TORONTO, Aug. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Churchill Resources Inc. (“Churchill” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CRI) is pleased to announce that it has completed a National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) technical report on the Taylor Brook Project (the “Report”) that is highly encouraging for high grade nickel discoveries throughout the Layden Intrusive Trend and into the adjacent Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex (“TBGC”).
“We are excited that we have begun to confirm a potentially district scale ca. Silurian (443-419 million years ago) magmatic nickel intrusive complex, extending over 10 km from the high grade Layden intrusive where nickel tenors thus far reach to 14.5% over 1.7m in our shallow sampling,” commented Paul Sobie, Churchill’s CEO. “This potential Silurian Period of orthomagmatic nickel sulphide represents a new metallotect in the Newfoundland Appalachian Orogen and is sandwiched between the well-known Ordovician Buchans and Rambler base metal camps to the south east and east of us, and the ca. Siluro-Devonian Valentine Lake and Appleton gold districts further southeast and east. If a magmatic nickel deposit or camp is present in Western Newfoundland, the craton-margin located Taylor Brook Project is a most likely spot, and all exploration data derived by Churchill continue to reinforce this model.”
An important conclusion to the work has been the recognition of clear geochemical and geophysical relationships between the TBGC and the magmatic mineralization at the historic Layden Showing, with the ~10km long Layden Intrusive Trend thought to be the conduit between the two. Whilst this relationship needs further definition through sampling, the Siluro-Devonian age of all the gabbroic intrusives, and recognition that the Layden rocks are not Grenvillian, is hugely important to understanding the emplacement history of these intrusions. If a magmatic nickel deposit or camp is present in Western Newfoundland, the Taylor Brook Project is a most likely spot, and all exploration data derived by Churchill continue to reinforce this model.
The Report recommends a 2023 exploration program that prioritizes work along the Layden Intrusive Trend into the large adjacent Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex, as well as deeper geophysical and drilling work at the Layden Gabbronorite where shallow high-grade intersections of up to 4.44m of 2.79% Ni, 0.54% Cu, 0.05% Co were drilled in 2022.
Taylor Brook Technical Report – Key Points
The Report was authored by Dr. Derek Wilton, P.Geo., of Terra Rosetta Inc., St. John’s, NL, Mr. Jeremy S. Brett, M.Sc., P.Geo., of Jeremy S. Brett International Consulting Ltd., Toronto, ON, and assisted by Mr. Paul Sobie, P.Geo., Chief Executive Officer & Director of Churchill. A copy of the Report will be posted and available for download on the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca and on the Company’s website at www.churchillresources.com.
Key conclusions from the Report include:
Set out below is the proposed recommend work program for the remainder of 2023:
Exploration of the Layden Magmatic Trend and Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex
Soil sampling and prospecting is to continue along the entire Layden Intrusive Trend including the western margins of the Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex. As greater access is created through brush clearing along old forestry roads, more of the intrusive rocks as extant can be mapped and sampled for lithogeochemistry and petrography. To locate small sulfide occurrences <2m beneath cover, a Beep Mat survey is planned to be added to the prospecting.
The VTEM survey data along the southern portion of the trend and into the South Lobe of the TBGC will be revisited, with the view of refining interpretations and defining targets for follow-up. Structural interpretation of the regional and detailed aeromagnetics, VTEM Resistivity and the Digital Elevation Model data will be expanded. The high-resolution detailed Heli-GT magnetic gradiometer survey will be expanded to completely cover the southern extent of the project.
Heli-GT surveying of the southernmost area of the project is planned, including more high-resolution data over the South Lobe of the TBGC. All of the derived data will be added into expanded structural interpretation.
Deeper Drilling of the Layden Intrusive Area
Deeper drilling of the Layden Gabbronorite is planned, following deep penetrating Controlled Source Audio-Magnetotelluric (“CSAMT”) survey, concentrating on the southern portion of the intrusion where a “keel” has been interpreted. BHEM surveys will be conducted on all holes to detect any potential massive sulfides off-hole.
Taylor Brook Project
The Taylor Brook Project consists of 705 map staked claims totalling 17,625 hectares (176.25km2) held under nine mineral licences of which seven are held by Churchill. Churchill also includes the two small licenses 026955M and 027616M within their overall Taylor Brook Project, having secured option agreements from the owners on August 31st, 2021.
The technical and scientific information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Derek H.C Wilton, P.Geo., FGC, who is a “qualified person” as defined under NI 43-101 and independent of the Company.
About Churchill Resources Inc.
Churchill Resources Inc. is a Canadian exploration company focused on high grade, magmatic nickel sulphides in Canada, principally at its prospective Taylor Brook and Florence Lake properties in Newfoundland & Labrador. The Churchill management team, board and its advisors have decades of combined management experience in mineral exploration and in the establishment of successful publicly listed mining companies, both in Canada and around the world. Churchill’s Taylor Brook and Florence Lake projects have the potential to benefit from the province’s large and diversified minerals industry, which includes world class nickel mines and processing facilities, and a well-developed mineral exploration sector with locally based drilling and geological expertise. The province was recently ranked 4th in the world for investment attractiveness by the Fraser Institute in its 2022 annual survey of mining and exploration companies.
For further information regarding Churchill, please contact:
Churchill Resources Inc.
Paul Sobie, Chief Executive Officer
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Alec Rowlands, Corporate Consultant
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