Vancouver, August 31, 2017 – Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX: LMC) (“Leagold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report several high-grade drilling results from Bermejal including 15.5 grams per tonne (“gpt”) over 27.0 metres, 17.4 gpt over 13.3 metres, 8.0 gpt over 20.3 metres and 16.8 gpt over 8.6 metres (all capped grades and true widths; see Table 1). These results are part of 20 holes being reported from the infill and step-out exploration program at the Bermejal Underground deposit at the Los Filos Mine, following the initial 20 holes reported on July 13, 2017.
Neil Woodyer, CEO stated “This second set of holes continue to delineate the broad widths and high grades of the mineralization below the junction of the sill and the Bermejal intrusive. Overall the program has an impressive 90% success rate with 36 of the 40 holes drilled intercepting the key targets.”
Over 25,000 metres (45%) of the 56,000 metre Bermejal Underground program have been completed. A total of 62 of the planned 113 holes have been drilled and, to date 40 holes have been reported, 12 are in progress and the remaining 10 are in the process of sampling or assaying. The entire drilling program is expected to be completed within 2017 and these drill hole results will be incorporated in an updated resource estimate.
Bermejal Underground mineralization extends approximately 1,600 metres along the strike of the intrusive contact and has a vertical depth extent of over 600 metres (Figure 1). The drilling shows consistent oxide mineralization at carbonate/intrusive contacts either along the intrusive contact or below the intersection between the sill and the Bermejal intrusive contact (a “sub-sill” deposit; Figure 2). The mineralization in the Bermejal Underground deposit remains open in several directions.
All holes intersected iron-oxide skarn mineralization as targeted and only two holes (BU-36-17, BU-40-17) were below a 3 gpt over 3 m diluted minimum width threshold.
Bermejal Underground Expansion Project Update
An environmental permit for the mine portal and exploration ramp was completed in July 2017 (see news release dated July 31, 2017). Surface preparation for the portal is currently underway. The ramp will provide access to the eastern and central portions of the deposit and will enable additional exploration, allow collection of material for confirmatory metallurgical testwork for heap leaching, demonstrate the minability of Bermejal Underground, and advance the project towards declaration of reserves.
Table 1: Drilling Program Highlights for Bermejal Underground Deposit
NOTES: Intervals in bold are shown on cross sections or mentioned in the text of the news release
*Drill holes BU-36-17 and BU-40-17 dilute below 3 gpt; all other intercepts are over 3 gpt when diluted to a minimum true width of 3 metres are shown
UC = Upper Contact of Sill; LC = Lower Contact of Sill; Sill = Oxide within Sill; UI = Intrusive Contact above Junction with Sill;
LI = Intrusive Contact below Junction with Sill
Individual assays within the intercepts were capped using 40 gpt limit
Figure 1: Plan View Map of Bermejal Area Showing Geology, Drill Holes Reported and Outline of Bermejal Underground Resource at 1,175 m elevation
Figure 2: Cross Section A-A’ Facing East Showing Step-Out Drilling below the Sill in the Bermejal Underground Deposit
Doug Reddy, P.Geo, Leagold’s Senior Vice President – Technical Services, is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release on behalf of Leagold.
Los Filos Mine employs industry standard drilling and sampling procedures. All exploration samples are sent to an ALS Global facility in Guadalajara for preparation and Vancouver for analyses by fire assay and ICP. A full quality control and assurance program and protocols are in place and are aligned with best practices including regular insertion of certified reference standards, blanks, and duplicates.
About Leagold Mining Corporation
Leagold is building a new mid-tier gold producer with a focus on opportunities in Latin America. Leagold is based in Vancouver, Canada and is listed on the TSX under the trading symbol “LMC”. The recent acquisition of the Los Filos Mine, a low-cost gold producer in Mexico, provides an excellent platform for growth.
On behalf of Leagold Mining Corporation
Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer
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Doug Reddy, SVP Technical Services
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