TSX: ST and ST.WT
TORONTO, March 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Stonegate Agricom Ltd. ("Company") (TSX: ST), which is developing phosphate deposits in Idaho, USA and Peru, is pleased to provide an update on recent progress made towards obtaining exploration permits at its Mantaro Phosphate Project in Peru.
After completing a Category 1 exploration drilling program in the second quarter of 2011, Stonegate applied for a more extensive Category 2 exploration permit in order to obtain a better understanding of the size, grade and positioning of the deposit prior to completing a pre-feasibility study.
The Company was notified on February 10, 2012 of the February 8, 2012 approval by the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines of the semi-detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) related to the Category 2 exploration program. This was an essential step in completing the requirements to commence the exploration program. The next important step in the process is to obtain community approval. The Company is continuing to work with the local communities and relevant authorities to obtain all necessary permits and approvals.
The Category 2 permit will allow exploration activities within specific non-metallic concessions. The planned program consists of two activities: approximately 18,000 metres of diamond core drilling from 105 drill platforms; and 19 exploration trenches. Each drill platform and trench will subsequently be remediated to its original condition. The exploration program is expected to provide significant data on all phosphate zones on the property. Previous drilling and trenching, on which published mineral resources are based, was focused primarily in one zone.
The contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by David Brownrigg, P.Eng., General Manager, Mantaro Phosphate Project, who is a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
About Stonegate Agricom
Stonegate Agricom, which is actively engaged in acquiring and developing agricultural nutrient projects, is currently focused on the development of two potentially world-class, long-life phosphate deposits, the Mantaro Phosphate Project located in Peru and the Paris Hills Phosphate Project located in Idaho. Stonegate is confident that the two deposits have sufficient size and grade to become strategic, cost-effective sources of phosphate supply for major fertilizer producers. The Company intends to continue definition and exploration drilling to confirm and expand estimates of NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources in the deposits and then complete feasibility studies leading to a decision to proceed with extracting and processing the phosphate. More information is available at www.stonegateagricom.com.
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