TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/04/13 -- HARTE GOLD CORP. ("Harte Gold") (TSX: HRT)(FRANKFURT: H4O) is pleased to announce significant progress at the Sugar Zone Gold Project in White River, Ontario.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources ("MNR") has completed its Environmental Assessment ("EA") of the Harte Gold advanced exploration/bulk sample program and issued all permits necessary to proceed with site development work. The Ontario Ministry of Environment ("MOE") has completed its EA and accepted Harte Gold's "Notice of Completion" related thereto. MOE operating permits are expected to be issued shortly.
Bulk Sample Area Resource
Harte Gold recently released assay results on May 14, 2013 from the in-fill drill program focused solely on the proposed bulk sample area. The drill program was designed to increase the company's confidence level in both continuity and modeled grades.
An insitu polygonal resource calculation identified an NI 43-101 compliant Indicated resource of 57,065 tonnes grading 17.27 g/t for 31,691 contained ounces of gold (capped at 50 g/t) in the proposed bulk sample area (refer to the attached figures). The resource calculation does not include mining dilution or mining recoveries and assuming a minimum true thickness of 0.75 meter. Of particular note is that 54,063 tonnes of the 57,065 tonne bulk sample resource (approximately 95%) is within a projection of 25 meters, indicating a strong confidence in the resource calculation.
Off-Site Milling Agreement
The Company is pleased to announce that Richmont Mines Inc. ("Richmont") has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") with Harte Gold. The LOI outlines general terms under which material mined during the advanced exploration program may be processed by Richmont at its nearby Island Gold Mill. Recent metallurgical testwork conducted by SGS Canada Inc. ("SGS") indicates excellent metallurgical recoveries. Richmont has agreed, subject to mill availability, final metallurgical testing and completion of a definitive milling agreement to process the Harte Gold bulk sample through 2015. The Off-site milling agreement will significantly reduce capital and permitting requirements for the bulk sample.
Metallurgical Test Results
SGS test-work on gravity recovery, followed by standard 48 hour cyanidation of the gravity tails demonstrated excellent gold recovery results ranging from 93.3% to 98.9% across all gold head grades and grind ranges. Metallurgical testwork included comminution, gravity separation and whole ore leaching. Four different grade composites were tested at various grinds for leach kenetics under gravity-leach and, whole ore leaching scenarios.
Bulk Sample Contract Mining
Harte Gold has entered into preliminary discussions regarding the provision of contract mining services. Harte Gold is looking to structure an agreement that could reduce start-up cash requirements by deferring a significant portion of mining costs until revenues are available from the sale of gold produced from the bulk sample.
Bulk Sample Work Schedule
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