Premier Gold intersects high-grade Carlin gold - Saddle update

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THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) ("Premier") is pleased to provide an update of ongoing drilling at the Company's 100%-owned Saddle Project, located within the Rain sub-district of Nevada's prolific Carlin Trend.  This drilling has intersected high-grade gold mineralization over substantial core intervals that will be used, in addition to historic drilling, to complete a NI43-101 compliant gold resource estimate following the completion of the program.  Drilling is also scheduled to begin at the "Blue Sage" prospect in the near future.

Significant results from the initial drilling include 0.25 ounce per ton gold (oz/t Au) across 40.0 feet (8.46 grams per tonne Au across 12.2 metres) including 0.31 oz/t Au across 22.9 feet (10.70 g/t Au across 6.98m) in SA003, 0.41 oz/ton across 13.0 feet (14.12 g/t Au across 4.0m) in SA008 and 0.29 oz/ton across 21.3 feet (10.10 g/t Au across 6.5m) is SA013A.  Highlight results from re-assaying selected core from previous drilling (Newmont) at Saddle include 0.94 oz/t Au across 19.0 feet (32.02 g/t Au across 5.8m) in RCR-40 and 0.41 oz/t Au across 38.0 feet (13.87 g/t Au across 11.6m) in RCR-43.  Ongoing drilling continues to intersect significant intervals of mineralized breccia (assays pending) and confirm Premier's belief that the Saddle Deposit represents one of the most prospective undeveloped high-grade gold deposits in North America.  Table 1 provides a summary of assay results from new holes drilled and Table 2 provides a summary of results from re-assaying previously drilled holes ("RCR" designated collars).  These results are within two to four percent of the values of the original assay determinations.

Table 1 -New Drilling Results at Saddle

Hole-ID UTM Zone 11
Coordinates
NAD27 (m)
Dip/Az
(degrees)
From (ft) To (ft) Interval
(ft)
Grade
(oz/ton)
Interval
(m)
Grade
(g/tonne)
Zone
SA001* 4497409 N 581432 E -90 1801.0 1806.0 5.0 0.09 1.5 3.01 Rain Fault
SA002 4497340 N
581399E
Including
-90
2060.0 2118.5 58.5 0.10 17.8 3.81 Saddle
2065.0 2098.0 33.0 0.13 10.1 4.54 Saddle
2347.0 2352.0 5.0 0.25 1.5 8.70 Deep Feeder
2380.0 2420.0 40.0 0.08 12.2 2.85 Deep Feeder
SA003* 4497357 N 581278 E -90 1988.2 2028.2 40.0 0.25 12.2 8.56 Saddle
SA004 4497482 N
581283 E
-90 No Significant assays  
SA005 4497512 N
581156 E
-90 No Significant assays  
SA006 4497325 N
581515 E
-90 Abandoned - Failed to reach Target  
SA007 4497325 N
581643 E
-90 ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
SA008 4497301 N
581386 E
-90 1894.0 1907.0 13.0 0.41 4.0 14.11 Saddle
1932.0 1945.0 13.0 0.14 4.0 4.69 Saddle
SA008A 4497297 N
581390 E
Wedged ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
SA009 4497263 N
581761 E
-90 ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
Hole-ID UTM Zone 11
Coordinates
NAD27 (m)
Dip/Az
(degrees)
From (ft) To (ft) Interval
(ft)
Grade
(oz/ton)
Interval
(m)
Grade
(g/tonne)
Zone
SA010 4497293 N
581312 E
-90 No Significant assays Saddle
SA011A 4497270 N
581298 E
-90 ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
SA0012 4497224 N
581317 E
-90 1981.0 2019.5 38.5 0.15 11.7 5.17 Saddle
SA013A 4497245 N
581394 E
-90 1924.2 1967.5 43.3 0.21 13.2 7.05 Saddle
                                                        Including 1946.3 1967.5 21.2 0.29 6.5 10.09 Saddle
SA014A 4497359 N
581282 E
-90 ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
SA015 4497405 N
581429 E
-90 ASSAYS PENDING Saddle
SA0016 4497293 N
581315 E
-90 1984.5 2003.0 18.5 0.09 5.6 3.21 Saddle
*Previously released                

True heights are estimated at 100% of intersection lengths for flat-lying Saddle deposit.

Table 2 -Results of Re-assaying Previous Drill Holes at Saddle

Hole-ID UTM Zone 11
Coordinates
NAD27 (m)
Dip/Az
(degrees)
From (ft) To (ft) Interval
(ft)
Grade
(oz/ton)
Interval
(m)
Grade
(g/tonne)
Zone
RCR-40 4497371 N 581428 E -90 1906.0 1925.0 19.0 0.63 5.8 21.46 Saddle
RCR-43 4497420 N 581263 E -90 1930.0 1968.0 38.0 0.40 11.6 13.81 Saddle
RCR-54 4497398 N 581280 E -90 2129.0 2146.0 17.0 0.36 5.2 12.33 Saddle
RCR-61 4497302 N 581443 E -90 1955.0 1991.0 36.0 0.16 11.0 5.36 Saddle
RCR-63 4497230 N 581628 E -90 1640.0 1690.0 50.0 0.18 15.2 6.28 Saddle
  Including   1640.0 1657.0 12.0 0.55 3.7 18.92 Saddle
RCR-64 4497483 N 581097 E -90 2240.0 2305.0 65.0 0.14 19.8 4.96 Saddle
  Including   2240.0 2260.0 20.0 0.21 6.1 7.19 Saddle
  And   2080.0 2090.0 10.0 0.28 3.0 9.53 Saddle

True heights are estimated at 100% of intersection lengths for flat-lying Saddle deposit.

In addition to producing strong results in the core deposit area, several holes have intersected multiple collapse-breccia units at depth, including SA002, that returned numerous gold-bearing zones, suggesting the potential to define potentially higher grade feeder structures at depth.  These types of structures contain some of the highest grade gold deposits in the Carlin Trend including the famous Meikle and Deep Star mines.

Figure 1 portrays a plan view of the location of drilling at Saddle as well as a surface projection of the '40 Fault' that could represent a high grade feeder structure.

Figure 1 - Plan View of Drilling Results at Saddle (New drilling and historic assays included)
http://files.newswire.ca/598/premiermap.pdf

Saddle forms a large portion of the Saddle/NW Tess Gold Deposit that is host to a high-grade historic (non-NI 43-101 compliant) mineral resource estimate.  Two distinct styles of mineralization occur at Saddle; wider mineralized zones occurring at the Web-Devil's Gate contact (Contact mineralization), and higher grade mineralization in the Webb Formation within the plane of the Rain Fault (up to approximately 1 oz/ton Au in historic drilling).  The Saddle Gold Deposit is one of several deposits discovered by Newmont Mining Corporation ("Newmont") during the 1990's to the northwest of, and down plunge from, it's Rain Gold Mine ("Rain").  Rain was previously mined by open pit and underground methods, is host to the Tess Deposit and a portion of the Saddle Deposit, and has significant underground infrastructure (ramp) proximal to Saddle.  The Saddle Deposit is not subject to any "NSR" royalty obligations.

Drilling is also scheduled to be carried out on the Blue Sage claims that are located to the northwest of and adjoin the Sections that comprise Premier's Saddle Gold Project, and that cover approximately 4500 feet (1.37 kilometres) of the projected "Rain Fault" strike extension.  Based on geophysical work completed, Premier believes that there are numerous prospective, and untested, structures that have high potential to host gold mineralization.  To date, the Rain Fault up to and beyond the Blue Sage prospect from the Saddle Deposit remains completely untested.

The Saddle and Blue Sage acquisitions provide Premier with a core land position within one of the most productive gold regions in the world, the Carlin Trend.  Premier is currently focused on growing its US-based land holdings as numerous high-quality project opportunities have recently been identified.  This focus is consistent with the Company's strategy to build a significant presence in proven, accessible and low-risk jurisdictions that offer opportunities for the discovery of high grade gold deposits.

Premier also holds a 1.5% NSR production royalty in Rain, and in Newmont's Emigrant Springs Deposit.  Emigrant Springs, currently in construction, is an advanced-stage project that is located only 1.5 miles east of Saddle, and is host to a significant undeveloped oxide gold reserve/resource that represents a portion of Newmont's future production within its Carlin operations.

"Our US division remains the most undervalued portion of Premier's portfolio, yet contains one of the highest grade undeveloped gold deposits in the Carlin Trend." stated Ewan Downie, President and CEO of Premier.  "To successfully accelerate growth not only in the US, but also in Canada, we intend to grow our management team.  Securing Paul Huet as Chief Operating Officer is expected to assist us in growing our US-based asset platform, and will enhance our ability to advance our strong project portfolio towards development."

OTHER PROJECTS

Premier holds several projects that are the subject of significant exploration programs.  Exploration programs, including drilling, are underway in Red Lake on two joint venture projects with Goldcorp. First, the Rahill-Bonanza Project (PG 49% and Red Lake Gold Mines 51%) that is located in close proximity to Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines infrastructure, and second, the East Bay Project (PG 35% and 50% - JV with RLGM) that is located on the East Bay ultramafic trend along strike and to the north of Rubicon's F2 Zone discovery at its Phoenix Gold Project.  Eight drills are active on Premier's 100%-owned Trans-Canada Project which includes the multi-million ounce Hardrock Deposit.  Finally, two drills are active at Premier's 100%-owned PQ North Project that is located along strike from Goldcorp's Musselwhite Gold Mine.

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results are from core samples sent to ALS Laboratories, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Reno, Nevada, for preparation and analysis utilizing fire assay methods.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America's leading exploration companies with a high-quality pipeline of projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and include significant assets in world class districts such as Red Lake in Ontario and the Carlin Trend in Nevada.

The statements made in this Press Release may contain forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company's expectations and projections.

 

SOURCE Premier Gold Mines Limited

For further information:

Ewan Downie, President & CEO       Phone: 807-346-1390       Fax: 807-346-0100
    e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com    Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com


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