resource development.

The night before the election, the Tories returned to the “Hydro jobs for votes scandal,” citing a “just-filed lawsuit [alleging] that Greg Selinger released highly sensitive financial and business information to benefit a third party in December 2015.”

But it was Selinger who faced heavy criticism for “desperate” attacks against Pallister, in which the former cast aspersions on the latter’s Costa Rican real estate and, “in light of the Panama Papers,” his personal income taxes.

Manitobans face a clear choice: Brian Pallister’s plan to cede our province to Saskatchewan and turn us all into Roughriders fans, or our plan to see 42,000 more Manitobans cheering on the Jets and the Bombers.—An April 1 jest
from Manitoba’s NDP

Even so, the NDP campaign wasn’t without levity. On April 1 the party announced a plan to annex Kenora, Ontario. “Manitobans face a clear choice: Brian Pallister’s plan to cede our province to Saskatchewan and turn us all into Roughriders fans, or our plan to see 42,000 more Manitobans cheering on the Jets and the Bombers,” the NDP spoof quoted Selinger. “We’re going to keep growing Manitoba’s economy—whether it’s through investments, immigration or expansion.”

According to government figures released in January, mining comprises Manitoba’s second-largest primary resource sector and serves as one of the north’s largest employers of natives. The 2014 production value of metals and industrial minerals surpassed $1.3 billion and created over 3,200 jobs.

The province’s six mines produce all of Canadian cesium, 11.9% of nickel, 23.6% of zinc, 5.5% of copper, 2.4% of gold and 5.6% of silver.