VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / February 24, 2021 / Banyan Gold Corp. (the “Company” or “Banyan“) (TSXV:BYN) is pleased to announce the final 2020 exploration season diamond drill hole results from the Airstrip Zone, AurMac Property, Yukon (Table 1 and Figure 1).
Highlights from this final set of Airstrip results include:
- 0.92 g/t Au over 63.5 metres from 106.0 metres in MQ-20-86
- 0.89 g/t Au over 59.2 metres from 111.0 metres in MQ-20-87
- 0.62 g/t Au over 59.8 metres from 63.7 metres in MQ-20-93
“Successful step-out drilling along strike to the East, West and down-dip has shown that 2020 drilling added significantly to the mineralized volume of the Airstrip Deposit and defined continuity of mineralization in all directions.” stated Tara Christie, President and CEO “Significantly, MQ-20-66, MQ-20-67, MQ-20-86 and MQ-20-87 have identified the continuation of the Airstrip mineralized trend which remains open down-dip to the South and, in particular, to the West where the mineralization is showing consistent higher grade. We look forward to 2021 as a transformative year for the Company. Drilling is slated to begin early in March 2021 and it will be a very busy year for Banyan.”
Drill holes MQ-20-85 to MQ-20-89 were located in West Airstrip to follow-up on the promising results of MQ-20-66 and MQ-20-67; where noteworthy grade-width gold mineralization was encountered in Phase 1 2020 drilling (news release September 21, 2020). Consistent with the geological model, the target calcareous schist unit showed significant quartz-calcite-pyrrhotite alteration, a key indicator for gold mineralization at Airstrip. Importantly, 2020 drill results have extended the strike length of the mineral zone by approximately 300 m to the West and also down dip within the conceptual pit limits used to constrain the 2020 Airstrip mineral resource estimation. Further definition of the western strike extent of the Airstrip Deposit will be a high priority for 2021 exploration efforts as the Deposit remains open to the West where a higher-grade trend is interpreted to exist.
Drill holes MQ-20-90 to MQ-20-93 were collared in East Airstrip to test areas down-dip and east of well mineralized 2019 drill results. All of these 2020 drill holes intersected gold mineralization within the target calcareous horizon; further validating the consistency and continuity of the Airstrip geological model. Mineralization remains open down-dip and east of the current Airstrip Deposit.
Drill hole MQ-20-84, an approximately one km step-out along the interpreted eastern strike extension of the favourable mineralized unit, successfully identified anomalous gold mineralization from surface to a depth of approximately 30 m, confirming the Company’s geological interpretation with the intersection of the target calcareous unit (>200 m in width). There has been almost no exploration to the east of the Airstrip Zone, and the results of hole MQ-20-84 confirms Banyan’s interpretation that the eastern strike extension of Airstrip has the potential to host additional near-surface gold mineralization and warrants additional exploration follow up.
Figure 1: Locations of 2020 Drill holes – highlighting location of Phase 2 Drill Collars
Figure 2: Section 466,450E showing highlighted interval from MQ-20-85 and MQ-20-86
Figure 3: Section 466,500E showing highlighted interval from MQ-20-87 and MQ-20-66
Figure 4: Section 467,550E showing highlighted interval from MQ-20-93
Table 1: 2020 Highlighted Diamond Drill Analytical Results
* True widths are estimated to be greater than 90% of the reported intervals.
Results of AX-20-58 to AX-20-65 holes from the 2020 exploration season remain pending and the results to date continue to validate the AurMac geological model.
All drill core splits collected from the 2020 AurMac program were analyzed at Bureau Veritas Minerals of Vancouver, B.C. utilizing the aqua regia digestion ICP-MS 36-element AQ200 analytical package with FA450 50-gram Fire Assay with AAS finish for gold on all samples. All core samples were split on-site at Banyan’s core processing facilities. Once split, half samples were placed back in the core boxes with the other half of split samples sealed in poly bags with one part of a three-part sample tag inserted within. Samples were delivered by Banyan personnel or a dedicated expediter to the Bureau Veritas, Whitehorse preparatory laboratory where samples are prepared and then shipped to Bureau Veritas’s Analytical laboratory in Vancouver, B.C. for pulverization and final chemical analysis. A robust system of standards, ¼ core duplicates and blanks was implemented in the 2020 exploration drilling program and was monitored as chemical assay data became available.
Upcoming Events and Catalysts
Q1 2020 – Drill results from 2020 program
Q1 2020 – Resume drilling at AurMac Property
March 1-5, 2021 – BMO Online Conference
March 8-11, 2021 – PDAC Virtual Convention – Banyan Booth
March 8-11, 2021 – PDAC Core Shack
March 9-10, 2021 – PDAC One-on-One Virtual Convention (in partnership with Precious Metals Summit)
March 17, 2021 – European Family Office Investor Event
March 30, 2021 – Webinar with Adelaide Capital
May 6, 2021 – Mines and Money Roadshow (APAC)
May 13, 2021 – Mines and Money Roadshow (EMEA)
May 20, 2021 – Mines and Money Roadshow (Americas)
Additional details for these events on our website: www.banyangold.com
Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration for the Company, is a “qualified person” as defined under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.
Banyan has taken proactive measures to protect the health and safety of our employees and communities from COVID 19 and exploration activities in 2021 will have additional safety measures in place, following and exceeding all the recommendations made by the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer.
Banyan’s primary asset AurMac is adjacent to Victoria Gold’s new Eagle Gold Mine, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, which announced commercial production on July 1, 2020. The AurMac initial resource of 903,945 oz Au (see Table 2 below) was announced in May 2020. Our major strategic shareholders include Osisko Gold Royalties, Sprott Funds, Alexco Resource Corp, and Victoria Gold Corporation. Banyan is focused on gold exploration projects that have the geological potential, size of land package and proximity to infrastructure that is advantageous for a mineral project to have potential to become a mine. Our Yukon based projects both fit this model and our objective is to gain shareholder value by advancing projects in our pipeline.
The 173 sq km AurMac Property lies 30 km from Victoria Gold’s Eagle Project and adjacent to Alexco ‘s Keno Hill Silver District and is highly prospective for structurally controlled, intrusion related gold-silver mineralization. The property is located adjacent to the main Yukon highway and just off the main access road to the Victoria Gold open-pit, heap leach Eagle Gold mine. The AurMac Property benefits from a 3-phase powerline, existing Yukon Energy Corp. switching power station and cell phone coverage. Banyan has optioned the properties from Victoria Gold and Alexco respectively with a right to earn up to a 100% subject to royalties.
The 2020 Initial Mineral Resource Estimate prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) guidelines for the AurMac Property is 903,945 ounces of gold. It is a near surface, road accessible pit constrained Mineral Resource contained in two near/on-surface deposits: The Airstrip and Powerline deposits. The Mineral Resource is summarized in Table 2 below.
Table 2: Pit-Constrained Inferred Mineral Resources at a 0.2 g/t Au Cut-Off – AurMac Property
- The effective date for the Mineral Resource is May 25, 2020.
- Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of Mineral Resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, changes in global gold markets or other relevant issues.
- The CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources. The quantity and grade of reported inferred Mineral Resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred Mineral Resources as an indicated Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured Mineral Resource category.
- Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.2 g/t Au, using a US$/CAN$ exchange rate of 0.75 and constrained within an open pit shell optimized with the Lerchs-Grossman algorithm to constrain the Mineral Resources with the following estimated parameters: gold price of US$1,500/ounce, US$1.50/t mining cost, US$2.00/t processing cost, US$2.50/t G+A, 80% heap leach recoveries, and 45° pit slop.
- Mineral Resource Estimate prepared in accordance with 43-101 guidelines by Marc Jutras, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., Principal, Ginto Consulting Inc, with technical report filed July 7,2020.
The Hyland Gold Project, located 70 km NE of Watson Lake, Yukon, along the Southeast end of the Tintina Gold Belt is a sediment hosted, structurally controlled, intrusion related gold deposit, with a large land package (over 125 sq km), with the resource contained in the Main Zone area (900 m x 600 m) daylighting at surface and numerous other known surface gold targets. The Main Zone oxide zone is amenable to heap leach open pit mining, with column leach recoveries of 86%. The project has an existing gravel access road.
Table 3 shows the Hyland Main Zone Indicated Gold Resource Estimate, prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, at a 0.3 g/t gold equivalent cutoff, contains 8.6 million tonnes grading 0.85 g/t AuEq for 236,000 AuEq ounces with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 10.8 million tonnes grading 0.83 g/t AuEq for 288,000 AuEq ounces. NI 43-101 prepared by Robert Carne, Allan Armitage and Paul Gray on May 1, 2018.
Table 3: Hyland Main Zone Indicated Gold Resource Estimate
In situ Tonnes
- Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. All figures are rounded to reflect the relative accuracy of the estimate.
- Mineral resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.3 g/t AuEq. AuEq grade is based on $1,350.00/oz Au, $17.00/oz Ag and assumes a 100% recovery. The AuEq calculation does not apply any adjustment factors for difference in metallurgical recoveries of gold and silver. This information can only be derived from definitive metallurgical testing which has yet to be completed.
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ON BEHALF OF BANYAN GOLD CORPORATION
(signed) “Tara Christie”
President & CEO
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