Confederation Minerals Ltd. (Confederation) (TSX.V:CFM) is pleased to announce that the exploration camp at the Newman-Todd property in Red Lake, Ontario is fully operational, and the 2012 drill program has now begun. A minimum 5000 metre drill program is planned to follow up significant results returned from the 2011 drill program. In 2011, a total of 56 holes, totaling 24,707 metres were drilled into the Newman Todd Structure (NTS) along a strike length of 1.8 km (of the total 2.2 km long mineralized NTS). All of these holes intersected gold mineralization, and over 40% of the holes intersected gold mineralization grading greater than 20 g/t gold.
Highlights of the 2011 program include:
For a complete listing of drill results please refer to the company website at www.confederationmineralsltd.com
Exploration work at the Newman Todd project is funded by the operator, Confederation Minerals Ltd. Pursuant to an Option Agreement with Redstar Gold Corp. (“Redstar”) (TSX.V: RCG), Confederation can earn a 50% interest in the project by spending $5.0 million on exploration, paying Redstar a total of $250,000, and issuing Redstar 500,000 shares by November 2013. To date, Confederation has spent in excess of $5.0 million dollars on exploration of the project, paid Redstar $100,000 and issued 200,000 shares. Confederation can earn an additional 20% by producing a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) by November 2016.
The 2012 drill program will initially focus on the central part of the Newman Todd Structure ("NTS"), termed the "Hinge Zone". NTS is a large-scale, gold-bearing structure, with significant widths of iron-carbonate alteration, silicification, sulphide and magnetite replacement zones which can contain high-grade gold mineralization. This style of alteration is recognized at the major producing mines in the Red Lake camp, and other important gold districts, as one of the main geological criteria associated with the formation of these gold deposits. Within the large-scale structure of the NTS, several zones of higher-grade gold mineralization have been identified along discrete structural corridors, the Hinge Zone being one of these corridors.
This phase of drilling will test several key geological and structural concepts identified in recent 3D modeling completed by the company. A successful drill program will assist with further targeting of discrete high-grade structures along the entire strike length of the NTS. At present, the structure remains open both along strike, to surface and at depth.
Bob Singh, P.Geo, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed this news release. Mr. Singh has been engaged through a third-party service provider by Confederation Minerals Ltd. to manage the project, and is also the Canadian Exploration Manager for Redstar Gold Corp.
On Behalf of the Board:
Brian Bapty, Ph.D.
Confederation Minerals Ltd.
Suite 1980, 1075 West Georgia Street
Brian Bapty, President
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