Liberty Gold Receives Plan of Operations Approval for Black Pine Project, Idaho
Published: March 13, 2019 |
Liberty Gold Corp. has received approval of a plan of operations at the Black Pine Project, one of its three principal gold projects located in the prolific Great Basin of the United States. Located in southern Idaho, Black Pine is a past-producing, run-of-mine, oxide-heap leach gold mine that contains a large, shallow, district-scale, Carlin-style sedimentary rock-hosted gold system.
The plan of operations will allow Liberty Gold comprehensive access to the 7.3 square kilometer core of an estimated 12 km gold system. A total of up to 141 acres (0.57 km) can be disturbed under the permit, including up to 49 km of new roads and 370 drill pads, subject to a staged annual reclamation plan. The main gold zone encompassing the historic Black Pine Mine is not subject to seasonal closures and can be accessed year-round, weather and road conditions permitting. A previously-granted plan of operations allows Liberty Gold access to an additional 71 drill sites.
“We are thrilled to have this permit in hand. This is the largest permit we have obtained in terms of size and scope, and we are excited about the prospect of a comprehensive drill test of the Black Pine gold system starting in Q2 2019,” said Liberty Gold’s Vice President of Exploration and Geoscience, Moira Smith.
“We were impressed with the timeliness and professionalism of the US Forest Service Sawtooth National Forest - Minidoka Ranger District throughout the process of producing the environmental assessment and adhering to all of the timelines and milestones necessary to permit this project. There are very few opportunities left in the Great Basin with multi-kilometer-scale oxide gold targets containing hundreds of gold-bearing drill holes, surrounded by undrilled gold-in-soil anomalies,” added Smith.
Liberty Gold acquired Black Pine in 2016 and has spent more than 2 years compiling data from 1,874 shallow drill holes, blast holes and other data pursuant to putting together a comprehensive 3D model of remaining gold mineralization at the property. It carried out a small, proof of concept drill program under an existing permit in late 2017. The data compilation identified a 12 km oxide gold system in a receptive carbonate package up to 300 metres thick. No sulphides have been identified to date in the system. Most of the drill holes extend only 92 m from surface, and a large proportion end in gold mineralization.
In May 2017, Liberty Gold submitted an application for a new plan of operations to the US Forest Service (USFS) and worked diligently with the US Forest Service and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. to complete wildlife, archaeological and other surveys to assist in producing a new plan of operations and comprehensive environmental assessment. The plan of operations and accompanying environmental assessment were subject to rigorous inter-agency and public review. The USFS issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on December 12, 2018, and approved plan of operations on February 12, 2019.
Weather and snow conditions permitting, drilling is expected to commence in Q2 2019, and continue through early November. Approximately 16,000 to 20,000 m of reverse circulation drilling in 80 to 100 holes is planned.
About Liberty Gold
Liberty Gold is focused on exploring the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining. This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah. Liberty knows the Great Basin and is driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open-pit scenarios. Its flagship projects are Goldstrike, Black Pine, and Kinsley Mountain, all of which are past producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface.
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