Fjordland Exploration Inc. is pleased to report that the Company and Sumac Mines Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. of Japan, have increased the planned diamond drilling program for 2014 to 4,500 metres (m), from the originally planned 2,500 m for the Dillard porphyry copper-gold project located between Merritt and Princeton in southern BC.
To the middle of August, 2,070 m of trenching was completed at Dillard East, and over 2,500 m of drilling was completed at Dillard West. The additional drilling will test anomalous zones at Dillard East.
At Dillard West, six holes totaling in excess of 2,500 m were completed. They targeted areas peripheral to the known mineralization. Copper was noted in all holes; assays are pending. The holes ranged in depth from 451 m to 523 m, except for one that was lost in bad ground at 87 m. The Dillard West target, measuring approximately 1,400 m by 1,200 m, includes coincident induced polarization (IP) chargeability and copper and gold in soils anomalies. Chalcopyrite, pyrite and minor bornite mineralization occurs within altered Nicola Group andesitic rocks and coeval intrusive dioritic rocks.
At Dillard East, 2,070 m of trenching in 10 trenches was completed on the 'North', 'Middle' and 'South' areas of coincident soil geochemical and induced polarization anomalies. Assays have been received or 8 of the 10 trenches; all of the trenches are anomalous in copper +/- gold +/- silver. Two targets, one in the 'Middle' and one in the 'South' area have been selected for initial follow-up drilling. Chalcopyrite, pyrite and trace bornite occurs in fractures, in quartz veinlets and as disseminations in dioritic and andesitic rocks. The entire area tested was only a small portion of the 2,000 m by 1,500 m target; several other areas with coincident copper and gold soil anomalies remain to be tested.
Tom Schroeter, President & CEO of Fjordland states: "We are very pleased with the decision to increase the drilling meterage, including testing of the 'Middle' and 'South' areas. Once all assays are received, a comprehensive compilation and plan for future work will take place".