The Montalembert project is located in the mining-friendly Province of Quebec, currently ranked as one of the top ten jurisdictions worldwide for mining investment attractiveness.
The 7,300-hectare (18,000-acre) property lies 230 km northeast of Val d'Or and 125 km due west of Chibougamau; both are active centers for mining and exploration amenities. Year-round access is provided via paved Route 113, which passes within 5 km of the property, and a network of logging roads. Accommodation and a local workforce is available in the nearby Cree village of Waswanipi.
Enforcer Gold is earning a 100% interest in the project and commenced a +$2.2M exploration program in mid-March 2017.
The high-grade Galena and No.2 veins are the current focus for Enforcer Gold. Discovered in 1949, these high-grade veins were drill tested in 1950 using narrow gauge coring equipment. Only 7 holes were drilled under the Galena vein and 3 holes under the No. 2 vein. Of these holes, only 2 core samples were taken of the No. 2 vein; assay results are unknown. Grab, channel and bulk sampling of the Galena vein has produced some remarkable assays, yet no modern, large diameter core drilling has tested the mineralized structure at depth. The Galena and No. 2 veins, among other gold-bearing vein structures on the property, represent classic shear-hosted quartz-carbonate gold mineralization. This style of mineralization is the most significant source of gold in the Abitibi greenstone belt.
A property-wide, helicopter-borne high-resolution Mag-EM survey was completed in April 2017; data processing, modelling and interpretation are underway.
A comprehensive field program is scheduled to commence in mid-May and will include induced polarization (IP) surveys in the areas of known vein occurrences, continued site preparation to expose vein extensions, additional channel sampling of vein exposures and property-wide prospecting, mapping and sampling.
An initial phase of diamond drilling is scheduled to commence in mid to late June 2017.
GEOLOGY & MINERALIZATION
Montalembert is situated within the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt that has produced over 180 M oz. of gold since early 1900s.
The property is located at the NE end of the Archean-aged Abitibi sub-province, situated between a major anticline to the south and a syncline to the north. At the property scale, the volcanic rocks and their comagmatic gabbro intrusives lie between the Waswanipi Pluton and the Capisisit Pluton.
The emplacement of the plutons strongly deformed and metamorphosed the rock units, reorienting the stratigraphy sub-parallel to their contacts (N-S) and inducing shear deformation. The Capisisit Pluton may have been the heat source for remobilization of the quartz and gold in the shear zones where the Galena, No. 2 and Rabbit veins are located. The silicified and quartz-bearing shear zones host 1-5% pyrite and/or pyrrhotite with trace chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, galena and free gold.
A network of later-stage faults with orientations varying from WNW, NNE, NE and ENE segment the property into several geological blocks.
Reports of the first gold discovery south of the project area instigated a staking rush in 1947. The Galena, No. 1, 2, 3 and Rabbit veins were discovered in 1949 by N.A. Timmins (1938) Inc.
Recorded sampling of the Galena vein in 1949-50 included gold assays of 5.03 oz/t over 1.3 ft and 2.4 oz/t over 2.6 ft*. In 1950, N.A. Timmins drilled 30 holes over the gold showings; however, only 7 holes were drilled below the Galena Vein and 3 holes below the No. 2 vein. Despite over 200 logged occurrences of veining and mineralization in the 30 holes, only 10 samples were collected including 2 from the No. 2 vein; results are unknown.
No further work was reported in the immediate area until 1973, when Rochelom Mines conducted a bulk sampling program on the Galena Vein. Rochelom drilled and blasted a ~0.6 m wide trench along a 123 m length of the vein. In total, 80 grab and 80 bulk samples of muck were collected, representing some 5 tons of blasted material.
The grab samples averaged 31.89 g/t (0.93 oz/T) over 123.0 m and the bulk sample averaged 12.69 g/t (0.37 oz/T) over 108.2 m. The bulk sampling program was supervised by independent mining engineer, C.A. Veilleux**.
In his report, Veilleux concluded that the 1950 drilling program would not have accurately tested the Galena vein due to the nature of the mineralization and the relatively small core size. The drilling was likely conducted using EX or AX sized coring equipment, resulting in a core diameter of only 22-30 mm. Veilleux recommended an underground exploration program to drift along the Galena and No.2 veins; however, no further work was undertaken. This was the last gold-focused exploration in vicinity of the veins until 2015.
Falconbridge conducted sporadic exploration programs in the general property area from 1980-1985, including limited drill testing of regional targets. Two new gold-bearing veins were discovered ~1.4 km north of the Galena Vein, with the Vein du Lac (Lake Vein) reportedly assaying up to 51 g/t gold in grab samples***. By 1985, Falconbridge had dropped the claim underlying this prospect and no follow-up investigation or drilling occurred.
Base metal exploration in the region took place from 1985-1997 by Orimex/Antoro and others. Geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys and reconnaissance drilling was undertaken outside the area of the gold-bearing veins. Multiple anomalies were identified, and drilling intersected hydrothermal breccia with 20% sulphides and visible gold in one hole located ~4 km north of the Galena Vein. Assays did not reflect the presence of visible gold, leaving the results inconclusive.
After staking the property in 2015, Globex Mining extended the exposure of the Galena and No. 2 veins to lengths of 183 m and 89 m respectively, and channel sampled across the veins. Enforcer Gold optioned the property from Globex in November 2016.
NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Montalembert Property - Dec 12, 2016
*Weber, W., 1951: Letter summarizing the 1950 exploration program by N.A. Timmins (1938) Ltd., GM 01351.
**Veilleux, C.A., 1974: Rochelom Mines Ltd. Bulk Sampling Program, Montalembert Township, GM 30084.
***Berube, M., 1985: Falconbridge Nickel Ltd. Geophysical and Geochemical Report (Induced Polarization, Rock and Soil Geochemistry). Montalembert Township, GM 42317.
* Historical reports of exploration predate the implementation of National Instrument 43-101. The Company considers this information to be relevant and that the exploration was conducted by reputable companies using standard industry practices. The Company cautions however, that until verified through the course of its ongoing exploration programs, this data should be considered historical in nature and not be relied on.