ALASKA - Vancouver-based NIBLACK MINING has received the permits and approvals for its planned underground exploration program at a copper-zinc VMS project in southeast Alaska. The company plans to step up its exploration pace to include both year-round underground and surface work aimed at outlining the highly prospective Lookout zone and Mammoth area.
Niblacks first goal is to complete construction of the infrastructure for the underground program. This includes waste rock storage areas, sediment ponds, water treatment systems, fuel storage and camp facilities. The underground contractor, J.S. REDPATH, will also begin to mobilize its equipment to the site. In August work will begin on the portal face.
The planned program for the underground exploration contemplates a total of 1,800 m of underground development, consisting of a 1,000-m main access drift, and three cross-cuts, each approximately 300 m long. Approximately 6,000 m of underground drilling will take place over the first phase.
A visit to www.NiblackMining.com is advisable for anyone wishing to see maps, photos and examples of drill core.