Blue Lagoon Resources Inc. (OTCQB: BLAGF) (CSE: BLLG) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Metal Mountain Resources Inc. in exchange for 12,151,220 common shares of the Company (the “Transaction”). Concurrently with the Transaction, Blue Lagoon issued 1,372,000 common shares of the Company to acquire 27.44% of Gavin Mines Inc.
Following the transactions, the Company will hold, through its ownership of Metal Mountain, a 78.28% interest in Gavin Mines Inc. and a100% interest of Lloyd Minerals Inc. Gavin Mines owns the Dome Mountain mine, a high-grade gold project located in northwest British Columbia. Lloyd Minerals Inc. (“Lloyd Minerals”), holds the Big Onion property, a porphyry copper project also located in northwest British Columbia.
The Blue Lagoon shares issued pursuant to both transactions will be subject to an initial hold period of 12 months from closing, and thereafter the hold period will expire in installments over a period of 30 months.
“In a very short time, management’s focus has lead Blue Lagoon from being a newly listed junior mining exploration company to one that just acquired a very promising high grade gold property in British Columbia that holds both a Mining Permit for up to 75,000 tonnes annually and an Environmental Management Act Permit” said Rana Vig, President and CEO of Blue Lagoon Resources.
Bill Cronk, the Company’s chief geologist added “this is a very exciting and pivotal moment for the company that will take it one step closer towards transforming into a development stage gold company in a time when gold is maintaining near 5 year highs during unprecedented times of economic turmoil.”
The Company notes that no decision to proceed to production has been made at this time, and a future production decision will be based on a full technical and economic review of the project.
DOME MOUNTAIN PROJECT INFO & HISTORICAL ESTIMATES
The Dome Mountain Project is the subject of a NI 43-101 technical report entitled Technical Report on the Dome Mountain Gold-Silver Project dated April 2010, prepared by Gary Giroux, P. Eng., Giroux Consultants Ltd. for Gavin Mines. The technical report provides the following historical resource estimate for the Boulder Vein System based on 285 surface diamond drill holes and 37 underground diamond drill holes (the “2010 Historical Resource Estimate”):
Historical Indicated Resource within the Mineralized Veins
|Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Au (ozs)||Ag (ozs)|
Historical Inferred Resource within the Mineralized Veins
|Au Cut-off (g/t)||Tonnes > Cut-off (tonnes)||Grade>Cut-off||Contained Metal|
|Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Au (ozs)||Ag (ozs)|
This resource occurs principally at and above the 1290 level and has been adjusted to remove the volumes previously mined. The 2010 Historical Resource Estimate is considered historical in nature by the Company, is provided for background information purposes only, and is not a current resource estimate due to significant additional exploration work conducted subsequent to the date of the report. A qualified person (as defined in NI 43-101) has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource. The Company is not treating the historical estimate as a current mineral resource.
Subsequent to the 2010 Historical Resource Estimate, Gavin Mines conducted 7,210 meters of infill drilling in 2016 to upgrade the inferred resource. Four new veins were discovered within the Boulder Vein System during the 2016 drill program. The 2016 drilling program added 330 meters of strike length to the Boulder Vein which remains open along strike to the west, east and at depth.
Gavin Mines engaged Roughstock Mining Services LLC of Bozeman, MT to prepare an internal estimate based on the additional data from the 2016 drill program, as follows (the “2016 Historical Resource Estimate”):
Historical Dome Mountain Mine Indicated Resource at 3.42 g/t Cut-off (undiluted) as at December 30, 2017
|Boulder East Vein||8,736||22.22||194,137||6,241|
Historical Dome Mountain Mine Inferred Resource at 3.42 g/t Cut-off (undiluted) as at December 30, 3017
|Boulder East Vein||166,852||8.17||1,362,590||43,808|
|Boulder HW Vein||46,079||7.62||351,222||11,292|
Blue Lagoon does not consider the 2016 Historical Resource Estimate to be a current resource as defined in NI 43-101. While Blue Lagoon believes the information to be generally reliable, Blue Lagoon has conducted only preliminary technical due diligence on the Dome Mountain Mine, and has not conducted the work necessary to independently verify the resource estimate, and specifically has not conducted a comprehensive review of the drill sample data used in the estimate, or other analysis necessary to confirm the cut-off grade and other factors used in calculating the resource, including the method of calculation of the resource. Readers should not treat the 2016 Historical Resource Estimate as a current mineral resource. The historical estimate does not use the categories or procedures required by CIM Best Practice Guidelines for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves or CIM definitions for mineral resources.
THE DOME MOUNTAIN MINE
The Dome Mountain Mine includes a past producing mine on tenures consisting of 41 contiguous mining claims and one mining lease totaling 10,970 hectares, located approximately 38 kilometers east of the town of Smithers in northwest British Columbia. The Dome Mountain area has a long history of exploration that resulted in the discovery of numerous gold bearing quartz-carbonate veins. Gold mineralization was first located on the property in the late 1800s and considerable surface and underground work was done in 1923-24. Resumption of exploration in the 1980s led to the discovery of the Boulder Vein system in 1985. Underground mining was initiated in August 1991 by Timmins Nickel Inc. and its joint venture partner, Habsburg Resources Inc. and ceased in May 1993. During this period 43,900 tonnes at an average grade of 12.0 grams per tonne gold were reportedly mined from shrinkage stopes accessed from trackless drift developments on the 1290 and 1370 levels.
Expenditures on the mine by past operators, including Gavin Mines, Timmins and Noranda, have totaled in excess of $68 million, $28 Million of which was spent by Gavin in the past 12 years. Mine permitting and significant infrastructure construction and underground development was completed on the mine between 2010 and 2012, including about 75% of the planned underground development necessary for commencing production from the site. The Dome Mountain Project holds a Mining Permit and Environmental Management Act Permit (EMA) providing for up to 75,000 tonnes annually.
The infrastructure and underground development completed during that period includes:
- Mine dry/office building
- Electrocoagulation water treatment plant
- Water and sewer for all surface facilities
- Pipelines system for mine water
- Mechanics shop
- Electrical work into the mine
- Fuel storage and distribution system
- Major earthwork projects completed
- Underground development
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release was prepared and reviewed by William Cronk, P.Geo., a qualified person as defined in NI 43-101 and a consultant to the Company.