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Athabasca Basin and beyond

August 31st, 2013

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for August 24 to 30, 2013

by Greg Klein

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Fission proposes Alpha takeover for sole control of Patterson Lake South

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This week’s Patterson Lake South news came not from the field or an assay lab but from the boardrooms. Separate August 26 news releases from 50/50 joint venture partners Fission Uranium TSXV:FCU and Alpha Minerals TSXV:AMW revealed that talks had been underway about the former taking over the latter.

It transpired that after the market closed on Friday, August 23, Fission gave Alpha until the following Sunday afternoon to respond to Fission’s all-share offer, then valued at $7.26 per Alpha share or about $170.44 million. When Alpha asked for more time to consider, Fission went public, saying it “will consider making a formal offer directly to Alpha’s shareholders.”

By press time August 31, neither company had made further announcements on the subject.

Read more about Fission’s proposal and Alpha’s response.

Read commentator Tommy Humphreys’ suggestions for a combined Fission/Alpha team.

Update: On September 3 both companies announced a letter of intent for Fission to acquire Alpha. Read more.

Ashburton finds radioactive boulders at Sienna West, reports historic data

Ashburton Ventures TSXV:ABR has wrapped up Phase I exploration at its 1,090-hectare Sienna West property about 40 kilometres southwest of the PLS discovery, the company announced on August 28. “Numerous” radioactive boulders showed gamma ray readings above 200 counts per second, with some measuring 1,500 to 1,800 cps. About 20 boulders will be assayed, the company stated. In addition 40 radon detector cups were placed, to be retrieved for analysis after 30 days.

Ashburton also cited historic, non-43-101 Geological Survey of Canada sediment samples from two lakes on the property that showed results in the 98th percentile of 909 samples from roughly 16,000 square kilometres of northwestern Saskatchewan. The lakes are two kilometres apart, suggesting the results “are not an isolated occurrence,” the company added.

The Sienna project includes the 147-hectare Sienna North property contiguous with PLS’s northern boundary. Two weeks earlier Ashburton reported a crew found radioactive boulders there, which were sent for assays, and placed radon cups. The company plans to identify drill targets for Sienna’s next phase.

Enexco/Denison drill Bachman Lake

Drilling has begun at Bachman Lake, an 11,419-hectare property about four kilometres west of Cameco Corp’s TSX:CCO proposed Millennium mine in the southeastern Athabasca Basin. The three-hole, 1,900-metre program will cost JV partners Denison Mines TSX:DML and International Enexco TSXV:IEC $570,000, the latter announced on August 26. The helicopter-supported campaign will test three conductors that lie 2.5 to five kilometres apart.

Enexco may earn a 20% interest by funding $500,000 by year-end. Denison, which holds a 7.4% interest in Enexco, acts as project operator. Enexco also holds a 30% interest in the 3,407-hectare Mann Lake JV 20 kilometres northeast, along with Cameco (52.5%) and AREVA Resources Canada (17.5%). In Nevada, Enexco’s 100% Contact copper project now undergoes pre-feasibility.

Fission finds “significant and strongly radioactive” anomalies on North Shore

On the northwestern Basin, airborne geophysics found two “significant and strongly radioactive” anomalies on Fission’s North Shore property, the company reported August 29. “The northern anomalous region occurs within a 1.5-kilometre by 0.5-kilometre area and contains several parallel trends up to 300 metres,” the company stated. Another anomaly about seven kilometres southwest ranges between one to 10 kilometres wide and up to three kilometres long. The company added that radiometrics suggest some of the larger anomalies “are likely to be part of the outcrop/sub-crop, as opposed to boulders.”

Fission credited the find to its patent-pending System and Method for Aerial Surveying or Mapping of Radioactive Deposits, which the company says is the same technology that found the PLS boulder field. In August Fission’s collaborator on the system, Special Projects Inc, flew a 12,257-line-kilometre magnetic and radiometric survey at 50-metre line-spacing over the entire property. The system can distinguish between radioactivity released by uranium, thorium or potassium, as well as determine the relative concentration of each element, Fission stated.

Along with further data analysis, the company plans to follow up with mapping and prospecting. The property underwent a seven-hole, 1,260-metre drill program in 2007 and 2008. Fission has interests in seven Basin uranium projects and one in Peru.

U3O8 negotiating JV with Argentinian state-owned company

U3O8 Corp TSX:UWE announced August 27 that advanced discussions are underway with the state-owned mining company of Chubut province, Argentina, to form a JV. The proposal would combine U3O8’s Laguna Salada uranium-vanadium project with adjoining concessions held by Petrominera Chubut SE, onto which U3O8 believes its deposit extends. The company said the deal would also “establish a framework for potential development of the Laguna Salada deposit in compliance with the stringent requirements of the current provincial mining law.” The project has a preliminary economic assessment scheduled later this year.

Having acquired Calypso Uranium last May, U3O8 holds Argentina’s two largest uranium deposits. The country plans to bring a third reactor online this year, boosting its proportion of nuclear energy to 9%, while a fourth reactor is out for tender and a fifth is being planned, U3O8 stated. Argentina currently imports all of its nuclear fuel.

In Colombia, U3O8’s Berlin project has a December PEA for a potential uranium mine with phosphate, vanadium, nickel and rare earths credits. The company also has a uranium project in Guyana.

Boss Power/Morning Star dispute stalls $30-million settlement

A $30-million settlement dating to October 2011 is being held up by a dispute between its beneficiaries. After the British Columbia government suddenly banned uranium and thorium exploration in 2009, the province eventually settled Boss Power’s TSXV:BPU lawsuit out of court. But a condition required the company to surrender its exploration properties, the Blizzard properties and the peripheral B claims. According to an August 19 news release from Morning Star Resources, the settlement hasn’t closed because Boss included those claims in the settlement “without the knowledge and consent of the B claims owner,” Anthony Beruschi.

An August 27 Boss news release acknowledged Beruschi, “sole director and president of Morning Star” and a former Boss director, as “beneficial owner of the B claims.”

Boss’ news release claimed Beruschi “appears determined to extract more than his fair share of the settlement proceeds” and “now appears to be leveraging media and threats of a board replacement to obtain payment for his B claims.”

Morning Star’s August 19 statement said Beruschi “has privately presented several fair offers to Boss’ management and the board to enable Boss to deliver the B claims under the settlement” and accused Boss of “a refusal to negotiate in good faith.”

Morning Star said it will present its own slate of nominees for election to Boss’ board at a meeting Morning Star expects to be held by mid-November “so that it can promptly close the $30-million settlement.” Morning Star stated that it and its affiliates hold about 33% of Boss’ shares.

Boss countered it will “continue its efforts to reach an agreement with Mr. Beruschi while at the same time pursuing court proceedings to allow the settlement proceeds to be paid into court and the settlement to complete.”

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Year in review: Part I

December 27th, 2012

A mining and exploration retrospect for 2012

by Greg Klein

Read Part II of Year in Review.

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Good riddance to all that

As the year comes to a close, 2012 hardly evokes sentimentality—not, at any rate, from most observers of the exploration and mining sector. Some typical remarks range from Michael and Chris Berry’s “Yes we are very happy 2012 is coming to an inglorious end” to Peter Grandich’s “I really don’t give a %@&* what markets do until after the New Year.” ResourceClips therefore eschews macro analysis to look instead at selected issues that helped characterize the last 12 months.

Crisis in South Africa

The horrific climax took place August 16, when 34 protesters died and 78 were injured under police fire. In total, over 50 lives have been lost since a wildcat walkout at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum operation spread to other South African mines and industries. At one point an estimated 75,000 people were on strike. Helping inflame the crisis were political rivalries, political corruption and a union turf war, while the gap between rich and poor continued to grow.

A mining and exploration retrospect for 2012

A mood of cautious optimism set in by late October, when many strikers had returned to work. But a November clash between the National Union of Mineworkers and the newer Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union killed two more. A December walkout led Harmony Gold to suspend 600 workers, resulting in a protest by 1,700 in which several people were hit by rubber bullets.

Wage increases notwithstanding, the turmoil settled nothing. Uncertainty remains about South Africa’s biggest industry, as well as its economy and society.

Saskatchewan mine fire ends safely

In Canada, the industry’s biggest scare happened on September 25 when a fire trapped 20 miners underground for 17 hours. Rescuers battled the blaze at PotashCorp’s TSX:POT Rocanville operation for 12 hours, then waited for the mine to cool and ventilate. The trapped workers bided their time in four well-equipped refuge stations before emerging safely.

The following month PotashCorp attributed the blaze to friction caused as a cable reel was dragged on a skid up to 16 kilometres. The incident wasn’t mentioned in a company announcement stating “the employees of Rocanville division achieved one million hours without a lost-time accident on December 11, 2012.”

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Week in review

November 30th, 2012

A mining and exploration retrospect for November 24 to 30, 2012

by Greg Klein

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Amalgamation, acquisitions bring big news to Canada’s uranium play

Friday’s announcement from Clermont Capital Inc TSXV:XYZ.P and NexGen Energy Ltd shows companies joining forces to combine money, projects and expertise in uranium exploration. Clermont announced a letter of intent to acquire NexGen in a three-cornered amalgamation in which a Clermont subsidiary amalgamates with NexGen to create a new Clermont subsidiary. The capital pool company intends the acquisition as a qualifying transaction to become a TSXV Tier-2 issuer.

So there’s good money and a good technical team coming behind the deal. And it’s happening when the market’s clearly hungry for a discovery. It sure looks like Fission and Alpha have something to be excited about. We hope that we can be part of that ride as well.—Clermont Capital president/CEO/director Arlen Hansen on a planned amalgamation with NexGen Energy and properties acquisition

Currently NexGen’s key asset is the Radio uranium project in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. NexGen holds an option to acquire an initial 70%, then the remaining 30% subject to a 2% NSR. Exploration has identified drill targets that are interpreted to be on the same structural trend as Rio Tinto’s Roughrider deposits and Fission Energy’s TSXV:FIS J-Zone. Roughrider holds resources of 17.2 million pounds U3O8 indicated and 40.7 million pounds inferred, while the J-Zone holds 7.37 million pounds indicated and 1.51 million pounds inferred. NexGen plans drilling in Q1 2013.

NexGen’s wholly-owned Rook 1 property sits directly northeast of the near-surface Patterson Lake South uranium project, a JV of Fission and Alpha Minerals TSXV:AMW.

On November 15 NexGen announced a definitive agreement to purchase the majority of Mega Uranium’s TSX:MGA Canadian projects in the Athabasca Basin and Nunavut’s Thelon Basin. As a result, Mega is anticipated to acquire up to a 38% interest in NexGen.

Among the conditions for the Clermont-NexGen acquisition, NexGen would close a private placement of at least $6.6 million. Prior to closing the acquisition, Clermont would consolidate its shares on a 2.35-for-one basis. On closing, NexGen shareholders would receive one post-consolidation Clermont share for each NexGen share.

Speaking to ResourceClips Friday afternoon, Clermont president/CEO/director Arlen Hansen said, “It’s a very large land package and uranium exploration takes a lot of time and money, so we’re getting the NexGen operational team, which includes some ex-Rio Tinto guys and Leigh Curyer, who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Southern Cross before it was taken out in the uranium sector as well.

“So there’s good money and a good technical team coming behind the deal. And it’s happening when the market’s clearly hungry for a discovery. It sure looks like Fission and Alpha have something to be excited about. We hope that we can be part of that ride as well.”

U3082014 apologizes. Now VMS goes after axeman#, tamerackerdown and nttg2005

A mining and exploration retrospect

VMS Ventures TSXV:VMS greeted Friday by announcing progress in its battle against anonymous posters on the Stockhouse bullboard. Following what the company alleges to have been “false and malicious posts” between November 2, 2010 and May 10, 2012, VMS has now received court orders requiring internet service providers to identify three more commentators. The company had already obtained court orders requiring Stockhouse to divulge their internet protocol addresses. VMS said it “intends to pursue all legal options available against these posters in order to protect its reputation.”

The company also announced a settlement with a poster identified as U3082014 regarding statements uploaded between April 15, 2011 and August 27, 2012. Details are confidential, apart from the apology U3082014 submitted to VMS’ lawyers in September and posted on Wednesday.

Richmont closes Francoeur Mine, suspends Wasamac exploration

Francoeur had been struggling but, just the same, the news seemed sudden. Richmont Mines TSX:RIC announced Thursday the immediate shutdown of its 20-year-old gold mine in Quebec’s Rouyn-Noranda region. President/CEO Paul Carmel blamed the decision on high costs due to “low realized grades, difficult mining conditions and a tight labour pool for the experienced miners required for the challenging mining conditions at Francoeur.” As recently as November 8, however, Carmel sounded fairly optimistic as he spoke of “ramping up the Francoeur Mine to full production levels.”

The company’s pre-tax write-off will range between $11 million and $13 million. Immediate layoffs hit 115 workers, while another 35 will stay on for four months of decommissioning. Richmont is holding to its 2012 guidance of 65,000 ounces but 2013 is estimated between 65,000 and 70,000 ounces, down from a previous projection of 85,000 to 95,000 ounces. The company also operates the Beaufor Mine near Val d’Or, Quebec and the Island Gold Mine in northern Ontario.

Exploration at Richmont’s Wasamac gold project near Rouyn-Noranda has been suspended until next year.

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VMS reports Manitoba Assays up to 0.8 g/t Gold, 6.85% Copper over 50.1m

March 18th, 2011

VMS Ventures Inc TSXV:VMS announced results from Zone 10 of its Reed Lake Deposit near Snow Lake, Manitoba. Assays include 1.01 g/t gold and 4.04% copper over 8.1 metres, 0.82 g/t gold and 2.18% copper over 10.2 metres, 4.35% copper over 38.5 metres, and 0.8 g/t gold and 6.85% copper over 50.1 metres.

COO Neil Richardson commented, “We are excited with the latest results for the lower lens that indicate the continuity of mineralization between the historical drilling and RLD015. These holes confirm this mineralization and will be included in our NI 43-101 geological resource which is scheduled for completion in three to four weeks.”

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Keith Patey
Director of Communications

by Ted Niles

VMS, Hudbay report Manitoba Assays up to 2.1 g/t Gold over 32.3m

January 31st, 2011

VMS Ventures Inc TSXV:VMS in joint venture with HudBay Minerals Inc TSX:HBM announced results from the Reed Lake Deposit near Snow Lake, Manitoba. Assays include 3.41% copper, 2.1 g/t gold and 22.03 g/t silver over 32.3 metres, 4.85% copper, 2.35 g/t gold and 25.69 g/t silver over 28.1 metres, and 3.95% copper, 1.92 g/t gold and 25.78 g/t silver over 8.9 metres. HudBay has a 70% interest and VMS has a 30% interest in the property.

VMS COO Neil Richardson commented, “These results for the upper zinc-copper-rich lens in zone 30 and copper-zinc rich lens in zone 20 are consistent with our working deposit model and provide us the definition required to complete an initial resource estimate. Copper and zinc metal zonation and significant precious metal credits are common characteristics of massive sulphide-type deposits in the Snow Lake camp.”

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Keith Patey
Director of Communications
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by Ted Niles