Wingdam Gold Project
Located 42 kilometres east of Quesnel in the Cariboo Regional District, Wingdam Gold is Omineca Mining's flagship project, and is expected to hold significant placer gold deposits. Omineca is proposing to access these resources via an underground mining operation.
About This Project
Omineca Mining & Metals primary asset is its 100% interest in the 2,702ha Wingdam Gold Project located along Lightning Creek near the Wells-Barkerville area of Central British Columbia. This area is historically significant as the location of "Cariboo Gold Rush" which began in the 1860's and was preceded by an earlier gold rush to the nearby sand bars of the Fraser River in the late 1850's.
The property overlies both placer and hard-rock tenures along the Deep Lead Channel of Lightning Creek, where topographic conditions have created a deep overburden accumulation which effectively resulted in a large portion of the channel being excluded from conventional surface placer mining activity. On the Wingdam property, drilling and geophysical work indicate that the Deep Lead Channel may occur throughout the entire 2.4km length of the Wingdam placer tenures, extending upstream and downstream an undetermined distance. Numerous attempts have been made to mine the Deep Lead Channel in the Wingdam area since the late 1880s, but all were hampered by an influx of water and unstable ground conditions and were ultimately abandoned.
In 2012, a crosscut drift 23.5m across the Deep Lead Channel along the bedrock/gravel interface was successfully completed, using the Australian deep-lead mining method combined with a ground-freeze method. This effort not only proved the applicability of the freeze method, but also provided a bulk sample whereby “the gold recovered from the 23.5-meter drift advance across the paleochannel true width amounted to 173.495 ounces of raw placer gold (900 fineness) from 140 bank cubic meters. The refined-equivalent gold grade across this width amounted to 34.55 g/m3 or 0.453 oz/tonne. The grade across a central portion of the paleochannel totaling 14.8 m (3.8 to 18.6m) averaged 46.30 g/m3 or 0.608 oz/tonne” (S. Kocsis 43-101 technical report, Oct, 2012).
The abundance and physical nature of the placer gold recovered during the 2012 test mining operation indicates that it is in part, locally derived. Little or no systematic exploration work has been carried out on the property to test for the occurrence of lode gold, leaving excellent potential for the exploration and possible discovery of in-situ (hard-rock) gold mineralization in addition to the presence of a proven placer deposit.
Omineca Mining recently completed a drilling and geophysical program at the site in April 2015. Surface drilling and surface and downhole seismic geophysical surveys were used to accurately define the location and shape of the gold-bearing Deep Lead Channel over a length of approximately 300 meters. All of the seismic data and drilling data will be integrated with historical geophysical and drilling data collected across the width of the channel to create an accurate model of the channel profile and identify the location of the highgrade keel in the center of the channel.
Future steps for the project include finalizing the mine design and capital expenditure costs for production.
Omineca Mining & Minerals Ltd. is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under OMM.
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Cariboo Regional District
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