Vancouver, BC – December 6, 2019: Surge Exploration Inc. (the “Company” or “Surge”) (TSXV: SUR, OTC: SURJF, FRA: DJ5C) is pleased to report it has added additional mineral claims in the area of its Caledonia Project in Northern Vancouver Island British Columbia under the previously announced Purchase and Sale Agreement dated November 1, 2019 and announced on November 5, 2019 . These new mineral claims include the Silver Skarn Project and additional land nearby the former Island Copper Mine. This acquisition of a 100% interest in these additional mineral claims adjoins the recently acquired Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell claims (together referred to as the “Caledonia Project” by Surge) (see the original News Release dated October 17, 2019 and the subsequent news release dated November 5, 2019). This acquisition will allow for the exploration of possible strike extensions of high-grade mineralization to the east and the west from the Caledonia Project underground workings, along with the further exploration of the Silver Skarn mineral claim to the north and west of the Caledonia Project.
The Caledonia Project, together with the recently staked Silver Skarn mineral claim, is in the Nanaimo Mining District of northern Vancouver Island, adjacent to the joint venture between Freeport-McMoRan and Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. Under terms of that joint venture agreement, Freeport-McMoRan can earn up to a 65% with C$24 million in exploration expenditures over seven years. Freeport-McMoRan is currently one of the world’s largest copper producers. Additionally, the Caledonia Project lies within a 50-kilometer-long copper belt and only 4 km northwest of BHP’s previously producing Island Copper Mine (Canada’s third-largest copper producing mine responsible for extracting 345 million metric tonnes @ 0.41% Cu, 0.017% Mo, 0.19 g/t Au, and 1.4 g/t Ag).
Relevant Historical Information: The Caledonia Project (taken from The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, Minefile No 092L 209):
- In 1929, 0.9 tonnes of material was shipped from the property, grading 514.2 g/mt Ag and 7.3 % Cu (Malcolm, 1969).
- In 1926, a chip sample collected across 1.8 metres in 1926 assayed trace gold, 418.2 g/mt Ag, 2.0 % Cu, 0.8 % Pb and 10.0 % Zn (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1926).
- Historical Estimate: Underground development by Cominco outlined possible reserves of 68,000 tonnes grading 704.2 g/mt tonne Ag, 6.1 % Cu, 7.45 % Zn, 0.6 % Pb and 0.34 g/mt Au in a 3 to 5 metre wide zone over a strike length of 100 metres (George Cross News Letter #221, 1981; Statement of Material Facts July 5, 1972 – North Island Mines Ltd., D.C. Malcolm, April 24, 1972). Later work has expanded the surface mineralized zone for a strike length of 600 metres over a 300-metre width. (George Cross Newsletter #221, 1981).
- Sampling in 2007 from trenching returned values including 581.7 g/mt Ag(16.97 oz./ton), 4.42% Cu, 0.13% Pb, 8.97% Zn from the skarn deposit. Metallurgical testing indicates that flotation gives high recovery rates for Ag and Cu. (J.T Shearer P. Geol report 2013).
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Mr. Tim Fernback, Surge President & CEO states: “The area of our Caledonia Project and Silver Skarn mineral claims remains relatively underexplored and has a strong history of past mineral exploration. This results in plenty of blue-sky potential for Surge. I believe we can greatly expand on the known mineral discoveries within our project area and this exploration potential should excite our investors over the course of 2020.”
J.W. (Bill) Morton, professional geoscientist, a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed this news release and concludes it correctly reflects information as reported in the various news releases and assessment reports from which it was derived and approves the scientific and technical disclosure cited in the news release.
In additional news, the Company announces that it has formally dropped the option for 60% interest in the Hedge Hog Property mineral claims with Eastfield Resources, and furthermore plans to not renew its mineral claims for its Mineral Mountain Properties in British Columbia as they come up for annual renewal. Management plans to concentrate its resources on its Trapper Lake Property, the Ontario cobalt properties and Caledonia Project in 2020.
About Surge Exploration Inc.
The Company is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company which has been active in the resource sector in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.
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In Brixton’s news release dated July 15, 2019 (Brixton News Release), they reported results from drill hole THN19-150, which was drilled to 829.06 metres depth at the Oban diatreme breccia pipe within the Camp Creek copper corridor. Brixton reported a drill hole intercept of 1.97 grams per tonne gold equivalent across 554.70 meters including 135.96 meters of 1.35 g/t Au, 0.31% Cu, 133.62 g/t Ag or 5.00 g/t Au eq including 6 meters of 3.56% Cu, 3.37 g/t Au, 257.77 g/t Ag. Structural mapping and soil-rock geochemistry at the Chivas zone and relogging of select core from the Glenfiddich zone were also conducted as part of the overall exploration program at the Thorn Project. Of note, mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s properties.
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