Vancouver, February 3, 2017 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) reports final results from its 2016 exploration drilling program at the Custer, Drinkwater Highwall and Mary LC Phase 4 target areas at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
The Custer deposit lies along trend of and ~400 meters southeast of the Mary LC deposit. RC drilling in 2016 followed up on a highly successful first-pass drilling program in 2015, defining the Custer deposit over a 150 x 200 meter area at depth. Two additional core holes drilled near the middle of the deposit confirmed the mineralization intersected by RC drilling (Table 1). The Custer deposit is in the permitting process for future consideration of open-pit mining.
The Drinkwater Highwall target area is located at the northwest end of the Drinkwater pit. Previous drilling had reported significant mineralization left behind in the wall of the pit, as reported in the Company's October 30, 2012, November 26, 2012 and April 7, 2014 news releases. A review and modelling of the data from all three drilling campaigns and further definition of existing underground mining voids has determined that the mineralization remaining in the Drinkwater Highwall is not economic at current gold prices.
The Mary LC Phase 4 target area is a northeastern extension of the mineralization in the Mary LC deposit. RC drilling in 2016 intersected mineralization in all 8 holes drilled; however, a review and modelling of the data has determined that the mineralization in the Phase 4 area is not economic at current gold prices and will require additional drilling.
A drill hole location map is available at: DH Plan
Table 1. Custer, Drinkwater Highwall and Mary LC P4 Target Areas - Significant Drill Results
|MARY LC P4|
|MR162092||168||-67||No Significant Results|
The Drinkwater Highwall and Custer holes presented in Table 1 were completed by core drilling and the Mary LC Phase 4 holes by reverse circulation (RC) drilling. Estimates of true width ("TW") range from 42% to 100% of actual downhole width. Scorpio Gold utilizes the analytical services of ALS Minerals (Reno, Nevada), an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E, CAN-P-1579) accredited testing laboratory, and Bureau Veritas (Reno, Nevada), an ISO 9001 certified testing laboratory that operates in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards. External check assays to verify lab accuracy are routinely completed. Further details are presented in the Company's quality assurance and quality control program for the Mineral Ridge project, available at: MR QAQC.
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 Elevon, LLC (30%). 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 in Manhattan, Nevada, with a fully permitted underground mine and 400 ton per day mill facility. The Goldwedge mill facility has been placed on a care and maintenance basis and can be restarted immediately when needed.
Scorpio Gold's Chairman, 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
For further information contact:
Chris Zerga, President
Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jag Sandhu, JNS Capital Corp.
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