Intrepid Metals Completes Consolidation of Established Copper and Gold Mineralized Trend in Arizona
- Signs an agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the MAN Property in Cochise County, Arizona
- MAN Property hosts 80 previous drill holes and 19,449 meters of assay data, within 622 acres of patented mining claims and BLM lode claims
- Several high-grade copper and gold intercepts from historic drilling, including;
- Hole 28_08 included 53.03 meters of 1.63% Cu and 1.45 g/t Au
- Hole 28_01 included 72.03 meters of 0.75% Cu, 0.34 g/t Au and 14.47 g/t Ag\
- With the addition of the MAN Property, the Corral Copper Project now totals over 9,600 acres (15 Square miles), including 1,800 acres of patented mining claims and surface rights
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Intrepid Metals Corp. (TSX-V:INTR) (OTCQB: IMTCF) (“Intrepid” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has entered into an option agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire a 100% interest in the MAN Property (the “Property”) from Mining and Mineral Opportunity Ltd. (“MMO”) completing a pivotal land consolidation exercise of an established trend of known mineralization within its Corral Copper Project, in Cochise County, Arizona. The Corral Copper Project area is located approximately 20 miles from the Company’s Tombstone South property and includes 50,000 metres (“m”) of historical drilling data, with shallow mineralization of copper, silver, gold, and zinc.
FIGURE 1: Aerial View of Historical Mining Activity at Corral Copper Project
“This latest acquisition will effectively complete the consolidation of a 3 km trend of known copper, gold, silver and zinc mineralization within our larger Corral Copper Project area,” said Ken Brophy, CEO of Intrepid. “I would like to thank everyone involved in concluding the agreement for this transaction as we can now begin to meaningfully unlock the value within the district. We will now control over 9,500 acres, with 1,800 acres made up of patented mining claims and additional surface rights that host the mineralized trend. With the historical assay data to guide us, we are excited to start drilling Corral and quickly move the historical drilling to NI 43-101 standards.”
“When I brought Intrepid to the market in 2022, it was my hope that we would be able to do what others had failed to do: namely consolidate this district, where substantial historical drilling had been undertaken with excellent results, but where fragmented land ownership had prevented further capital investment required for establishing a coherent mineralized footprint for the region,” added Mark Morabito, Chair of Intrepid. “We have an exceptional team with a long history of working in the State of Arizona and Cochise County in particular, where permitting for mining projects has recently occurred. The remainder of 2023 and the first several months of 2024 will be very busy for our team as they set about reproducing and expanding the established mineralized footprint through extensive drilling.”
Historical Drilling Highlights from MAN
Copper (“Cu”) highlights, as well as corresponding gold (“Au”) and silver (“Ag”) grades from historical drilling on the MAN property include:
- 53.03m of 1.63% Cu and 1.45 grams per tonne (“g/t”) Au (117.35m to 170.38m) in Hole 28_08
- 72.03m of 0.75% Cu, 0.34 g/t Au and 14.47 g/t Ag (57.91m to 129.94m) in Hole 28_01
- 74.98m of 0.73% Cu (74.98m to 149. 96m) in Hole M_35
- 38.70m of 2.14% Cu (98.76m to 137.46m) in Hole M_01
- 106.68m of 0.65% Cu and 0.34% Au (109.73m to 216.41m) in Hole 28_09
Consolidation of the District
Intrepid has concluded agreements for 100% ownership with four different land holders in the Corral district and has the core area consolidated. Management remains engaged with other stakeholders and may consolidate additional land holdings in the area as it advances its programs. The Corral Copper Project combines three previously announced agreements that have been approved by the TSX Venture Exchange: the Purchase and Sale Agreement of the Sara Claim Group announced on April 27, 2023; the Definitive Agreement with Cave Creek Copper Inc. announced on February 15, 2023; and the Purchase and Sale Agreement with Excelsior Mining Corp announced on August 26, 2022.
Over 50,000m of historical drilling has been completed within the district since the late 1950s, with exploration efforts being fragmented based on land ownership. Historical drilling has encountered significant near surface intercepts. All drill results are historical in nature and based on assay information from Skyline Labs Inc. Intrepid has not yet undertaken any independent investigation of the sampling nor has it independently analyzed the results of the historical exploration work in order to verify the results. Intrepid considers these historical drill results relevant, as the Company will use this data as a guide to plan future exploration programs. Intrepid also considers the data to be reliable for these purposes; however, the Company’s future exploration work will include verification of the data through drilling.
FIGURE 2: Leapfrog Modelling of Historic Copper and Gold Values Within the 3km Trend (Historical results have not been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101)
The terms of the Agreement give Intrepid the option to acquire a 100% interest in the Property in return for certain cash and common share (“Share”) payments to MMO. The consideration is as follows and all dollar values are United States dollars:
|Time Period||Cash Payments||Share Consideration|
|TSXV Approval||$200,000||3,500,000 Shares|
|12 Months||$100,000||2,500,000 Shares|
|24 Months||$1,000,000||2,500,000 Shares|
|36 Months||$960,000||3,500,000 Shares|
Intrepid will take over as operator of the Property and will be responsible for future exploration work and maintaining the Properties in good standing. The Agreement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”).
About Corral Copper
The Corral Copper Project is a district scale advanced exploration and development opportunity in Cochise County, Arizona. Corral Copper is located 15 miles east of the famous mining town of Tombstone and 22 miles north of the historical Bisbee mining camp which has produced more than 8 billion pounds of copper with grades of up to 23%. Production from the Bisbee mining camp is not necessarily indicative of the mineral potential at the Corral Copper Project.
The district has a mining history dating back to the late 1800s, with several small mines extracting copper from the area in the early 1900s, producing several thousand tons with grades up to 9.2% copper ore. Between 1950 and 2008, various companies explored parts of the district, but the effort was uncoordinated, non-synergistic and focused on discrete land positions and commodities due to the fragmented ownership. Intrepid has been able to secure data from various sources which provides a solid foundation in creating geological interpretations and identifying new target areas.
Intrepid is confident that by combining modern exploration techniques with historical data and with a clear focus on responsible development, the Corral Copper Project can quickly become an advanced exploration stage project and move towards feasibility level studies. More details about the Corral Copper Property and the plans for 2023 will be released soon.
Dr. Chris Osterman, P. Geo, a consultant of the Company, is a Qualified Person ("QP") as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Osterman has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information disclosed in this news release, including the statements with respect to data verification.
About Intrepid Metals Corp.
Intrepid Metals Corp. is a Canadian company focused on exploring for high-grade essential metals such as copper, silver, lead, and zinc mineral projects in proximity to established mining jurisdictions in southeastern Arizona, USA. The Company has acquired or has agreements to acquire several drill ready projects, including the Corral Copper Project (a district scale advanced exploration and development opportunity with significant shallow historical drill results), the Tombstone South Project (within the historical Tombstone mining district with geological similarities to the Taylor Deposit, which was purchased for $1.3B in 2018) both of which are located in Cochise County, Arizona and the Mesa Well Project (located in the Laramide Copper Porphyry Belt in Arizona). Intrepid has assembled an exceptional team with considerable experience with exploration, developing, and permitting new projects within North America. Intrepid is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol “INTR” and on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol “IMTCF”. For more information, visit www.intrepidmetals.com.
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