The most recent drill results from the AGB zone within Benchmark Metals’ Lawyers project in British Columbia hit broad and high-grade intervals of near-surface gold-silver mineralization. This drilling has expanded the AGB zone to the west, to over 600 metres of strike, and from surface to a vertical depth of over 270 metres.
The drillholes in today’s release include broad intercepts, high-grade intervals, as well as high-grade bulk-tonnage style intercepts.
The broad and high-grade intercepts include 14.2 metres of 4.15 g/t gold and 61.23 g/t silver (4.92 g/t gold-equivalent) from 13 metres; and 15.2 metres of 3.84 g/t gold and 28.61 g/t silver (4.2 g/t gold-equivalent) starting at 103.6 metres. This latter interval is within a 51.8-metre section of 1.76 g/t gold-equivalent.
Notable high-grade assays include 1.5 metres of 9.04 g/t gold and 257 g/t silver (12.25 g/t gold-equivalent) from 54.9 metres and 3 metres of 2.17 g/t gold and 233.2 g/t silver (5.08 g/t gold-equivalent) starting at 79 metres.
The high-grade results appear to be from the western part of AGB, where drilling south of historic underground workings hit high-grade zones, with grades increasing with depth.
In the release, John Williamson, the company’s CEO, noted that the AGB zone remains open and that drilling within this area continues to hit additional mineralization to the west, south, and at depth.
“When 2020 drilling is completed at AGB, we anticipate significant gold-silver ounces from surface to depth that will contribute to the 2021 mineral resource estimate.”
Benchmark is working to deliver an updated resource estimate for the property in the first quarter of next year; and a preliminary economic assessment of the project in the second quarter.
Thus far this year, the explorer has drilled 11,863 metres at AGB; and over 66,000 metres throughout the Lawyers property, with plans to complete 100,000 metres this year.
The road-accessible Lawyers property in the Golden Horseshoe area of north-central B.C. covers 140 sq. km.
In 2018, Benchmark released an initial inferred resource for the Cliff Creek North and Dukes Ridge zones at Lawyers: Cliff Creek North features 550,000 inferred tonnes, grading 4.51 g/t gold and 209.15 g/t silver, with an additional 58,000 inferred tonnes at Dukes Ridge, at 4.3 g/t gold and 139.13 g/t silver. These were derived using a 4 g/t gold-equivalent cut-off.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)