The Rice Lake Gold Camp situated in the southeast region of Manitoba, is one of the areas that has recently witnessed the discovery of exceptional new gold deposits. These new discoveries are large in scope and are being made with a truly amazing frequency. Back in January I blogged on the gold exploration and new discoveries taking place in the Rice Lake area of Manitoba. That post was titled High Grade Gold Discoveries Continue in Manitoba.
Since that time several companies have made announcements of increased exploration work at properties located in the Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, while San Gold Corp the active gold mining company in the region has continued to advance new discoveries made on it's Bissett area properties.
On March 18th 2010 EagleRidge Minerals Ltd announced that it would commence diamond drilling on it's wholly owned Hannes project.
An Exert from the EagleRidge Press Release.
EagleRidge Minerals Begins Drill Program on the Hannes Gold Project in Southeast Manitoba
March 18th, 2010 - Pinawa, Manitoba
EagleRidge Minerals Ltd. (“ERM” or the “Company”, or “EagleRidge”) is pleased to announce that it has started a 1000 metre drilling program on the Hannnes Gold Project in the Rice Lake greenstone belt of southeast Manitoba.
The Hannes Gold Project consists of a claim package of 9403 hectares of claims in the western portion of the Rice Lake greenstone belt approximately 30 kilometres west of Bissett. The Company completed a Phase 1 exploration program during the summer of 2009 of field mapping, prospecting and geochemistry on the southern and western portion of the claim package where three gold showings were uncovered. Best gold values graded up to 6.1g/t. The field work in 2009 covered one third (1/3) of the property. The remainder of the property will be mapped and sampled during the 2010 summer exploration season. Further details are available from the Eagleridge website and from previous news releases on the Hannes Project.
A 1000 metre drill program will be carried out on the Gnomes Shear Zone and the Beaver Pond Zone. Drilling will be conducted by Bodnar Drilling of Manitoba using NQ-sized core under the direct supervision of Tim Tuba, P, Geo, (Exploration Manager, EagleRidge Minerals Ltd). Historical exploration in the region by other companies on the Gnomes Shear has traced the shear for 1200 metres with a thickness of 10-20 metres. Historically the best grades from surface channel sampling of the veins were 0.32 oz/ton Au over 3.7 metres and 0.72 oz/ton Au over 1.2 metres. The shear remains open on either direction and at depth. All past drilling was of a shallow nature. There is no record of drilling on the Beaver Pond Showing.
The purpose of this exploration program is to drill test the same structure but at a deeper depth. The greenstone belt region as a whole has benefitted from deeper drill holes which have encountered better gold mineralization at depth from that which was previously known from surface. It is expected that the drilling will be completed and results returned to the Company by the second week in April. On completion of the drill program, an independent technical report will be issued by the Company.