Detour Gold Corporation ("Detour Gold" or the "Company") announces the staking of 3,105 mining claims (two groups of contiguous claims) totaling 494 square kilometres comprising its new Burntbush project in the District of Cochrane in northeastern Ontario, approximately 115 kilometres northeast of the Town of Cochrane and 70 kilometres south of its flagship Detour Lake mine. The West claim group can be accessed via a forestry road from highway 652 (Detour Lake Mine Road).
The Burntbush East and West properties are strategically located along the Casa Berardi deformation zone in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, approximately 35 and 75 kilometres respectively, west of the Casa Berardi gold mine operated by Hecla Mining Company, which has produced approximately 1.9 million ounces of gold since it commenced production in 1988.
Jean-François Métail, Vice President Mineral Resource Management, commented: "The Burntbush properties represent an important opportunity for Detour Gold's future organic growth, one that complements our strong base in Detour Lake. Our recent exploration success on the Lower Detour trend have prompted us to look at similar and favorable geological settings in the vicinity. We are fortunate to have identified an extensive prospective land position that was open for staking along the western end of the Casa Berardi fault, which remains underexplored with relatively no drilling along the secondary splays and untested gaps along the main structure."
In general, exploration on the Ontario side of the Casa Berardi fault has been minimal due to limited access, overburden and the lack of outcrop exposures. Historical and more recent exploration activities have focused on the main structural break. The Burntbush grassroot properties cover more than 80 kilometres of primary (EW) and secondary (NE-SW) subsidiary faults. It also encompasses a number of gold anomalies intersected in old diamond drill holes, including an intercept of 6.41 g/t over 2.9 metres drilled by Newmont in 1985, and in till samples from a 2005 regional program by the Ontario Geological Survey. Immediately east of the West claim group, drilling by Lakeshore Gold in the mid-2000s delineated a 500 metres gold mineralized horizon (Porphyry Creek Zone). Within the East claim group, in the portion not controlled by Detour Gold, a small NI 43-101 compliant gold resource (A8 3200 Vein System) was reported in 2013 by Alpha Minerals.
A 2017 exploration program currently in preparation will include high resolution airborne magnetic and electromagnetic surveys, along with field mapping and prospecting. The location and geology maps of Detour Gold's Burntbush property can be found at: http://www.detourgold.com/projects/detour-lake-exploration-regional/default.aspx.
The scientific and technical content of this news release was reviewed, verified and approved by Guy MacGillivray, P.Geo., Exploration Manager, a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects."