Kootenay drilling returns multiple hits on central zone

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VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KTN.V) ("Kootenay") is pleased to announce assay results from a further fifteen drill holes as part of its ongoing, multi-phase drill and resource expansion program on its flagship Promontorio Silver Project in Sonora, Mexico. The Company reports drilling continues to encounter high-grade results within a newly identified breccia zone situated between the Pit and NE Zones (See June 4, 2013 news release). A further 5,500 meters of drilling have been completed, which concludes the current 5,000 meter drill phase, bringing the total drilled since November 2012 to 21,500 meters.

The Company reports, mapping, core logging and compilation of results are currently underway to establish the next phase of work on Promontorio.

Drilling Highlights:
  > DH 203 Returned: 114 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 29.0 Meters (27 gpt Ag, 1.37 Au, 0.69% Pb+Zn)
    Includes: 396 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 5.0 Meters (79 gpt Ag, 5.0 gpt Au, 2.47% Pb+Zn)
  > DH 205 Returned: 147 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 15.0 Meters (76 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, 0.36% Pb+Zn)
    Includes: 227 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 5.0 Meters (147 gpt Ag, 1.26 Au, 0.64% Pb+Zn)
  > DH 207 Returned: 108 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 34.0 Meters (41 gpt Ag, 0.72 Au, 1.43% Pb+Zn)
    Includes: 222 gpt Silver Eqv. Over 8.0 Meters (71 gpt Ag, 1.88 gpt Au, 2.47 % Pb+Zn)

States Kootenay Silver President and CEO James McDonald "We are very pleased with current drill results, as we conclude another successful phase of drilling on Promontorio. Results have been remarkably consistent throughout the current phase, generating multiple high-grade hits within broad zones of widespread mineralization. Drilling continues to establish continuity of mineralization between the two main zones. Gold grades are increasing in the Central Breccia area between the NE and Pit Zones underscoring the complexity and potential of Promontorio's large diatreme system."

Hole ID Target From To Interval *AgEq
(Ag,Au,Pb,Zn)
Ag Au Pb Zn Pb+Zn
(m) (m) (m) (gpt) (gpt) (gpt) (%) (%) (%)
DH-196-13 NE Zone 162.00 164.00 2.0 95 83 0.05 0.20 0.26 0.45
DH-197-13 NE Zone 249.00 257.00 8.0 53 11 0.47 0.43 0.40 0.83
DH-197-13 NE Zone 264.00 282.00 18.0 87 50 0.50 0.24 0.24 0.48
 Including NE Zone 270.00 277.00 7.0 177 120 0.67 0.53 0.52 1.05
 Including NE Zone 270.00 272.00 2.0 450 371 0.55 1.34 1.07 2.41
DH-198-13 NE Zone 133.00 134.00 1.0 580 426 0.10 3.76 3.45 7.21
DH-199-13 NE Zone 252.00 258.00 6.0 50 20 0.38 0.26 0.26 0.52
DH-199-13 NE Zone 266.00 273.00 7.0 90 40 0.55 0.53 0.47 1.00
DH-201-13 NE Zone 208.00 220.00 12.0 38 17 0.24 0.19 0.24 0.42
DH-201-13 NE Zone 252.00 270.00 18.0 138 55 0.96 0.66 0.91 1.57
 Including NE Zone 252.00 256.00 4.0 280 141 0.98 1.53 2.75 4.28
 Including NE Zone 267.00 269.00 2.0 318 95 3.55 0.95 0.75 1.70
DH-201-13 NE Zone 286.00 289.00 3.0 143 65 0.79 0.84 0.94 1.77
DH-201-13 NE Zone 300.00 309.00 9.0 37 18 0.14 0.31 0.26 0.57
DH-203-13 NE Corridor 93.00 95.00 2.0 115 89 0.29 0.08 0.44 0.52
DH-203-13 NE Corridor 119.00 121.00 2.0 137 125 0.12 0.08 0.18 0.25
DH-203-13 NE Corridor 183.00 212.00 29.0 114 27 1.37 0.30 0.38 0.69
 Including NE Corridor 194.00 199.00 5.0 396 79 5.00 1.10 1.38 2.47
DH-203-13 NE Corridor 240.00 254.00 14.0 100 62 0.37 0.55 0.31 0.87
 Including NE Corridor 240.00 242.00 2.0 241 190 0.62 0.42 0.49 0.90
 Including NE Corridor 251.00 253.00 2.0 206 90 0.84 2.49 0.95 3.45
DH-204-13 NE Corridor 192.00 202.00 10.0 54 43 0.13 0.12 0.10 0.22
DH-205-13 NE Corridor 3.00 6.00 3.0 306 254 0.09 1.34 0.95 2.29
DH-205-13 NE Corridor 133.00 148.00 15.0 147 76 1.19 0.17 0.19 0.36
 Including NE Corridor 134.00 139.00 5.0 227 147 1.26 0.32 0.32 0.64
 Including NE Corridor 144.00 148.00 4.0 189 72 2.02 0.22 0.27 0.48
DH-207-13 NE Corridor 290.00 324.00 34.0 108 41 0.72 0.61 0.82 1.43
 Including NE Corridor 315.00 323.00 8.0 222 71 1.88 0.98 1.49 2.47
DH-207-13 NE Corridor 359.00 371.00 12.0 29 14 0.14 0.19 0.19 0.38

*AgEq and RMV Prices and Recoveries Used: Ag $31/oz, Au $1650/oz, Pb $0.97/lb, Zn $0.89/lb

 

Drill holes 195, 200, 202, 206, 208 and 209 hit no significant results. Holes 208 and 209 were drilled off the main trend on a target about 400 meters to the north of the Pit Zone.

To view map of drill results visit: http://www.kootenaysilver.com/i/projects/Promontorio/NE_Zone_Plan-2013-12-12.pdf

All holes are reported as drill lengths. Because of the meandering nature of mineralization within breccia's and surrounding stockworks determining dimensions of mineralization is only possible after numerous holes define the boundaries of mineralized bodies.

Current NI 43-101 Compliant Silver Resource

The current mineral estimate on Promontorio effective date March 31, 2013 (See May 14, 2013 news release) contains a combined Measured and Indicated silver resource of 92,428,000 silver equivalent ounces (39.9M oz's Ag, 508K oz's Au, 394.8M lb's Pb, 462.2M lb's Zn). In addition to the measured and indicated silver resources, there are an additional 26,814,000 silver equivalent ounces in the Inferred category (12.8M oz's Ag, 147 oz's Au, 99.5M lb's Pb, 109.1M lb's Zn). Measured and Indicated resources are contained in open pit resources of 44,504,000 tonnes grading an average of 64.32 gpt silver equivalent (27.77 gpt Ag, 0.35 gpt Au and 0.87% Pb+Zn) and resources outside of the open pit of 215,000 tonnes grading an average of 56.96 gpt silver equivalent (22.89 gpt Ag, 0.28 gpt Au and 0.95% Pb+Zn). Inferred resources are within open pit resources of 14,564,000 tonnes grading an average of 51.95 gpt silver equivalent (24.95 gpt Ag, 0.28 gpt Au and 0.59% Pb+Zn) and resources outside of the open pit of 1,265,000 tonnes grading an average of 61.17 gpt silver equivalent (26.57 gpt Ag, 0.37 gpt Au and 0.74% Pb+Zn). 

The current NI 43-101 Resource Estimation conducted on Promontorio by SRK Consulting Inc. (U.S.) of Lakewood, Colorado (See May 14, 2013 news release), included gold assay results in the updated resource estimation. As a result of the addition of gold, the mineral resource is now contained in a single larger optimized Whittle Pit, as opposed to two individual smaller pits as reported in the August 21, 2012 resource estimate.  The decision to include gold in the resource estimation follows extensive metallurgical testing and technical analysis conducted by ALS Minerals of Kamloops, British Columbia that confirmed up to 94.5% recovery of gold from pyrite concentrates from the Promontorio resource can be achieved using a post pressure oxidation treatment process. 

QA/QC

All drill holes reported were drilled using HQ sized diamond drill core and drilled by B.D Drilling Mexico, S.A. de C.V of Guadalajara, Mexico.  Further Quality Assurance and Control procedures and details on assays procedures and laboratories used are disclosed on the Kootenay Silver Inc. website.

The foregoing geological disclosure has been reviewed and verified by Kootenay's CEO, James McDonald, P.Geo (a qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr. McDonald is a director of Kootenay.

ABOUT KOOTENAY

Kootenay Silver Inc. is actively developing mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. Its flagship property is the former producing Promontorio Silver mine in Sonora State, Mexico. Kootenay's objective is to develop near term discoveries and long-term sustainable growth. Its management and technical team are proven professionals with extensive international experience in all aspects of mineral exploration, operations and venture capital markets. Multiple, ongoing J/V partnerships in Mexico and Canada maximize potential for additional, new discoveries while maintaining minimal share dilution.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements: The information in this news release has been prepared as at December 11, 2013.  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.

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

This press release uses the terms "Measured", "Indicated", and "Inferred" resources. United States investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of Measured or Indicated Mineral Resources will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a Mineral Resource is economically or legally mineable.  

 

SOURCE Kootenay Silver Inc.

For further information:

James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-238-6986

Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650

or visit: www.kootenaysilver.com