VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: CEM) ("Constantine" or the "Company") is pleased to announce Teck Resources Limited ("Teck") is planning a winter exploration program on the Company's Golden Mile property in Timmins, Ontario, comprising approximately $600,000 in exploration expenditures The large, 68 square kilometer, Golden Mile Property is located 9 kilometers northeast of Goldcorp's multi-million ounce Hoyle Pond deposit and covers the Pipestone Fault System where it crosses the "Porcupine Giant Mine Corridor" that has produced more than 55 million ounces of gold. The winter program is designed to follow-up on targets generated from Teck-funded exploration and compilation work carried out in August and September, and is planned to include overburden drilling and ground-based geophysical surveys, subject to permit approvals and ongoing stakeholder consultation.
A small overburden drill program conducted in the 1980s identified a strong gold-in-till anomaly at the southern edge of the property, suggesting the potential for a significant gold mineralized bedrock source located up-ice to the north of these drill holes. Defining gold-grain dispersal trains with overburden drilling is a proven technique for tracing glacially transported gold back to its bedrock source. The combination of the historic gold-grain data and interpretations of geological, geochemical and geophysical work completed by Constantine has defined a large prospective area for gold mineralization. This area is the focus of the planned winter program, with the objective of identifying and refining diamond drill targets. Details for the winter work program are being finalized and Constantine is currently targeting start-up in early 2013.
Teck can earn a 51% interest in the Golden Mile property by incurring $1,500,000 in exploration expenditures by September 30, 2015 and making $25,000 annual cash payments to Constantine. Teck can earn an additional 15% interest in the property, for a total interest of 66%, by incurring an additional $3,500,000 in expenditures by September 30, 2019 and making $50,000 annual cash payments to the Company. Constantine has a Technical Services Agreement to manage project activities.
The Golden Mile option and joint venture agreement was one of three property rights agreements between Teck and Constantine that were announced May 9, 2012 concurrent with a $525,000 private placement by Teck. The rights granted to Teck by the Munro Selection and Phoenix property agreements have expired unexercised. Teck no longer maintains any rights or encumbrances on either of these 100% owned Constantine properties.
About the Company
Constantine is a gold and copper exploration company with multiple active projects located in premier North American mining environments. To advance its flagship Palmer Project, Constantine recently signed a non-binding Letter Agreement (see news release dated Nov 5, 2012) which provides Dowa Metals and Mining Co., Ltd. the option to earn 49% by spending US$22 million over four years. The Palmer Project is located in a very accessible part of southeast Alaska and host to a NI 43-101 compliant 4.75 million tonne inferred resource grading 1.84% copper, 4.57% zinc, 0.28 g/t gold and 29 g/t silver (using an NSR cut-off of US$50/t; see news release dated January 20, 2010). Other major projects include; (1) the 100% owned Timmins area Munro-Croesus Project a past-producing mine property that yielded some of the highest grade gold ever mined in Ontario and includes strategically located claims immediately along trend from the 2.1 million ounce Fenn-Gib gold deposit; (2) the large Golden Mile property in the Timmins gold camp that is optioned to Teck Resources Ltd. who can earn up to 66% by spending $5M; (3) the 50/50 Joint Venture with Carlin Gold Corporation exploring an approximately 800 sq. km land position in an emerging new Carlin-type gold district in Yukon; and (4) the Trapper Gold Project in northern British Columbia that is optioned to Ocean Park Ventures Ltd. who carried out an 8,500 meter drill program on the property in 2011. Please visit the Company's website (www.constantinemetals.com) for more detailed company and project information.
On Behalf of Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.
Garfield MacVeigh, President
Forward looking statements: This news release includes certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively "forward looking statements")." Forward-looking statements include predictions, projections and forecasts and are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "forecast", "expect", "potential", "project", "target", "schedule", budget" and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could" or "might" occur or be achieved and other similar expressions and includes the negatives thereof. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the expected. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Company's expectations include actual exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause such actions, events or results to differ materially from those anticipated. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and accordingly readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.
Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.
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