KOOTENAY SILVER ANNOUNCES 30,000 METER, MULTI-PHASE, DRILL AND RESOURCE EXPANSION PROGRAM CONTINUES AT PROMONTORIO. FIRST 8 HOLES COMPLETED. CAMP FACILITIES UPGRADED
Kootenay Silver Inc. has recommenced drilling on its 30,000-metre, multiphase drill and resource expansion program on its flagship Promontorio silver project in Sonora, Mexico, following a scheduled two-week seasonal break. At present, a total of three core rigs are operating on site.
Prior to the break a total of 8 core holes were completed with all 8 holes being drilled in the NE zone area. The holes were step out holes looking for extensions to known mineralization. Samples from the 8 holes have been taken and submitted for assaying and will be reported upon once received and compiled. Multi-phase drilling will now expand to the Dorotea area and southwest of the Pit Zone. The current 30,000 meter drill program, which is the largest drill campaign conducted on Promontorio to date, is designed to substantially increase the overall size of Promontorio's contained silver resource and to expedite the path to a production decision.
States Kootenay CEO James McDonald "We are very pleased to ramp up drilling again at Promontorio and to report the first 8 drill holes of our program have been completed and sent for assaying. It promises to be a very exciting year ahead. Due to the accelerated nature of the program, shareholders can expect a steady stream of upcoming drill results coming from the Promontorio camp as our drill and resource expansion program reaches full capacity over the coming weeks and months."
In other news, Kootenay's ground exploration team reports a promising new area of mineralization has recently been discovered in outcrops on the main northeast to southwest trending structure that hosts the NE and Pit resources. The new mineralization is considered important as it adds significantly to the strike extent of mineralization in the Diatreme Breccia Corridor, adding an additional 3 kilometers of potential to the mineralized trend. (For a map view: Click here or visit www.kootenaysilver.com)
In conjunction with the multi-phase drill and resource expansion program, the Company further reports it has finalized the expansion of its on-site camp facilities at Promontorio to accommodate the recent increase in camp personnel and work force. Additions to the 3-shift, 24 hour per day fully serviced camp, include an upgraded cook house, new air-conditioned bunk houses and a fully equipped medical room.
Current NI 43-101 Compliant Silver Resource
The most recent updated NI 43-101 mineral estimate on Promontorio (See KOOTENAY News ReleaseA August 21, 2012) contains a combined measured and indicated silver resource of 61,679,000 silver equivalent ounces. In addition to the measured and indicated silver resources, there are an additional 14,469,000 silver equivalent ounces in the inferred category. (Measured and Indicated resources are contained in open pit resources of 36,018,000 tonnes grading an average of 51.35 g/t silver equivalent and underground resources of 2,216,000 tonnes grading an average of 48.75 g/t silver equivalent. Inferred resources are within open pit resources of 9,136,000 tonnes grading an average of 42.86 g/t silver equivalent and underground resources of 3,077,000 tonnes grading an average of 53.90 g/t silver equivalent).
The foregoing geological disclosure has also been reviewed and verified by Kootenay's CEO, James McDonald, P.Geo (a qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr. McDonald is a director of Kootenay.