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Canadian exploration spending projected to rise 6%; Manitoba contradicts its Fraser Institute ranking

March 14th, 2018

by Greg Klein | March 14, 2018

It’s hardly a boom time scenario but mineral exploration within Canada should see a healthy 6% spending increase this year, according to recent federal government figures. Info supplied by companies shows an estimated total of $2.238 billion planned for exploration and deposit appraisal this year, compared with $2.111 billion in 2017. The second annual increase in a row, it’s far less dramatic than last year’s 29.6% leap.

Canadian exploration spending projected to rise 6% Manitoba contradicts its Fraser Institute ranking

The Natural Resources Canada survey compares preliminary numbers for metals and non-metals from last year with projected budgets for 2018.

Together Quebec and Ontario account for more than half the spending, with la belle province getting 27.3% of last year’s total and 29.3% of this year’s, while Ontario got 24.9% and 26.5%.

Some runners-up were British Columbia (12.2% of Canada’s total in 2017 and 13% in 2018), Saskatchewan (9% and 7.4%) and Yukon (7.8% and 7.7%).

Proportionately Manitoba enjoyed the greatest increase, a 42% jump from $38.5 million to $54.7 million, in a performance at odds with the province’s most recent Fraser Institute ranking. Less spectacularly but still impressive, the figures show Quebec climbing 13.9% from $576.5 million to $656.7 million. British Columbia gets a 12.9% increase from $257.7 million to $290.9 million, and Ontario 12.7% from $526.2 million to $593 million.

Some disappointments include Saskatchewan, falling 13% from $189.9 million to $165.1 million. Nunavut plunged 34.6% from $169.3 million to $110.7 million.

Nunavut has to address its land access issues. In the NWT, work on the proposed Mineral Resources Act and other legislation must be to improve the investment climate. Settling long-outstanding land claims and reducing the over 30% of lands off limits to development would also help, as would proactive marketing by indigenous governments.—Gary Vivian, president, NWT and
Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Addressing the territory’s performance along with its neighbour’s 10% drop, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines president Gary Vivian said, “Nunavut has to address its land access issues. In the NWT, work on the proposed Mineral Resources Act and other legislation must be to improve the investment climate. Settling long-outstanding land claims and reducing the over 30% of lands off limits to development would also help, as would proactive marketing by indigenous governments.”

Combining figures for mine complex development with exploration and deposit appraisal, this year’s projected country-wide total rises 8.9% to $14.9 billion, the highest number in the four years of data released in this survey.

Commodities getting the most money are precious metals, although at a nearly 1.5% decrease to $1.35 billion this year from $1.37 billion last year. A more drastic drop was uranium, down 23.4% to $103.7 million. Base metals saw a 38.4% surge to $406.9 million. Coal’s projected for a 31.1% boost to $70.8 million.

Exploration and deposit appraisal expenses considered for the survey include field work, engineering, economics, feasibility studies, the environment, land access and associated general expenses. Natural Resources Canada did not consider work for extensions of known reserves.

Recent studies from PricewaterhouseCoopers showed a marked improvement in junior mining company finances and a relatively stable, if cautious, ambience for more senior Canadian companies.

Covering a different period with different methodology than Natural Resources Canada, a study by EY, the B.C. government and the Association for Mineral Exploration calculated a 20% increase in B.C. exploration spending from 2016 to 2017.

See the Natural Resources Canada survey here.

Step-out drilling grows potential of Rockcliff Metals’ historic zinc deposit in Manitoba

December 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 20, 2017

Step-out drilling grows potential of Rockcliff Metals’ historic zinc deposit in Manitoba

A late autumn drill campaign on one of the priority properties in Rockcliff Metals’ (TSXV:RCLF) extensive Snow Lake portfolio shows potential to expand the historic Bur zinc-polymetallic deposit. Assays from 10 step-out holes totalling 3,250 metres brought zinc grades up to 3.18%, with 7.2% zinc-equivalent, over 4.85 metres. Another star result showed 1.76% zinc, with 5.9% zinc-equivalent, over 6.91 metres.

Each hole intersected the Bur VMS horizon, a potentially 8,000-metre-long mineralized area hosting the historic deposit adjacent and to the northeast of the drill targets, stated president/CEO Ken Lapierre. “The potential to identify additional resources along this important horizon is considered excellent and will be the focus of upcoming drill programs.”

Some highlights from the most recent campaign show:

Hole RBU002

  • 1.76% zinc, 0.96% copper, 0.59% lead, 0.26 g/t gold and 32.76 g/t silver, for 5.9% zinc-equivalent over 6.91 metres, starting at 269.65 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 0.99% zinc, 2% copper, 0.86% lead, 0.57 g/t gold and 56.35 g/t silver, for 9.1% zinc-equivalent over 2.43 metres)

RBU005

  • 1.65% zinc, 1.84% copper, 0.15% lead, 0.05 g/t gold and 15.32 g/t silver, for 6.8% zinc-equivalent over 4.25 metres, starting at 302.82 metres
  • (including 0.5% zinc, 6.18% copper, 0.08% lead, 0.04 g/t gold and 31.31 g/t silver, for 16.9% zinc-equivalent over 0.96 metres)

RBU007

  • 3.18% zinc, 1.41% copper, 0.13% lead, 0.04 g/t gold and 13.25 g/t silver, for 7.2% zinc-equivalent over 4.85 metres, starting at 231.15 metres
  • (including 5.38% zinc, 1.95% copper, 0.2% lead, 0.05 g/t gold and 15.62 g/t silver, for 10.9% zinc-equivalent over 2.85 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

Dating to 2007, Bur’s historic, non-43-101 estimate used a zinc-equivalent cutoff of 5%:

  • indicated: 1.05 million tonnes averaging 8.6% zinc, 1.9% copper, 12.1 g/t silver and 0.05 g/t gold

  • inferred: 302,000 tonnes averaging 9% zinc, 1.4% copper, 9.6 g/t silver and 0.08 g/t gold

Rockcliff’s 100% earn-in from Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM requires $3 million in spending over four years. Hudbay owns a copper-zinc concentrator about 22 kilometres by road from Bur.

Earlier this month Rockcliff released a resource update for its Talbot flagship, another VMS property in the company’s roughly 45,000-hectare central Manitoba Snow Lake portfolio. The package includes gold projects too. Last month the company reported 17 geophysical anomalies over the Laguna property, site of a former gold mine.

With three of the projects active, Rockcliff’s entire portfolio sits within trucking distance of two Hudbay processing facilities. Included are two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates, three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates, five gold projects and a non-core zinc project recently optioned to Nevada Zinc TSXV:NZN.

Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million in August.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

Rockcliff Metals boosts its Talbot copper-polymetallic resource in Manitoba

December 8th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 8, 2017

Among a number of active projects in the company’s Snow Lake portfolio, the Talbot deposit stands out as Rockcliff Metals’ (TSXV:RCLF) flagship. Now an updated resource has the company increasingly enthused while work continues towards further expansion.

The first update since January 2016 for the 51%-optioned property increases tonnage and contained amounts for an inferred category showing:

  • 4.23 million tonnes averaging 1.61% copper, 1.4% zinc, 1.77 g/t gold and 27.96 g/t silver for 150 million pounds copper, 130.4 million pounds zinc, 241,000 ounces gold and 3.8 million ounces silver
Rockcliff Metals boosts its Talbot copper-polymetallic resource in Manitoba

Based on 84 holes totalling 44,800 metres, the estimate uses a copper-equivalent cutoff of 2%. The copper-equivalent grade comes to 3.4%.

“The deposit remains open in all directions and is robust and predictable in all aspects including the geology, the estimation, classification and reporting assumptions,” said president/CEO Ken Lapierre. “Last year’s geophysics indicated significant upside potential to discover more VMS (copper, gold, zinc, silver) mineralization at the West Talbot deep conductive plate. Our present geophysical survey will focus on this large untested one-kilometre-by-one-kilometre anomaly, located immediately below and in the footwall of the deposit.”

Talbot has more drilling planned for 2018.

Featuring both gold and VMS projects, Rockcliff’s Snow Lake portfolio hosts five gold properties, two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates. All sit within trucking distance of two Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM processing plants.

Reporting on the Laguna gold project last week, Rockcliff announced geophysics had located 17 high-priority anomalies, while winter plans include more surveying. A fall drill program at the Bur zinc-copper project had around 3,000 metres scheduled to upgrade the historic resource.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

More news from Rockcliff Metals as geophysics heightens interest in former Manitoba gold mine

November 30th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 30, 2017

Just two days after announcing an adjacent acquisition, Rockcliff Metals TSXV:RCLF reported 17 high-priority geophysical anomalies on its Laguna gold project, one of several gold and VMS properties in the company’s Flin Flon-Snow Lake portfolio. The latest news comes from 40.5 kilometres of induced polarization and resistivity over the Laguna gold mine trend. Described as a five-by-one-kilometre gold-rich, sulphide-bearing quartz vein environment, the trend hosts a former mine that averaged about 19 g/t during intermittent operation between 1916 and 1939, producing over 60,000 ounces.

More news from Rockcliff Metals as geophysics heightens interest in former Manitoba gold mine

The survey’s tight spacing “allowed excellent surface resolution and superior depth penetration up to 250 metres vertical,” Rockcliff stated. The 17 anomalies “were strategically located mostly below and along strike of known gold-bearing sulphide-rich quartz veins and are all considered worthy of follow-up exploration,” the company added.

Winter plans call for more IP and resistivity along strike and in the footwall of the trend.

Noting that grab sample assays from the area ranged from trace to over 620 g/t, president/CEO Ken Lapierre said, “The Laguna gold mine trend was last drilled in 1944 and now definition of these new untested gold targets is a testament to the excellent untested gold potential at Laguna.”

Covering over 45,000 hectares in central Manitoba, Rockcliff’s Snow Lake portfolio includes five gold projects, two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates, three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates, and a non-core zinc project recently optioned to Nevada Zinc TSXV:NZN. The properties all sit within trucking distance of two Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM processing facilities.

Rockcliff’s Bur zinc-copper deposit currently has drilling underway for about 15 holes totalling 3,000 metres, while the company’s 51%-optioned Talbot copper-zinc-polymetallic property has a resource update in progress.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

Rockcliff Metals adds another gold property to its polymetallic package in Manitoba

November 28th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 28, 2017

An “opportunist” acquisition increases the gold presence on Rockcliff Metals’ (TSXV:RCLF) Snow Lake portfolio. The 2,557-hectare Lucky Jack property borders the company’s Laguna project, host to a former mine and site of an airborne geophysical program last summer.

Limited exploration on Lucky Jack dates to the 1920s, when a shaft was reportedly sunk on a quartz vein system measuring about 1,000 metres long and up to 25 metres wide. Historic, non-43-101 results for 21 grab samples from the shaft area averaged 66 g/t gold.

Rockcliff Metals adds another gold property to its Manitoba gold/VMS package

Channel samples in 1982 showed non-43-101 assays including 11 g/t gold over 0.4 metres and 44.2 g/t over 1.4 metres, with gold values recorded over a 130-metre strike. Near-surface drilling in 1988 brought non-43-101 results of 8.9 g/t gold over one metre, 15.9 g/t over one metre, 19.6 g/t over 0.5 metres and 32.5 g/t over 0.5 metres.

About 1.7 kilometres west of the shaft, another near-surface hole sunk in 1985 brought non-43-101 intervals of 5.6 g/t gold over 0.3 metres, 11.5 g/t over 0.46 metres and 58.5 g/t over 0.4 metres. Samples taken about 5.5 kilometres northwest of the shaft brought non-43-101 assays up to 20.6 g/t gold.

Lucky Jack costs Rockcliff $77,250. Seven of the property’s 15 claims have a 2% NSR applicable, half of which Rockcliff may buy for $500,000 per 0.5%.

Although Rockcliff currently focuses on its VMS projects, Lucky Jack brings the company’s gold portfolio to five properties including Laguna, Dickstone North, Snow Lake and last month’s acquisition of Berry Creek.

The company’s Snow Lake package also includes two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates. The properties all sit within trucking distance of two processing facilities owned by Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM.

Following Phase II drilling on the 51%-optioned Talbot copper-zinc-polymetallic property, Rockcliff has a resource update underway. Drilling resumed this month on the Bur zinc-copper deposit, with a program of about 15 holes totalling 3,000 metres.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

Resource update underway for Rockcliff Metals’ Talbot copper property in Manitoba

November 15th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 15, 2017

One of a number of active projects in Rockcliff Metals’ (TSXV:RCLF) Flin Flon-Snow Lake portfolio, the Talbot copper property has an updated resource estimate in the works. The initiative follows Phase II drilling and will accompany a DPEM geophysical survey on the West Talbot deep conductive plate, below and west of the deposit. In April the company announced finding VMS mineralization within the plate.

Resource update underway for Rockcliff Metals’ Talbot copper property in Manitoba

While analyzing this year’s drilling data for a resource update,
Rockcliff will conduct geophysics to help identify 2018 targets.

Rockcliff holds a 51% option on Talbot from Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM.

Last spring’s drill campaign “identified additional areas of high-grade enrichment in the hanging wall and along strike of the present resource,” said president/CEO Ken Lapierre. “The additional DPEM geophysical survey will help us vector in on the exact up-dip location of the West Talbot deep conductive plate. The Talbot copper deposit was originally identified as a smaller geophysical conductive plate so any new larger plates identified in this area are viewed as high-priority targets.”

Dating to January 2016, Talbot’s current resource shows an inferred category for three zones:

Main zone

  • 1.44 million tonnes averaging 3.4% copper, 2.6 g/t gold, 2.4% zinc and 61 g/t silver for 107 million pounds copper, 118,600 ounces gold, 76.4 million pounds zinc and 2.83 million ounces silver

Footwall zone

  • 443,900 tonnes averaging 2.2% copper, 2 g/t gold, 2.4% zinc and 55.6 g/t silver for 22 million pounds copper, 28.5 ounces gold, 23.2 million pounds zinc and 793,800 ounces silver

North lens

  • 283,400 tonnes averaging 0.7% copper, 2 g/t gold, 1.3% zinc and 20.6 g/t silver for 4.6 million pounds copper, 18,300 ounces gold, 7.9 million pounds zinc and 187,600 ounces silver

Total

  • 2.17 million tonnes averaging 2.8% copper, 2.4 g/t gold, 2.2% zinc and 54.6 g/t silver for 133.6 million pounds copper, 165,400 ounces gold, 107.4 million pounds zinc and 3.81 million ounces silver

Rockcliff expects work to be completed by year-end, with results to be released once analyzed. Talbot has more drilling planned for 2018.

Active on several Snow Lake assets, the company began another drill campaign last week at the Bur zinc-polymetallic property. See a roundup of recent Rockcliff news here.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

Update: Rockcliff Metals drills high-grade Manitoba zinc project

November 7th, 2017

Update: On November 7 Rockcliff Metals TSXV:RCLF (formerly Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU) announced drilling had begun at its Bur zinc project in northern Manitoba.

by Greg Klein | September 26, 2017

A high-grade zinc-polymetallic project gets some overdue rig attention as Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU returns to its Bur property in northern Manitoba’s Flin Flon-Snow Lake camp next month. Ten to 15 holes totalling around 3,000 metres will work on updating and expanding the VMS deposit along strike and at depth.

Using a zinc-equivalent cutoff of 5%, the historic, non-43-101 2007 estimate showed:

  • indicated: 1.05 million tonnes averaging 8.6% zinc, 1.9% copper, 12.1 g/t silver and 0.05 g/t gold

  • inferred: 302,000 tonnes averaging 9% zinc, 1.4% copper, 9.6 g/t silver and 0.08 g/t gold
Rockcliff Copper prepares to drill northern Manitoba zinc deposit

Part of the company’s Snow Lake project, a package of properties totalling over 45,000 hectares, Bur sits about 22 kilometres by road from Hudbay Minerals’ (TSX:HBM) copper-zinc concentrator. Rockcliff’s 100% earn-in on Bur calls for $3 million in spending over four years.

Earlier this month the company announced initial geophysical results from its Laguna property, site of a former mine that produced 60,000 ounces of gold averaging 18.7 g/t during intermittent production from a single vein. With very low frequency and induced polarization surveys still underway, an airborne magnetometer found “multiple, surface-exposed, high-grade gold-bearing quartz vein stockwork systems,” the company stated.

Last May Rockcliff announced plans for two other Snow Lake gold properties as well as Laguna. The previous month the company reported drilling had encountered a new VMS zone with copper-zinc-gold-silver results on the 51%-optioned Talbot property. A 2016 43-101 inferred resource for Talbot’s three zones totals 133.6 million pounds copper, 165,400 ounces gold, 107.4 million pounds zinc and 3.81 million ounces silver.

Rockcliff’s northern Manitoba package also includes the Rail deposit with a 43-101 copper-polymetallic resource, three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates in addition to Bur, as well as the three gold properties. All sit within trucking distance of two Hudbay plants.

Late last month Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper here and here.

Option reactivates Rockcliff Copper non-core zinc project

October 23rd, 2017

Update: As of November 2, 2017, the company’s name and stock symbol will change to Rockcliff Metals Corp TSXV:RCLF.

by Greg Klein | October 23, 2017

Less than three weeks after acquiring a new Manitoba property, Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU optioned another to Nevada Zinc TSXV:NZN. The 4,992-hectare MacBride zinc project comprises a non-core asset for Rockcliff, north of its core portfolio in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake camp. MacBride comes with a near-surface, historic and non-43-101 estimate of 1.82 million tonnes averaging 8.8% zinc, 0.3% copper, 0.1 g/t gold and 4.5 g/t silver that remains open in all directions.

Option reactivates Rockcliff Copper non-core zinc project

Under terms of the 80% option, Nevada may earn 70% by issuing 200,000 shares, paying $200,000 over three years and spending $2.5 million over five years. On achieving 70%, Nevada may form a joint venture with Rockcliff or earn an additional 10% by paying Rockcliff $2 million to form an 80%/20% JV. Should either interest fall below 10%, that stake will convert to a 1% NSR or a 0.5% NSR on claims subject to a pre-existing royalty. On part of the property, the original vendor holds a 2% NSR, half of which may be purchased for $1 million.

Rockcliff president/CEO Ken Lapierre welcomed Nevada’s “financial capabilities, expertise and knowledge in exploring this high-grade zinc-copper asset.” Nevada president/CEO Bruce Durham and CFO Don Christie serve on Rockcliff’s board. “The disinterested directors of Rockcliff approved the option,” the company stated.

Earlier this month Rockcliff announced a 100% option to add a fourth gold property to its Snow Lake portfolio.

This year’s exploration includes a summer airborne geophysical survey over the former Laguna gold mine, surface exploration on Laguna as well as two other gold projects, Dickstone and Snow Lake, and a planned fall drill program.

Along with gold, the company’s Snow Lake package includes VMS deposits. Among them, the Bur zinc-polymetallic project also has fall drilling scheduled. A spring drill program at Rockcliff’s 51%-optioned Talbot property found a new VMS zone.

The company closed an over-subscribed private placement of $1.35 million last August.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper here and here.

Far Resources drills wide intercepts of spodumene on Manitoba lithium project

October 11th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 11, 2017

Having finished field work that included the Zoro lithium project’s first modern drill program, Far Resources CSE:FAT reports wide intervals showing visual evidence of spodumene. Still to come are lab results from the 710-metre program, as well as from rock and soil samples taken from the property in Manitoba’s Snow Lake camp.

Far Resources drills wide intercepts of spodumene on Manitoba lithium project

The first modern drill program follows extensive sampling
and other field work on Far Resources’ Zoro lithium project.

Targeting Zoro’s pegmatite dyke 1, drilling revealed light green spodumene in widths of 40.5 metres, 39.8 metres, 23 metres, 19.8 metres and 7.5 metres. Additionally, the company’s waiting on assays for 60 rock samples taken from dykes 2, 3 and 4. Also pending are lab results for 410 soil samples collected from areas north and south along trend of all known dykes on the property.

Previous samples taken from historic trenches and pits on dykes 5 to 7 brought results as high as 3.87% Li2O. Earlier composite rock chip samples graded up to 6.35% for dyke 5.

Late last month the company added another 2,200 hectares to Zoro, extending the property towards Ashburton Ventures’ (TSXV:ABR) Thompson Brothers lithium project.

In December Far Resources shareholders will vote on a proposal to spin out the Winston gold project in New Mexico to a newly created company.

New acquisition expands Rockcliff Copper’s Snow Lake gold/VMS assets

October 5th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 5, 2017

A 100% option would bring Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU its fourth gold property in a Manitoba VMS camp originally associated with yellow metal. Located within five kilometres’ trucking distance from a 2,000-tpd gold mill, Berry Creek joins the company’s extensive portfolio in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region.

New acquisition expands Rockcliff Copper’s Snow Lake gold/VMS assets

The property comes with historic, non-43-101 assays, including grab samples grading up to 90 g/t gold, 2.48% zinc and 0.51% copper. Historic, non-43-101 drill results for three holes showed:

  • 3.8 g/t gold over 3.6 metres, starting at 6.6 metres

  • 4.7 g/t over 4.3 metres, starting at 37 metres
  • (including 19 g/t over 0.5 metres)

  • 3.5 g/t over 4 metres, starting at 17.5 metres
  • (including 13.4 g/t over 0.5 metres)

Apart from the near-surface high grades, the property shows “potential for a large low-grade gold environment,” Rockcliff stated. Berry Creek also hosts untested airborne geophysical anomalies and sits within an area better known for base metals production. The company plans geophysics and drilling next year.

A 100% interest would call for $140,000 over three years and $500,000 in spending over five years, with a minimum $75,000 of work in any year. A 2% NSR applies, up to half of which Rockcliff may buy for $500,000 per 0.5% NSR.

Rockcliff’s other regional gold projects include the former Laguna mine, which underwent airborne geophysics last summer, as well as the Dickstone North and Snow Lake properties.

Busy on a number of fronts, Rockcliff last month announced drill plans for its Bur zinc-polymetallic project, which gets about 3,000 metres to update and expand an historic, non-43-101 resource. The company also holds three other zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates.

Another drill program this year found a new VMS zone on the company’s 51%-optioned Talbot property. A 43-101 inferred resource from 2016 for the project’s three zones totals 133.6 million pounds copper, 165,400 ounces gold, 107.4 million pounds zinc and 3.81 million ounces silver.

The company’s Rail deposit hosts a 2010 43-101 resource with an indicated category containing 55.09 million pounds copper.

Known collectively as the Snow Lake project, Rockcliff’s entire package lies within trucking distance of two Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM processing facilities.

In late August Rockcliff closed an over-subscribed private placement of $1.35 million.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper here and here.