Black Tusk Resources Inc. a gold exploration and development company, has announced that it has initiated the process to procure permits for a drill program on its Cluster Project situated in Quebec.
Data from historic work concluded within the Cluster Property were recently compiled by Black Tusk Resources. The property landscape continued to be the focus of several geological, geophysical, and geochemical programs recorded in reports dating from the year 1967 through to 2004. This work outlined several anomalies.
Numerous exploration companies performed diamond drilling, which resulted in 30 drill holes. In total, 4,086.9 m are being drilled inside the Cluster Property. Considerable gold-bearing formations were intercepted by a number of these drill holes. All the historic documentation gives a database that would be useful going forward with ongoing exploration of the project.
Under the exploration permit application, 15 drill pad sites with supporting road access will be constructed. These drill stations will enable the testing of a couple of gold-bearing structures as defined in the historic documentation (Target I and II). The planned drilling pads are close to existing logging access roads.
The existence of a gold-bearing shear zone intercepted in previous drill programs will be verified and expanded in the Target I proposed drilling operation. In total, five historic drill holes across a 600-m strike length intercepted the gold-bearing shear zone, which also included hole LAB87-B2 that reported:
- 0.91 g per ton (g/t) gold (Au) over 13.3 m (m) (51.3 m to 64.6 m), including
- 1.82 g/t Au over 4.5 m (m) from 57 to 61.5 m, including
- 1.90 g/t Au from 60 to 61.5 m
- 2.15 g/t Au from 58.5 to 60 m
- 1.4 g/t Au from 57 to 58.5 m
To test Target I, 10 drill holes over a strike length of 1 km have been proposed.
The existence of gold-bearing iron formation intercepted in previous drill programs will be verified and expanded in the Target II proposed drilling operation. In addition, a magnetic high linear traverses the drilling area where Noranda Inc. concluded a two-hole drill program earlier in 2004. According to their reports, hole LAB109-03-01 returned considerable values of gold, including:
- 1.40 g/t Au from 51.3 to 2 m in huge basalt 5-10% pyrrhotite as well as traces of chalcopyrite
- 1.06 g/t Au over 3.8 m from 107.3 to 111.1 m, including
- 0.32 g/t Au from 111.1 to 112.1 m in iron formation within basalt
- 2.49 g/t Au from 110.2 to 111.1 m in iron formation within basalt
- 0.51 g/t Au from 107.3 to 108.2 m in iron formation within basalt
- 0.99 g/t Au from 109.5 to 110.2 m in iron formation within basalt
To test Target II, five drill holes over a strike length of a 1.2 km has been proposed.
Black Tusk Resources observed that diamond drilling will not be necessarily completed in all the drilling pads proposed in the drilling permit, because continued drilling will slightly rely on the outcomes of every drill hole at each of the target sties.
Black Tusk Resources hereby noted that real intercept widths for the drill-hole outcomes indicated above have not been computed. Black Tusk Resources is yet to perform work on the property and has been unable to directly validate the exploration outcomes as recorded in these historic reports.
Situated 26 km south of Hecla Mining Corp–Casa Berardi Mine, the Cluster Project lies within the Abitibi Greenstone belt hosting several top mineral deposits in the world. The region enclosing the Cluster Project attracted renewed interest in the 1980s after the gold-silver-zinc-copper discovery at Estrades by Teck Resources, and the Inco Exploration discovery of gold mineralization at the Golden Pond Project.
We are very pleased with the progress so far on the Cluster Property. Permitting for a drill program is underway which will allow for continued testing of targets outlined by previous work done. Historic exploration has outlined two important structures where past drilling returned significant gold values, providing immediate targets for future drilling.
Richard Penn, CEO, Black Tusk Resources Inc.