BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athena Silver Corporation (OTCBB:AHNR) announced today that its drilling program has commenced and is underway on its Langtry project in California. The drilling program is being undertaken under the design and supervision of our consulting geologists. According to John Power, President & CEO of Athena Silver Corporation, "We are estimating up to 30 days of drilling and then up to another thirty days to complete assays and analysis of the samples collected."
"We are looking forward to the results of the drilling program and their comparison to the test results generated by Superior Oil Company over 35 years ago. We are excited about our progress in further exploring what we believe to be a substantial silver deposit previously defined by Superior Oil Company," added Power.
Athena's drill program consists of 14 holes; 11 vertical holes drilled to depths of between 350' to 575' for a total of 4,825' will attempt to test the results of a much larger historic drilling program conducted by Superior Oil Company; and three angle holes drilled to a depth of 600' that would target veins near 19 th century historic workings on the property. Superior was an NYSE listed independent American Oil Company acquired by Mobil Corporation (now Exxon Mobil Corp. – (NYSE:XOM)) in 1984 for $5.7 Billion.The historical resource estimate at Langtry thus far has been defined by 201 rotary drill holes drilled by the minerals division of Superior Oil Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Average hole depth was 400 feet and the deepest hole was 575 feet. The estimated historical resources on the Langtry claims are a 22 million ton ore body, with silver grading at an average of 2.37 ounces per ton for a total of 52.14 million ounces and barite grading at 7.9% for a total of 1.73 million tons. Superior estimated a potential 65% recovery rate on the silver ore. Athena has not independently verified these historical estimates and cannot attest to their accuracy.