Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. - Surface Drilling Extends Martin Zone

VAL-D'OR, QC, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd (WDO: TSX) is pleased to announce the 2011 Martin Zone surface diamond drilling at Kiena Mine Complex is generating encouraging preliminary results.  Drilling is ongoing.

The Martin Zone is located 1.2 kilometres east of the Kiena mine shaft.  It has been opened up by a drift on the 330 metre level.  Recently released underground drilling results, coupled with drifting results, demonstrate that the mineralization remains open laterally, upwards and at depth (Press Release dated July 19, 2011 available at www.wesdome.com).

Preliminary surface drilling results confirm the continuity of the Martin Zone above and along strike of underground results (see Table 1 and Table 2 for drill hole locations and results).

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • 207.86 gAu/tonne over 0.6 m (core length)

  • 50.38 gAu/tonne over 1.5 m (core length)

  • 11.72 gAu/tonne over 5.8 m (core length)

George Mannard, VP Exploration, states, "This structure is vertically-dipping, tabular and easy to follow.  These early results indicate potential to double the vertical extent of known mineralization above the drift and demonstrate grades capable of carrying mining widths."

Table 1:  Drill Hole Locations

Hole
No.
Easting Northing Azimuth Dip Length
  (UTM) (UTM) (degrees) (degrees) (metres)
S691 284391 5333511 243 -50 249
S692 284392 5333512 243 -58 279
S693* 284356 5333551 243 -50 90
S693A 284356 5333551 243 -52 252
S694 284357 5333551 243 -58 294
S695* 284344 5333603 243 -50 174
S695A 284344 5333599 243 -50 252
S696 284344 5333603 243 -58 300
S697 284329 5333648 243 -50 249
S698 284329 5333648 243 -58 321

* Drill hole abandoned

Table 2:  Drill Hole Results

(Note: Hole number S695A was drilled elsewhere in the mine)

Hole
No.
From
(metres)
To
(metres)
Section Core
length
(metres)
Estimated
Horizontal
Width
(metres)
Grade
(gAu/tonne)
Cut Grade**
(gAu/tonne)
S691 177.00 177.60 9825N 0.60 0.43 207.86 34.28
S692 237.70 239.20 9825N 1.50 0.82   50.38 11.67
Includes 237.70 238.20 9825N 0.50 0.27 150.43 34.28
S693     9875N       Hole abandoned
S693A 159.40 162.00 9875N 2.60 1.60    2.59 2.59
S694 198.20 202.90 9875N 4.70 2.47    1.03 1.03
S695     9925N       Hole abandoned
S695A     9925N       Results pending
S696 230.10 235.90 9925N 5.80 3.03   11.72 11.72
S697 208.10 212.30 9975N 4.20 2.56    1.97 1.97
S698 251.80 257.30 9975N 5.50 2.81   2.20 2.20

** An upper grade cutting limit of 34.28 gAu/tonne was applied.

GEOLOGICAL CONTEXT

The Martin Zone strikes northwest and is subvertically dipping.  It is a tabular zone consisting of albitized quartz stockwork veining and quartz-albite-pyrite veining in brecciated tholeitic basalts.  The Martin Zone structure supported historic production of 139,000 tonnes grading 6.2 gAu/tonne above 230 metres depth during the period 1936 - 1938 from the former Martin Mine, located 1.0 kilometres to the southeast of current work.

TECHNICAL DISCLOSURE

The technical content of this press release has been verified by Marc Ducharme, P.Geo. OGQ, Chief Exploration Geologist, Kiena mine in his capacity as a "Qualified Person", as per requirements of National Instrument 43-101.  Assaying was done by fire assay methods at the Kiena mine assay office.  In addition to internal duplicate, standards and blanks, the geology department inserts blind standards and blanks into the sample stream at a frequency of one in twenty to monitor quality control.

ABOUT WESDOME

Wesdome is an established Canadian gold producer with wholly-owned mining and milling complexes located in Wawa, Ontario and Val-d'Or, Québec.  Wesdome has been producing gold continually for more than 20 years on an unhedged basis and to date has produced in excess of 1.2 million ounces.  The Company has 101.9 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WDO".

This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances, management's estimates or opinions should change, except as required by securities legislation. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

For further information:

Donovan Pollitt, P.Eng., CFA or George Mannard, P.Geo.

President & CEO  Vice President, Exploration

416-360-3743   ext 25  416-360-3743   ext 22

8 King St. East, Suite 1305

Toronto, ON, M5C 1B5

Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX

Phone: 416-360-3743, Fax: 416-360-7620

Email: invest@wesdome.com, Website: www.wesdome.com

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