VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Entourage Metals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:EMT) (the "Company") and Ocean Park Ventures (TSX VENTURE:OCP) report results of the drill program on the Rous Lake property, Ontario from November to December 2012. The 2012 exploration program is part of an ongoing effort to identify satellite deposits to Barrick Gold Corp.'s Hemlo Mine, located immediately adjacent to the Rous Lake property.
Drilling extended an early 2012 drill hole (RL12-02) from an original depth of 668.0 metres to a final depth of 1373.0 metres, testing the on-strike, hanging wall extension of the Main Mineralized Trend from Hemlo. Drill results include:
- Locally anomalous gold mineralization (50 to 215 ppb gold), associated with various rock types and structural settings,
- Anomalously gold mineralized quartz feldspar porphyry ("QFP") units with sulfidation increasing with depth and up to 10% pyrite, similar to the Moose Lake Porphyry at Hemlo,
- Drill confirmation of anomalous gold-in-bedrock mineralization underlying surface soil gas hydrocarbon (SGH) targets, showing the viability of this geochemical exploration technique, and
- Drill confirmation of the on-strike extension of many of the geological characteristics and alteration features of the Hemlo mine horizon.
Technical problems terminated RL12-02 prematurely in a zone of increasing alteration, QFP sulfidation and anomalous gold prior to reaching its target - the footwall extension of the Main Mineralized Trend that hosts much of the gold mineralization at Hemlo. Previously reported results from the upper part of this hole include 2.5 g/t gold over 1.0 metre from 653.0 to 654.0 metres (see Entourage news release of August 1, 2012).
Results indicate the Rous Lake property is associated with extensions of the deep-seated mineralizing system that produced strong gold mineralization at Hemlo. The increase of QFP-hosted sulfidation at depth indicates additional drilling and/or downhole geophysics are warranted to define lateral or down-dip targets that may be prospective for significant, Hemlo-style gold mineralization.
The vertical depths achieved by RL12-02 of 1,250 metres are consistent with the lower levels of gold mineralization included in the known resource at Hemlo. A second drill hole was initiated early in the drill program which would have tested the system at shallower depth, however technical problems forced the abandonment of this hole.
RL12-02 targeted a coincident soil-gas hydrocarbon (SGH) and gravity anomaly on the Rous Lake property, where two mineralized trends merge; the Northern Arm Trend and the Hemlo-Heron Bay Shear Zone (Main Mineralized Trend).
The SGH method is useful in deeply covered terrains where conventional soil geochemistry is ineffectual. At Rous Lake, over 200 metres of overburden including raised beach sand covers most of the property. This geochemical method has been shown to accurately identify known mineralization at depth through orientation surveys and has contributed to recent gold discoveries in the Canadian Shield and elsewhere. The SGH survey is a deep penetrating geochemical method that involves the analysis of various hydrocarbons using a forensic approach for identification. Recent drilling at Rous Lake has tested only two of several SGH targets.
Gravity breaks are associated with gold deposits in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt (OFR 6189, Discover Abitibi), a major gold mining camp with similar characteristics to the Hemlo Greenstone Belt. At Rous Lake, the close association of SGH anomalies and a major gravity break provide an attractive exploration target.
A comprehensive quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program is in place to monitor precision and accuracy of the assay results. All core samples are submitted with certified reference materials (standards, blanks and duplicates). Internal standards and blank samples were inserted after every sample that contained visible gold for quality control purposes. Assay samples are taken from BQTW/NQ/HQ core, sawed in half along the core axis with one-half sent to AGAT Laboratories in Mississauga, Ontario and the other half retained by Entourage for future reference. AGAT laboratories are ISO 9001 accredited.
Entourage's exploration activity is under the supervision of John C. Florek, P.Geo, Vice-President Exploration for Entourage Metals. Mr. Florek is a Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Florek prepared and approved the information contained in this release.
Entourage Metals has active mineral projects in the Hemlo Greenstone Belt and Southern Swayze Greenstone Belt in Ontario. Details on Entourage Metals' portfolio can be reviewed at the Company's website at www.entouragemetals.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff Sundar, President and Director
Certain disclosure in this release, including statements regarding the intended use of proceeds from the private placement, constitute forward-looking information or statements (collectively, "forward-looking statements") for the purpose of applicable securities laws. In making the forward-looking statements, the Company has applied certain factors and assumptions that are based on the Company's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company, including that the Company is able to obtain any government or other regulatory approvals required to complete the Company's planned exploration and development activities, that the Company is able to procure personnel, equipment and supplies required for its exploration and development activities in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis and that actual results of exploration activities are consistent with management's expectations. Although the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect, and the forward-looking statements in this release are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others, that the Company will be unable to obtain required regulatory approvals on a timely basis or at all, that actual results of the Company's exploration activities will be different than those expected by management and that the Company will be unable to obtain or will experience delays in obtaining any required government approvals or be unable to procure required equipment and supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.