Gravity for coal
Westcore Energy Ltd. and 49 North Resources Inc. announce Westcore’s proposed plans for a winter exploration program on its wholly-owned Black Diamond property and the adjacent FNR JV property, held jointly by Westcore and 49 North. Westcore has received from Fugro Airborne Surveys the first set of preliminary maps from the Gravity survey recently flown over the properties, announced by Westcore in a news release dated December 6, 2010. With the aid of these preliminary maps, the following winter program has been outlined:
- Definition drilling of the four known coal deposits discovered on Black Diamond during 2009 – 2010, with the intention of upgrading all four deposits from discovery stage to the inferred or indicated resource category (based on criteria as defined in GSC Paper 88-21).
- Drilling of geophysical targets previously identified but not yet drilled on Black Diamond. Any targets found to contain coal with the first drill hole will be immediately drilled with more holes with the intention of moving the deposit to an inferred or indicated resource category (based on criteria as defined in GSC Paper 88-21).
- Preliminary drilling of the Quasar target on the FNR JV property, a large, circular GeoTEM anomaly with a diameter of approximately 1 kilometre. If coal is encountered in the first hole, then up to 10 more holes will be drilled into the target with the intention of defining an inferred or indicated resource (based on criteria as defined in GSC Paper 88-21).
- Collection of a 1 tonne bulk sample of coal to test for Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) products.
Work permits have been received from the government of Manitoba that authorize Westcore to drill up to 45 HQ-sized holes, and 10 PQ-sized holes. A drilling contract has been signed with DJ Drilling of Aldergrove, B.C., and winter road construction to all the targets has commenced, with an anticipated drilling start-up date in the second week of January.