In a February 6, 2020 press release, X-Terra Resources Inc. provided an update on their drilling program that is underway on their Grog and Northwest gold properties in northern New Brunswick. Observations from the Northwest drill holes include the presence of orogenic style quartz veins cutting sedimentary host rocks in two drill holes. At the Grog property, two holes intersected reworked hydrothermal breccia with pyrite stringers over 2-5 m intervals, hosted near the contacts of felsic dykes in a sequence of fine-grained sedimentary rocks. At the Bellevue North showing, three holes intersected carbonate-quartz stockwork associated with arsenopyrite-pyrite disseminations over 5-20 m intervals with strong carbonate-mica alteration. The presence of lamprophyre dykes cutting the sedimentary host sequence was also noted.
In a February 10, 2020 press release, Stratabound Minerals Corp. announced drill results from their McIntyre Brook gold project in northern New Brunswick. Two holes were drilled (approximately 50 metres apart) along strike under the trenches where previously collected samples yielded up to 41.57 g/t Au. Drill hole MB019-04 intercepted 1.20 g/t Au over 20 m, which included a higher-grade section of 5.73 g/t Au over 2.0 m. Drill hole MB019-03 intercepted 0.84 g/t Au over 16.0 m including 5.08 g/t gold over 1.0 m. Mineralization is associated with hematite, pyrite, and quartz filling fractures within an altered, variably brecciated felsic dyke that intruded argillitic sedimentary host rocks.
In a February 13, 2020 press release, Galway Metals Inc. released the results from drilling at the George Murphy Zone (GMZ) at the Clarence Stream gold project in southwestern New Brunswick. Drill highlights include: 6.3 g/t Au over 30.0 m, including 20.3 g/t Au over 6.0 m, and 43.3 g/t Au over 1.0 m (CL19-37); 3.5 g/t Au over 23.3 m, including 64.9 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 20.1 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 16.7 g/t Au over 0.75 m, and 8.7 g/t Au over 0.7 m (CL20-42); and 6.5 g/t Au over 7.35 m, including 9 g/t Au over 0.6 m (CL19-44A). Drilling has intersected three areas of visible gold in hole GWM20BL-88 located 230 m west of the previous known limit of the GMZ, assays for which are still pending. Two new structures have also been discovered 75 m and 135 m north of the GMZ in hole GWM20CL-58, with visible gold present in one of the structures. Assays are pending.
In a February 18, 2020 press release, Puma Exploration Inc. announced plans to drill the Chester property, located in northern New Brunswick. The trenching program conducted in November and December 2019 highlight and increase the potential of the gossan zone overlying the East Zone. Trench T19-04 returned values of 1.87% Cu, 1.36% Cu and 1.03% Cu and values of up to 1.06 g/t Au in the gossan zone. Gold analyses at Chester are very limited and hence will be systematically evaluated in the upcoming exploration programs. The trenching program also identified a large hydrothermal system located northeast of the East Zone that is characterised by geochemical anomalies (Se/S, As, Cu+Pb+Zn, Mg+Fe, Ba and Si). In addition, the area coincides with a major gravity anomaly and a low magnetic boundary.
In a February 18, 2020 press release, X-Terra Resources Inc. announced that the first two drill holes at their Northwest property in northern New Brunswick have returned gold values. Drill hole NWST-20-002 intersected 1.2 g/t Au over 1.0 m located within a 22 m stockwork of quartz-carbonate veins with traces of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite along with strong chlorite alteration. Drill hole NWST-20-003 returned 6.93 g/t Au over 0.5 m within a 15.5 m, also in a stockwork zone. Assay results from the remaining drill holes are pending.
In a February 25, 2020 press release, Galway Metals Inc. announced drill results from south of the Richard Zone and between the Richard and Jubilee zones at their Clarence Stream gold property in southwestern New Brunswick. Highlights from the drilling consist of: 10.6 g/t Au over 47.0 m (including 495.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 67.8 g/t Au over 0.55 m, and 57.9 g/t Au over 0.5 m), plus 1.2 g/t Au over 32.0 m in hole 20BL-87; 4.5 g/t Au over 10.8 m (including 33.2 g/t Au over 1.05 m) in drill hole 20BL-93; and 0.8 g/t Au over 23.0 m (including 10.0 g/t Au over 0.55 m, 3.1 g/t Au over 0.6 m, and 2.1 g/t Au over 1.05 m) in hole 19BL-81. This drilling expanded the Richard Zone by 97 m to the southwest and reduced the gap between the Richard and Jubilee zones to 350 m.
In a February 27, 2020 press release, Jaeger Resources Corp. announced preliminary results and interpretations of a lithogeochemical and geometallurgical program over the Taylor Brook Property in northern New Brunswick. The study identified a previously unrecognized exhalite horizon above the mineralized zone in drill hole DDH TB95-2 based on barium concentrations. The exhalite horizon has a distinct rare earth element signature above the mineralized section versus felsic tuffs below mineralized section. It was also concluded that titanium and Al/Ti ratios can be used to differentiate lithologies, particularly diabase, even when highly altered. The Al/Ti* Ba index can be used to identify the exhalite unit. It was also determined that there are anomalous concentrations of indium and tin in mineralized zones and that there is no graphite present. Additional sampling of drill core and outcrops is ongoing along with a newer interpretation of the geology.
In a February 27, 2020 press release, Manganese X Energy Corp. announced that they have achieved their target of 99.95% purity of Manganese Sulfate ("MnSO4") on samples obtained from their Battery Hill manganese deposit near Woodstock in western New Brunswick. Kemetco Research Inc. reported that the high purity MnSO4 with low contamination factors in the final manganese sulfate product meets the specifications required by the EV and back up storage industries. Kemetco is currently developing an efficient and cost-effective commercializable flow sheet to produce a battery-grade manganese product for the growing electric vehicle and energy storage industries.
In a February 28, 2020 press release, Puma Exploration reported positive trenching results from their Portage property in northern New Brunswick where mineralization was discovered within a large (4 km X 6 km) Devonian mafic intrusion. Fourteen trenches (totaling 1,750 m) were completed on the property since it’s acquisition in late 2019. A grab sample from the southern contact of the intrusion revealed mineralization in a deformed hornfels with 30% massive sulfide that returned 0.19% Cu, 533 ppm Ni, 0.83% Co, and 0.35% g/t Au. Another mineralized zone 500 m to the east consisting of massive sulphides within a brecciated gabbro yielded 0.11% Cu, 506 ppm Ni, 384 ppm Co, and 25% Fe. An additional sample 2 km to the north returned 1.46 g/t Au in an altered hornfels proximal to the Ramsay Brook fault. These mineralized zones are located 2 km from the Restigouche Mine and 10 km from the Murray Brook deposit.