OTTAWA, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Northern Shield Resources Inc. ("Northern
Shield") (TSX-V: NRN) announces exploration updates on its Eastbank property
located within the western James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario.
The drill program (see press release dated June 16, 2009) was designed to
test the concentric magnetic pattern that underlies much of the Eastbank
property. The Highbank Lake and Eastbank properties are being explored for
reef-type PGE mineralization and are located up ice from till samples where
grains of nickel, copper and platinum minerals as well as numerous boulders of
chromitite were previously discovered by Northern Shield.
Mafic gneisses intruded by pegmatite were the predominant lithologies
intersected by the two holes drilled at Eastbank. No significant PGE
mineralization was identified. The mafic gneisses do not appear to be related
to the Highbank Lake Intrusive Complex. The drill program provided a better
understanding of the concentric magnetic signature at Eastbank. Future work at
Eastbank will focus on two stronger and isolated magnetic anomalies located on
the southern edge of the property. The drill remains onsite at the Highbank
Lake camp for future drilling at Highbank and Wabassi which still remain a
priority for Northern Shield. An auger drill program is also being planned for
the early fall at Wabassi to test the feeder zone for PGE and nickel
Recently, there has been renewed world interest in vanadium. It is used
in some high-capacity Lithium and Lithium-ion batteries, with applications in
electric and hybrid cars. More significantly, experimental "Vanadium redox"
batteries are showing promise to allow electricity generating stations to
finally solve the problem of storing the massive amounts of excess energy
which today are simply lost when demand drops below generating capacity. This
is an especially acute problem for wind, solar and other unpredictable energy
In 2006, Northern Shield intersected significant vanadium mineralization
at Highbank with grades up to 0.98% V2O5 over 2.2 meters. At the time, the
discovery was considered to be little more than confirmation that the
structure of the Highbank Lake intrusion was similar to that of the Bushveld.
Its potential as a stand-alone mine was not considered very strong since there
was no infrastructure to support it.
An all-weather road is currently being constructed from Highway 17,
through Nakina, to the Albany River, which is located just south of Highbank
Lake. There are plans to extend the road through the Highbank Lake Property to
the McFauld's Lake area. With this infrastructure development in the area
Northern Shield has begun to evaluate its Vanadium discovery's potential and
to determine the best way to advance it. Northern Shield currently maintains a
100% interest in the vanadium at Highbank Lake.
Northern Shield has also successfully earned a 50% interest in East West
Resource Limited's Max property located 60 km southwest of Highbank. The Max
property will be explored under a 50/50 joint venture, with Northern Shield
being the operator.
Exploration at Eastbank was supervised by Christine Vaillancourt, a
Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Rock samples were analysed
by ALS Chemex laboratories in Vancouver, B.C. for Au, Pt, and Pd by Fire Assay
with ICP-AES finish and 27 further elements by four acid digestion and
Northern Shield is an innovative, results-driven Canadian company focused
on Platinum Group Element (PGE) exploration in Ontario. Its mission is to
create a successful mineral exploration company through technical excellence
and efficient management, where success is measured by the identification and
development of high-quality mineral exploration projects, which may ultimately
be optioned, sold or developed for maximum return on investment.
Forward-Looking Statements Advisory
This news release contains statements concerning the potential for
mineralization at the Eastbank and Highbank properties, geological,
geophysical and/or geometrical analyses of the Eastbank and Highbank
properties, and other expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions,
information or statements about future events, conditions, results of
exploration or performance that may constitute forward-looking statements or
information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking
statements or information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove
to be incorrect.
Although Northern Shield believes that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance
should not be placed on forward-looking statements because Northern Shield can
give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations,
estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties
which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated
by Northern Shield and described in the forward-looking statements or
information. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
risks associated with geological, geometrical and geophysical interpretation
and analysis, the ability of Northern Shield to obtain financing, equipment,
supplies and qualified personnel necessary to carry on exploration and the
general risks and uncertainties involved in mineral exploration.
The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news
release are made as of the date hereof and Northern Shield undertakes no
obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority
has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.
For further information:
For further information: on Northern Shield and its properties, please
visit our website at www.northern-shield.com or contact: Northern Shield
Resources Inc., Ian Bliss, President and CEO, Tel.: (613) 232-0459, Fax: (613)