VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Dec 11, 2014) - Skeena Resources Limited (TSX VENTURE:SKE) ("Skeena" or the "Company") is pleased to announce assay results from the first 5 holes of its recently completed diamond drill program (9 holes totaling 1,940 metres) on its Spectrum Gold Project in northwest British Columbia (refer to Skeena news release dated Oct. 27, 2014 and a National Instrument 43-101 technical report on the Company website and filed on SEDAR Sept. 5, 2014). The property is situated 40 km west of Imperial Metals' Red-Chris Mine, and 14 km west of Teck's GJ Deposit.
All of the holes, drilled from 4 separate platforms, were directed at exploring continuity to depth along the Central Zone occurrence, by a series of intercepts averaging 50 metres beneath historic intersections. A drill plan map has been posted to the Company's website. Detailed cross-sections and preliminary interpretations will be posted upon receipt of the outstanding analyses from the remaining 4 holes along with 250 check samples from historic drill core.
Drilling was confined to the Central Zone due to the late seasonal start of the program. Composited results are presented in Table 1 below. Significant intercepts include: 23.84 g/t Au over 6.5 m, including 40.43 g/t Au over 3.5 m, in ddh 14-SP-003; 10.63 g/t Au over 27.0 m, including 66.00 g/t Au over 2.0 m and 20.4 g/t Au over 2.0 m, 9.2 g/t over 2.0 m, 8.0 g/t Au over 2.0 m and 22.7 g/t Au over 2.0 m in ddh 14-SP-004; and 18.60 g/t Au over 2.0 m, 3.19 g/t Au over 4.0 m, 7.32 g/t Au over 2.0 m, and 6.88 g/t Au over 2.0 m in ddh 14-SP-005.
Drill intercepts are broadly similar to grade and tenor obtained by historical operators on the Spectrum property. Several high-grade intersections up to 200 metres below surface attest to the excellent vertical continuity of mineralized structures, and suggest that high-grade mineralization may extend to significant depth.
In addition to the Central Zone, the property contains more than 10 different showings of high-grade sulphide-gold mineralization, spatially associated with steeply-dipping fracture zones contained within a broad area of propyllitic and potassic-altered Stuhini Group intermediate volcanics and volcaniclastic rocks at the contact zone of a sill-like monzonite intrusion of Jurassic age. This is the same type of geological setting as many of the major copper-gold deposits in the Golden Triangle area of northwest British Columbia except that Spectrum has demonstrated much higher gold grades.
|Table 1: Composited Au assays for Skeena drill holes 14-SP-001 through 14-SP-005. Au assays by 15 g ICP-MS, except for those indicated by an * which are 30g fire assay gravimetric finish. The zones are near vertical dipping; thus, true widths are in the order of 75% or greater of reported intercept lengths.|
Skeena expects to report assay results of the remaining 4 drill holes in early January.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Drilling was conducted under the supervision of Jacques Stacey, M.Sc., P.Geol. and Doug Cruickshank, M.Sc., P.Geol, both of Taiga Consultants Ltd. A rigorous chain-of-custody and QA/QC program, consisting of the insertion of certified standard control samples, duplicates and blanks, was applied to the NQ diameter, split half-core samples. Sample preparation was handled by an Acme Analytical Laboratories facility in Smithers, B.C., and the analyses conducted by Acme Analytical in Vancouver, B.C. Gold content was determined by Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer of a 15 gram aliquot utilizing hot aqua regia digestion. All samples that assayed greater than or equal to 5 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish of a 30 grams aliquot.
The Qualified Person for the Company, as defined in National Instrument 43-101, is Rupert Allan, P. Geol., Vice-President Exploration.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SKEENA RESOURCES LIMITED
Walt Coles Jr., President & CEO
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