Results from a winter drilling program conducted by Yellowhead Mining appear to show that potentially commercially viable mineralization extends beyond the boundaries of the proposed Harper Creek open pit mine.
The mining exploration company recently reported the results from the eighth and ninth drill holes of its winter drill program, HC11-83 and HC11-84. These holes are in line along strike with Hole HC10-82 previously reported, and Hole HC11-85 as the most northerly drill holes completed at the Harper Creek deposit to date.
Yellowhead chief executive officer Ian Smith said, “The results of drill holes HC11-83 and HC11-84 support the results of drill hole HC10-82, with significant widths of copper mineralization encountered down-dip from the pit outline determined in the 2011 preliminary economic analysis. By stepping out up to some 500 m from the previous northern limit of drilling, we have demonstrated both the apparent continuity of the previously identified mineralized horizons and the potential to increase the resource down-dip to the north. The resampling of historical holes within the pit outline continues to establish continuity and pervasiveness of precious metals across the resource.”
Yellowhead’s Harper Creek project is a proposed copper-gold-silver open pit mine that would be located in the North Thompson Valley about 20 km southeast of Clearwater.