VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - West Kirkland Mining Inc. (TSXV: WKM) ("West Kirkland" or the "Company") is pleased to announce a new drill campaign commencing in March 2012
in the Long Canyon trend targeted on two gold anomalies several
kilometers long defined by soil sampling by the Company. The gold
anomalies correlate with major structural features in the emerging Long
Canyon Trend. The Long Canyon deposit represents a new style of gold
deposit for Nevada and the discovery culminated in the takeover of
Fronteer Gold by Newmont in 2011. West Kirkland completed a transaction
with Fronteer just before the Newmont takeover and has expanded its
land position in the trend to hold the dominant land position with
majority interest in over 1,000 square kilometers.
The Company collected 9,012 soil samples on a 75 X 75 meter grid
covering selected sections of the Lewis Spring and Toano targets which
led to the identification of several of West Kirkland's 2012 drill
On the Lewis Spring target, the initial dataset identified a 53 square
kilometer gold in stream anomaly using a similar technique that led to the Long
Canyon discovery. This gold in stream anomaly was followed-up with
soil sampling that was highlighted by individual samples of up to 1.1
g/t Au in soil. Mapping has highlighted two distinct target areas that
will be drilled in 2012. Approximately 5,200 meters in 18 reverse
circulation holes are planned in the initial program.
On the Toano target, soil sampling has identified multiple Long Canyon
Trend-parallel gold in soils anomalies with associated pathfinder
elements. The identified soil anomalies measure up to eight kilometers
long and are coincident with pull-apart structures similar to Newmont's
Long Canyon deposit. Rock samples as high as 1.625 g/t Au have been
collected in the areas of the soil anomalies. West Kirkland is
planning on approximately 4,400 meters of drilling in ten reverse
circulation drill holes.
On the Bandito target, West Kirkland has identified areas of high
priority targets for 2012. The Company has identified several north
and northeast orientated structures with elevated gold in drilling.
Previous drilling was limited in depth and did not test the favourable
underlying stratigraphy. The Company will drill approximately 1,400
meters into the defined Bandito targets in four reverse circulation
In addition, West Kirkland also plans to drill on its Gollaher property,
located approximately 20 kilometers southeast of Jackpot, Nevada. The
property was previously drilled with approximately 80 holes by Freeport
McMoran in the late 1980's.
At TUG, the Company has drilled approximately 1,300 meters in four holes
so far in 2012. Hole WT12-009 returned 1.13 g/t Au and 5.43 g/t Ag
over 21.18 meters starting 168.25 meters down the hole. This intercept
confirms the potential for the deposit to expand and drilling is
continuing. West Kirkland anticipates the completion of the maiden
43-101 resource estimate on the TUG deposit by the end of Q1 2012.
The Company has received results from drilling on the Bullion Mountain
property. The hole intersected favourable stratigraphy at depth similar
to the nearby Pipeline Mine operated by Barrick Gold. No significant
assays were received. The Company's Long Canyon projects will be the
priority targets in 2012.
The Company is pleased to announce that an NI 43-101 technical report by
Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc. dated January 12, 2012 on
its Nevada properties has been received and filed on SEDAR and is
available on the Company's website. The report validates the Company's
enthusiasm for its Nevada portfolio.
Key conclusions of the report are:
It is CCIC's professional opinion that gold mineralization on the TUG
property has been demonstrated to be continuous in three dimensions and
at an economically significant gold grade.
The Nevada land position has potential for structural and stratigraphic
controlled gold mineralization and the independent recommended budget
for Nevada Exploration is approximately $5,000,000.
West Kirkland's initial data appears to corroborate the historical data
on the TUG property. A further verification and a resource calculation
program is recommended.
The recommended program and resource calculation are now in progress.
Qualified Person, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance
Samples of drill core were saw cut, with half the cut core placed in
individual sealed bags and half placed back in the original core box
for permanent storage. Drill core samples were delivered directly by
West Kirkland personnel to the ALS Chemex prep lab in Nevada. Prepared
pulps were shipped by ALS Chemex to their North Vancouver Lab where
gold was determined by fire assay fusion with Inductively Coupled
Plasma (ICP) finish. ALS Chemex's North Vancouver Lab is ISO 9001:2008
certified and also is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited by the Standards
Council of Canada for the assay methods employed.
Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland, and a
Qualified Person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has
reviewed the information contained in this news release and has also
verified the analytical data for drill core samples disclosed in this
release by reviewing the blanks, duplicates and certified reference
material that the Company inserted into the sample stream and
confirming that they fall within limits as determined by acceptable
industry practice. He is the non-independent qualified person for this
new release and has verified the data.
About West Kirkland Mining
West Kirkland Mining was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration
along major trends in North America. The Company mission is to make a
major gold discovery by working systematically near gold mines along
major trends. The Company has consolidated significant mineral rights
positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major gold
trends of north eastern Nevada - two of North America's premier gold
jurisdictions. The Company is well supported by experienced
institutional shareholders. The founders and Board of West Kirkland
Mining have successful gold discovery, development and mine operations
experience in both Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking information within the
meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without
limitation, information regarding proposed exploration activities.
Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it
can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as:
believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar
expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future
events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking information
provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results or
performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those
in forward looking information as a result of various factors,
including, but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for
the Company's equity securities, the state of the market for gold or
other minerals that may be produced generally, recent market
volatility; variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any
mineral deposits that may be located, the Company's ability to obtain
any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its
activities, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to
implement its business strategies and other risks associated with the
exploration and development of mineral properties. The reader is
referred to the Company's public filings for a more complete discussion
of such risk factors and their potential effects which may be accessed
through the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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