CALIFORNIA – Following the review of historical data that indicate that copper (silver) grades are open in all directions at the Engels project in northern region of the state, Crown Mining
announced this week its decision to increase its land package in the area.
In a press release, the Toronto-based company explained that it has staked an additional 35 new federal mining claims adjacent to Engels, all of which are specifically located in the Light's Creek Copper District, in Plumas County.
"These claims were staked to cover potential extensions to the high grade ore that was mined as an underground operation in the early 1900s," the miner's media brief reads.
According to Crown, the newly staked claims lock up the interpreted extensions or potential repetitions of copper-silver mineralized zones at the mine.
"Historical reports on the underground mining activities at Engels indicate early miners focused on the highest grade sections of the orebody, ignoring material that graded below 1.5% copper," Stephen Dunn, Crown's CEO, said in the media statement. "Reports, maps, drill logs, and historic resource calculations recently reviewed by our team show copper (silver) mineralization at Engels extends well beyond the historic underground mine workings and the company's previous land holdings, opening the potential for an open pit type deposit that could add significantly to the economics of the Moonlight deposit."
Dunn also said that once funding is in place, his team will initiate exploration development programs to fully define the entire district's potential, which is basically owned by his firm.
Besides the Engels mine, Crown owns the adjacent Superior deposit. Both sites were active from about 1915-30 and produced over 161 million lb. of copper from over 3.6 million tonnes of rock containing 2.2% copper with silver and gold credits. The company also owns the nearby Moonlight deposit.
This story first appeared on www.Mining.com.