Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSXV: KTN) (the “Company” or “Kootenay”) is pleased to announce results from the first 11 holes of the ongoing 3,400 meter drill program on its La Negra silver discovery in Sonora, Mexico currently being conducted and operated by Pan American Silver Corp. (TSX: PAA, NASDAQ: PAAS) (“Pan American”). The current definition drill program on La Negra is part of an option agreement completed in February 2016 between Kootenay and Pan American that provides Kootenay with a series of work and cash commitments and a carried to production interest on La Negra.
A series of deeper infill drill holes from the current program have confirmed the results from previous drilling conducted by Kootenay on La Negra (See Kootenay “High-Grade Results” news release issued on April 30, 2015), as well as the presence of a second breccia zone further to the south, which currently remains open at depth and to the east.
Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald states: “We are very pleased with Pan American’s work and the results to date from the first 11 holes of the program. The confirmation of multiple high-grade intercepts of silver mineralization at depth is a significant development and further indicates potential for the silver resources to be amenable to both open pit and underground exploitation. We are also very pleased that based on the encouraging results achieved to date, Pan American is extending the program by a full 2,000 meters until the end of the year.”
Drill highlights include:
- returning three high grade intervals within 122.5 meters of 124 gpt silver and 0.15 gpt gold including:
- 693 gpt silver and 0.39 gpt gold over 6.25 meters;
- 672 gpt silver and 0.13 gpt gold over 4.65 meters; and
- 631 gpt silver and 0.18 gpt gold over 3.45 meters.
- returning from a new more southerly breccia 720 gpt silver and 0.13 gpt Au over 19 meters within 44.5 meters of 363 gpt silver and 0.12 gpt gold.
- Higher in the hole the previously known breccia graded 1,226 gpt silver and 0.28 gpt gold over 6.15 meters within 235 gpt silver and 0.09 gpt gold over 38 meters.
These two holes are from infill drilling and identified a second more southerly breccia. The zone remains open at depth and along strike to the east. Click to view: geologic maps, drill plan and cross sections.
A summary of the infill drilling within the mineralized zone is provided in the table below:
Pan American began managing the exploration program in April 2016 and commenced re-logging drill core, geological mapping and re-interpretation, and completed 62 km of magnetic ground surveys. Pan American initiated a 3,400 meter drilling program in July 2016 with the objective of infilling the La Negra drill coverage to 50 meter centres and testing the along-strike and down dip extents as well as following up on geophysical and geological anomalies elsewhere within the exploration concessions.
Pan American Silver geologists have increased the understanding of the La Negra breccia. There are three phases of hydrothermal magmatic development (La Negra, Gravilla and Rica breccias) emplaced within the host volcanic agglomerate (andesitic composition) Tarahumara Formation. The breccia has been controlled on a regional east-west structure. Epithermal Ag-Zn-Pb mineralisation has over printed the different phases of brecciation associated with illite and silicification; the mineralogy has currently been described as Ag sulphides (acanthite – tetrahedrite), galena and sphalerite; pyrite occurs as veinlets, matrix fill in breccia and dissemination.
Samples were assayed by Inspectorate of Hermosillo, Mexico, using four acid digestion 35 element ICP analytical methods with fire assay for Au and Ag with atomic absorption finish and gravimetric finish, respectively. Pan American has followed a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program comprised of the insertion of blank material and certified standard samples at a frequency of one each for every 20 samples. There are no known drilling, sampling, recovery, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to in the table.
The Kootenay technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and reviewed on behalf of Kootenay by James McDonald, P.Geo, President, CEO & Director for Kootenay, a Qualified Person.
About Kootenay Silver Inc.
Kootenay Silver Inc. is an exploration company actively engaged in the discovery and development of mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company's top priorities are the advancement of the La Cigarra silver project and the Promontorio Mineral Belt, in Chihuahua, Mexico and Sonora, Mexico, respectively. The La Cigarra property is 26 kilometers from the historic mining city of Parral and boasts nearby power, good road access, gentle topography, and established infrastructure. La Cigarra currently hosts a resource estimate of 18.54 million tonnes containing 51.47 million ounces of silver in the Measured and Indicated categories grading 86.3 g/t silver and 4.45 million tonnes containing 11.46 million ounces of silver in the Inferred category grading 80 g/t silver. The mineralized system at La Cigarra has been traced over 6.5 kilometers and is defined at surface as a silver soil anomaly and by numerous historic mine workings. The La Cigarra silver deposit is open along strike and at depth and is approximately 25 kilometers north, and along strike, of Grupo Mexico's Santa Barbara mine and Minera Frisco's San Francisco del Oro mine. The Promontorio Mineral Belt includes the Company’s La Negra high-grade silver discovery and its Promontorio Silver Resource. The Promontorio Mineral Belt is under option to Pan American Silver whereby they can earn a 75% interest in the project with US$16 million of expenditures and payments with Kootenay retaining a 25% carried to production interest (see news release dated February 16 and March 4, 2016). The Promontorio Silver Resource currently hosts a resource estimate of 44.5 million tonnes containing 92 million ounces of silver equivalent in the Measured and Indicated categories grading 64.3 g/t silver equivalent and 14.6 million tonnes containing 24.3 million ounces of silver equivalent in the Inferred category grading 52 g/t silver equivalent. The Company's core objective is to create value by acquiring silver resources through discovery and acquisition and testing those resources with the ultimate goal of developing them into silver production if they are proven to be economically viable.
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For additional information, please contact:
James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-880-6016
Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650
or visit: www.kootenaysilver.com
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
The information in this news release has been prepared as at October 24, 2016. Certain statements in this news release, referred to herein as "forward-looking statements", constitute "forward-looking statements" under the provisions of Canadian provincial securities laws. These statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expected", "may", "will" or similar terms.
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Kootenay as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, known and unknown, could cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by law, Kootenay expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Kootenay’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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