|January 09, 2012|
Western Pacific Expands Mineralized Zones at Mineral Gulch Project
|Vancouver, British Columbia, January 9, 2012 - Western Pacific Resources Corp. (WRP - TSXV) is pleased to release the assay results for the last 15 drill holes from the 2011 drilling conducted at Mineral Gulch. Results for these holes are shown in Table 1. Previous results were released in a press release dated October 25, 2011.|
Highlights of this round of drilling include hole MGR11-026 which intersected 0.558 g/t Au over 47.2 m beginning at 22.9 m downhole. This hole lies just north of MGR11-017 (see October 25, 2011 news release) which intersected 54.7 m of 0.879 g/t, including 7.6 m of 3.59 g/t. Drill holes MGR11-022 and MGR11-029, located south of MGR11-017, intersected 12.2 m of 0.925 g/t and 12.2 m of 1.18 g/t, respectively. "The significance of these drill holes is that we now have a previously un-mined zone that is 750 meters long which contains significant mineralization in eight drill holes. This area will continue to be explored during our 2012 drill program," says Curt Everson, Exploration Manager.
In addition to the above mentioned drill holes, hole MGR11-024, located southeast of the E pit, intersected three separate mineralized zones - 4.6 m of 1.19 g/t Au, 10.6 m of 1.13 g/t Au and 10.6 m of 2.6 g/t Au (see table 1). This drill hole lies along the southern extension of the north/south mineralized structures that were mapped in the E pit earlier this year and is open to the south.
A map of all drill locations can be found at:
Western Pacific Resources plans to drill approximately 30,000 meters in 2012 and submitted the permit application for this drill program in the fall of 2011.
The 2012 drill program will focus on the following target areas:
Mineral Gulch is located in Cassia County, Idaho, along the southeast edge of the Black Pine Mountains, approximately 128 km southeast of Burley, Idaho. Western Pacific controls 100% of the project which it acquired through staking.
The project encompasses the historic Black Pine Mining District and surrounding exploration ground. Western Pacific recently acquired the historical proprietary data for the property from Newmont Mining Corporation.
Sporadic small-scale gold and base-metal mining occurred in the area as early as 1915. Noranda conducted exploration programs at Black Pine between 1984 and 1990. Pegasus Mining entered into a joint venture with Noranda in 1990 and became the majority owner and operator of the mining effort between 1992 and 1998. The Black Pine Property produced over 500,000 ounces of gold at an average head grade of 1.5 grams from several small open pits. Historic exploration and mining efforts have generally focused on near-surface, oxidized ore bodies.
About Western Pacific
Western Pacific is a gold explorer focused on acquiring advanced-stage projects in the Western United States, and has the right combination of exploration and financial professionals to succeed in making a world class gold discovery. For more information, please visit our website at www.westernpacificresources.com.
Curt Everson, M.Sc., P.Geo. is Western Pacific's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of any scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
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Warwick Smith, Chief Executive Officer
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This news release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Important factors - including the availability of funds, the results of financing and exploration activities, the interpretation of drilling results and other geological data, risks associated with the estimation of mineral resources and the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses -- that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time on SEDAR (see www.sedar.com). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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