by Greg Klein | October 19, 2016
A new acquisition would make Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST the biggest claimholder in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt. The 5,136-hectare package comprises all the regional claims held by AurCrest Gold TSXV:AGO and includes a zinc-copper-silver resource as well as an historic, non-43-101 estimate. Along with Pistol Bay’s optioned Dixie and Dixie 3 properties, the letter of intent announced October 19 would increase the company’s holdings to 7,050 hectares on the volcanogenic massive sulphide-rich belt.
With three cutoff grades, the package’s Arrow zone has resources showing:
3% zinc-equivalent cutoff
5% zinc-equivalent cutoff
10% zinc-equivalent cutoff
Additionally, the Copperlode A or Fredart zone has an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 425,000 tonnes averaging 1.56% copper. Exploration in the 1970s produced samples up to 1.46% molybdenum.
The 100% option would cost $25,000 and one million shares on closing and $25,000 90 days later, as well as $50,000 and one million shares on each of the four anniversaries following closing. In addition to regulatory approvals, the transaction needs the consent of Glencore plc, whose rights to the Confederation Lake property include a 2% NSR.
The companies expect to close within a week.
“Pistol Bay proposes an ambitious exploration program that will not only pursue existing targets and known VMS deposits, but will use the latest airborne geophysical survey technologies to explore the whole area to a greater depth than was possible in the past,” said president Charles Desjardins.
Earlier this month the company announced MPH Consulting will review historic geophysical data on Pistol Bay’s Confederation Lake-region Dixie properties, where field work began in September. Historic drilling has found zinc, copper and silver, while the recently optioned Dixie 3 project comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 82,500 tonnes averaging 1% copper and 10% zinc.
The company has a joint venture with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary on the C-5 uranium property in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. Having already earned 75% of its option, Rio has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement last August.
by Greg Klein | October 13, 2016
ALX Uranium TSXV:AL gets 7.5 million shares of Denison Mines TSX:DML, retains a 20% stake in the Hook-Carter project and has its portion of $12 million in spending covered as Denison moves into the southwestern Athabasca Basin. Under a deal announced October 13, Denison becomes project operator, bringing its expertise to the 16,805-hectare property in the Patterson Lake South region.
“This is elephant country—a large property that has seen very little drilling on a geological trend with a precedent for large and high-grade uranium deposits,” commented Denison VP of exploration Dale Verran.
“The Hook-Carter property is uniquely situated on the Patterson Lake corridor, offering potential for both basement-hosted deposits, similar to Triple R and Arrow, and unconformity-hosted deposits which remain the largest and highest grade in the Athabasca Basin, namely McArthur River and Cigar Lake which are both operating mines. With Athabasca sandstone thicknesses similar to the Wheeler River project, the property plays to our team’s strengths and we are very excited to get started with exploration in 2017.”
So far Hook-Carter has undergone just eight historic holes, five of them on the property’s 15 kilometres of the Patterson Lake conductive corridor, which hosts Fission Uranium’s (TSX:FCU) Patterson Lake South, NexGen Energy’s (TSX:NXE) Rook 1 and Hook Lake, a joint venture of Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU, Cameco Corp TSX:CCO and AREVA Resources Canada. Hook-Carter also features additional potential along significant sections of the Derkson and Carter corridors.
Subject to approvals, Denison’s work requirement calls for $3 million over the first three years. Should the company fail to meet the commitment, ALX’s stake in the property increases from 20% to 25%. Additionally, Denison funds ALX’s portion of the first $12 million in spending. The companies plan a JV three years after closing the agreement.
“Denison has made a number of world class uranium discoveries within the Athabasca Basin and, given their experience, we believe that they will advance the project diligently and methodically,” said ALX president/CEO Jon Armes. “Knowing that Hook-Carter will see considerable exploration efforts over the next 36 months, the company will focus on exploration at its other high-quality exploration projects in and around the shallow margins of the Athabasca Basin, which include Gorilla Lake, Newnham Lake, Gibbon’s Creek and Lazy Edward Bay.”
by Greg Klein | October 6, 2016
A company with experience spanning 40 years and 70 countries will apply its expertise to Pistol Bay Mining’s (TSXV:PST) Dixie projects. MPH Consulting has been contracted to review historic geophysical data from the zinc-copper-silver options about 35 kilometres southeast of Red Lake in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt, Pistol Bay announced October 5.
“Because of the complexity of the historic data, the company has requested a critical review of all the past geophysical surveys that will lead to prioritizing targets for future exploratory drilling,” Pistol Bay stated.
Historic work found a geophysical anomaly below the Dixie 19 zone. Two holes from 2002 ended before the anomaly, intersecting:
Historic drilling on other zones found:
Noranda calculated an historic, non-43-101 estimate for Dixie 18 of 136,000 tonnes averaging 14% zinc.
Recent field work has located historic drill hole collars on Dixie 18, 19 and 20, Pistol Bay added. Additional field work will focus on Dixie 17. Precise positioning using differential GPS will help model the mineralized zones.
Should all go to plan, a fall drill program will follow the MPH review.
Early last month Pistol Bay announced an option to acquire the 640-hectare Dixie 3 property, about eight kilometres south of the other Dixies. Dixie 3 comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 82,500 tonnes averaging 1% copper and 10% zinc.
In Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, Pistol Bay JVs with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary on the C-5 uranium property. Rio has so far earned 75% of its option and has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
In August Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement.
by Greg Klein | September 14, 2016
Nature has inflicted many challenges on Cigar Lake, but most of them have been geological. Now local wildlife has turned against the project.
In what’s reported as strange behaviour for the species, wolves are stalking and even attacking the uranium mine’s employees. On September 14 the National Post reported one such canine wrapped its jaws around the neck of a kitchen worker. A security guard’s vehicle scared the attacker away. Considered unusual, the wolf “had apparently lain in wait for the young mining camp worker,” the NP stated.
Cigar Lake staff have cited several instances of being watched or followed by wolves, the paper added. “They are absolutely huge … they have no fear of man and come into the job sites often at night,” a former employee informed the NP.
Cameco Corp’s (TSX:CCO) majority-held operation lies roughly halfway between two 2005 wolf attacks, one of them fatal. As a result, the company fenced off Cigar Lake, cautioned employees and implemented deterrence devices such as “scare cannons,” according to the NP. Nevertheless, wolves and also bears continue to breach the barricades, Cameco acknowledges.
The newspaper characterizes the canine actions as a startling new phenomenon. But Jack London portrayed much more disturbing events in his 1906 novel White Fang.
It’s 50 below as two Yukon prospectors and their dog team find themselves tracked by an increasingly aggressive wolf pack. With gleaming eyes, the predators circle the men’s camps night after night, encroaching closer and closer and closer.
At times like that, “it’s a blame misfortune to be out of ammunition,” one guy observes.
Simply food for the predators, the dog team dwindles one by one. The two men dwindle to one.
The surviving prospector realizes his “living flesh was no more than so much meat, a quest of ravenous animals, to be torn and slashed by their hungry fangs, to be sustenance to them as the moose and the rabbit had often been sustenance to him.”
Evidently the quest for metals has always called for fortitude. And the world’s highest-grade uranium mine continues to face challenges.
by Greg Klein | September 8, 2016
With field work about to begin, Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST renews the search for zinc and other base metals on its newly expanded Dixie projects in Ontario’s Red Lake region. Historic geophysics and drilling found multiple occurrences of predominantly zinc-rich, volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization and two historic, non-43-101 estimates for near-surface deposits, the company stated.
An historic, non-43-101 estimate for the Dixie 3 zone, for example, showed 82,500 tonnes averaging 10% zinc and 1% copper.
Subject to permitting, the company plans line cutting, ground geophysics, stripping and a fall/winter drill program on shallow targets that have yet to be adequately tested. Work could also entail additional deep-penetrating electromagnetic surveys.
A review of previous exploration will include locating drill collars, where possible, to model mineralized zones. Work might also entail downhole EM surveys to search for deeper mineralization. Historic core will be assessed, as well as new rock samples.
Last week Pistol Bay announced an option to add the 640-hectare Dixie 3 property to its other Dixie projects about eight kilometres away. The properties sit within the Confederation Lake greenstone belt, host to numerous VMS occurrences and deposits, the company added.
In a JV with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary, Pistol Bay holds the C-5 uranium property in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. Having so far earned 75% of its option, Rio has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
On August 29 Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement.
by Greg Klein | September 1, 2016
An option announced September 1 would add 640 hectares to Pistol Bay Mining’s (TSXV:PST) zinc-copper claims in Ontario’s Red Lake mining district. Formerly known as the Snake Falls property, Dixie 3 sits eight kilometres from the company’s Dixie 17, 18 and 19 properties. All four host mineralized zones and reside within the Confederation Lake greenstone belt, home to several volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits. The four Dixies now total 1,712 hectares, roughly 35 to 45 kilometres southeast of the town of Red Lake.
Past exploration on Dixie 3 included 80 drill holes, finding a number of mineralized zones including the Dixie 3 VMS zone. Some historic intervals from the property include:
A notable intercept from Dixie 17 found 7.34% zinc and 1.4% copper over 9.5 metres. The Dixie 18 mineralized zone has been drilled to 250 metres in length and 150 metres in depth. The Dixie 19 zone has been tested over a length of 500 metres, with intervals up to 6.33% zinc and 1.5% copper over 3.55 metres.
Pistol Bay intends to compile Dixie 3’s historic drilling and geophysical data. Future work could include additional deep-penetration surveys, as well as drilling new targets and possible extensions of mineralized zones. The property can be reached by all-weather forestry access roads.
Dixie 3 comes with a price tag of $56,000 and 2.4 million shares over three years. NSR royalties totalling 1% apply.
In Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, Pistol Bay holds the C-5 uranium property, a JV with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary which has so far earned 75% of its 100% option.
Earlier this week Pistol Bay closed a private placement of $563,450.
by Greg Klein | August 15, 2016
A 5,000-kilometre tour offers Saskatchewan schools insight into mining’s importance to the province and the province’s importance to mining. This year’s Rock’n the Classroom GeoVenture Program began August 15 as 19 teachers took a half-day workshop in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Mining Association sponsors the annual event, paying all expenses except a $50 fee.
On the itinerary are PotashCorp’s (TSX:POT) Patience Lake solution mine, Mosaic’s (NYSE:MOS) Esterhazy underground potash mine and mill, Westmoreland Coal’s Poplar River open pit operation and the world’s largest uranium operation at Cameco Corp’s (TSX:CCO) majority-owned McArthur River mine and Key Lake mill.
Other destinations will include earth science-related attractions such as the Potash Interpretive Centre in Esterhazy. Handouts include resource kits, lesson plans, posters and maps for the classroom.
The program “offers educators a front-row seat to explore Saskatchewan’s mineral industry and learn of related career opportunities for their students,” the SMA stated.
Ontario teachers also qualify for multi-day mining tours, these ones hosted by the non-profit Canadian Ecology Centre.
by Greg Klein | August 11, 2016
Described as “strong visible uranium mineralization” with “dense accumulations of massive to semi-massive pitchblende,” the Harpoon discovery adds another weapon to NexGen Energy’s (TSX:NXE) arsenal. Announced August 11, hole HP-16-08 features 17 metres of continuous mineralization, 4.5 metres of it “off-scale” or above the 9,999-counts-per-second limit of older scintillometers. At least one point surpassed 61,000 cps. To put that in perspective, 500 cps rates as anomalous. Impressive as they are, results like that keep in line with the Rook 1 project’s Arrow resource, the Athabasca Basin’s largest undeveloped deposit. But this hole’s located 4.7 kilometres northeast.
Once again demonstrating the Patterson Lake South region’s overall potential, NexGen collared HP-16-08 as a 250-metre stepout from HP-16-06, which scintillated another 1.5 metres of continuous mineralization. The company now traces 5.6 kilometres in northeasterly mineralized strike between Arrow and Harpoon. Another 300 metres northeast of Harpoon lies the Spitfire discovery of JV partners Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU, Cameco Corp TSX:CCO and AREVA Resources Canada.
Results for NexGen’s latest four holes, all land-based, show:
HP-16-07 returned nothing of significance. True widths weren’t available.
Calling HP-16-08 “an extremely exciting development,” CEO Leigh Curyer credited VP of exploration Garrett Ainsworth and his team for the success. The discovery has “severely elevated the prospectivity of some of the other targets we’ve got along the Patterson [conductive] corridor, and we want to be able to test those as well,” Curyer told a conference call. The seven-rig, 35,000-metre summer campaign has focused on both infill and expansion at Arrow, with about 25% of the program on regional targets. Harpoon has prompted the company to consider adding an eighth rig.
The geophysics done on [the Derkson conductive corridor] show that’s got multiple targets as well, which are identical to what we’re seeing at Arrow and what we’re learning about at Harpoon as well…. We could be there for many, many years with seven drill rigs before we truly understand the magnitude of what we’re dealing with.—Leigh Curyer,
CEO of NexGen Energy
Curyer noted the proximity of Fission Uranium’s (TSX:FCU) Patterson Lake South to the southwest, as well as Spitfire to the northeast.
Home to all the PLS discoveries so far, the Patterson corridor remains “very under-drilled and we’ve got a lot of drilling to do … until we ultimately understand the scale of the deposition,” Curyer emphasized. Rook 1 is “obviously massive and there’s not a property like it that I’m aware of on the planet.”
But he pointed out that Rook 1 hosts seven known corridors. Parallel east to Patterson is the Derkson corridor, “and the geophysics done on that show that’s got multiple targets as well, which are identical to what we’re seeing at Arrow and what we’re learning about at Harpoon as well…. We could be there for many, many years with seven drill rigs before we truly understand the magnitude of what we’re dealing with. But suffice to say at the minimum—it’s huge.”
If the company misses its H2 target for the Arrow resource update, the team will attribute that to continued drilling success, he added. A postponement to early 2017 might be necessary “to do justice” to the deposit.
NexGen’s bankroll currently holds about $91 million.