Vancouver, February 11, 2014 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) reports additional results from its 2013 drill program in the vicinity of the proposed Mary LC pit expansion at the 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada. The Mary LC lies immediately southeast of the currently active Mary pit.
The 2013 program targeted undrilled areas within the Mary LC pit expansion design to determine if mineralization exists, tighten up drill hole spacing for resource estimation, and follow up on mineralized trends either below the proposed pit shell floor or outside of the existing cone boundary. The drilling has had a very high success rate, with over 85% of the holes to date intersecting mineralization in areas previously accorded zero grade within the block model. Completion of a new reserve estimate and Life of Mine assessment, which will incorporate the Drinkwater, Mary and Mary LC, is expected in Q1 2014.
Scorpio Gold recently received approval from the Nevada Bureau of Land Management for its Amended Plan of Operations, allowing the Company to proceed with the planned expansion of the Mary pit to incorporate the Mary LC zone. The new Mary/LC pit will have dimensions far exceeding the currently operating Drinkwater pit.
Highlights from the 2013 drilling program on the Mary LC include:
- MR13702: 3.10 g/t gold over 9.14 meters
- MR13711: 2.86 g/t gold over 6.10 meters
- MR13624: 2.18 g/t gold over 7.62 meters
- MR13626: 3.94 g/t gold over 4.57 meters
Table 1. Mary LC - Significant Drill Results
|Hole No.||Azm (deg)||Dip (deg)||From (ft)||To (ft)||Width (ft)||From (m)||To (m)||Width (m)||Gold (OPT)||Gold (g/t)|
|MR13706||225||-55||No Significant Results|
All holes presented in Table 1 were completed by reverse circulation ("RC") drilling. True width is estimated at 90-100% of downhole width. Analytical results were performed by American Assay Laboratory Inc. in Sparks, Nevada, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility. External check assays to verify lab accuracy are routinely completed by ALS Chemex, an ISO 9001:2000 certified and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility. Further details are presented in the Company's quality assurance and quality control program for the Mineral Ridge project at: View PDF.
About Scorpio Gold
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Waterton Global Value L.P. (30%), and is currently entitled to receive 80% of cash flow generated. Mineral Ridge is currently in production as a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The Mineral Ridge property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and lenses at exploration, development and production stages. Scorpio Gold also holds a 100% interest in the advanced exploration-stage Goldwedge property and processing facility in Manhattan, Nevada, and and has entered into a letter of intent to sell the advanced exploration-stage Pinon gold property near Carlin, Nevada. The Company is assessing its exploration plans for the Goldwedge property as well as the potential for toll milling at the Goldwedge plant, which is currently permitted for 400 tons per day.
Scorpio Gold's CEO, Peter J. Hawley, PGeo, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
SCORPIO GOLD CORPORATION
Peter J. Hawley,
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Steve Roebuck Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jim Macdonald, Torrey Hills Capital
Tel: (858) 456-7300
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