Omineca Completes Airborne Terrain Survey at Wingdam Gold Project
Cranbrook, B.C., 24 June, 2014: Omineca Mining and Metals (“Omineca”, TSX-V:OMM) announces that an airborne LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and Digital Photography survey has been completed over the Company’s 100%-owned Wingdam project. This survey will complement ongoing engineering and scoping work in advance of planned production.
About the Wingdam/Lightning Creek Project
The 2700 ha Wingdam/Lightning Creek Project is located 35 km east of Quesnel, B.C., and provides a unique opportunity for Omineca to acquire near-term placer gold production in a proven mining district. The property overlies both placer and hard-rock tenures along the Deep Lead Channel of Lightning Creek, where topographic conditions have created a deep overburden accumulation which effectively resulted in a large portion of the channel being excluded from conventional surface placer mining activity. On the Wingdam property, drilling and previous geophysical surveys indicate that the Deep Lead Channel may occur throughout the entire 2.4km length of the Wingdam placer tenures, extending upstream and downstream an undetermined distance. Numerous attempts have been made to mine the Deep Lead Channel in the Wingdam area since the late 1880s, but all these attempts failed due to collapse or flow of an overlying saturated fine sand and silt horizon, known locally as “Cariboo Slum” into the mine works.
In 2012, Omineca’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CVG Mining Ltd (“CVG”), utilized ground freezing techniques to stabalize the overlying Cariboo Slum and successfully completed a drift 23.5m across the Deep Lead Channel along the bedrock/gravel interface. This effort not only proved the applicability of the freeze method for ground support, but also provided a bulk sample whereby “the gold recovered from the 23.5-meter drift advance across the paleochannel amounted to 173.495 ounces of raw placer gold (900 fineness) from 140 bank cubic meters. The refined-equivalent gold grade across this width amounted to 34.55 g/m3 or 0.453 oz/tonne. The grade across a central portion of the paleochannel totaling 14.8 m (3.8 to 18.6m) averaged 46.30 g/m3 or 0.608 oz/tonne” (S. Kocsis 43-101 technical report, Oct, 2012).
The abundance and physical nature of the placer gold recovered during the 2012 test mining operation indicates that it is in part, locally derived. Little or no systematic exploration work has been carried out on the property to test for the occurrence of lode gold, leaving excellent potential for the exploration and possible discovery of in-situ (hard-rock) gold mineralization in addition to the presence of a proven placer deposit.
The Wingdam project is currently permitted under a BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations permit and a BC Ministry of Environment Effluent Discharge permit, and has been under care and maintenance since September 25, 2012.
About Omineca Mining and Metals Ltd.
Omineca Mining and Metals was created by way of a Plan of Arrangement on May 20th, 2011 on a one-for-four share basis. Shareholders of Copper Canyon Resources Ltd. approved the plan to reorganize the company’s mineral property assets in an effort to maximize shareholder value.
On October 16th, 2013 Omineca announced the closing of the reverse take-over transaction of CVG Mining Ltd. CVG’s primary assets were the Wingdam/Lightning Creek Project, an underground placer operation located in the Cariboo gold district of British Columbia, and the Fraser Canyon Project.
Technical aspects of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Charles C. Downie, P.Geo., hereby identified as the “Qualified Person” in accordance with National Instrument 43-101.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
“Tim J. Termuende”
President and CEO
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