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Select Sands Announces Completion of Resource-Definition Drill Program at Sandtown Project

Select Sands Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion of the resource-definition drill program at its Sandtown project in Northeast Arkansas (AR), USA. The Company has hired Little Rock, AR, based-consultants for the quarry permitting process, and the process has begun.


  • Twenty drill holes completed
  • Drill hole P-04 intersected 98 feet (ft.) or 29.8 metres (m) of potential frac sand, ending in the zone (drill limits reached)
  • All drill holes except one intersected potential frac sand intervals, averaging 52 ft. (15.84 m )
  • Current drilling is focused on the northern half (200 acres) of the 530-acre property
  • Potential to find additional resources on the remaining property exists
  • Quarry (mine) permitting application process has started

Twenty drill holes have been completed, of which all but one intersected thick zones of the St. Peter Sandstone (SST) formation. The St. Peter SST is host to Tier-1 frac sand deposits, a necessary mineral used in the extraction of shale oil/gas. Holes were drilled at approximately 600 ft (183 m) centres over an 810,000 square m area (200 acres). The total property size is 530 acres and potential to find additional resources on the property exists as the SST outcrops on the property outside the drilled area. The average thickness of the SST intersected during drilling is 52 ft. (15.84 m). Based on these intercepts and the apparent continuity of the SST across the property, the Company is targeting 8-10 million tonnes of frac sand. The Company cautions that this estimate of exploration potential is conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient work done to define a mineral resource at this stage. It is unclear if additional exploration will result in this target being defined as a mineral resource.

Samples collected from the drilling are being submitted for analysis. The Company expects to have the results incorporated in a resource report in about 4-6 weeks.

Please see drill hole plan map at the Company's website :

The Company has also started the quarry/mine permitting process by hiring consultants from Little Rock, AR to complete the quarry/mine permitting process. Baseline data gathering for the permit application has started. The Company anticipates submitting the quarry/mine application within a few weeks. The Company expects to receive a final quarry/mine permit within 60 days after the application has been submitted.

The Company has released the Stim-Lab results (See SNS Feb 19, 2015 News Release) where the 40/70 and 100 mesh retuned 10K "crush" each meeting or exceeding the Tier-1 frac sand specifications as defined per the ISO 13503-2:2006/API RP 19C recommended practice for measurement of properties of proppants used in hydraulic fracturing and gravel-packing operations. These properties include sand sphericity and roundness, crush (K value), acid solubility, turbidity, and SiO2 (silicon dioxide) content.

The Stim-Lab results are posted on the Company's website :

"We are steadily de-risking the project," stated Rasool Mohammad "Sandtown's competitive location advantage of 650 rail miles closer to Texas/Louisiana oil/gas plays over Wisconsin sand mines, plays well in the current low oil-price environment."

Cameron Bartsch, M.Sc., P.Geo., of Tetra Tech EBA, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information disclosed in this News Release.

About Select Sands Corp.

Select Sands Sandtown property is underlain by the Ordovician St. Peter sandstone formation, the source of 'Ottawa White' Tier-1 frac sand selling into major US oil and gas basins. The Sandtown property is located 3.1 miles from Highway 167, has an active power line on the property, and is about 14.7 miles away from the nearest rail system (See December 4, 2014 News Release). Sandtown has a competitive location advantage of 650 rail miles closer to Texas/Louisiana oil/gas plays over Wisconsin sand mines.

The Company also owns high-grade gold deposits in the La Ronge Gold Belt, northern Saskatchewan, and holds other gold projects located in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The Company's Preview SW Gold Deposit in Saskatchewan, Canada, has 158,300 Oz gold and 270,800 Oz gold in Indicated and Inferred Categories, 2.6 million tonnes grading 1.89 g/t gold and 5.7 million tonnes grading1.48 g/t gold respectively. The gold deposit remains open to expansion in all directions.

For more information about Select Sands Corp., please visit or contact Rasool Mohammad, B.Sc. (Mining), President & CEO.


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