LA SARRE, Que. There may be life yet in the former Casa Berardi gold mines. AURIZON MINES says it is encouraged by the latest results from the property. Five of the eight holes drilled into zones 118-120 intersected gold values near the Casa Berardi fault. One hole hit 35.4 g/t Au over 6.2 metres.
The gold mineralization is mainly associated with fine-grained pyrite and arsenopyrite in quartz veins and veinlets, quartz carbonate stockworks, and sulphide-rich schists and vein stockworks. Larger veins are developed close to the Casa Berardi fault. Complete results from the latest drilling are available at www.aurizon.com. Click on Operations, then Casa Berardi, and read the press release dated March 10.
Aurizon is conducting extensive programs at Casa Berardi in the hopes of reopening the mine. It owns 100% of the property, which could produce about 200,000 oz Au per year. The current deep exploration program aims to expand resources and ultimately increase the reserves to a level sufficient to extend the projected mine life beyond 7 years.
Aurizon also owns 50% of the Sleeping Giant gold mine, which produced about 72,000 oz during 2002, near Val d'Or, Que.