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BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

July 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 20, 2017

BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

A cross-section looking southwest shows expansion at depth.

 

A zone confirmed last month has been extended by more than 300 metres in depth as multiple rigs attack BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator project. Four holes released July 20 come from the Rivage Gap, a 600-metre area between the property’s Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the west. The star intercept hit 21.5 g/t over 3 metres but BonTerra emphasized hole BA-17-22, which assayed 12 g/t over 3.8 metres at a depth nearly 350 metres below the zone’s last reported assay. Drilling also extended the Main and North zones at depth.

The July 20 results show:

Hole BA-17-15 (Main zone)

  • 9.1 g/t gold over 4 metres, starting at 920 metres in downhole depth
BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

Multiple rigs ensure an abundance of core
at BonTerra Resources’ Gladiator project.

BA-17-16 (North zone)

  • 3.1 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 418 metres

BA-17-21

  • 21.5 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 572 metres (North zone)

  • 2.2 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 618 metres (Footwall zone)

BA-17-22 (South zone)

  • 12 g/t over 3.8 metres, starting at 712.2 metres

Estimated true widths average between 60% and 80%.

The South zone extension marks “the first result from our southern island location,” said VP of exploration Dale Ginn. “This location provides access to drill the Rivage Gap area to depth from the hanging wall side of the Gladiator deposit and enables us to extend the under-plunge areas of the other four zones as well.”

While Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project garners the most attention in Quebec’s Urban-Barry area play, BonTerra raised $40 million this year. The 8,126-hectare property’s campaign features at least four rigs sinking up to 40,000 metres. Crying out for a resource update is the Gladiator deposit, with an inferred 273,000 ounces gold and remaining open in all directions. Drilling focuses outside the resource area, now targeting the property’s Deep East zone, the Rivage Gap western side and Rivage Gap infill, as well as possible exploration on the contiguous Coliseum property.

BonTerra also plans to drill its Larder Lake project in Ontario’s Cadillac/Larder Lake break. An historic, non-43-101 estimate gives the property’s Bear Lake deposit an inferred 683,000 gold ounces, while the Cheminis deposit has a non-43-101 estimate of 43,800 gold ounces indicated and 233,400 ounces inferred.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Castle Silver Resources adds gold to cobalt-silver assays, expands drilling at Ontario past-producer

July 19th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 19, 2017

As underground mini-bulk sampling brings high-grade results, Castle Silver Resources TSXV:CSR has increased its surface drill program at a former mine near Ontario’s Cobalt camp. An 82-kilogram sample of vein material taken near a first-level adit graded 1.48% cobalt, 5.7 g/t gold and 46.3 g/t silver. Nickel values are pending. Meanwhile the Phase I surface drill program that began earlier this month with a 1,500-metre goal has been increased to 2,000 metres in approximately 20 holes.

Castle Silver Resources adds gold to cobalt-silver assays, expands drilling at Ontario past-producer

Visible cobalt from a vein on Castle
Silver Resources Beaver project.

The gold grades have the company re-checking a previous batch of chip samples that weren’t assayed for the yellow metal. The company’s also extracting another sample from the same area to verify the results.

Castle Silver noted that the samples are “selective and should not be considered representative of mineralization underground or elsewhere on the property.”

Eighty kilometres southeast, Castle Silver has been collecting surface samples on its 100%-optioned Beaver project, another former silver mine with cobalt potential. Samples taken in 2013 from waste rock left by historic extraction graded 7.98% cobalt, 3.98% nickel and 1,246 g/t silver.

On closing a $882,500 financing last week, the company’s private placement total has hit nearly $2.6 million since March.

Read more about Castle Silver Resources here and here.

Castle Silver Resources begins surface drilling at Ontario cobalt project

July 11th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 11, 2017

With cobalt prices soaring at record levels, Castle Silver Resources TSXV:CSR opens a new front in its quest for the coveted commodity. The company has begun an “aggressive” 1,500-metre program at the Castle past-producer, where cobalt potential was downplayed by previous silver mining operations. This campaign will be carried out from surface within 200 metres of the former mine’s portal, the company stated.

Castle Silver Resources begins surface drilling at Ontario cobalt project

Last month the company released assays from 200 kilograms of underground chip samples taken just inside the portal, with selected samples grading as high as 1.8% cobalt, 8.6% nickel and 25.2 g/t silver. Underground sampling was continuing, Castle Silver reported.

Some of the material will undergo tests with the company’s proprietary Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce cobalt powder samples for end-user evaluation. The company also sees potential for Re-2OX to recover lithium and cobalt from Li-ion batteries.

To help guide the current drill program, Castle Silver gleaned 3D data from a cavity monitoring survey of the former mine’s first level, one of 11 levels in an operation that produced about 9.5 million ounces of silver and 299,847 pounds of cobalt during intermittent extraction between 1917 and 1988.

The 3,252-hectare property lies about 80 kilometres northwest of Ontario’s historic Cobalt camp. Within the camp itself, Castle Silver holds a 100% option on the Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver properties and their former mines.

On June 15 the company closed the final tranche of an over-subscribed private placement that totalled $1.2 million.

London Metal Exchange prices currently peg cobalt at $59,500 a tonne, up from $32,750 at the beginning of the year. In April Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst Caspar Rawles told a Vancouver audience that the Democratic Republic of Congo produces 64% of global cobalt mined supply while China produces 57% of refined supply.

Another $20 million boosts BonTerra Resources as multiple drills target Gladiator

June 30th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 30, 2017

Obviously some people like what they see in BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator gold project in Quebec. Raising an amount just $120 shy of $20 million, the company announced the closing of its most recent private placement on June 30. This financing began with a $12.9-million bought deal earlier in the month. Eleven days later BonTerra increased the offer to $19,999,880.

Another $20 million boosts BonTerra Resources as multiple drills target Gladiator

Results from Gladiator’s aggressive drill campaign
brought BonTerra another large cash infusion.

With Sprott Capital Partners acting as lead underwriter, Eric Sprott came in for another $2.3 million, building his indirect ownership of BonTerra from 8.9% to approximately 10.04% of outstanding shares.

In a nearly $14-million placement that closed in early March, Sprott participated to the tune of $3.89 million. Later that month another private placement brought in $1.02 million. March didn’t end until the company attracted another $5.2 million in a strategic investment by Kinross Gold TSX:K.

The main attraction is BonTerra’s 8,126-hectare property in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp, host to Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project and an area that Osisko believes has district potential. BonTerra has multiple rigs working on a 40,000-metre campaign, focusing on resource expansion and especially targeting a 600-metre gap separating the Gladiator deposit from the Rivage zone to the west.

Assays for three holes released in early June included one hole that confirmed the project’s new South zone, while other intercepts extended other zones west of the deposit. The project has been drilled to 850 metres in depth and 1.2 kilometres in strike, leaving it open in all directions.

The results build anticipation for an update to the 2012 resource which, using a 4 g/t cutoff, showed an inferred 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold.

In Ontario’s Cadillac/Larder Lake break, meanwhile, BonTerra intends to bring two historic estimates from 2011 up to 43-101 standards. The Larder Lake project’s Bear Lake deposit has a non-43-101 inferred resource of 3.7 million tonnes averaging 5.7 g/t for 683,000 gold ounces. The Cheminis deposit hosts a non-43-101 estimate with an indicated category of 335,000 tonnes averaging 4.1 g/t for 43,800 gold ounces and an inferred 1.39 million tonnes averaging 5.2 g/t for 233,400 ounces.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

June 12th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 12, 2017

High-grade silver distracted previous operators of Ontario’s Castle mine from high-grade cobalt and nickel, says the current project operator. Among the evidence are initial chip sample results from an underground program at Castle Silver Resources’ (TSXV:CSR) property, about 80 kilometres northwest of the historic Cobalt camp. The first five samples averaged 1.06% cobalt, 5.3% nickel and 17.5 g/t silver, with the three best assays showing:

  • 1.8% cobalt, 8.6% nickel and 25.2 g/t silver

  • 1.6% cobalt, 7.6% nickel and 32 g/t silver

  • 0.81% cobalt, 5.9% nickel and 4.1 g/t silver
Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

Pinkish alteration reveals cobalt mineralization
just inside an adit at the former Castle silver mine.

The samples were selective “and should not be considered representative of the mineralization hosted within the target area,” the company pointed out. The samples were composites taken from a 200-kilogram bulk sample extracted a short distance inside the adit.

As reported last week, the remainder will go through the company’s proprietary Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce cobalt powder samples for battery manufacturers.

Castle Silver has also been testing Re-2OX for its recycling potential in recovering lithium-cobalt from Li-ion batteries. The process “is designed for high recovery of multiple metals and elements, opening opportunities that simply didn’t exist decades ago at this mine or throughout the northern Ontario silver-cobalt district,” said president/CEO Frank Basa.

The 3,252-hectare project’s former mine consists of “11 levels covering a footprint 727 metres east-west, 455 metres north-south and 258 metres deep,” he added.

Lying under much of the property is the 300‐metre-thick Nipissing diabase intrusive, which Castle Silver interprets as a potential heat source “that mobilized various metals—notably, of course, silver intimately associated with cobalt, but also gold, copper, zinc and nickel.”

Underground bulk sampling continues as the company also builds a 3D model from historic data.

With an oversubscribed second tranche that closed last month, Castle Silver has so far raised a total of $966,500 from a private placement offer that’s been increased to $1.2 million.

Castle Silver also holds a 100% option on the Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver properties hosting former mines near the town of Cobalt, 80 kilometres southeast.

Read about cobalt supply and demand.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metal/diamond coins

June 8th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 8, 2017

Its size and weight wore out pockets, its value raised panhandlers’ expectations and its name puzzled foreign visitors. But following its appearance 30 years ago this month, the loonie “found its way into our hearts,” the Royal Canadian Mint maintains. To celebrate this anniversary, the Mint released a limited edition set of two silver dollars. One depicts the loon, the other shows the originally intended canoe, a design that graced Canadian silver dollars from 1935 to 1986. The two $1 coins will cost collectors $79.95.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metals/diamond coins

The originally intended design for Canada’s dollar coin
distinguishes one of the anniversary set’s two silver pieces.
(Photo: Royal Canadian Mint)

The original voyageur design’s fate comprises a minor legend of numismatic history and bureaucratic bungling. The dies disappeared in November 1986 en route from Ottawa to Winnipeg, where they were supposed to generate an initial 450 million coins. But the Mint did save nearly $80 by using regular courier instead of an armoured courier.

According to media reports at the time, federal officials covered up the suspicious loss and made excuses for the new coin’s delayed appearance. Finally, to foil counterfeiters, the Mint replaced the canoe with an uninspiring Plan B.

The missing dies never did turn up, Mint spokesperson Alex Reeves informs ResourceClips.com.

With no embarrassment in calling the loonie one of Canada’s “most recognizable symbols,” Mint president/CEO Sandra Hanington said it’s “also known around the world as an innovative trailblazer for its composition and cutting-edge security features.”

Additionally the loonie “changed stripping forever,” according to the National Post. Those who’ve experienced pre-1987 peelers’ bars might agree. But the NP writer’s expertise sounds less certain when he claims the loonie amounts to a hidden tax because “banknotes get spent almost immediately, whereas coins get stashed into jars and piggy banks.”

Australian icons got more majestic treatment when Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO teamed up with the Perth Mint to produce three magnificent coins celebrating that country’s unique fauna and rich resources. Although declared legal tender, they’re not likely to see circulation. Weighing a kilo each, respectively made of gold, platinum and rose gold (an alloy used in jewelry) and set with coloured diamonds from Rio’s Argyle mine, the three-coin Australian Trilogy comes with a price tag of AU$1.8 million.

Just one set has been struck.

Argyle, by the way, “produces virtually the world’s entire supply of rare pink diamonds, and yet less than 0.1% of the diamonds produced by the Argyle mine are pink,” Rio stated.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metals/diamond coins

Gold, platinum and rose gold combine with pink, violet and
purple-pink diamonds in this one-of-a-kind set. (Photo: Perth Mint)

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Castle Silver Resources readies bulk cobalt extraction, end-user samples and lithium-cobalt recycling

June 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 6, 2017

Pursuing the cobalt potential of a former high-grade silver mine, Castle Silver Resources TSXV:CSR keeps busy on a number of fronts. With underground bulk extraction in progress at Ontario’s Castle past-producer, the company has sent part of its first sample containing visible cobalt to an assay lab. The rest of the sample will go through the company’s proprietary Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce cobalt powders for evaluation by battery manufacturers.

Castle Silver Resources readies bulk cobalt extraction, end-user samples and lithium-cobalt recycling

Previously collected samples show the pinkish cobalt
oxidation typically found on Castle Silver’s project.

Located about 80 kilometres northwest of Ontario’s historic Cobalt camp, the mine operated on and off between 1917 and 1988, producing 9.5 million ounces of silver and 299,847 pounds of cobalt. This Phase I program on the 3,252-hectare project has more bulk sampling planned, while 3D modelling is underway using the historic info.

With an eye on recycling opportunities, Castle Silver has also been testing its “highly adaptable” Re-2OX process for cobalt-lithium recovery from Li-ion batteries. Re-2OX strips battery casings to leach the cathodes and create a high-purity precipitate containing the metal. The company expects to release first-stage results soon from SGS Lakefield.

Last month Castle Silver closed an oversubscribed second tranche of a private placement that has so far totalled $966,500. The company has since raised the total offer to $1.2 million.

Within the Cobalt camp 80 kilometres southeast, Castle Silver holds a 100% option on the Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver properties.

Read about cobalt supply and demand.

New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

June 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 6, 2017

Known as the Rivage Gap, some 600 intriguing metres separating BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the west has been a focus of current drilling. Now assays reveal a new zone south and west of the deposit that could help close the gap.

BonTerra has committed at least four rigs to sink up to 40,000 metres on its 8,126-hectare property that’s adding to the excitement that Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project has generated in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp.

BonTerra announced results for three holes on June 6, showing:

Hole BA-17-06

  • 7.1 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 37 metres in downhole depth (Footwall zone)

  • 1.4 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 477 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-11

  • 12.7 g/t over 3.6 metres, starting at 424 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-12

  • 11.1 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 17 metres (Main zone)

  • 3.5 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 32 metres (Mid zone)

  • 8.8 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 346.7 metres (new South zone)
New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

With at least four rigs in action, BonTerra
Resources keeps its Gladiator camp busy.

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%.

BA-17-12, “the most predominant and westerly hole,” was the fourth hole so far to hit the new South zone, which has approximately 500 metres in strike. Drilling has also extended other zones to the west, with the Main and Footwall zones reaching over one kilometre each in strike. Gladiator itself has been drilled to 850 metres in depth and 1.2 kilometres in strike, remaining open in all directions.

That outlines Gladiator well beyond its 2012 resource which, using a 4 g/t cutoff, showed an inferred 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold.

Apart from the Rivage Gap, drilling also targets the Deep East zone and additional areas described as “large gaps or voids with currently little drill information.”

The assays follow a batch released in mid-May, strengthening the presence of four other areas in the gap, the North, Footwall, Porphyry/Main and Mid zones. Footwall gave up a standout intercept of 10 g/t gold over 4 metres, while North followed closely with 9.5 g/t over 4.2 metres.

In March BonTerra optioned Durango Resources’ (TSXV:DGO) Trove property, described as a direct extension of the Gladiator/Coliseum southwest mineralized trend.

Financings in February and March raked in $5.2 million from Kinross Gold TSX:K, as well as nearly $15 million that came with the participation of Sprott Capital Partners.

In Ontario’s Cadillac-Larder Lake fault zone, meanwhile, BonTerra has drilling planned to update historic, non-43-101 resources. VP of exploration Dale Ginn believes three historic deposits could comprise a single deposit.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

‘Everyone’s hiring again’

May 24th, 2017

Mining headhunter Andrew Pollard says executive recruiting presages a wave of M&A

by Greg Klein

As an executive search firm, the Mining Recruitment Group might serve as a bellwether for the industry. Founder and self-described mining headhunter Andrew Pollard says, “I put together management teams for companies, I connect people with opportunities and opportunities with people.” In that role, he experienced the upturn well before many industry players did.

To most of them, the long-awaited resurgence arrived late last year. Pollard saw it several months earlier.

Mining headhunter Andrew Pollard says executive recruiting could presage a wave of M&A

“The market came back in a huge way, at least in the hiring side, early last year when my phone started ringing a hell of a lot more,” he explains. “There was a huge volume. And what I’ve found is that the available talent pool for executives shrank in a period of about six months. In January 2016, for example, I was working on a search and there was almost a lineup out the door of some really big-name people. What I’m finding now, a year and a half later, is that the available talent has almost evaporated. It’s much harder to recruit for senior positions.”

Lately his work suggests another industry development. “The major upturn I’m seeing in the market now is a huge demand for corporate development people who can do technical due diligence on projects. Over the last few years large mining companies and investment banks cut staff almost to the bone in that regard because no one was interested in doing deals or looking at acquisitions.”

Just completed, his most recent placement was for Sprott. “They had me looking for someone with a technical background who can do due diligence for their investments. In doing so I spoke with everyone on the street, from investment banks to some big name corporate development people and they all said the same thing: Everyone’s hiring again. These are people who couldn’t get job offers a year ago, now every single candidate on the short list for this last search has multiple offers from companies looking to get them. I haven’t seen that in five years.

“So that leads me to believe companies have been staffing up their corporate development teams. I see that as a major sign that you’re going to see M&A pick up in a huge, huge way, probably over the next three to six months.”

An early example would be last week’s Eldorado Gold TSX:ELD buyout of Integra Gold TSXV:ICG—“one of my best clients over the years”—in a deal valued at $590 million.

Mining headhunter Andrew Pollard says executive recruiting could presage a wave of M&A

Andrew Pollard: Executive recruiting “leads me to believe companies have been staffing up their corporate development teams.”

“I think there’s leverage for other companies to start pulling the trigger faster because they’re adding the expertise to get these things done.”

Having founded the Mining Recruitment Group over a decade ago at the age of 20, “a snotty kid” with only a single year of related experience, he’s placed people in companies with market caps ranging from $5 million to well over $200 million. Now in a position to pick and choose his assignments, Pollard’s business concentrates on “the roles that will have the most impact on a company’s future.” That tends to be CEO, president, COO and board appointments.

Last year he placed five CEOs, as well as other positions. Among those assignments, Pollard worked with Frank Giustra on a CEO search for Fiore Exploration TSXV:F and filled another vacancy for Treasury Metals TSX:TML as it advances Goliath toward production.

But the hiring surge coincides with an industry-wide recruitment challenge. Pollard attributes that to a demographic predicament complicated by mining’s notorious cyclicality.

During the 1990s, he points out, fewer people chose mining careers, resulting in a shortage of staffers who’d now be in their 40s and 50s. Greater numbers joined up during the more promising mid-2000s, only to “get spat out” when markets went south. Now Pollard gets a lot of calls to replace baby boomers who want to retire. Too many of those retirements are coming around the same time, he says, because stock losses during the downturn had forced executives to postpone their exit.

Now, with a wave of retirements coinciding with a demographic gap, Pollard sees a “perfect storm to identify the next batch of young leaders.”

But he also sees promise in a new generation. That inspired him to assemble Young Leaders, one of two panel discussions he’ll present at the International Metal Writers Conference in Vancouver on May 28 and 29.

“By talking with some very successful executives age 35 and under, I want to show that we need to look at people one generation younger, and foster and develop this talent.”

By talking with some very successful executives age 35 and under, I want to show that we need to look at people one generation younger, and foster and develop this talent.

Well, it’s either talent or a precocious Midas touch that distinguishes these panel members. Maverix Metals TSXV:MMX CEO Dan O’Flaherty co-founded the royalty/streaming company just last year, already accumulating assets in 10 countries and a $200-million market cap.

As president/CEO of Skyharbour Resources TSXV:SYH, Jordan Trimble proved adept at fundraising and deal-making while building a 250,000-hectare uranium-thorium exploration portfolio in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. Integra president/CEO Steve de Jong raised the company from a $10-million market cap in 2012 to last week’s $590-million takeout.

And, demographic gap notwithstanding, Pollard’s second panel features three other success stories, just a bit older but with lots of potential left after guiding three of last year’s biggest M&A deals. They’ll take part in the Vision to Exit discussion, which closes the conference on May 29.

Eira Thomas burst into prominence at the Lac de Gras diamond fields where she discovered Diavik at age 24. Her most recent major coup took place last year on the Klondike gold fields with Goldcorp’s (TSX:G) $520-million buyout of Kaminak Gold.

Featherstone Capital president/CEO Doug Forster founded and led Newmarket Gold, producing over 225,000 ounces a year from three Australian mines and enticing Kirkland Lake Gold’s (TSX:KL) billion-dollar offer.

Now chairperson of Liberty Gold TSX:LGD and a director of NexGen Energy TSX:NXE, Mark O’Dea co-founded and chaired True Gold Mining, acquired in April 2016 by Endeavour Mining TSX:EDV. Three other companies that O’Dea co-founded, led and sold were Fronteer Gold, picked up by Newmont Mining NYSE:NEM in 2011; Aurora Energy, sold to Paladin Energy TSX:PDN in 2011; and True North Nickel, in which Royal Nickel TSX:RNX bought a majority interest in 2014.

“We’ll be looking at how they go into deals, what their philosophy is, what’s their current reading of the market and what they’re going to do next. They each have a big future ahead of them.”

Pollard’s two panel discussions take place at the International Metal Writers Conference on May 28 and 29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Pre-register for free or pay $20 at the door.

In all, the conference brings generations of talent, expertise and insight to an audience of industry insiders and investors alike.

Read more about the International Metal Writers Conference.

Pistol Bay Mining president Charles Desjardins begins a state-of-the-art re-examination of Ontario’s Confederation Lake

May 24th, 2017

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