Stelmine is making plans to drill on the Courcy property

by Keith Powell
View of small mining camp, overlooking lake.

View of the Courcy Project, located in Quebec. — Photo courtesy Stelmine Canada Facebook page

Stelmine Canada (STH-TSXV) is making plans to drill at its Courcy flagship project. Indeed, during the last two years the Company has completed meticulous exploration work with results allowing the initiation of a drilling campaign at shallow depth.

Courcy is a relatively recent project undertaken just two years ago by Stelmine. However, the property was investigated for five years between 2002 and 2006 which permitted a compilation of significant data including that of a SOQUEM drillhole yielding a value of 4.26 g/t Au over 42 m. The systematic approach applied to the exploration work completed by Stelmine for the last two years enables the selection of primary targets for drilling. Most proposed collars are targeting the Couteau fault and the deformed volcanic assemblages/iron formations nearby.

Our work involved high-technology exploration methods used and accepted by major companies, such as:

  • A reinterpretation of numerical geophysical data (VTEM, TDEM, Max-Min, ground-based magnetometry), obtained from historical work, allowed the creation of 3D inversion models of the stratigraphy and structure of the eastern part of the property. The models were designed using the ArcGis and Leapfrog software.
  • Historical and current database including results from earlier drillholes and from geochemical and geological information were combined to redefine the stratigraphy and structure of the property. Thus, we identified the Courcy fault, a major thrust extending for 21 km, as the principal carrier of the gold mineralization (see November 29, 2018 press release).
  • Various surveys were accompanied by thin section examinations under the microscope and major and trace elements chemical analyses of rocks to better understand the composition of the altered, deformed and metamorphosed assemblages.
  • Overburden stripping carried out by Stelmine over the mineralized zones totaled more than 3,000 m2. They allowed the completion of 844 linear m of channel sampling yielding 837 samples all analyzed for gold.

Isabelle Proulx, CEO and President of Stelmine comments: “During the last two years, we have demonstrated the gold potential of the Courcy property. The Company has made great leaps in the understanding of the mechanism of gold emplacement. We have established a new geological model (based on historical data; but also on the overall knowledge of the geology of the James Bay Territory). This model sparked strong interest among experts and thus confirmed that Stelmine was ready to drill the property”.

The technical contents of this release were approved by Michel Boily, PhD, geo; a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Follow us on and on our Facebook page (Stelmine Canada) where we uploaded pictures of the Courcy camp and of our crew at work.

About Stelmine

Stelmine is a junior mining exploration company which concentrates its activities in the Province of Québec. Stelmine holds 955 claims spanning 497 km2 on the eastern part of the Opinaca metasedimentary basin, which contains zones with a high potential for gold deposit discovery in geological contexts similar to the one leading to discovery of the Éléonore Mine. Its capital stock consists of 29,648,645 issued and outstanding shares for a current market capitalization of $4.3 million.

Forward-looking statements apply. 

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