Relogging and Re-assaying of Quincy holes - Up to 5,000 metres of core was drilled in 2004 and 2009 through the Crone Hill and Quartz Butte deposits exploring for deeper, high-grade feeder systems. The transport of that archived drill core from a Nevada storage facility to the new Lakeview facility was substantially completed in 2012.
Following the design of routine protocol and procedures including data verification, relogging and sampling was initiated in the third quarter at Orsa's new facility. QA/QC testing is done as samples are submitted and assayed. Sections to display results and interpretation are in progress. Preliminary results released in a news release dated October 30, 2012 intercepted gold mineralization as anticipated.
Proposed drilling at Crone Hill and Quartz Butte Domes - Drill hole locations have been sited in consultation with the US Forest Service representatives. A 1,500 metre drill program is planned for the spring of 2013. Geotechnical logging, geo-metallurgical and metallurgical samples will be taken and packer tests conducted. This will help in validating the historical data, and obtaining data for the Preliminary Economic Assessment.
Permitting - Enviroscientists of Reno were retained for preparation of the formal permit application for the drill program. Their work included background baseline environmental and cultural studies. The US Forest Service notice of decision was posted on October 17, 2012 for public comment and representatives are in the process of responding to comments arising.
Exploration upside - Orsa considers that there remains exploration upside at both the Crone Hill and Quartz Butte domes. It is also working to expand its strategic land position in the area in order to enhance the exploration for the project.
COAL CANYON UPDATE
The exploration discovery at the Coal Canyon Property near Lovelock, Nevada, is sediment hosted gold mineralization typical of the Oreana Mining Trend. Orsa completed reconnaissance mapping and two phases of trenching reported that a phase trenching on the property. In a news release dated May 1, 2012, Orsa reported positive results from the phase one program with a zone grading a weighted average of 0.015 ounces Au/ton over 142 feet (0.52 grams Au per tonne over 43.3 metres). Orsa added two additional sections under lease with New Nevada Land and New Nevada Resources bringing its expanded land position to 1,300 acres. On December 3, 2012 Orsa announced results of a phase two program with samples grading a weighted average of 0.023 ounces per ton over 152 feet (0.72 gpt over 46.3 metres). Several other altered zones were also exposed in the trenching program. Results have generated significant interest in the property.
The target at the Ashby Property is a porphyry copper-gold system in the prolific Walker Lane Zone in Nevada. Following the acquisition of 153 claims in 2011 at the Ashby Property, mapping, sampling along with a 10 line-kilometre Induced Polarization survey were completed in 2012. The four line survey outlined a large anomalous zone that substantiates the potential model for mineralization. Orsa has recently received approval from the Bureau of Land Management for a proposed trenching program in 2013.
Bruno Barde, P.Geo., manages Orsa's exploration and development programs at Quartz Mountain and is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. He supervised the preparation of the technical information in this release.
Orsa Ventures Corp. is a junior development company focused on the exploration for, and development of, gold-silver-copper properties in the western United States. Orsa has a 2.85 million ounce Inferred gold Resource (110,448,000 tonnes grading 0.80 grams per tonne gold) on its Quartz Mountain Property, southern Oregon with excellent exploration upside. In addition, Orsa recently announced the discovery of significant sediment-hosted gold system at its Coal Canyon Property in the Oreana Mining Trend, Nevada, where over 10 million ounces has been discovered since 2009. The Company also has the right to earn a 51% interest Ashby Property, a former gold producer and porphyry copper-gold target, located in the Walker Lane Mining Trend, host to several large copper and gold deposits in Nevada.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Linda Thorstad, President and Chief Executive Officer
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the Company's current expectations and estimates. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "suggest", "indicate" and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur, and include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's plans with respect to the closing of the Financing and the use of proceeds thereof. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results implied or expressed in such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Orsa Ventures Corp.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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