Sampling of historic Imerys drill core:
Imerys operates the talc mine on the property, which they purchased from Rio Tinto Minerals in 2011. Rapier acquired the gold rights on the property from Rio Tinto Minerals in March 2013.
Imerys has granted Rapier access to the historical talc drill holes and from those the Company initially selected holes PC00-01, PC00-02, PC00-03, and PC00-26 for review and assaying.
Re-logging historical drill holes provides a very inexpensive method of establishing the geology around the talc mine open pit area.
Compilation of data:
We have commenced a systematic review and compilation of all historic exploration work on the property in the Reeves and Penhorwood Townships to include in Rapier's database. This study will save both time and expense in narrowing the focus for Rapier's current exploration program.
LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the earth. These light pulses, combined with other data recorded by the airborne system, generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the earth and its surface characteristics. Rio Tinto Minerals flew this survey to identify areas where outcrops occur and to aid in locating major structural elements on the property. This significantly reduces exploration time as the highest priority areas can be identified quickly and evaluated with precision.
Rapier is planning to fly a LIDAR survey over the southern portion of the Pen Gold Project at the end of May to assist in target generation for its 2013 fall/winter drill program.
Summer Program Planning:
Utilizing the historical and new LIDAR data we will commence a large scale summer mapping/prospecting program with several geologists. A GIS database is being built to assist in the mapping.
Granting of Options:
The Company announces it has granted 50,000 stock options to an Officer of the Company at an exercise price of $0.35. These options are for a five year term and, unless exercised, will expire on May 23, 2018.
Further details and photographs of our program are available on our site www.rapiergold.com.
Gary Wong, P.Eng., Vice-President Exploration of the Company, a Qualified Person under the definition in National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical content of this release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Roger Walsh, President & CEO
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements: Certain disclosure in this release constitutes forward-looking statements. In making the forward-looking statements in this release, the Company has applied certain factors and assumptions that are based on the Company's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company, including that the Company is able to obtain any government or other regulatory approvals required to complete the Company's planned exploration activities, that the Company is able to procure personnel, equipment and supplies required for its exploration activities in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis and that actual results of exploration activities are consistent with management's expectations. Although the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect, and the forward-looking statements in this release are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others, that actual results of the Company's exploration activities will be different than those expected by management and that the Company will be unable to obtain or will experience delays in obtaining any required government approvals or be unable to procure required equipment and supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
To view Appendix 1, a map of Rapier's 16,000 hectare land position, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/RPRmap1.pdf.
To view Appendix 2, a map of all drill holes from the first phase drill program, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/RPRmap2.pdf.
To view Appendix 3, a map of drill locations close to and in the talc mine area, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/RPRmap3.pdf.
Neither the 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 news release.
Rapier Gold Inc.
President & CEO
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