VANCOUVER, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Fire River Gold Corp. (TSX.V: FAU; OTCQX: FVGCF; FSE: FWR) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the expansion of its management
team at the Nixon Fork Mine. Several key personnel have been recently
added to oversee construction of the cyanidation plant during the
winter and ready the mine for production next summer.
Leonard Therrien, P.Eng joined the company in June 2010 as Mine Superintendent (see 8
July 2010 news release) and has recently been promoted to Mine Manager,
directing all activities at site. Mr. Therrien is from the Marathon
region of Ontario, where he has worked these past 24 years. His last
assignment was as Mine Superintendent of Barrick Gold Corporation's 800
tpd David Bell Mine, where he managed all aspects of underground
production including production and maintenance and managed a total
crew of 140 workers. Mr. Therrien is a licensed professional mining
engineer with a BSc from the South Dakota School of Mines. Bruce Ferguson, P. Eng has been hired as the Mill Superintendent. Mr. Ferguson has had
a blend of operational, construction, and consulting experience in his
past. He has over ten years of experience as a mill superintendent and
an additional ten years as senior metallurgist, working with such
companies as Procon Mining and Tunneling, Antler Peak Gold, Wardrop,
North American Tungsten, Kappes Cassidy & Associates, SNC Lavelin, and
Echo Bay Minerals. Mr. Ferguson has extensive experience in both the
construction and operation of cyanidation plants. He will act as
Project Manager for the construction of the Nixon Fork plant then
assume responsibility for mill operations. Mr. Ferguson is a licensed
professional mill processing engineer with a BASc from University of
Michael McGinnis, CPG has joined the team as Chief Geologist. Mr. McGinnis has extensive
experience working in Alaska on such projects as Donlin Creek and
Pebble. His 20+ years of experience covers all aspects of exploration
in senior positions with such companies as Kobex Colorado Corp, Placer
Dome, and New Butte Mining, as over ten years as a senior consultant
for clients such as Agnico-Eagle, Hecla, and Hunter Dickenson. Mr.
McGinnis is experienced in various styles of gold mineralization,
including epithermal and Carlin-type deposits, Cu-Au-Mo porphyry
systems, and skarns. Mr. McGinnis will manage the diamond drilling
program at site, manage the geological staff, and oversee all
exploration activities. He is a licensed professional geologist in the
State of Alaska, with a BSc degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College,
Bryan Bishop has been hired as mining engineer to develop the mine plan for the
Nixon Fork operation. Mr. Bishop has nearly twenty years of experience
designing, evaluating, and planning underground mines for such
companies as Century Mining, Denison Mines, Newmont, and Kinross. He
has a blend of engineering and hands-on operational experience as an
underground miner and mine surveyor. Mr. Bishop has a BS in Mining
Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.
This team will continue to advance the Nixon Fork Mine Project by
completing the construction of a 250 tpd cyanidation plant, managing a
two-drill 28,000 m drilling program, and preparing the mine for the
eventual resumption of underground mining.
"We are pleased to have attracted such a competent core of professionals
to manage the program," commented Richard Goodwin, VP Mining, who
manages the overall project. "Good talent is hard to find in our
industry and we have been very fortunate to assemble such a competent
and experienced team."
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On behalf of the Board of Directors, I look forward to keeping you
updated with our corporate developments.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Harry Barr, President & C.E.O.
Certain information regarding the Company including management's
assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve
risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of
prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates,
environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services,
competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient
capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from
those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. A feasibility
study has not been completed and there is no certainty the disclosed
targets will be reached nor that the proposed operations will be
economically viable. The TSX Venture Exchange or its Regulation
Services Provider have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility
for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release,
which has been prepared by management.
We seek safe harbour.
SOURCE Fire River Gold Corp.
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