About Upper Beaver
The Upper Beaver mine produced approximately 140,000 oz of gold and 12 million pounds of copper intermittently from 1912 to 1971, from 526,678 tonnes averaging 8.31 g/t Au and 1.03% Cu. Queenston commenced exploration on the property in 2005 and defined the first new mineral resource in 2009. Since 2005 three-hundred and eighty new diamond drill holes (including wedges) have been completed on the property, representing 236,874 metres of drilling.
A Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") was completed on Upper Beaver in early 2012 (Queenston press release, February 16, 2012). The PEA studied the economics of building a 2,000 tonne per day mine/mill complex at Upper Beaver that would produce on average 120,000 oz of gold and 5.3 million pounds of copper annually with first production targeted in 2016. The permit to sink a new 1,300 m deep shaft was received in September 2012 and detailed engineering, procurement and shaft collar excavation have commenced. The PEA incorporated the May 2011 mineral resource for Upper Beaver, containing 3,074,000 t averaging 7.0 g/t Au (690,000 oz) with 0.5% Cu (36.6 M lbs) (Indicated) and 3,093,000 t averaging 6.2 g/t Au (616,000 oz) with 0.4% Cu (28.0 M lbs) (Inferred) (Queenston press release, May 4, 2011).
An updated mineral resource was announced on September 2012, increasing the indicated resource by 112% to 6,870,000 t averaging 6.6 g/t Au (1,461,000 oz) and 0.37% Cu (56 M lbs), and increasing the inferred resource by 16% to 4,570,000 t averaging 4.9 g/t Au (712,000 oz) and 0.32% Cu (32 M lbs) (Queenston press release, September 26, 2012).
The focus at Upper Beaver for 2013 will be on the development of the 1,300 metre exploration shaft, including engineering, design and fabrication of the head frame and hoisting facilities. The shaft collar has been established and exploration on the deposit continues with six drills.
All NQ core assays reported were obtained by standard 30 g fire-assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish at Swastika Laboratories of Swastika, Ontario. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices. The Upper Beaver project is supervised by Mark Masson, P.Geo. Standards and blanks are submitted every 25 samples for QA/QC purposes by the Company as well as the lab. Approximately 5% of sample rejects and/or pulps are sent to secondary laboratories for check assaying.
Mr. William McGuinty, P.Geo. is Project Manager for Osisko Mining Ltd. and is the Qualified Person responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed.
Osisko Mining Corporation operates the Canadian Malartic Gold Mine in Malartic, Quebec and is carrying out aggressive exploration and project development elsewhere in Canada and Latin America.
Cautionary Notes Concerning Estimates of Mineral Resources
This news release uses such terms as measured, indicated and inferred resources as a relative measure of the level of confidence in the resource estimate. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources are not economic mineral reserves and that the economic viability of resources that are not mineral reserves has not been demonstrated. In addition, inferred resources are considered too geologically speculative to have any economic considerations applied to them. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not be used in the determination of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or economic studies except for a Preliminary Assessment as defined under NI 43-101. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Readers are cautioned not to assume that further work to improve mineral resources will lead to determination of mineral reserves that can be mined economically.
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