Get the Latest Investment Ideas Delivered Straight to Your Inbox. Subscribe


Drilling at BC Golden Triangle Project Returning Attention-Grabbing Assays

Share on Stocktwits


Scottie Resources reported initial drill results at its Scottie Gold Mine O-Zone.

On October 6, Scottie Resources Corp. (SCOT:TSX.V) released the first assays from its 7,040-meter summer drill program at the past-producing Scottie Mine in British Columbia's Golden Triangle, and the results included the high-grade intercept of 109.4 g/t gold and 32.4 g/t silver over 2.53 meters.

"The hit is from the O-Zone, which was known about from the past-producing Scottie Gold Mine that ran in the early 1980s," Scottie's VP of Exploration Dr. Thomas Mumford told Streetwise Reports. "In the first hole that we released, we tested the lower extension of the O-Zone to see if it continued at depth, and we drilled it from surface instead of underground, drilling it in an area that they couldn't test before. We hit this big intercept, super high grade, and comparable to what they found in the O-Zone historically, and it's still open at depth. So we're pretty excited about this one. That's a lot of gram meters for even a deposit like this."

"The original Scottie Mine shut down due to economics, but it was primarily mining one main vein called the M-Zone. Late in the mine life, the miners put an adit over to the O-Zone and had just started to produce from it when the mine shut down. Because all the drilling that's been done on the O-Zone has been done underground off of these adits, it was pretty restricted on where they could actually drill from," Mumford explained.

O-Zone Map

This summer's drill program has tested five or six major targets. "Three of those were the ones that we drilled last year and we're following up because they were very successful," Mumford said. "Then there were a few new targets, and one of them was the O-Zone. The O-Zone target was developed because we took the historical drilling and created a revised geological model, created wireframes, and then made projections from that of where the mineralization would likely continue. And we drilled off of that information. Some of our holes actually test the O-Zone and then try to tag in the M-Zone as well, so they do double duty. We have another three to four holes coming from the drilling that we did this summer on the O-Zone."

Another target this year is the Domino Zone, which was discovered last year through surface sampling. Samples assayed as high as 536 g/t gold. The first ever drill test program on that area occurred this summer when Scottie drilled 18 different holes into the structure. The answers are all at the lab.

Scottie drilled 45 holes in total this summer.

This year, Scottie also conducted geophysical surveys. "We did an induced polarization (IP) survey over a number of targets late in the season. And then we also did a full airborne survey. Those will be used to guide drilling for next season," Mumford explained.

The original Scottie Mine only ran for about 3.5 years in the mid-1980s and closed down under the weight of low gold prices and a $20 million loan at 22% interest, but the exploration conducted at that time has been a useful starting point for Scottie Resources. "They did a fairly good job of surficial sampling the area around the mine, which is a big area of our focus now. Since 1984, there's been very little detailed work done on any of the surrounding land, or even a major drill program to expand resources," Mumford said.

A small drill program of a few thousand meters was conducted around 2004–06. Drilled from underground, it tested the lower part of the mine with an eye to prove up the main vein to reactivate the mine. "That drill program was largely successful, but with low gold prices at the time, it wasn't enough to turn the dial to reopen the mine," Mumford noted. "But that certainly improved the quality of the historical resource that was available."

The focus back then was on restarting the mine. "They never did what we're doing, which is to step back and ask, is there a bigger system at play here? And can we show a pathway to one million ounces or more?" Mumford said.

Scottie's geologists have been rethinking the geological model of the area. "We've been working toward a fairly substantial change in the model," Mumford explained. "Because there's so much ice in the area, little exploration has been done there. Things weren't exactly fitting with the regional map for the area, so we've done a lot of reinterpretation. We have a number of samples being age dated to confirm a larger scale hypothesis for the area, which could change people's perception on where we fit the stratigraphy and explain why we have so much of the mineralization that's evident in our project."

Scottie has around 120 million shares issued and outstanding, 144 million fully diluted. Institutions control around 25%, board and management 12% and retail investors 63%. Investor Eric Sprott owns around 9%—15% partially diluted—of the company, and a Swiss family office owns 9.9%.


1) Patrice Fusillo compiled this article for Streetwise Reports LLC and provides services to Streetwise Reports as an employee. She or members of her household own securities of the following companies mentioned in the article: None. She or members of her household are paid by the following companies mentioned in this article: None.
2) The following companies mentioned in this article are billboard sponsors of Streetwise Reports: Scottie Resources. Click here for important disclosures about sponsor fees.
3) Comments and opinions expressed are those of the specific experts and not of Streetwise Reports or its officers. The information provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
4) The article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility. By opening this page, each reader accepts and agrees to Streetwise Reports' terms of use and full legal disclaimer. This article is not a solicitation for investment. Streetwise Reports does not render general or specific investment advice and the information on Streetwise Reports should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Streetwise Reports does not endorse or recommend the business, products, services or securities of any company mentioned on Streetwise Reports.
5) From time to time, Streetwise Reports LLC and its directors, officers, employees or members of their families, as well as persons interviewed for articles and interviews on the site, may have a long or short position in securities mentioned. Directors, officers, employees or members of their immediate families are prohibited from making purchases and/or sales of those securities in the open market or otherwise from the time of the decision to publish an article until three business days after the publication of the article. The foregoing prohibition does not apply to articles that in substance only restate previously published company releases. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of Scottie Resources, a company mentioned in this article.

Want to read more about Gold and Silver investment ideas?
Get Our Streetwise Reports Newsletter Free and be the first to know!

A valid email address is required to subscribe