In a news release, Omineca Mining and Metals Ltd. (OMM:TSX.V; OMMSF:OTCMKTS) (OMM:TSX.V; OMMSF:OTCMKTS) provided an update on its flagship Wingdam gold project in British Columbia's Cariboo, a historical mining district.
The Saskatchewan-based mining company noted it is completing work in preparation for two programs: maiden lode gold drilling program at the Wingdam gold project and the recommencement of the placer gold bulk sampling program in the Cariboo Mining District.
Regarding drilling, Omineca stated it intends to launch maiden drilling at Wingdam once it continues the necessary field work and receives the required permits. A diamond drill rig is already at the site.
"The central focus of Omineca’s lode gold exploration program is to locate the presumed multiple bedrock sources of placer gold recovered by Omineca in the 2012 underground bulk sampling program which yielded 173.5 ounces of gold across the width of the Deep Lead Paleochannel beneath Lighting Creek. The preliminary results from the current field programs are validating Omineca's hypothesis that the sources of the placer gold at Wingdam are likely in very close proximity upstream to where the gold was recovered," the company stated.
At the start, that program will consist of 27 holes over about 8,000 meters (8,000m), and the results will be used to delineate future drill targets.
As for its planned placer gold bulk sampling program at Wingdam, once it gets the rest of the necessary equipment at the property and the water level of Lightning Creek subsides, the company stated it will commence dewatering and re-entering the decline to the underground workings. It then will pick up with bulk sampling in the paleochannel where the first crosscut left off.
The first phase of the underground placer recovery will comprise 125 crosscuts that are similar in size and scope to those of the 2012 sampling. Samples will be taken from the first 300m of the 2,400m of the paleochannel that have been fully investigated with three-dimensional seismic and drilling, recent and historical. Eventually, Omineca noted it would like to explore all roughly 17 kilometers of the paleochannel within its claims.
As far as the timeline of the bulk sampling, dewatering should take about three to four weeks. Another four weeks will be needed for rehabilitation and underground preparation work. Following that, sampling will begin, the company stated.
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