Drilling Intersects Coal in First Four Drill Holes
CALGARY, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - EmberClear Corp. (TSXV: EMB) ("EmberClear") is pleased to announce it has encountered significant coal mineralization in the first four holes of its eight hole drilling program on the Good Spring Property ("the Property" or "Tracy Slope Mine") located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Information regarding the remaining four holes of EmberClear's eight hole drilling program will be disclosed when the evaluation is completed. The results from the eight hole drill program will be used by Norwest Corporation to prepare a new National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") compliant technical report on the Property ("Technical Report"). The Property is approximately 560 acres and lies in the Southern Anthracite coalfield of eastern Pennsylvania and is a small portion of the Valley and Ridge physiographic province of the Appalachian Highlands. Additional information on EmberClear's Good Spring Property is available in "An Independent National Instrument 43-101 Report Summarizing Potential Tonnage of EmberClear Reserves Inc., Good Spring Property also called the Tracy Slope Mine, Porter and Frailey Townships Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania" filed on SEDAR, November 7, 2011.
Two of the four drill holes were cored using a diamond drilling rig with a combination of HQ (2½ inch diameter core) and NQ (1⅞ inch diameter core) size tooling. During the drilling program these two core holes were stopped, offset, and then renamed to denote the second drill hole location. EmberClear's drilling contractor used diamond drilling (HQ) for GS-1, which was cored to 1,563 feet, it was offset and then air rotary drilled to 1,500 feet, the diamond drilling resumed as GS-1A and it was cored to 2,885 feet. For GS-9 the hole was cored until 1,399 feet and then it was offset and air rotary drilled until 1,364 feet, coring on GS-9A was resumed until 1,451 feet then the drilling was switched to air/mud rotary and drilling stopped at 2,548 feet. Air/mud rotary drilling rigs were used on GS-2 and GS-4 during this program. The first four drill holes (GS-1A, GS-2, GS-9A and GS-4) totaled 11,221.75 feet in depth and were spaced to confirm depths for seams of interest along presumed structural trends extracted from United States Geological Survey ("USGS") studies and other publicly available information.
The exploration holes were advanced vertically, although minor deviations were noted utilizing a deviation probe. The exploration holes were geophysically logged and this data in conjunction with driller logs, geologist logs and available optical logs was used to determine the coal intercepts within the holes. Bedding plane angle measurements, optical logs, nearby underground mine data and bedding plane strikes and dips from maps in USGS reports were utilized in determining 'true' (adjusted) seam and coal thicknesses. These exploration holes were surveyed. Table 1 provides a summary of the preliminary drill hole results.
Table 1 - Preliminary Drilling Results
|Drill hole||Easting||Northing||Drill Depth (ft)|| Total Coal
| Number of
| Range of
per Seam (ft) 1
|GS-1A||2,321,162||472,576||2,885.00||84.842||14||1.42 - 19.172|
|GS-2||2,323,565||473,032||3,451.55||257.98||26||1.24 - 28.983|
|GS-9A||2,326,495||472,672||2,548.84||25.95||11||0.51 - 7.58|
|GS-4||2,326,001||473,886||2,336.36||94.81||22||0.35 - 15.09|
|(1)||The coal intercepts have been adjusted to account for the steeply dipping seams based on a combination of measured bedding plane dips from cores, and strikes and dips from published geological reports.|
|(2)||GS- 1A has a remaining 400 feet to be logged and once these coal intercepts are verified they will be included in these figures in updated disclosure.|
|(3)||The range of thicknesses for GS-2 are based on preliminary results and the dip of bedding appears to change within the hole. Further in-depth analysis will be conducted prior to publishing a NI 43-101 Technical Report.|
The coal samples were logged and shipped to HawkMtn Labs, Inc. located at 201 West Clay Avenue, Hazleton, Pennsylvania for analysis. HawkMtn Labs Inc. is an independent laboratory accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Field Operations, Bureau of Laboratories, Certificate Number 009. The coal cores were also photographed using a digital camera and those photos were made available to the qualified person described below. Standard industry procedures for handling coal cores were followed. Due to the fact that coal is a low value bulk commodity no special security methods were employed during the handling and transportation of the coal cores. Norwest Corporation was not involved in the handling, descriptions or transportation of the coal cores, however based on discussions with personnel in charge of those operations the qualified person believes that reasonable care was taken in the sampling, description and transportation of the coal cores. Under the supervision of a geologist, all cores were boxed, including pertinent coal samples that were sent to the laboratory for analysis.
At the laboratory the coal samples were screened at plus 60 and minus 60 mesh. A float sink test at a 1.65 specific gravity was performed on the plus 60 mesh material and the following analytical tests were run on the float material:
% Moisture (ASTM D5142)
% Ash (ASTM D5142)
BTU/lb (ASTM D5865)
% Sulfur (ASTM D4239)
% Volatile Matter (ASTM D3175-01)
% Fixed Carbon (ASTM D3172)
The potential coal quality results described below are based on core drill samples from GS-1, GS-1A, GS-9 and GS-9A, which represents 13 of the 26 seams encountered during the drilling program. The results in Table 2 are based on the composite samples and appear to be a representative range of values of the potential coal quality on the Property.
Table 2 - Range Of Coal Quality From Drilling Program on Good Spring Property1
|Volatile Matter (%)||6.10||7.41|
|Fixed Carbon (%)||71.78||82.13|
(1) Indicative coal quality ranges are based on analysis of core holes GS-1, GS-1A, GS-9 and GS-9A. GS-1 was cored to 1,563 feet, it was offset and air rotary drilled to 1,500 feet and then GS-1A was cored to the bottom (2,885 feet). GS-9 was cored to 1,399 feet, it was offset and then GS-9A was air rotary drilled to 1,364 feet then cored to 1,451 feet and then air/mud rotary drilled 2,548 feet.
At this time, due to limited core samples, the potential coal quality is conceptual in nature; as such it is expressed as a range. It is uncertain if further exploration will result in significant changes in the coal quality. In addition, due to the ongoing evaluation of the exploration data a mineral resource has not been defined and it is uncertain if further evaluation of exploration data will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.
Using the cores from drill holes GS-1, GS-1A, GS-9 and GS9-A the depth of the core samples intervals for each seam is summarized in Table 3 below.
Table 3 - Depth of the Sample Intervals by Seam
|Depth of Sample Interval (ft)||Drill hole||Seam|
|914 - 919||GS-1||Little Tracy|
|926 - 931||GS-1||Tracy|
|936 - 941||GS-1||Tracy|
|1245 - 1257||GS-1||Diamond|
|280 - 311||GS-9||Orchard|
|1449 - 1452||GS-1||Orchard|
|334 - 343||GS-9||Primrose|
|1618 - 1627||GS-1A||Primrose|
|714 - 738||GS-9||Holmes|
|915 - 936||GS-9||Top Split Mammoth|
|1927 - 1933||GS-1A||Top Spilt Mammoth|
|1385 - 1392||GS-9||Middle Split Mammoth|
|2057.5 - 2068||GS-1A||Middle Split Mammoth|
|1424 - 1441||GS-9A||Bottom Spilt Mammoth|
|2348.5 - 2395.5||GS-1A||Skidmore|
|2655 - 2667||GS-1A||Seven Foot|
|2667 - 2680||GS-1A||Seven Foot|
|2687 - 2694||GS-1A||Lower Seven Foot|
|2862 - 2889||GS-1A||Scotty Steel|
Results from drilling are consistent with EmberClear's previously published Anthracite coal quality data. Further drill hole results will be disclosed once compiled, and the results of this exploration program will be used as a basis for a new NI 43-101 Technical Report, which EmberClear anticipates will be available by March 2012.
Warren A. Evenson, P.G., Senior Geologist at Norwest Corporation, is a "Qualified Person" and independent of EmberClear in accordance with NI 43-101. Mr. Evenson has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information contained in this news release.
EmberClear is an advanced energy development company. Based on global energy needs from a growing population, our solutions are designed to deploy commercial scale energy technologies, which enable dramatic improvements in the efficiency and cleanliness of fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. Our goal is to find economically viable business models with the potential to deliver reduced emissions of over 50% when compared to industry average results in the utilization of coal while also deploying state of the art carbon dioxide capture solutions.
Our expertise is being utilized by a diverse group of governments, utilities and industrial companies spanning a wide range of geographies with the common interest in creating gasification, supercritical (SC), ultra-supercritical (U/SC), circulating fluidized bed (CFB) and post-combustion carbon dioxide capture (PCC) energy solutions producing electricity, synthetic gas, liquid fuels, fertilizers, and industrial construction products. Our solutions often include the vast thermal chemistry sciences and processes developed by Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute (HCERI). HCERI has the most experience and resources devoted to this industry. Our partnership ensures advanced energy solutions are financially sustainable so that the benefits accrue to the global marketplace and not just a few special projects.
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