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GOLD: Skeena releases assays from Eskay Creek



Inside the Eskay Creek core shack. (Image: Skeena Resources)

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver-based Skeena Resources has released positive assays from the 21A zone at Eskay Creek where it has conducted the first phase of infill drilling on 20-metre centres.

Highlights from phase one drilling include:

  • Hole SK-18-020: 5.28 g/t gold, 62 g/t silver over 42.0 metres, including 10.71 g/t gold, 135 g/t silver over 17.2 metres;
  • Hole SK-18-021: 10.31 g/t gold, 73 g/t silver over 20.2 metres;
  • Hole SK-18-022: 13.40 g/t gold, 1 g/t silver over 10.5 metres;
  • Hole SK-18-023: 10.16 g/t gold, 331 g/t silver over 31.5 metres, including 14.24 g/t gold, 963 g/t silver over 8.4 metres; and
  • Hole SK-18-024: 8.82 g/t gold, 97 g/t silver over 11.5 metres.

The majority of intercepts are less than 125 metres from the surface and amenable to open pit mining, said Skeena.

The company released its maiden Eskay Creek resource in September 2018. The indicated resource includes 1.1 million tonnes grading 4.9 g/t gold and 72 g/t silver containing 173,000 oz. of gold and 2.5 million oz. of silver. The inferred portion is 4.3 million tonnes grading 4.3 g/t gold and 72 g/t silver containing 458,000 oz. of gold and 9.8 million oz. of silver.

The past producing Eskay Creek high grade gold mine, located 80 km northwest of Stewart, produced 3.3 million oz. of gold and 160 million oz. of silver from average grades of 45 g/t gold and 2,224 g/t silver until former owner Barrick Gold closed it in 2008.

Skeena has posted a photo gallery and videos from Eskay Creek at www.SkeenaResources.com.