- DRILLING HAS RESUMED -
VANCOUVER, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Westminster Resources Ltd. (the "Company" or
"Westminster") is pleased to report that exploration has resumed at the
El Cobre Project in Sonora, Mexico. The Company drilled 8 core holes
totaling 1132 meters of a planned 3500 meter Phase One drilling program
before pausing for Christmas break. No prior drilling had ever been
conducted at El Cobre.
During the Fall of 2010, Westminster conducted a program of survey grid
construction and geophysical surveying over the Anita Mine and its
possible extensions along trend. The CSMAT (Controlled Source Audio -
Magnetotelluric) resistivity survey was carried out for the Company by
Quantec Geoscience, and resulted in identifying both high and low
resistivity and structural geophysical targets. Shallow drilling of the
resistivity anomalies yielded marginal results and drill intercepts of
the weathered and leached breccia structures generally resulted in 60%
or less drill core recoveries in mineralized zones.
In the vicinity of the historic Anita Mine, a large oxidized-mineralized
breccia zone was targeted with shallow drill holes. Two holes
intersected old mine workings at the target depth, while the third
(hole ELC 10-05, with about 60% core recovery) intersected 9 meters grading 2.379% copper, 22.72 g/t silver and 1.17 g/t gold
(included was a 4.5 meter core intercept grading 3.85% Cu, 36.74 g/t Ag
and 2.01 g/t Au).
Hole ELC 10-05 intersected the target at approximately 45 meters below
surface. Mineralization at this shallow level consisted of secondary
copper oxide minerals in a highly brecciated host rock. In general,
locally intense clay alteration and the intensely weathered and
fractured breccia target zone resulted in poor core recovery and thus
poor representation of these leached mineralized zones in this early
round of shallow drilling.
"Although core recoveries were poor, the high grade nature of the Anita
Copper Mine area outcrops and dump material have been verified by these
drill results" stated Glen Indra, President (see WMR #10-07 September
23, 2010). "We expect that drilling modifications and new procedures
will result firstly, in improved core recovery and return
representative samples to support resource estimation and secondly, to
drill to depths below the water table where unweathered, primary,
copper sulphide mineralization is expected to be preserved. We will
also continue our aggressive ground based exploration of the El Cobre
Project property which has already resulted in numerous new mineralized
In compliance with NI 43-101 protocol, all drill core samples were sawn
in half at the secure site and one half core samples were numbered and
bagged generally over intercepts of one to one and a half meters in
core length. The remaining half core was saved and securely stored in
standard wooden core boxes on site. The drill core samples were
collected at the project site by Sonora Sample Preparations (SSP) S.A.
de C.V., and securely delivered to their sample preparation facility in
Hermosillo, Sonora where they were crushed and ground according to the
ACME Laboratories protocol R150. After splitting the pulps, SSP shipped
approximately 150 grams per sample via International Courier to ACME
Analytical Laboratories Ltd., Vancouver, B.C. A 15 gram subsample from
each pulp was analyzed by a 58 element wet geochemical ultratrace
ICP-MS procedure (ACME Code IF). All samples containing overlimit base
metal and/or precious metal results were re-analyzed by ACME using
standard Fire Assay or ore assay determination methods. Normal practice
QA-QC blank, duplicate and standard reference material samples were
inserted by the Company and laboratory and analyzed in the sample
stream. Drill core recovery ranged from 0 to 100% but generally was
about 60% or less for mineralized samples created during the first
portion of the phase one drilling program reported here. True intercept
thickness estimates of mineralization are unknown at this time.
The 2010 and 2011 exploration program is conducted by geologists and
geotechnical staff supplied by Minconsult Exploration Services Ltd.,
Vernon, British Columbia who have constructed an exploration and drill
camp on the property.
Jamie Lavigne, P.Geo., supervised the El Cobre project and is a
qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and has
reviewed and verified the content of this release. The foregoing
disclosure has also been reviewed and verified by director Glen C.
Macdonald, P. Geo., a qualified person for the purpose of National
Instrument 43-101, Standard of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WESTMINSTER RESOURCES LTD.
"Glen C. Macdonald"
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