Resource Expansion Program Ramped Up at ALLEGIANT’s Eastside Gold Project as Second Drill Rig Added
Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 23, 2018, Allegiant Gold Ltd. (“ALLEGIANT”) (AUAU: TSX-V) (AUXXF: OTCQX) is pleased to announce that a second drill rig has been added to the resource expansion program currently underway at ALLEGIANT’S 100% owned Eastside gold project, located 32 kilometres west of Tonopah, Nevada. The goal of the program is to double the pit-constrained inferred resource, which currently stands at 721,000 gold equivalent ounces1, at the Original Zone deposit and reduce the strip ratio.
One drill rig continues to test the western extension of the Original Zone, which ALLEGIANT successfully extended 300 metres to the west in recent drilling (see news release dated March 5, 2018). Highlights from recent drilling include drill hole 147, which returned 42.7 metres of 2.49 g/t gold, including 9.1 metres of 9.03 g/t gold, and drill hole 151, which returned thick zones of gold and silver mineralization bottoming in 79.2 metres of 1.03 g/t gold lying just outside the pit. Importantly, drilling was conducted in areas either currently classified as waste in the pit-constrained resource estimate or just outside the pit. The western extension remains open.
The second drill rig, a diamond drill rig, has begun testing the southern extension of the Original Zone, which also remains open. The planned holes will step out up to 400 metres from the southern edge of the currently defined Original Zone in an area of strong alteration where surface sampling has returned up to 5.76 g/t gold. Further, the areas of drilling are currently classified as waste, inside the pit outline, or just outside the southern pit layback. In addition to the west and the south, the Original Zone also remains open to depth, to the east, and possibly to the north.
Drilling at Eastside, consisting of up to 20,000 metres in 48 core and rotary drill holes, is in progress and will continue into the third quarter of 2018. ALLEGIANT plans to publish an updated resource estimate for the Original Zone by the end of 2018.
Andy Wallace is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists and is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Wallace has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.
Eastside is district scale – over 67 square kilometres in size, and is located approximately 32 kilometres west of Tonopah, Nevada, in an area of excellent infrastructure. The Original Zone deposit, an area within Eastside, hosts a pit-constrained inferred resource totaling 721,000 gold equivalent ounces1 (35,780,000 tonnes grading 0.63g/t gold equivalent). Preliminary metallurgical testing indicates that both oxide and sulphide gold mineralization at the Original Zone is amenable to heap leaching. In addition to the Original Zone, Eastside also has numerous undrilled exploration targets, and hosts historical resources of 272,153 ounces gold2 (11,177,761 tonnes grading 0.82g/t gold).
ALLEGIANT is led by CEO Andy Wallace, who is credited with discovering a number of multi-million-ounce gold mines in Nevada. ALLEGIANT owns 14 highly-prospective target drill-ready gold projects in the United States, 11 of which are located in the mining-friendly jurisdiction of Nevada, and has announced plans to drill 10 projects, including its flagship Eastside gold project.
Further information regarding ALLEGIANT can be found at www.allegiantgold.com
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1 For more information, see the NI 43-101 technical report entitled “Resource Estimate and NI 43-101 Technical Report, Eastside and Castle Gold-Silver Project, Esmeralda County, Nevada” prepared by Steven J. Ristorcelli CPG of Mine Development Associates for Allegiant Gold Ltd. with an Effective Date of July 25, 2017, dated September 1, 2017, and filed on SEDAR under the profile of Allegiant Gold Ltd. on January 24, 2018.
2 The historical resource estimate for the Eastside gold project was completed by James D. Greybeck, Senior Geologist for Cordex Exploration Co. in April, 1999, under the direction of Andy B. Wallace, then Manager of Cordex Exploration Co. and Vice President of Rayrock Mines, Inc. This report and data used in its preparation has been recently reviewed by Andy B. Wallace for the purpose of this press release under his obligations a Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this press release. Drill data used for Greybeck’s report was from Cordex Exploration Co., Kennecott Exploration, Houston Oil and Minerals, Falcon Exploration, and Mintek Resources which data is on file in the offices of Cordex Exploration Co. The data is judged relevant and reliable by Andy B. Wallace. The resource was termed a “Geologic Resource” at the time of Greybeck’s report, which was in line with current practice for the time. Mr. Greybeck prepared geological cross sections and calculated the resource by hand, using a polygonal method with a lower cut-off of .005 opt Au (0.17 g/t Au). Where drilling was closely spaced gold values were interpolated between cross sections using weighted averages projected 50 feet on either side of the cross section. A qualified person has not performed sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. The Company is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. For more information, see news releases entitled “Columbus Acquires Claims Hosting a Historical Estimate of 272,000 Ounces of Gold Resources Contiguous with its Eastside Gold Project in Nevada” dated and filed under the profile of Columbus Gold Corp. on SEDAR on January 20, 2017.
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