VANCOUVER -- Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. (TSX Venture: PEX) ("Pacific Ridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Merah Resources Limited ("Merah") has commenced a field exploration program on the Company's Fyre Lake copper, gold and cobalt massive sulphide deposit, located in Yukon's Finlayson Lake District. Merah can earn up to a 70% interest in Fyre Lake by paying $650,000 and issuing shares with a value of $650,000 to Pacific Ridge and completing a minimum of $6.5 million in exploration over four years. If Merah completes a 70% earn-in, Pacific Ridge will then have the option of retaining a 30% participating joint venture interest or reducing to a 20% interest, carried to a positive feasibility study (see News Release dated July 16, 2014).
The current field work program includes a helicopter borne VTEM electromagnetic and magnetic survey being flown under contract to Geotech Ltd. of Aurora, Ontario. The survey is designed to detect extensions to the known Kona Zone mineralization as well as other possible massive sulphide zones within the Property. It is planned that the survey results will help to guide Merah's program of in-fill and step-out drilling proposed for Fyre Lake in 2015.
In addition, Merah is sampling and re-assaying select samples from the Company's 1996-97 drill program. Once this sampling has been completed, Merah will commence a re-estimation of the Kona Zone mineral resource.
About Pacific Ridge
Pacific Ridge is a mineral exploration company. In addition to Fyre Lake, it holds a well-located project portfolio in the Yukon's White Gold District, in the same geological environment as Kinross Gold's White Gold deposit, Kaminak Gold's Coffee gold deposits and Comstock Metals' QV gold discovery. The King Solomon Property, under option to Centerra Gold Inc., consists of 372 claims under option from Shawn Ryan and Wildwood Exploration Inc. and adjacent claims under option from 39242 Yukon Inc. The property covers 7,500 ha in the heart of the historic Klondike Gold District and hosts one of the largest and strongest gold soil anomalies in the Klondike that has not yet been explored either by trenching or drilling. The main target of interest is the King Zone, a 1,600 m long gold soil geochemical anomaly that lies near the summit of King Solomon Dome. In addition, the 280 square kilometre Mariposa gold project covers the prolific Scroggie and Mariposa placer gold creeks located east of the Kaminak Coffee Creek deposits. Mariposa has seen a $6 million program of soil sampling, trenching and drilling spent over the past three years resulting in discovery of a number of well mineralized gold zones. In addition the 49 km2 Gold Cap/Polar-Stewart property, with yet-to-be drilled gold soil anomalies, adjoins the Kinross White Gold deposit.
The Company's Fyre Lake copper-gold-cobalt massive sulphide project in the Yukon's Finlayson Lake District is under option to Merah Resources Limited, a publicly listed Australian company, who may earn an initial 51% interest by making payments in cash and shares valued at $1.3 million over three years and completing $3.5 million in exploration. Merah can then increase its interest to 70% by completing an additional $3 million in exploration expenditures by January 10, 2018. To date, the Fyre Lake Kona Deposit has been defined by 115 holes totaling over 23,200 metres of diamond drilling. The results of a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate of the Kona Deposit completed in 2002 and reported in 2006 include an indicated mineral resource of 3.571 million tonnes grading 1.57% copper, 0.10% cobalt and 0.61 grams gold per tonne at a 1 percent copper cut-off grade. An inferred mineral resource, at the same cut-off grade, includes 5.361 million tonnes grading 1.48% copper, 0.08% cobalt and 0.53 grams gold per tonne. These estimates were prepared by D. Blanchflower, P.Geo. of Minorex Consulting Ltd. who is the qualified person for this purpose.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Gerald G. Carlson
President & CEO
Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd.
For further information, contact:
Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd.
Gerald G. Carlson
President & CEO
John S. Brock
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The technical information contained within this News Release has been reviewed and approved by Gerald G. Carlson, Ph.D., P.Eng., President and CEO of Pacific Ridge Exploration, and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 policy.
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