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Confederation Lake in focus

October 2nd, 2017

Regional geophysics bring expansion and JV potential to Pistol Bay’s quest for Ontario VMS zinc-copper

by Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel: I would like to introduce the president and CEO of Pistol Bay Mining [TSXV:PST] Charles Desjardins. I am very glad you could find the time. Charles, tell us something about your background and how you got started in the mineral exploration industry.

Charles: I started in Vancouver as a stockbroker in the 1980s. Then you could say I got lured into the venture capital space, at that time the Vancouver stock exchange. The first thing that I worked on was actually a technology deal. Since then I have worked in a lot of different sectors: tech, biotech, oil and gas, diamonds, mining, etc.

This was a natural transition—I started more as a promoter and then I just became more hands-on because I wanted to get things done the way that I wanted to do them.

Isabel: How did you get involved with Pistol Bay?

Charles: Pistol Bay was actually in the Dave Hodge camp before as Solitaire Minerals and it came from somebody that kind of gave up. I wanted to take it over and one of the first things I acquired were the C3, C4, C5 and C6 uranium properties in Saskatchewan, which we are selling now to Rio Tinto [NYSE:RIO].

I got an e-mail from them last night. Basically I asked them if they were planning to pay the $1.5 million this year and they said probably. If they don’t pay it this year, then they’ll have to pay $2 million next year. It’s most likely that they will pay in 2017.

Isabel: Your principal properties are located in the Confederation Lake VMS greenstone belt in Ontario. Can you give me a little overview of what you have there and what makes your projects valuable?

Charles: Confederation Lake has been explored to some extent since the 1950s with only one producing mine, the South Bay mine. There are about nine historic occurrences there that we control.

Regional geophysics bring expansion and JV potential to Pistol Bay’s quest for Ontario VMS copper-zinc

The technology of exploration and mining has changed a lot just since 2000. I was recently in Toronto and I met the geophysicist who used to handle the area for Noranda. A lot of this ground was Noranda. Up until 2000 they couldn’t see anything beyond 200 metres in depth. Originally my plan two years ago was to tie up zinc and copper properties focusing on zinc. At that time zinc was at 62 cents per pound, now it is more like $1.40. Let’s call it prescience—I was able to tie up most of the belt, which is over 50 kilometres long and about 28 kilometres wide. The whole goal was to explore the belt using modern exploration methods, mostly with a deep-penetrating airborne study. Pistol Bay has just completed that.

I would also like to mention that there are about 800 historic drill holes in this belt and we have data on 600 of them. And we have access to a big geochemical study that was done, probably worth about $500,000 or even $600,000, that was never really followed up on or plotted in to any degree. That is very valuable because it went through all alteration zones and all the occurrences. Recently we did the airborne survey, as I have mentioned. I doubled the size of the survey area, ending up being about 2,100 line-kilometres. What that does, and what it has shown us, is that there are two trends in this belt. The first trend has stronger copper and zinc numbers and the lower trend is more zinc-dominated. The conductors we found are actually deeper in places. They have not been followed up before…. Keeping that in mind we have also staked another 14,500 acres [about 5,860 hectares] of conductors and IP anomalies. So there is a lot to follow up on.

Isabel: What is the plan for the rest of 2017 and where do you see more excitement?

We are talking right now to four companies about joint-venturing this. We don’t really have the capital to pay for our own drill program unless Rio Tinto writes us that cheque. I don’t want to dilute at this moment. I’d rather wait for the cheque if I have to or enter in joint ventures.—Charles Desjardins

Charles: We are talking right now to four companies about joint-venturing this. We don’t really have the capital to pay for our own drill program unless Rio Tinto writes us that cheque. I don’t want to dilute at this moment. I’d rather wait for the cheque if I have to or enter in joint ventures. I can say that we are permitting right now for drilling, but it might be a joint venture partner drilling. In the worst-case scenario we would drill in the first quarter of next year.

But I am pretty sure that Rio Tinto will write the cheque.

Isabel: You have a 5% NPI royalty on the Rio Tinto project, is that correct?

Charles: Yes, we have a 5% net profit interest after they paid the $1.5 million. I am rather confident that at some point they will come and try to buy that. If it is something that they think they are going to take to production—of course it is not even close to that—they would never leave us with 5% NPI.

Isabel: You said that you won’t be able to do a drill program yourself right now. How much money do you have in the bank right now?

Charles: A couple of hundred thousand.

Isabel: How much of Pistol Bay is held by the management?

Charles: Management, friends and family own about 35%.

Isabel: That is quite a bit. Interesting. Let’s talk a bit about zinc and copper. Recently a lot of articles were published on copper. It was Robert Friedland who recently noted that about 150 kilograms of copper is required for each electric vehicle manufactured, whereas people talk mostly about lithium and cobalt and EVs, but not so much about the increasing demand for copper. But I think many people are aware of rising copper prices and what copper is used for, being an interesting commodity in this “rechargeable” era. But maybe not everyone is as well-informed about zinc and what it is used for. Can you say a bit about the usage of zinc and also the zinc market?

Charles: One of the reasons that I got into zinc was that I was looking at all the commodities at a time when the resource market was quite depressed. I was looking for something that looked promising for a commodity shock. The zinc market is working in a production deficit. The prices have more than doubled, I wouldn’t call that a commodity shock, but it has gone well. And the fact that we hadn’t had that jump is probably the length of the bull zinc market.

About its usage, more than half of all zinc that is mined is used for galvanizing other metals, such as steel and iron. And significant amounts of zinc are also used to form alloys with other metals.

Isabel: What do you like most about your job?

Charles: I always like this kind of work. It is risky and can be stressful at times, but it doesn’t mean sitting behind a desk. I was up at the property in Ontario earlier this summer seeing first hand what everything looks like. How much infrastructure there is, which I was certainly quite surprised about, roads and even power lines as well. I love the variety that the job offers.

Isabel: What is your favourite commodity beside the ones in your company?

Charles: Probably gold though we do have some gold in our Confederation Lake. To me, in a world right now with the geopolitics that we are facing it is kind of a must-have. You have to have some gold.

Isabel: Thank you so much for the insights.

Charles: Thanks for having me, Isabel.

Isabel Belger

Charles Desjardins, president/CEO
of Pistol Bay Mining

Bio

Mr. Desjardins brings more than 25 years of experience in public company finance and management. He is president and CEO of Tandem Capital Group Inc, which was active in the investor relations field during the mid 1980s. Mr. Desjardins was also past president of numerous public mineral exploration and technology companies which traded on the TSXV.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Running marathons, biking, fishing
My favourite airport: JFK
My favourite tradeshow: Mines and Money Hong Kong, PDAC
My favourite commodities: Copper, zinc and gold
With this person I would like to have dinner: Elon Musk
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Extraordinary vision

Read more about Pistol Bay Mining here and here.

Spanish court decision a positive step for Emerita Resources’ proposed zinc acquisition

September 29th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 29, 2017

A court ruling bodes well for Emerita Resources’ (TSXV:EMO) bid to acquire a Spanish zinc project with an historic deposit, the company says. In appealing a 2014 decision that awarded the Paymogo property to another bidder, Emerita argued that the process involved procedural errors and lacked impartiality. Now the Upper Court of Andalucia has declared the tender invalid and ordered that the bids be reassessed, the company reported on September 28. Emerita believes that if the reassessment “eliminates the illegal criteria and leaves the legal criteria as originally scored” the company’s bid will be accepted.

Emerita stated it didn’t know when the panel members would reconvene “or how they will approach the reassessment.”

Emerita has an exceptional technical team in Spain and a great depth of experience in delineating and developing these types of zinc deposits and is ready to advance the project quickly should it be awarded the tender.—David Gower,
chairperson of Emerita Resources

The ruling marks “a strong endorsement for the region as a place to conduct business to see that the rule of law is transparently and fairly administered,” said company chairperson David Gower. “Emerita has an exceptional technical team in Spain and a great depth of experience in delineating and developing these types of zinc deposits and is ready to advance the project quickly should it be awarded the tender.”

The company has also disputed Spain’s tender process for the Aznalcollar zinc project. In March Emerita stated that the Seventh Provincial Court of Seville rejected a request to dismiss a criminal case against a competing bidder, the Andalucian government panel responsible for awarding the project and Andalucia’s former director of mines.

Calling the decision a positive step in resolving the Aznalcollar dispute, Emerita CEO Joaquin Merino said the company “strongly believes that it is the only qualified bidder.”

Paymogo consists of two areas about seven kilometres apart that have seen extensive drilling, La Infanta and Romanera. The latter hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate dating to the 1990s that showed 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 1.1% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

Aznalcollar also has an historic, non-43-101 estimate, this one showing 71 million tonnes averaging 3.86% zinc, 2.18% lead, 0.34% copper and 60 g/t silver.

In July Emerita announced plans to acquire the Salobro zinc project in Brazil, with its historic, non-43-101 estimate of 8.3 million tonnes averaging 7.12% zinc.

The company holds the Sierra Alta gold project in Spain.

Update: Pistol Bay Mining announces 43-101 resource, JV discussions and—again—newly staked land

September 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | Updated September 20, 2017

Update: With staking announced on September 14 and 20, Pistol Bay Mining has added more than 5,860 hectares to its property package, bringing the total to about 17,000 hectares.

Results from Confederation Lake’s first regional state-of-the-art geophysics have prompted Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST to expand its presence in the VMS-rich northwestern Ontario greenstone belt. Two acquisition announcements came within eight days after the company reported initial findings from the 2,100-line-kilometre VTEM-Plus survey. Those results accompanied announcements of a new resource estimate for one of the portfolio’s projects as well as potential joint venture interest.

Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM-inspired acquisition, resource update and JV discussions

“We are seeing lots of new anomalies in the survey data, not just conductors but the IP effect anomalies as well, and Pistol Bay is going to have a busy few years exploring them all,” said CEO Charles Desjardins.

The new claims cover multiple conductors and IP-effect anomalies, some of which have had previous drilling with results showing zinc or copper, the company stated. The new data also shows parallel conductors or extensions of known conductors.

New claims between Pistol Bay’s Fredart and Joy claim groups host four conductors of 400, 850, 900 and 950 metres that appear not to have undergone drilling. Fredart A holds an historic, non-43-101 copper estimate. Like the four newly found anomalies, the Joy North anomaly hasn’t been drilled.

The airborne survey confirmed conductivity at all of the portfolio’s historic showings, zones and mineralized drill intercepts, Pistol Bay added. While analysis continues, data so far shows conductivity extending beyond known zones, along strike and in new clusters apart from known mineralization.

Once we’ve got our targets finalized, we will be entertaining proposals for joint ventures to advance this highly prospective property.—Charles Desjardins,
CEO of Pistol Bay Mining

“Because of the large number of potential targets generated by the VTEM survey, we are considering inviting joint venture partners for all or parts of the Confederation Lake project,” Desjardins noted. “We have had early-stage discussions with potential joint venture partners. Once we’ve got our targets finalized, we will be entertaining proposals for joint ventures to advance this highly prospective property.”

Pistol Bay also filed a technical report for Garnet Lake, a Confederation Lake property that hosts the Fredart A zone. Updating an historic 2007 estimate for the Arrow zone, the 43-101 incorporates 20 additional holes. Using a base case 3% zinc-equivalent cutoff, an inferred category shows:

  • 2.1 million tonnes averaging 0.72% copper, 5.78% zinc, 19.5 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold, for a zinc-equivalent grade of 8.5%

Contained amounts come to:

  • 34.3 million pounds copper, 274 million pounds zinc, 1.33 million ounces silver and 41,000 ounces gold

Contingent on favourable geophysical and other data, the 43-101 recommends two 1,000-metre holes at Arrow to test for possible down-plunge extensions of the resource. The report also calls for another 3,000 metres on targets to be identified elsewhere on the Garnet property.

Last May the company signed an LOI to acquire the 496-hectare Copperlode property, about four kilometres along strike from Arrow.

Update: Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM-inspired acquisition, new resource and JV discussions

September 14th, 2017

This story has been updated and moved here.

Drilling, sampling, optioning: Mountain Boy Minerals updates B.C. activities

September 13th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 13, 2017

Demonstrating that a diverse portfolio doesn’t necessarily mean idle properties, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB updated several projects in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle.

Drilling has just resumed at Silver Coin, held 20% by Mountain Boy and 80% by joint venture partner Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN. Acting as operator is Sprott Mining Inc on a campaign of about 6,000 metres mostly focusing on stepouts. The agenda also calls for regional exploration on the 1,470-hectare property.

Silver Coin hosts a 2013 43-101 resource that uses a 2 g/t gold cutoff to show a total for four zones:

  • indicated: 702,000 tonnes averaging 4.46 g/t gold, 17.89 g/t silver, 0.88% zinc, 0.33% lead and 0.07% copper

  • inferred: 967,000 tonnes averaging 4.39 g/t gold, 18.98 g/t silver, 0.64% zinc, 0.25% lead and 0.04% copper
Drilling, sampling, optioning: Mountain Boy Minerals updates B.C. activities

Mountain Boy awaits assays from Red Cliff,
where core from five holes has revealed visible gold.

Drilling continues at the Red Cliff property, where 25 holes have been completed so far with assays pending. In July Mountain Boy reported visible gold in the program’s first five holes. Red Cliff also has sampling underway at the Lower Montrose and Waterpump zones. The latter has drilling planned, once sampling assays arrive.

Mountain Boy has a 35% interest in Red Cliff, with JV partner Decade Resources TSXV:DEC holding the rest. The ownership gets more complicated, however, now that the two companies have teamed up on additional claims to the southeast. The acquisition gives the JV an earn-in total of up to 80% of the extension, with 28% to be held by Mountain Boy and 52% by Decade. The size of neither the original Red Cliff property nor the additional claims was reported. Mountain Boy and Decade share overlapping management and directors.

TSXV approval came through earlier this month for Mountain Boy’s 100% options on the Surprise Creek and BA properties, both formerly 50/50 JVs with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR. Over $12 million of exploration has gone into the nearby projects over the last 10 years, revealing zones of high-grade zinc, lead and silver, as well as zinc, copper and silver.

Prior to a drill program expected later this month, the 7,472-hectare Surprise Creek has sampling underway on a large barite zone and on areas of VMS mineralization revealed by historic sampling. In July the company announced successful production of a barite concentrate that surpassed American Petroleum Institute standards. The mineral is considered essential to oil and gas exploration.

Additional sampling has taken place on the 9,489-hectare BA VMS project, just north of a 2016 channel sample result that returned 3.84% zinc, 1.25% lead and 108 g/t silver over 15 metres. That included a sub-interval of 5.31% zinc, 1.97% lead and 132 g/t silver over 7.5 metres.

Mountain Boy also optioned 60% of West George, a 288-hectare copper property adjacent to the company’s George copper project that the company now holds 100%. The original George has non-43-101 copper-silver-gold estimates. West George has sampling underway.

Meanwhile assays are pending for recent sampling from MB Silver, a project with historic, non-43-101 polymetallic estimates. In southern B.C., Mountain Boy plans to begin PEA studies on its 100%-held Manuel Creek zeolite project.

The company expects to soon close a private placement of up to $1 million.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM results, resource update, JV discussions

September 12th, 2017

This story has been updated and moved here.

Airborne survey heightens interest in Rockcliff Copper’s former Manitoba gold mine

September 7th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 7, 2017

Geophysics over the Laguna gold property in northern Manitoba’s Flin Flon-Snow Lake camp have found a structurally complex geological trend at least six kilometres long and 200 metres wide, Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU reports. Now the 3,501-hectare property’s exploration priority, the finding comes from an airborne drone magnetometer survey flying 1,120 kilometres of tight 25- to 50-metre spacing. The work was part of a program that includes very low frequency and induced polarization surveys still underway.

Airborne survey heightens interest in Rockcliff Copper’s former Manitoba gold mine

Besides Laguna, Rockcliff’s priorities for its Snow Lake package
include the Talbot copper property and the Bur zinc property.

Rockcliff holds a 100% option on Laguna, one of several properties in the company’s Snow Lake project. During intermittent operation between 1916 and 1939, Laguna produced over 60,000 ounces of gold averaging 18.7 g/t from a single vein. Surface grab samples previously announced by Rockcliff ranged from trace to over 600 g/t.

The newly identified trend “hosts multiple, surface-exposed, high-grade gold-bearing quartz vein stockwork systems which are associated with sub-parallel subsidiary fault splays east of a major regional NE-SW trending thrust fault known as the Crowduck Bay fault,” said president/CEO Ken Lapierre. The trend shows “excellent” potential for finding additional stockworks of a similar nature, he added.

Rockcliff’s Snow Lake project consists of both gold and VMS properties. The approximately 45,000-hectare package includes two gold properties besides Laguna, as well as two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and four 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.

Last week Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper here and here.

Update: Berkwood Resources continues to drill visible graphite in Quebec

August 31st, 2017

by Greg Klein | updated August 31, 2017

Assays have yet to arrive, but two holes reported last week and another five on August 31 have all produced near-surface core with visible graphite from Berkwood Resources’ (TSXV:BKR) Lac Gueret South project. The Phase I program calls for nine more shallow holes between about 60 and 120 metres in depth.

The company cautioned that visible indications don’t necessarily coincide with significant grades. But the results do justify continuing the program as planned, Berkwood stated.

Lac Gueret South borders the property hosting Mason Graphite’s (TSXV:LLG) high-grade graphite deposit. A 2014 airborne EM survey over Berkwood’s land found several zones of high conductivity.

Last week’s news from the property’s Site #1 reported 3.1 metres and 38.29 metres of visible graphite from BK1-01-17, along with 2.7 metres and 9.9 metres from BK1-02-17. The depths corresponded with electromagnetic conductors.

Berkwood Resources continues to drill visible graphite in Quebec

The first seven holes have brought observable
encouragement to Berkwood Resources’ Lac Gueret South.

Among new findings from Site #2, about 110 metres north, BK1-03-17 displayed the right stuff in seven intervals ranging between 1.46 metres and 28.2 metres in width.

Another Site #2 hole, BK1-04-17 showed graphite “continuously from 26.7 metres to 79.24 metres in variable amounts and styles,” Berkwood stated.

At Site #3, another 65 kilometres north, BK1-05-17 revealed graphite over four intervals with thicknesses between 3.2 metres and 14.12 metres. BK1-06-17 brought intervals of 13.22 metres and 1.14 metres.

About 87 metres east, BK1-07-17 on Site #4 showed 5.94 metres of graphite.

True widths weren’t provided.

The company holds two land parcels adjacent to the Mason property, Berkwood’s 100%-optioned, 5,714-hectare Lac Gueret South and the 100%-held, 2,052-hectare Lac Gueret East. The properties sit about three hours by road from the deep-sea port of Baie-Comeau.

Last month the company announced acquisition of the Delbreuil property in Quebec’s Abitibi, where an historic, non-43-101 sample assayed 1,290 ppm lithium and 126 ppm tantalum. Historic drill results also showed zinc, nickel, copper, silver and cobalt.

In another energy mineral acquisition last June, Berkwood announced an agreement to take on the Cobalt Ford property, located about four hours’ driving time from Baie-Comeau. Historic, non-43-101 work suggests prospectivity for base metals as well as cobalt.

This week the company closed private placements totalling $985,180.

Robert Friedland talks copper, zinc, PGMs and China’s “airpocalypse”

August 28th, 2017

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Kapuskasing expands Newfoundland copper project, plans September drilling

August 23rd, 2017

by Greg Klein | August 23, 2017

Announced in May as an LOI but now ratified, Kapuskasing Gold’s (TSXV:KAP) 100% option adds the Sterling property and its former mines to the company’s Lady Pond project near the north coast of Newfoundland. The 700-hectare addition brings Lady Pond to 2,450 hectares with exploration and mining dating to the late 19th century. The standouts include the former Sterling mine, the Twin Pond prospect about 1.5 kilometres northeast and, three more kilometres northeast, the Lady Pond past-producer.

Sterling comes with an historic, non-43-101 1960s estimate of a million tonnes averaging 1% copper that’s open in all directions. Some historic, non-43-101 intercepts showed:

  • 5.5% copper over 4.42 metres, starting at 38.1 metres in downhole depth
Kapuskasing expands Newfoundland copper project, plans September drilling

  • 2.32% over 6.1 metres, starting at 106.68 metres

  • 1.45% over 4.57 metres, starting at 50.29 metres

Of 32 holes sunk on Twin Pond, some historic, non-43-101 highlights showed:

  • 4.2% copper over 3.35 metres, starting at 82.3 metres

  • 2.16% over 3.05 metres, starting at 33.53 metres

  • 3.2% over 3.05 metres, starting at 70.14 metres

Again with the historic, non-43-101 caveat, a Lady Pond intercept assayed 2.61% copper over 8.1 metres, with no downhole depth provided.

Having finished a preliminary 3D model for Sterling and Twin Pond, Kapuskasing stated it found significant gaps in drilling between high-grade intersections. Further review of historic data will precede drilling planned to begin next month. The company also plans an induced polarization survey between Sterling and Twin Pond.

With logging road and ATV access, the Lady Pond project borders the town of Springdale. Rambler Mining and Metals TSXV:RAB operates a base metals mill at Baie Verte, 94 kilometres by road from Springdale. Rambler also holds the historic Little Deer and Whalesback copper deposits contiguously west of Lady Pond.

Subject to TSXV approval, Kapuskasing gets a 100% interest in Sterling for $25,000, 1.8 million shares and $250,000 in spending over four years. A 3% NSR applies, of which Kapuskasing may buy two-thirds for $2 million.

The property expansion reflects an acquisitive phase as Kapuskasing expands its Newfoundland and Labrador portfolio. In May the company signed an LOI on the former Daniel’s Harbour zinc mine on the island’s north. Lady Pond was one of eight April acquisitions, with other properties showing potential for copper, cobalt and vanadium. Daniel’s Harbour and Lady Pond comprise the portfolio’s dual flagships.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Kapuskasing Gold president/CEO Jon Armes.