VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 -- Bellhaven Copper & Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE: BHV) ("Bellhaven" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for the upcoming drilling campaign at La Garrucha Au-(Cu) prospect. This will be the first drilling program to test the most prospective area of La Garrucha-the center of the broad magnetic anomaly-as prior drilling could only test its western fringe. With the Company's signing of the La Garrucha earn-in agreement (see news release of March 26, 2013), drilling can now commence in early May.
La Garrucha prospect is a Au-(Cu) porphyry deposit, similar to La Cantera and Middle Zone deposits where Bellhaven has discovered 2.55 Moz of gold equivalent less than a kilometer away (see news release dated July 9, 2012). Gold and copper at La Garrucha and La Cantera are coincident with strong magnetic anomalies. For maps showing the location of La Garrucha and La Cantera and the strong spatial correlation between their magnetic anomalies and gold, please use the link below:
Julio Benedetti, Bellhaven's CEO and Chairman, commented as follows:
"This is what we've all been waiting for-to drill the heart of the large magnetic anomaly situated over La Garrucha. We know that gold and copper deposits at La Mina and elsewhere in the Middle Cauca Belt (Colombia) show a high correlation with strong magnetic highs. I urge you to view the maps issued with this news release-the spatial relationship is rather remarkable. The magnetic anomaly over La Cantera guided us to 1.0 Moz gold and 280 Mlbs Cu (1.64 Moz AuEq). We are excited to start drilling La Garrucha soon because the size of La Garrucha's magnetic anomaly is much larger than the one over La Cantera (71,924 vs. 42,000 sq. meters)-and just as intense. Plus, we know that La Garrucha contains gold-the prior drill holes yielded increasing grade towards the magnetic anomaly with individual assays as high as 2 g/t Au where the ends of two drill holes clipped the edge of the magnetic high."
"We believe La Garrucha holds the potential to become a significant exploration success for Bellhaven. This is why we worked so hard earlier this year to conclude an earn-in agreement for this concession. Certainly if La Garrucha had not straddled the boundary of two concessions held by two different companies, it would have been the first prospect drilled at La Mina. With these issues resolved, we are pleased to commence drilling soon at La Garrucha."
The Company completed two drill holes to the south of the La Garrucha target, well outside of the magnetic anomaly, under the previous mandate that the drill-holes remain entirely on Bellhaven's La Mina concession (and not cross onto the La Garrucha concession). Both holes intersected the outer, poorly mineralized Garrucha intrusion. Despite being well outside the magnetic anomaly, a short interval near the end of LME-1097 assayed 0.79 g/t Au over 3.91 meters.
A third drill hole was completed to test the Cristalina prospect, approximately 700 meters south of La Cantera, where geochemical and magnetic data suggest a buried, potentially mineralized intrusion. Breccias with intrusive fragments were encountered, but gold grades were low. The drilling program was halted to secure a new drill contract and to await clearance to begin work at La Garrucha.
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