TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - IC Potash Corp. ("ICP" or the "Company") (TSXV: ICP) is pleased to announce analytical results from the fourth core of its current Phase II drill program. The thickness of the recently intersected polyhalite cores is 5.7 feet of 84% polyhalite. This result is as expected and based on x-ray diffraction ("XRD") and x-ray fluorescence ("XRF").
The results for the first four cores, located in the following townships, are therefore:
1. Section 13 - Township 23 S, 32 E - 5.8 feet of 84 % polyhalite.
2. Section 23 - Township 23 S, 32 E - 5.7 feet of 85 % polyhalite.
3. Section 3 - Township 23 S, 32 E - 5.5 feet of 77 % polyhalite.
4. Section 1 - Township 24 S, 33 E - 5.7 feet of 84% polyhalite.
The first three holes above, of the Phase II drill program, have extended the area of validated modeling to south of the area tested in Phase I. They also are substantially filling in the western half of the target basin with confirmatory drilling. The fourth hole above is confirming the inferred resource in the far south east corner of the target area. The fourth hole is almost five miles away from the next closest drill hole from Phases I and II. For all cores to date and as predicted from the geological model, the polyhalite core has been found between thin anhydrite layers within the salt bed of the Rustler formation of the Permian Delaware basin in New Mexico. The Company anticipates the completion of the program this month, with additional cores currently being analyzed by x-ray diffraction and by chemical means.
"These positive results reveal that the grade and thickness of the core continues to be consistent with geophysical log analysis from historically obtained rotary drill holes, and from prior core drilling. The original geophysical data formed the basis for our business, and the geological model continues to be confirmed," said Sidney Himmel, President and CEO of IC Potash Corp. "With the current program, the continued strong market for Sulphate of Potash, and recent metallurgical modeling and analysis, we continue to be well positioned to be a leading SOP producer."
The drill program is being performed in accordance with the program description contained in the NI 43-101 Compliant Report; "Polyhalite Resources and a Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Ochoa project Lea County, Southeast New Mexico" which was prepared as at August 19, 2009. The coring program continues to validate the Company's geologic model for polyhalite. NI 43-101 compliant QA/QC measures are being employed in the field and laboratories to ensure defensibility of the data through a validation process using blanks, standards and replicates.
The standards used are a combination of in-house prepared and commercially obtained materials of polyhalite and other related minerals. Retained core splits are carefully preserved against moisture degradation and placed in secure climate controlled storage areas to enable any future confirmation audits of the core. Sealed analytical splits are packaged in hard plastic thermal containers for shipment for sample preparation and analysis. All cores are photographed and reference samples are collected and photographed for all rock units encountered during drilling for future reference.
All scientific and technical disclosures in this press release have been prepared under the supervision of Marc Melker with IC Potash who is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.
About IC Potash Corp
IC Potash intends to become a primary producer of Sulphate of Potash ("SOP") by mining its 100%-owned Polyhalite Ochoa property in New Mexico. SOP is a non-chloride based potash fertilizer that sells at a substantial premium over the price of Muriate of Potash ("MOP"), the most widely used fertilizer in the world. Typically SOP sells at a premium of over 40% to MOP. IC Potash is focused on being the lowest cost producer of SOP in the world. The SOP market is over five million tonnes per year and is a significant fertilizer in the fruit, vegetable, tobacco, potato, and horticultural industries, and for agriculture in saline and dry soils and soils in which there is much agriculture with varieties of crops, such as for example in China, India, the Mediterranean, and the United States. IC Potash Ochoa property consists of over 100,000 acres of federal sub-surface potassium prospecting permits and State of New Mexico Potassium mining leases.
Certain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of ICP, including, but not limited to, risks associated with mineral exploration and mining activities, the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, dependence upon regulatory approvals, and the uncertainty of obtaining additional financing. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.
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