Maurice Jackson: Today we will provide an update on Millrock Resources Inc. (MRO:TSX.V; MLRKF:OTCQB), as we will discuss their initial assay results on the Aurora targets located in the prolific Tintina gold province in Alaska. Joining us for our conversation is Gregory Beischer, the CEO of Millrock Resources.
Gregory, for someone new to Millrock Resources, please introduce the exciting opportunity the company presents to the market and, in particular, the 64 North Project.
Gregory Beischer: Millrock Resources is an early-stage generative mineral explorer or early-stage exploration geologist with a multitude of projects that we finance by making agreements with other exploration and mining companies that increases our chance of finding an ore body to the great benefit of our shareholders and reduces the risk involved in early-stage exploration.
A lot of money is spent looking for new gold and copper deposits, but discoveries are pretty rare. But it looks like Millrock might be onto something at the 64North Project where we're drilling just to the west of the Pogo gold mine.
Maurice Jackson: And speaking of that, can you walk us through the Aurora target?
Gregory Beischer: The Aurora target is just to the west of the Pogo gold mine and the Goodpaster deposit. The letters GP indicate the Goodpaster deposit. That's in our neighbor's ground, Northern Star Resources Ltd. (NST:ASX), and our ground is shown in blue. The dark blue dots on the map are the approximate locations of the two holes we've drilled so far, and the red ones are ones that are planned for the immediate future.
We did complete hole 20AU-001, and we got started on hole 2, but as announced previously, the drill contractor elected to pull off in light of the risks posed by the coronavirus and potential travel restrictions that might have trapped his drillers here in Alaska. They're from Idaho.
So prudence was the right thing, and so it was best to pull off. But now we know that we can go back soon and we're quite anxious to drill hole 2 to its planned depth of 600 meters. We stopped that at 194 meters.
Maurice Jackson: Readers should note that Millrock Resources [was] about 25% into the drill program, and then, as COVID-19 approached us, drilling had to stop. So based on that, can you share with us the assay results?
Gregory Beischer: Yes. We did produce the assay results for the top two-thirds of Hole 1, and I'll be frank and say, Maurice, that we had hoped for better. Honestly, looking at the drill core, it was quite well altered with dolomite and cerussite, telling us that a lot of fluid had moved through the rock and we'd seen the typical pathfinder minerals, pyrite and arsenopyrite, and eased within a little bit of bismuth sulfide—which is a very good indicator, next door at Pogo, that you're in or close to a gold deposit.
We had rather expected higher gold values but we didn't get them. So it's a geological problem that we have to solve and we do know a couple of things.
In many ways this hole, even though it didn't have the gold grades that we all hoped for, did have a lot of good signs. We know now that the shear zone that we targeted is the same shear zone, we believe, that hosts the Pogo mine and the Goodpaster deposit next door. It comes over on to Millrock's claims. It's a shallow, northwest-dipping fault zone, which we thought we had detected through geophysical methods and now that's confirmed. We drilled through the conductive zone, observable through the geophysical survey, and sure enough, the rocks were faulted and were mineralized with a little bit of quartz and pyrite and arsenopyrite. We know now that this geophysical tool works and we can, therefore, plan our hole depths accordingly, and we can work our way drilling holes, piercing that fault sound in various places and thereby get a vector toward the gold-bearing part of the system.
Maurice Jackson: You somewhat alluded to my next question. Based on the results, are there any changes that will be made in the drill program based on what we know right now?
Gregory Beischer: Not as it stands right now, no. We'll continue with the plan. These holes are spaced out a little ways. The next one we'll drill actually is one immediately to the north of Hole 1 that's about 450 meters away, and it's closer to a potential heat source—a magmatic intrusion that perhaps would have some control on where gold is deposited. So it'll be interesting if we get a vector. If the gold grade starts to increase as we drill holes for the two north, that'll be a good sign and we'll continue to follow up that way. So that's the plan and the plan is to get back to work pretty soon.
Maurice Jackson: Can you walk us through the strip log?
Gregory Beischer: Sure, sure, I could. Yes. It's quite interesting to see the correlations on this log. You've got lithology, or rock type, on the far left, alteration on the next column, presence of minerals in the next, and then the values of gold, then arsenic, and then bismuth on the next three histograms. And then, finally, the magnetic susceptibility of the rock. And you can see some particularly interesting correlations between gold and arsenic and bismuth, in particular. We don't have it on this one, if you were to plot tellurium up as well, you would see it in anomalous concentrations, and that's a good sign. Sometimes, if we were to see just arsenic and bismuth together but no gold, then that would be a good indication that we're close by to something.
In this case, we did get some gold, you can see from those histograms. But it would have been better if it was a substantially higher gold content. Nevertheless, it tells us we're in the right area, and you can see from those histograms that there's at least three distinct levels below surface. The depth is indicated on the far left side, depth below surface. And so you can see there's at least three zones where there's pathfinder elements, plus some gold mineralization.
These are interesting patterns that we'll chase out. But right now we've only got part of the very first hole in the program to learn from. We're getting a lot out of it, but it's not possible to get a vector from just one point. And so it's a good start and we will look forward to continuing.
Maurice Jackson: I like to share with my children that when you're drilling it's like playing hide-and-go-seek, and right now you're very warm, but you want to be hot.
Gregory Beischer: Exactly. That's the goal.
Maurice Jackson: Sir, any updates on when drilling may resume?
Gregory Beischer: Sure. It's an evolving process, but we've established a way to proceed that we believe will be perfectly safe and protective of the drill contractors' employees and Millrock's own employees. We've got those protocols and procedures planned out, and honestly, we'd already be back drilling right now except in Alaska, we're right in the middle of the spring thaw and the snow is melting away quickly. Everything's really soaking wet. The new drill road that we installed last fall is a mucky mess right now and it'll take a couple more weeks for it to dry out and become usable again. And so we're just waiting impatiently for that, and then we'll make an effort to get back drilling again. We're targeting the last week in May for the resumption.
Maurice Jackson: All right. In closing, Mr. Beischer, what would you like to say to shareholders?
Gregory Beischer: Well, I think we've got a great start here, and stay tuned for further news. We've got more assay results coming from the holes. We've drilled the bottom part of the first hole, and the part that we did complete out of the second hole. We'll hope for some good surprises there. But then the next round of results will probably be coming in June or early July.
Maurice Jackson: And what does that say about Millrock Resources, when you had trading volume probably at a historic high when the news release came out, but the share price really remained resilient?
Gregory Beischer: It's possible the market got a bit ahead of itself, and I thought, well, it'll pull back strongly since these results aren't as strong as we'd hoped they'd be in terms of gold content. The price didn't pull back too much. A lot of shares traded, but that means a lot of new shareholders bought at $0.16 or $0.18, and I hope and think that those new shareholders are going to do very well.
Maurice Jackson: And, just for the record, we have not sold our position in Millrock Resources. We look to add to our positions. If we see a decline in the price any further, we will try to be as aggressive as we can. Mr Beischer, for someone listening that wants to get more information on Millrock Resources, please share the contact details.
Gregory Beischer: By all means. Just check our website, www.millrockresources.com, and you can get in touch with Melanie Henderson at investor relations, and she can answer many questions of current and future potential shareholders. If there's anyone that has direct questions of me, I'd be glad to provide answers.
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