Vancouver, B.C. – Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. (TSX-V: NCX) (“Northisle” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it again fully controls the prospective Pemberton Hills target at its North Island Project. The project had previously been optioned to Freeport-McMoRan Mineral Properties Canada Inc. (“Freeport”), who has provided notice of termination of their option after Northisle and Freeport were unable to agree to an extension on agreeable terms.
Sam Lee, CEO of Northisle commented, “We would like to thank Freeport for funding the Pemberton Hills exploration program over the past several years. The early stage work completed as part of the now-concluded option agreement has helped identify a very prospective target for a buried copper gold porphyry system which we are keen to start drilling in the coming weeks.”
Jack McClintock, VP Exploration commented, “Exploration work completed to date with Freeport’s funding, including $2 million of induced polarization (“IP”), detailed clay and structural studies, and scout drilling have defined a 1.5km by 1.0 km target, within a larger 3.5km by 1.5km lithocap, for what is anticipated to be a buried copper gold porphyry system. The target is indicated by coincident anomalous IP chargeability, trace element, clay, geological and structural vectors present in surface outcrops and in surrounding drill holes as well as a shallow, 200m long drill hole within the target that ended in mineralization grading 0.14% copper.
We have allocated a budget of approximately $1 million to test this target with a drill program which will commence on or around March 15, 2021. The program will consist of three steeply inclined drill holes with a planned minimum length of 600m each and will continue to the depth capacity of the drill should they intercept significant mineralization.”
A plan view of the Pemberton Hills target, including approximate drill target locations, is shown in Figure 1.
The Company is sufficiently funded for the proposed program at Pemberton in addition to continuing to advance its ongoing preliminary economic assessment on the Red Dog and Hushamu deposits, known as The North Island Project.
John McClintock, P.Eng, Vice President Exploration of Northisle and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this news release.
Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. is a Vancouver based company whose mission is to become a leading sustainable mineral resource company for the future. Northisle owns the North Island Project, which is one of the most promising copper and gold porphyry deposits in Canada. The North Island Project is located near Port Hardy, British Columbia on a 33,149-hectare block of mineral titles 100% owned by Northisle stretching 50 kilometres northwest from the now closed Island Copper Mine operated by BHP Billiton. The Company is completing a preliminary economic assessment which will provide an updated view on the potential of the Red Dog and Hushamu deposits and is targeted for completion in Q1 2021.
For more information on Northisle please visit the Company’s website at www.northisle.ca.
On behalf of Northisle Copper and Gold Inc.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.
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